Saint Louis Priory School is excited to once again partner with the Notre Dame Club of St. Louis to host the 2023 Hesburgh Lecture

"Peaceful Resolutions to Disputes in International Law"

by Professor Emilia Justyna Powell
Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame

Friday, Feb. 24
7:30 p.m.
Kevin Kline Theatre

International law offers countries multiple ways to settle their disputes in a peaceful manner that avoid military confrontations. States may resort to bilateral negotiations, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and international courts to solve their disagreements, and these disagreements deal with numerous issues such as territorial sovereignty, maritime zones, diplomatic disagreements, and so on. Why do states choose particular methods? What are strengths and shortcoming of each method? Why would any country choose an international court, and forego negotiations? Professor Powell will give examples of important recent disputes that were resolved via each method of settlement.

About Professor Powell

Emilia Justyna Powell is a Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. She has written extensively on international law, international courts, international dispute resolution, the Islamic legal tradition, and Islamic constitutionalism. She has been a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Durham University, and at the University of Copenhagen Law School, icourts Centre for International Courts. Born in Toruń, Poland, Emilia Justyna Powell received education in the University of Nicholas Copernicus (Poland), Jean Monnet Center for European Studies, the University of Cambridge, and the Florida State University where she received her Ph. D.  She has authored many articles and books and has made innumerable national and international presentations.

The Hesburgh Lecture Series

To bring the Notre Dame campus to its alumni and their communities, the Hesburgh Lecture Series was inaugurated in the spring of 1986. Outstanding faculty members nominated by their colleagues, the deans of the colleges, and the Law School offer lecture-discussion programs that address issues reflective of the unique strengths of the University: leadership in family life, Church issues, ethical concerns, social problems, political questions, the spiritual life, and the liberal arts. This program strives to encourage intellectual dialogue between the alumni, community members, and the distinguished faculty of Notre Dame. The series is named for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., 15th president of the University, in recognition of his personal example as a lifelong learner and as an expression of the great affection and respect he has earned from alumni and others worldwide. More than 100 alumni clubs have hosted a Hesburgh lecture, which is underwritten by the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. A reception will follow in the lobby.