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Yale Professor of International Law to Give Lecture on Thursday, January 12th at 4:30 PM

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Yale Professor of International Law to give the Timbers ’37 Lecture addressing a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

Due to the unchecked power of the presidency by Congress, the Courts, and the citizens of the United States, America faces a crisis of accountability and legitimacy in international lawmaking.

  • How have we allowed the president to attain this limitless power?
  • How can we pass laws legitimately under the procedures outlined by the constitution with the insurmountable political and legal hurdles?
  • How can we check the president’s power and legitimize effective international lawmaking? 
  • Does our constitution provide a solution to the current crisis or must we revise the procedures framed by our founding fathers?

Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at the Yale Law School. Under Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald she served as a Law Clerk and held fellowships at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Center for the Ethics and the Professions.

Currently, she researches and delves into the intersection of U.S. constitutional law and international law, the enforcement of domestic and international law, and the law of war. She is a professor (by courtesy) of the Yale University Department of Political Science, professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center. She serves on the Executive Committee of the MacMillan Center at Yale University and is a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State. She has testified before Congress several times on legal issues surrounding the U.S. war in Iraq, and consults regularly with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on current issues of constitutional and international law.

Please join us to uncover the hidden discrepancies of international law that conflict with the American constitution and discover possible solutions at Room 002, Rockefeller Center at 4:30 pm, January 12, 2012 during "Our Foreign Affairs Constitution: The President, Congress, and the Making of International Law", with Oona Hathaway.

Co-sponsored by the Dartmouth Legal Studies Faculty Group and the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.

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