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Future of international law and public service gathers in Washington DC

Fifth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Law Program convenes this weekend in Washington, DC

Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer at the World Bank, will be one of the speakers during the two-day event

Oscar Tollast | 23.02.2017

Students with a passion for international law, legal practice, and a career in public service will convene in Washington, DC, tomorrow for the fifth Salzburg Cutler Fellows Law Program.

This year’s program, Future of Public and Private International Law, includes representatives from 26 countries - the most diverse group the program has had so far.

The Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program is a one-of-a-kind program which aims to build collaborative networks for human capital and leadership development within the legal and public services sector.

Each year, in partnership with eleven of the top US law schools, 55 Cutler Fellows are chosen. Fellows are at the 2L, 3L, and LLM levels in their legal education. 

The law schools taking part in this year’s program include Columbia Law School, Duke Law, Georgetown Law, Harvard Law School, NYU Law, Stanford Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Michigan Law, Penn Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Yale Law School.

This year’s program is co-chaired by Mark Wu, Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law, and William Burke-White, Professor and Inaugural Director at Perry World House, and Professor of Law at Penn Law. The event is sponsored by Arnold & Porter and NYU Washington.

Kristalina Georgieva, Salzburg Global Fellow and newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer at the World Bank, and Jared Genser, Managing Director at Perseus Strategies and founder of Freedom Now, are this year’s speakers.

During the two-day program, Fellows, leading judges, and practitioners will explore cutting edge issues in international law, including Global Women’s and Children’s Rights; Human Rights, Humanitarian Law, and Immigration; International Trade and Corruption and Monetary Law; Investment Law, Transnational Business Law and the Law of the Sea; and Global Governance, Regime Design, Courts, and Tribunals.

Each Fellow will come away having prepared and presented a research paper intended for eventual publication. 

The Salzburg Cutler Law Fellows Program takes its name after Lloyd N. Cutler, a Washington super-lawyer and counselor to two U.S. Presidents. 

Cutler, who spent a decade as Chairman of the Board of Salzburg Global Seminar, supported the idea of earmarking future leaders who wished to use the rule of law to make the world a better place.

During his time as Salzburg Global Chairman, Cutler convened international judges and those up and coming in their field to discuss the rule of law and principles of judicial independence. 

After Cutler's passing in 2005, the Cutler Center was created to continue Lloyd N. Cutler's legacy. Under the Center's auspices, the Lloyd N. Cutler Lecture on the Rule of Law is presented annually in Washington, DC. In addition, the Cutler Center convenes Rule of Law seminars in Salzburg, Austria, and the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Law Program in Washington, DC.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Law Program is held under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The annual program collaborates with eleven of the leading U.S. law schools. This year's program is being sponsored by NYU Washington and Arnold & Porter. More information on the session is available here. You can follow all of the discussions on Twitter by following the #cutlerfellows hashtag.

Oscar Tollast