On February 17-19, a very special guest will be at the Maurer School of Law: the Honorable Joan Donoghue. Judge Donoghue is the U.S. member of the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court. An arm of the United Nations based in The Hague, the Court is charged with settling legal disputes between nations. In recent years, it has addressed issues including German immunity from claims brought by Italian nationals arising out of Nazi war crimes; the legality of the use of force during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia; and the obligation of the United States to allow Mexican consular officials to meet with their citizens in U.S. prisons.
In addition to serving as a judge on the World Court, Judge Donoghue has had a long and illustrious practice in international law. She has held many different positions within the Department of State, including that of Acting Legal Adviser, advising Secretary Clinton and President Obama on aspects of international law.
Judge Donoghue will participate in two public events during her visit to Bloomington. The first is a panel discussion entitled “Exploring the Effectiveness of International Law,” sponsored by the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 5:00 p.m. in the law school’s Moot Court Room. The panel will be moderated by Professor David Fidler, of the Maurer School of Law; Judge Donoghue will be joined on the panel by Professor Feisal Istrabadi of the Maurer School of Law and the School of Global and International Studies, and Professor Yvonne Dutton of the McKinney School of Law.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Judge Donoghue will deliver the George P. Smith II Lecture, entitled “International Law and Indiana: Reflections from the World Court.” It will be held at noon in the law school’s Moot Court Room; a reception will follow.