McGeorge School of Law

Scholars review international law papers at McGeorge School of Law

October 8, 2019

Legal scholars from throughout Northern California gathered recently at University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law to discuss as-yet unpublished papers on international law.

“We look forward every year to this gathering of international law scholars, where we come together to present or offer substantive feedback on our scholarly works-in-progress,” said Jarrod Wong, McGeorge’s co-director for the law school’s Global Center for Business and Development and the International Certificate of Concentration. “The breadth and depth of the discipline is striking, as are the various ways in which international law serves to advance the interests of the global community.”

Wong said the one-day Northern California International Law Scholars Annual Meeting rotates annually among Northern California law schools, with McGeorge hosting it this year in the law school’s Grand Salon. The five preselected, unpublished papers were distributed to participants ahead of time so that they could provide feedback during the workshop. The topics ranged from the ordinary meaning of international law to the role of decentralization of power structures in the Middle East.

“The workshop is always rewarding if intense,” said Wong. “You come away with real insight into a wide variety of perspectives that we as law professors can bring to our work and into the classroom to better educate our students on the promise and function of international law.”

Of the five papers, two were co-authored by McGeorge faculty. Wong and McGeorge’s Brian Slocum co-authored “The Ordinary Meaning of International Law” and the law school’s Omar Dajani presented the introduction and conclusion of a book he is coauthoring with UCLA’s Asli Bali on the concept of decentralization in the Middle East.

McGeorge professors Michael Malloy, Frank Gevurtz and Mike Vitiello also participated in the workshop. Commentators and presenters came from the U.S. State Department and law schools at UC Davis, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Stanford University and University of Michigan.