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Judge Joan Donoghue

Judge Joan Donoghue

American Member of ICJ Speaks to Students

September 1, 2011

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Judge Joan Donoghue, the only American on the 15-member International Court of Justice, visited Pacific McGeorge on Aug. 31 to speak with students and to address a meeting of the World Affairs Council of Northern California.

Judge Donoghue met with members of Professor Linda Carter's International Criminal Law class and other students, encouraging them to pursue their interests in public international law. She shared her story of gravitating toward international law while attending Boalt Hall and launching a career with a Washington, D.C. law firm that led to service with the U.S. State Department. Although the ICJ was founded in 1945, she is only the third woman to serve on the court that sits in The Hague, Netherlands.

Thanks to the efforts of Professor Carter and other faculty members who work in Pacific McGeorge's Global Center for Business & Development, the law school has greatly expanded its presence and outreach in public international law. Two Pacific McGeorge students, Yen Phan and Danielle Wheeler, are serving in externships this fall at the International Criminal Tribunal Court for the former Yugoslavia. Two recent graduates, Adam Guernsey, '11, and Eric Papathakis, '11, are also working in those chambers in The Hague.

Judge Donoghue discussed "International Courts and Global Governance" in her World Affairs Council address. Professor Steve McCaffrey, one of Pacific McGeorge's most distinguished international law faculty members, served as moderator for the evening session. During her visit Donoghue was interviewed on Capital Public Radio's Insight program.

Donoghue's appearance was the inaugural event in the 2011-12 Pacific McGeorge International Jurist Series. Judge Fausto Pocar of the ICTY will visit the campus to speak on Oct. 20.