Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program » Overview

Salzburg Global Seminar, in partnership with eleven of the leading law schools in the USA, offers the "Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program," a one-of-a-kind program for students interested in international law and legal practice. Launched in the fall of 2012, the Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program was named in memory of Lloyd N. Cutler, former White House Counsel for two presidents and Chairman of the Board of Salzburg Global Seminar. Cutler strongly believed that one of the keys to progress was the early identifying and mentoring of young leaders with a yearning to make the world a better place through law and the rule of law.

The Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program convenes up to 55 students nominated by their law schools along with leading judges and practitioners for a highly interactive exploration of leading edge issues in international law, covering international human rights and humanitarian law; national security; international courts; rule of law; and international finance, monetary, and trade law. Guided by lawyers from a range of traditional and non-traditional areas, including some of the top international law firms in the US, the Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows receive advice on how to determine career goals, manage career trajectories, identify the jobs beyond the first horizon of job seeking post-law school, and how expand and utilize professional networks. In addition to these high-level workshops, students receive feedback on their own original research and writing on topics concerning the development of both public and private international law. Salzburg Cutler Fellows automatically become members of the Salzburg Global Fellowship and its international network.

The Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program is currently open to students from the following eleven US law schools: Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, New York University, Penn, Stanford, Virginia, and Yale.

Upcoming Session:

Salzburg Cutler Fellows Law Program: Future of Public and Private International Law
February 24-25, 2017


Justice Richard Goldstone delivers inaugural Lloyd Cutler Lecture in Washington DC
Justice Richard Goldstone delivers inaugural Lloyd Cutler Lecture in Washington DC
Salzburg Global Staff Writer 
At the invitation of the Salzburg Global Seminar, the internationally renowned jurist Richard Goldstone delivered the first annual Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law in Washington, DC on November 9th.

The event was organized to launch the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law, an initiative intended to help the Seminar expand and strengthen its program in this area, with which the late Lloyd Cutler (who chaired our Board of Directors from 1984 to 1994) was particularly associated. Justice Goldstone – perhaps the most experienced and widely respected judge and prosecutor in the field of international criminal law – was a friend of Lloyd Cutler and first attended the Salzburg Seminar at his invitation.

Now himself a Director of the Seminar, Goldstone chose as the theme of his lecture “The Rule of Law: Indispensable Prerequisite for Democracy”, giving examples both at a national level (both in his own country, South Africa, and in the US) and in the field of international criminal law. In the national context, he stressed that separation of powers between the branches of government is central to the Rule of Law, and challenged the recent United States practice of using “signing statements” to indicate that the President regards legislation as being unconstitutional and therefore having no binding effect on him. Justice Goldstone quoted with approval the report of an American Bar Association “Blue Ribbon Task Force” in July 2006, to the effect that such presidential assertions of constitutional authority “undermine the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers.”

In the international context, Justice Goldstone praised the work of the International Criminal Court, which he described as “living proof that we no longer live in an age of impunity for war criminals”. He credited the Court’s creation to the work of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, during her tenure as US ambassador to the United Nations (1993-96), and added that he himself, during discussions at the Salzburg Global Seminar, had been helped to “convert” Lloyd Cutler “from the view that the United States should oppose the ICC to one that the United States should play a waiting game” – which, he said, was also the approach of the Clinton Administration.

In his address, Justice Goldstone drew not only upon his extensive legal career but also on memories of his personal and professional relationship with Lloyd Cutler. He referred to Cutler as “one the most open and inquiring minds one could imagine,” and praised his lifelong support for the Rule of Law, both within the United States and internationally.

Following the lecture – which, thanks to the generosity of B. Thomas Mansbach, a longtime friend of the Seminar and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Cuter Center for the Rule of Law, was held at the Phillips Collection – Justice Goldstone engaged in a question and answer session with journalist Judy Woodruff of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, who asked about his recent report for the United Nations on the Gaza Conflict, which a few days earlier had been criticized in a resolution of the US House of Representatives. Goldstone pointed out that the Obama Administration, despite calling the report “deeply flawed,” has backed its two main recommendations – that Israel and Hamas should each set up internal inquiries into violations of the laws of war committed by their respective forces during the conflict in Gaza.

He also strongly denied the recent claim by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the report would deny Israel the right to defend itself. On the contrary, he said, Israel has “the right, and indeed an obligation, to defend its citizens.” He noted that his investigation did not examine the justification for use of force by either Israel or Hamas, but only considered the manner in which force was used and whether it conformed to the laws of war. And he repeated his view that crimes “are committed by individuals, not by a collective people,” adding that his work on this report has not changed his views towards Israel as a state, which he continues to support.

Lloyd Cutler, who died in 2005, was a longtime leader of the Washington DC legal community, serving as an advisor and friend to both Democrats and Republicans, as well as White House Counsel for two Presidents. He was also a committed advocate for the Salzburg Seminar, chairing the organization’s Board of Directors for ten years and working to expand and internationalize the Seminar’s legal programs. The Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law is designed to celebrate the legacy of Cutler and enhance the Seminar’s reputation, which Cutler did much to establish, as a place where experts and emerging leaders from all countries gather to debate and promote the Rule of Law.

Richard Goldstone has served as chairman of the inquiry into violence and human rights abuses by the state security forces in the last years of apartheid in his native South Africa, as a judge on the South African Constitutional Court, and as the first chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals on the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the mid 1990s. He has also been a visiting professor at several of the top law schools in the world.


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