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Posted April 16, 2012

25th Sokol Colloquium to Focus on Foreign Affairs Litigation in U.S. Courts

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Sokol Colloquium

Experts and scholars will discuss the impact of foreign affairs litigation in U.S. courts at the 25th annual Sokol Colloquium on Private International Law on Thursday in Caplin Pavilion at the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Keynote speakers include Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who will speak on "The Role of the Courts in Foreign Affairs" at 1:30 p.m., and Timothy J. Feighery, chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, who will address "The Work of the FCSC" during his 4 p.m. talk.

Representatives from the Department of Justice, private law firms and several law schools are also slated to speak.

Contact: Mary Wood

The colloquium is sponsored by the Law School, the J.B. Moore Society of International Law and the Virginia Journal of International Law.

The Gustave Sokol Program on Private International Law was established in 1976 under a grant from the Gustave Sokol Fund. The Sokol colloquia bring together distinguished scholars, practitioners and government officials from the United States and abroad to discuss in detail a current topic of private international law.
 
 
 

Thursday, April 19

All events are located in Caplin Pavilion
Register by April 18 to receive lunch (seating is limited). Contact jae8n@virginia.edu.

8:30 a.m.
Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.
Welcome
Dean Paul G. Mahoney, University of Virginia School of Law
9:15-10:45 a.m.
Foreign Sovereign Immunity and the FSIA
John Norton Moore, University of Virginia School of Law
H. Thomas Byron III, Civil Division, Appellate Staff, U.S. Department of Justice
Steven R. Perles, Senior Attorney, Perles Law Firm
Chimène Keitner, U.C. Hastings School of Law
Paul B. Stephan, University of Virginia School of Law
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Human Rights Litigation
Deena R. Hurwitz, University of Virginia School of Law
Ralph Steinhardt, George Washington University
Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
Allan Gerson, Chairman, AG International Law
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Lunch Keynote Address
"The Role of Courts in Foreign Affairs," with Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Register by April 18 to receive lunch. Contact jae8n@virginia.edu.
2:15-3:45 p.m.
Foreign Affairs Takings Actions in the Court of Federal Claims
Pierre-Hugues Verdier, University of Virginia School of Law
Lewis S. Yelin, Attorney, Appellate Staff, U.S. Department of Justice
Douglas J. Pepe, Partner, Gregory P. Joseph Law Offices
Stuart H. Newberger, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP
4 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote Address
"The Work of the FCSC," with Timothy J. Feighery, Chairman, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission

4:45-6:15 p.m.
The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
John K. Setear, University of Virginia School of Law
Allan Mendelsohn, Of Counsel, Cozen O'Connor
David E. Bradley, Former Chief Counsel, FCSC
Steven R. Perles, Senior Attorney, Perles Law Firm