International Legal Studies program announces committee

By Kathryne Gilbride

Legal News

Wayne State University Law School's Program for International Legal Studies recently announced the creation of its External Advisory Committee. Wayne Law created the program to recognize the breadth of the faculty's international engagements and expertise and because nearly all aspects of law now have an international component. From regulation of cross-border financial transactions to controlling pollution that recognizes no boundaries to human rights treaties that regulate how governments treat their citizens, law is an interconnected global phenomenon.

The program coordinates all activities at Wayne Law related to international law. These activities include hosting a speaker series, sponsoring conferences and symposia featuring leading international scholars and practitioners, promoting research on international and comparative law topics, and providing important resources for Wayne Law students, alumni and friends interested in international law.

The committee consists of 14 members including prominent international lawyers in government, private practice, the international judiciary and academia who will provide guidance to the program, its director, students and alumni. Judge Bruno Simma of the International Court of Justice (World Court) in The Hague is the committee's honorary chair and gave the keynote address at the program's inaugural event in October 2009. Simma is commonly recognized as one of the world's leading academicians, scholars and experts in international law. He has been a faculty member and dean at the University of Munich and also taught at the University of Michigan Law School for more than 20 years.

The 13 other committee members include David A. Clanton, Michael T. Cone, Richard G. Goetz, Silvia M. Kleer, Paula Levitan, Michael M. Ostrove, Justice Andreas Paulus, Oday Salim, Lada Soljan, David P. Stewart, Bruce C. Thelen, C. Peter Theut and Edward M. Zelenak.

David Clanton is a partner at Baker and McKenzie in Washington, D.C. where he is the co-chair of the firm's Global Antitrust and Competition Group.

Michael Cone practices in the areas of administrative law, customs, and international trade with McCullough Ginsberg Montano and Partners LLP in New York.

Richard G. Goetz leads the International Practice Group of Dykema Gossett PLLC in Detroit. This interdisciplinary group helps meet the evolving legal needs of clients in a global economy whether they are entering the United States from abroad or pursuing opportunities outside the U.S.

Silvia Kleer is an attorney in the Global Trade and Transactions Group of the Office of the General Counsel of Ford Motor Company.

Paula Levitan is a partner in the corporate group of the London office of Arnold and Porter LLP. She is a solicitor in England and Wales as well as being licensed to practice in New York and California.

Michael Ostrove is international counsel in the Paris office of Debevoise and Plimpton LLP.

Justice Andreas Paulus was sworn in as a justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (Bundesverfassungsgericht) in March 2010. He also holds the chair in public and international law at the Georg-August-University Göttingen where he teaches public law, international and european law, constitutional history and legal philosophy.

Oday Salim is a staff attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

Lada Soljan is an Appeals Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where she has worked since 2005.

David Stewart is a visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches public and private international law and foreign relations law, directs the Global Law Scholars Program and co-directs the Center for Transnational Business and the Law.

Bruce Thelen is a member of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Detroit, where he chairs the international practice team composed of lawyers from all of the firm's substantive groups.

C. Peter Theut is president and chief executive officer of China Bridge, headquartered in Ann Arbor. China Bridge is focused on assisting clients to bridge the cultural, business development and operational challenges that confront competitors in the global marketplace.

Edward Zelenak is the city attorney for the municipalities of Lincoln Park and Southgate. He has represented presidential candidates and other public officials in Michigan election law matters.

"These are leading international lawyers from Michigan, around the country and around the world," said Wayne Law Professor and Director of the Program for International Legal Studies Gregory Fox. "Our program will benefit immensely from their guidance and expertise. I'm particularly thrilled about the many Wayne Law alumni on the committee. I hope their presence makes clear to current and future students that a Wayne Law degree can lead to an exciting career in international law."

For additional information about the Program for International Legal Studies, visit or call (313) 577-3620.

Published: Fri, Aug 20, 2010