MILWAUKEE — Ingrid Wuerth, the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law at Vanderbilt University, will present “International law and peace among nations” for Marquette Law School’s Boden Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Eckstein Hall.
For almost a century, international law has tried to prevent armed conflict among nations. The system is far from perfect, but empirical measures suggest significant success, particularly by reducing conflict over territory. Today, international law’s prohibition on the use of force is under pressure from all sides, including from the doctrine of “humanitarian intervention” used to justify President Trump’s airstrikes in Syria; territorial disputes including those in Ukraine and the South China Sea; the so-called “Thucydides Trap” created by China’s rise in global power; and the overall weakening of international law more generally, in part through human rights. A look at the actions of China, Russia, and the United States over the past several years will illustrate the growing threat to peace among nations, and the opportunities available to strengthen international law in order to reduce this threat.
Wuerth is a leading scholar of foreign affairs and public international law, serving as the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law at Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law and of the Lawfare blog and is the reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Wuerth’s work has appeared in the Harvard, Chicago, Michigan, Northwestern and Texas law reviews, among other publications.
The event is open to members of the general public at no cost; registration is required and is available online. Media members interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication.
This annual lecture remembers the late Robert F. Boden, who served as dean of Marquette University Law School from 1965 to 1984.