Prof. Murphy Honored as ILC Candidate

In September, the American Society of International Law hosted a reception in honor of Professor Sean D. Murphy, who has been nominated by the U.S. government for election to the International Law Commission (ILC) this November by the U.N. General Assembly.

“Sean Murphy is not just a top law professor; he is someone who understands deeply how international law actually operates in practice," said Paul Schiff Berman, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. “Through Sean’s teaching, our students have access to the workings and influence of international courts and tribunals, and the impact those bodies have on individuals and nations all over the world. We are all inspired by Sean’s work, and are proud of his nomination.”

Watch video of remarks by Professor Murphy, Vice President Crook, and Legal Adviser Harold H. Koh.

Read more about Professor Murphy’s nomination.

“I’m really honored to be the U.S. government’s nominee for election to the ILC,” Professor Murphy said. “I’ve spent several months talking with foreign governments and others about the ILC and why I hope to serve as a member, including at receptions in Geneva, New York, and The Hague. So it was wonderful that ASIL hosted one here in Washington, DC.”

Professor Murphy is GW’s Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law. Before joining the Law School faculty in 1998, Professor Murphy served as the legal counselor of the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, arguing several cases before the International Court of Justice and representing the U.S. government in matters before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and The Hague Conference on Private International Law. He also served as U.S. agent to the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, arguing cases on behalf of the U.S. government and providing advice to U.S. nationals appearing before that tribunal.

Between 1987 and 1995, he served in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, primarily advising on matters relating to international environmental law, international claims and politico–military affairs. Professor Murphy has published numerous books, casebooks and articles on various aspects of international law and U.S. foreign relations law, including a general treatise on principles of international law.

Created by the United Nations in 1948, the ILC consists of 34 distinguished legal scholars, practitioners and government officials elected by the U.N. General Assembly. The ILC promotes and prepares progressive development of international law and its codification, and the preparation of draft conventions on subjects which have not yet been regulated by international law or in regard to which the law has not yet been sufficiently developed in the practice of state. Members elected in the fall of 2011 to the Commission will serve five year terms commencing in January 2012.

Read about Professor Murphy’s appearance before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, arguing for Macedonia.

Read about Professor’s Murphy’s arguments on behalf of the Republic of Kosovo before the ICJ.


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