Going Home: 7 Lessons on life in France for an American Scholar
As my time in France as a Fulbright scholar ends, I have given some thought to what a wonderful experience it has been; what I have learned, what my children have experienced, what observations I have gathered from my time abroad. I was in France during a particularly...read more
1870, 1914, 1940 . . .
A couple of weeks ago I visited the eastern part of France -- Lorraine -- with my family. We were invited to stay with friends, in a home built during the war of 1870, and occupied in the other two wars with Germany in 1914 and 1940. We visited the American Cemetary...read more
War in Libya
I was living in Paris in 1990 practicing law when the first Gulf War broke out. President George H.W. Bush led a coalition, pursuant to U.N. Security Council Resolution 678, to repel Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Resolution 678 was adopted by a vote...read more
I had the privilege to author the Compromis for this year's Jessup problem, which you can find on the website of the International Law Students Association, here. The scenario resembles real life, involving the use of drone attacks against an ethnic...read more
International Criminal Law: Historical Perspectives and Future Development
On February 11, 2011, I was asked to deliver the "Inaugural Colloquium" for the Tocqueville Chair. I was also asked to deliver it in French to make it more accessible to a French audience. I chose the above subject as a way of introducing students and colleagues to...read more
Paris in America — Edouard Laboulaye
Last week I went to a very interesting program at the Collège de France on this little book by Edouard Laboulaye, celebrating the bicentennial of this lesser known luminary of France. The book Paris en Amérique itself appeared in 1863 and was...read more
The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law? Maybe not quite yet . . .
This week, unexpectedly, the Security Council voted unanimously to refer the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court. That is cause for celebration; but celebration tempered with a strong dose of caution and even some real pessism about the...read more
The French Sense of Time and Space
We are now back from the period known in France as les vacances scolaires when everything, for anyone with (or even randomnly associated with) school age children stops dead. Being extremely organized, school holidays in France are all taken at the same...read more
The Weight of History
This past Wednesday and Thursday, the Commission Franco-Américain brought together all the American Fulbrights and Chateaubriand Fellows working and studying in France so that we could learn about each other’s work, and share our research and our...read more
French University Life — or, plus ca change. . . .
The past two weeks I took the train (RER) from Paris to Cergy-Pontoise where I will be teaching. Cergy is a new university, just celebrating it's 20th year, that is located outside of the city. The suburban campus has the advantage of providing a more...read more