International law at a crossroads in the United States

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 29 August 2017


The Dialogue Meeting Room, Attorney-General's Department, 4 National Circuit, Barton, ACT.
4 National Circuit, Barton


Paul Stephan, Anthea Roberts


ANU College of Law
02 6125 0454

The Trump Administration, Nationalist Populism, and the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States

Presented by Attorney-General’s Department in association with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Centre for International and Public Law and the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet).

In this talk, Prof Paul Stephan will sketch out approaches to international law and foreign relations produced by tension between populist and nationalist political forces, as expressed in the election of Donald Trump as President, and what might be called the international law establishment, which is described alternately as elitist, technocratic, expert, liberal or cosmopolitan. He will situate the recently completed Fourth Restatement (first stage) within this conflict. He will argue for the inevitability of both political accountability and technical expertise, in this field as much as any other.

Paul Stephan is an expert on international business, international dispute resolution and comparative law, with an emphasis on Soviet and post-Soviet legal systems. Stephan has advised governments and international organizations, taken part in cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, the federal courts, and various foreign judicial and arbitral proceedings, and lectured to professionals and scholarly groups around the world on issues raised by the globalization of the world economy. He currently is a coordinating reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

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