Friday, June 6, 2008
Professor Leila Nadya Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Director of the Harris World Law Institute at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis was unanimously elected as the next President of the International Law Students Association (ILSA). She is the first woman to lead the international organization, which is based in Chicago and which runs the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition among its other activities.
She will follow the highly successful presidential term of Ambassador David Scheffer, the Mayer Brown/ Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He was previously the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and led the U.S. delegation in the United Nations during talks establishing the International Criminal Court.
Ambassador Scheffer, who is well known in a number of international law circles, was congratulated and thanked profusely by the ILSA board for his leadership of the International Law Students Association. He was also remembered by one board member today for his appearance on the Daily Show on April 9, 2003 with Jon Stewart, where he more than held his own in defending the United Nations and its role in international dispute resolution. Click here to see the eight minute video! You'll enjoy it.
It was that appearance on the Daily Show that led an acquaintance of his to convince him to judge a final Jessup Round, after which the Board convinced him to take up the Presidency of the Organization. See what can happen from going on the Daily Show?
Ambassador Scheffer noted that his successor is a well respected international law scholar whose work, vision, and energy will bring great benefits to ILSA for years to come.
ILSA is planning activities for its anniversary celebrations, and is looking to get back in contact with former Jessup participants and former Jessup judges from around the world.
For more information about ILSA, visit www.ilsa.org.
For more information about the ILSA Quarterly, click here.
Mark E. Wojcik, Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago (and new board member of the International Law Students' Association)