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Expert to discuss how international law binds organizations March 10

Kristina Daugirdas, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Law School, will present “How and Why International Law Binds International Organizations” on Thursday, March 10, at Wayne State University Law School.

For decades, controversy has dogged claims about whether and to what extent international law binds international organizations like the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund. The question has important consequences for humanitarian law, economic rights and environmental protection. Daugirdas will discuss a forthcoming article, to be published in the Harvard International Law Journal, in which she aims to resolve the controversy by supplying a theory about when and how international law binds international organizations.

The lecture will be from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. Admission is free, and lunch is provided. Parking is available for $7 (credit or debit cards only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law. The lecture is sponsored by the law school’s Program for International Legal Studies.

Daugirdas teaches Transnational Law, International and U.S. Environmental Law, and a course and seminar on the United Nations and other international organizations. In 2014, she was awarded the Francis Deák Prize for an outstanding article published in the American Journal of International Law by a younger author. An earlier article published in the Maryland Law Review earned an award from the American Constitution Society’s Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.

Daugirdas earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University, law degree from New York University School of Law and postgraduate diploma in economics from the London School of Economics.

For more information about this event, contact Professor Gregory Fox, director of the Program for International Legal Studies, at (313) 577-0110 or gfox@wayne.edu.


Probate Court fee increase of $150 to $175 effective March 1

Per 2015 PA 231, effective March 1, 2016 Probate Courts are required to collect a $25 electronic filing system fee for all new cases filed except for small estate proceedings.  The fee is only charged on the initial petition or a petition to reopen a case, not on responses or subsequent petitions in the same proceeding.  The cost of these petitions will increase from $150 to $175.  The fee will be charged for all proceedings initiated on or after March 1st.  New filings by mail received on or after March 1st will also have this fee assessed.   The electronic filing system fee expires on December 31, 2020.  

The purpose of this additional fee is to provide funding for the State of Michigan to eventually adopt a standardized, voluntary e-filing system for all Michigan trial courts. E-filing is currently not available in the Wayne County Probate Court.

Questions regarding this new fee should be directed to Michael McClory, the Chief Deputy Probate Register of the Wayne County Probate Court, at (313) 224-5685 or mmcclory@wcpc.us.