31st Sokol Colloquium To Examine U.S. Foreign Relations Law

Reporters, Advisers on Fourth Restatement Will Meet With Critics, Experts
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December 20, 2018

Scholars, jurists and practitioners will explore the status and future of U.S. foreign relations law in light of a new restatement at the 31st Sokol Colloquium Jan. 11-12 at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Reporters and advisers on the American Law Institute’s “The Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States” will meet with critics and other experts in the field in Caplin Pavilion to discuss what the restatement achieves, what it leaves out or got wrong, and in what directions U.S. law might head in response to emerging international challenges.

Organized by UVA Law professor Paul Stephan ’77, who co-led the team that worked on the restatement, the colloquium “will address topics that range across constitutional law, international law, the law of federal courts and statutory interpretation, and private international law as these fields confront the ever-evolving, sometimes turbulent, issues that arise in an uncertain and increasingly interconnected world,” Stephan said.

The event is open to the Law School community, though lunch is only available to invited guests.

The Restatement and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States

Caplin Pavilion


Friday, Jan. 11

9:15-10:45 a.m.

Treaties, Separation of Powers and the Production of International Law

  • Curtis Bradley, Duke Law School
  • Kevin Cope, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Sam Estreicher, New York University Law School

Moderator: Rachel Brewster ’03, Duke Law School


11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

International Law and the Judiciary

  • A.J. Bellia, Notre Dame Law School (Brad Clark, George Washington University Law School, is absent co-author)
  • Gary Born, Wilmer Hale
  • Paul Stephan ’77, University of Virginia School of Law
  • John Harrison, University of Virginia School of Law

Moderator: Saikrishna Prakash, University of Virginia School of Law


1:30-3 p.m.

The Restatement and International Law

  • Ed Swaine, George Washington University Law School
  • Bill Dodge, UC Davis School of Law
  • Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Professor, Russian Association of International Law

Moderator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier, University of Virginia School of Law


3:15-4:45 p.m.

The Restatement’s Ambitions

  • Jean Galbraith, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Jide Nzelibe, Northwestern University School of Law
  • George Rutherglen, University of Virginia School of Law

Moderator: Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law


Saturday, Jan. 12

9-10:30 a.m.

Limits on Jurisdiction

  • Ralf Michaels, Duke Law School (Hannah Buxbaum, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, as absent co-author)
  • Austen Parrish, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Thomas Lee, Fordham Law School
  • Chimène Keitner, UC Hastings College of the Law

Moderator: Anne Woolhandler, University of Virginia School of Law


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sovereign Immunity

  • Beth Stephens, Rutgers Law School
  • David Stewart, Georgetown University Law Center (Ingrid Wuerth, Vanderbilt Law School, as absent co-author)
  • Kristina Daugirdas, University of Michigan Law School

Moderator: Sir Jack Beatson, United Kingdom Court of Appeals (retired)


12:15-1:15 p.m.

The Future of the Restatement (Roundtable) 

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