McGeorge School of Law

Pocar Lecture Explores European Harmonization

October 25, 2011

Judge Fausto Pocar

Judge Fausto Pocar

Judge Fausto Pocar of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia spoke to students on Oct. 20, 2011, as part of the McGeorge International Jurist Series that brings leading judges from around the world to campus.

A professor of private and public international law at the Law Faculty of the University of Milan, Pocar lectured on "The Harmonization of Law in Europe; Jurisdiction in Tort and Contract Disputes" to Professor Thom Main's Comparative Legal Systems class and invited guests. Judge Pocar discussed the challenges associated with the harmonization of laws within the European Union. His remarks focused, in particular, on jurisdiction and choice-of-law mandates for contract and tort cases that arise in transnational contexts.

"The remarks demonstrated, once again, the breadth of Judge Pocar's experience and expertise. Recognized as one of the giants of contemporary public international law, in this lecture he returned to private international law, the discipline where his distinguished career began," Main said. "It is a privilege to watch Judge Pocar move seamlessly between and among topics of private international law, European law, human rights law, and international humanitarian law."

Judge Pocar also taught two International Criminal Law classes earlier in the week with Professor Linda Carter. At the end of his week on campus, Pocar was a panelist in the American Society of Comparative Law's Annual Conference, which was held from Oct. 20-22 at McGeorge.

"We were fortunate to have Fausto back on campus," said Carter. "In addition to his service as a judge in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY and ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), he is a member of prestigious private law organizations in Europe and has worked on revisions of European law in that field."

"In addition to being a member of our International Board of Advisors, Fausto has a strong interest in assisting our students," Carter added. "Our 3D student, Yen Phan, is presently working as his intern at the ICTY. Two other recent McGeorge graduates, Mariel Covarubbias and Nicole Rangel, were his interns in prior years. Fausto additionally assisted another of our 3D students, Danielle Wheeler, in securing an internship at the ICTY in the Appeals Chamber. Both Yen and Danielle are finding the experience to be a tremendous learning experience as they research and write memos, interlocutory orders, and parts of judgments."

The International Jurist Series continues on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with an appearance by Judge Juan Guzman Tapia, who gained international prominence as the judge who led the investigation and prosecution of the late Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. Guzman retired from the bench in 2005 and is a professor of procedural law at the Catholic University School of Law in Santiago.