OU College of Law Professor Evelyn Aswad recently participated in a series of international law and affairs discussions in Washington, D.C. She participated in the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law, which is composed of former legal advisers to various U.S. Secretaries of State as well as leading international law professors and practitioners. The day of discussion focused on issues related to tensions in the South China Sea, the law of armed conflict and terrorism, refugee issues in Europe, and the Senate’s role in adopting treaties. Professor Aswad served as a lead commentator on the issue of the Senate and human rights treaties. She also participated in a meeting of the State Department’s Stakeholder Advisory Board on various business and human rights issues and discussed ways of highlighting outstanding corporate achievements in this field. The Board is composed of members from the business community (including HP, Barrick Gold, Coca Cola, and Yahoo!), civil society (including the AFL-CIO and International Corporate Accountability Roundtable), and academics from three institutions.
In addition, she participated in a workshop among academics, NGOs, companies, and State Department officials that was hosted by the University of Denver and the State Department to reflect on the emergence and effectiveness of multi-stakeholder bodies, including in the business and human rights field, to resolve international challenges.
“It was a real privilege to participate in these meetings and to share my views and advice on these timely topics," said Aswad. "I look forward to incorporating so much from these meetings in my teaching and scholarship."
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