Law Lecture Focuses On Listening to the Poor

Edith Brown Weiss, professor of international law, Georgetown University Law Center, will discuss Compliance, Accountability, and International Financial Institutions: Listening to the Poor Tuesday, March 8, at 4 p.m. in Room 218 at the College of Law at Willamette University.

Her lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the second of three lectures in the College's Annual Speakers Series.

A native of Salem, Weiss obtained an undergraduate degree from Stanford, a law degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. She is the Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University Law Center and is currently on leave to serve as the chair of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank. Weiss, a former president of the American Society of International Law, is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and more than six other journals, particularly in the field of environmental law.

Her broad professional experience includes positions as associate general counsel for International Activities at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and professor of civil engineering and politics at Princeton University. She is the author of numerous articles in international and environmental law as well as the author of several books, including In Fairness to Future Generations: International Law, Common Patrimony, and Intergenerational Equity (1989) which received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1990 from the American Society of International Law and has been published in French, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.

In 1995, she won the Elizabeth Haub Prize for International Environmental Law given by the Free University of Brussels and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and in August 2002, the American Bar Association's Individual Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. She received an Honorary LL.D. from the Chicago Kent College of Law.

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