International Law Roundtables

WHO/UN Roundtable Discussions: April 7, 2005

Columbia Law School, William & June Warren Hall, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, Room L107

  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM: "The UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Efforts"
    (sponsored by the CLS Center on Global Legal Problems)

An American Society of International Law (ASIL) Regional Centennial Meeting
Moderator: Jose Alvarez, Professor, Columbia Law School

Thomas M. Franck, Professor, New York University School of Law
A leader in the field of international law, Thomas M. Franck joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1960. Since 1965, Franck, now the Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law, has been the Director of the Center for International Studies. In addition, he has taught in a visiting capacity at Stanford Law School, University of East Africa, York University, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, and the Hague Academy of International Law. From 1973 to 1979, he also served as Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's International Law Program.

Professor Franck's interest in public international law is practical as well as theoretical. Indeed, he has acted as legal advisor or counsel to many foreign governments including Kenya, El Salvador, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an advocate before the International Court of Justice, he has successfully represented Chad and is currently representing Bosnia in a suit brought against Serbia under the Genocide Convention. And, from 1986 to 1993, he served on the Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law. Professor Franck is recent past President of the American Society of International Law (1998-2000) and served as editor-in-chief of the The American Journal of International Law from 1984-1993. Today, Franck lends his services to numerous organizations ranging from the American branch of the International Law Association to the American Society of International Law.

The author of more than 20 books (most recently, The Empowered Self: Law and Society in the Age of Individualism) and a two-time Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Franck received the Christopher Medal for Resignation in Protest. The American Society of International Law has awarded him a Certificate of Merit for four of his books: United States Foreign Relations Law: Documents and Sources; Nation Against Nation: What Happened to the U.N. Dream and What the U.S. Can Do About It; Political Questions/Judicial Answers: Does the Rule of Law Apply to Foreign Affairs?; and Fairness in International Law and Institutions.

Richard Barrett, Coordinator- UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team
Since 2004, Richard Barrett, OBE has been the Coordinator of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team of the 1267 Committee on Al-Qaida and the Taliban for the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations in New York. As such he is responsible for seven-member Team of Experts who demonstrate expertise related to activities of the Al-Qaida organization and/or the Taliban, in the fields of Counter-terrorism and related legislation; the financing of terrorism and international financial transactions, including technical banking expertise; alternative remittance systems, charities, and use of couriers; border enforcement, including port security; arms embargoes; export controls; and drug trafficking.

Previously, he served as Director for Global & Regional issues - Europe (2002-2004), and Director for Global Counter Terrorism (2000-2002), where he dealt with the fall-out from the attacks of 11 September 2001, and advised senior policy makers on terrorist threat and response issues, including in crisis management and incident control. From 1998 - 2000, he was Deputy Director for Global & Regional issues - Europe, and from 1996 - 1998 he served as Counsellor at the British Embassy in Amman, Jordan, providing key policy advice on regional issues, including Iraq and Middle East Peace Process.

Mr. Barrett's earlier sssignments include analytical work on Afghanistan, in addition to postings to the UK Mission to the United Nations and the British Embassy in Turkey (1982-1996) and time at the British Ministry of Defense (1975-1983). Mr. Barrett attended Oxford University (2:1 History and Italian), and in addition to English speaks fluent French, Italian, and Turkish.

Eric Rosand, Deputy Legal Counsel, U.S. Mission to the UN
Since March 2002, Eric Rosand has served as the Deputy Legal Counsellor at the US Mission to the UN. Among his responsibilities include representing the US on the Security Council's Counter-terrorism Committee and on the UN General Assembly's Sixth, or Legal, Committee. Prior to his arrival in New York, he served in the Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser where, among other things, he was involved in Holocaust compensation and restitution negotiations with Germany, Austria, and France, as well as rule of law issues in Bosnia.

Mr. Rosand has published numerous articles on issues ranging from the right to return in Bosnia to the UN Security Council's counter-terrorism programs. His most recent article on Security Council "global legislating" is due to appear in the March 2005 issue of the Fordham International Law Journal. He is a graduate of Haverford College (BA in History), Columbia Law School (JD), and Cambridge University (LLM in public international law).

  • 5:30-6:30- Wine & Cheese Reception

  • 6:30 - 8:00 PM: "Lessons from the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: The Future of International Law in the Globalization of Public Health"
    (co-sponsored by the Columbia's School of Public Health)

An American Society of International Law (ASIL) Regional Centennial Meeting

Moderator: Jose Alvarez, Professor, Columbia Law School


Allyn Taylor, Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
Professor Allyn L. Taylor holds a joint appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Law. She has been a legal consultant to The World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Overseas Development Council, the Government of Taiwan and the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Between 1998 and 2003 she was a senior health policy adviser at the World Health Organization (Geneva) and was a senior legal adviser on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. From 1999 to 2003 she served as the chair of the International Health Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.

Dr. Taylor holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and a masters and a doctorate from Columbia University School of Law where she was a Ford Foundation Fellow in public international law. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on international health law concerns, including global tobacco control, women's health, biotechnology, human rights and communicable disease control. She teaches international human rights law, international health law, public health law and bioethics. She will also be teaching at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies next year.

Derek Yach, Director, Division of Global Health, Yale University School of Public Health
Dr. Yach is currently the Head of the Division of Global Health at the Yale University School of Public Health. Before coming to Yale, Dr. Yach worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) where he was responsible for overall policy development and management of programs aimed at the prevention of major risk factors for chronic diseases, the management of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, mental disorders and genetics, and the prevention of injuries and violence.

Dr. Yach was responsible for the design and implementation of the WHO global consultative process that resulted in the development of the new global health policy, Health for All in the 21st Century, that was adopted at the 1998 World Health Assembly.

Melissa Crow, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School
Melissa Crow is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches in the Safe Harbor Project and supervises students on political asylum cases and international human rights matters. She previously spent three years as a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at American University's Washington College of Law. Her scholarly interests include international legal ethics, corporate social responsibility, and transitional justice. She is the author of Smokescreens and State Responsibility: Using Human Rights Strategies to Promote Global Tobacco Control, 29 Yale J. Int'l L. 209 (Winter 2004), a forthcoming article on The Human Rights Responsibilities of Multinational Tobacco Companies, and numerous human rights reports.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Crow was an associate with the Washington, D.C. office of Foley, Hoag & Eliot, representing foreign governments and state-owned enterprises in international litigation/arbitration, and transactional matters. She has also served in Kigali, Rwanda as an Investigator with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. A former Sophie Silberberg Fellow at Human Rights Watch/Africa in Washington, DC, she has worked for international human rights organizations in Lagos, Nigeria and Jerusalem, Israel.