The 43rd Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference

  • Columbia Law School 435 W 116th St New York, NY, 10027 United States

The Columbia Society of International Law and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law present:

The 43rd Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference

Honoring Justice Stephen Breyer

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Keynote Address: The Court and the World--A Book Talk by Justice Stephen Breyer

12:10pm-1:10pm | JG 104/106

Question & Answer Period and Book Signing to Follow. Boxed lunch will be provided. A CUID will be required to attend.

In this Book Talk, Justice Stephen Breyer will examine the work of the Supreme Court of the United States in an increasingly interconnected world, a world in which all sorts of activity, both public and private—from the conduct of national security policy to the conduct of international trade—obliges the Court to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders.  

Panel Discussion: Constraining the Executive--The Role of the Judiciary in Foreign Affairs

1:20pm-2:40pm | JG Annex

Light Refreshments Will Be Provided

What kinds of constitutional restraints exist on the exercise of executive power in foreign affairs? What is the judiciary’s role in defining and enforcing those restraints? Panelists will discuss what kind of authority federal courts can exercise in checking executive branch overreach and compare the judiciary’s role in foreign affairs to that in the domestic sphere. Panelists will include: 

  • Elizabeth Goitein, Brennan Center, Co-Director of Liberty & National Security Program
  • Professor Martin Flaherty, Fordham Law School, Co-Director of Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
  • Professor Cristina Rodriguez, Columbia Law School, Samuel Rabin Visiting Professor 2017; 
  • Michel Paradis, Office of the Chief Defense Counsel, Department of Defense, Senior Attorney (Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School); and,
  • As Moderator, Professor Philip Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and director for the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School. 

Panel Discussion: Turning Inwards or Looking Outwards--The Potential Convergence of US Law and International Norms

2:50pm-4:00pm | JG Annex

Light Refreshments Will Be Provided

To what extent does or should the US be looking to foreign precedents or international harmonization when drafting and interpreting laws? Panelists will discuss the extent to which US law converges or diverges from international legal principles and evaluate the long and short term implications of implementing or deviating from international norms. Panelists will include: 

  • JoAnn Ward, Deputy Director of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute;
  • Jonathan Blackman, Partner at Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton LLP;
  • Jennifer Achilles, Partner at Reed Smith LLP;
  • Professor Alexander Greenawalt, Pace Law School (Spring 2017 Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School);
  • Jamil Dakwar, Director of the ACLU Human Rights Program; and
  • As Moderator, Professor Katharina Pistor, Director of Columbia Law School Center on Global Legal Transformation.