International Agreements as Political Tools

01/26/2021 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM ET


  • $25.00


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Join us for a Zoom Meeting with Oona Hathaway, Yale Law School. The NATO Treaty, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Tehran Nuclear Agreement, the Brexit Agreement and the Good Friday Agreement for the island of Ireland that preceded it: how does one use international agreements, from firm handshakes all the way to formalized law in the form Article II Treaties adopted by 2/3 majority of the US Senate? What is their force, soft and hard? What is their enforceability in the global arena?


Oona A. Hathaway is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, Professor of International Law and Area Studies at the Yale University MacMillan Center, Professor of the Yale University Department of Political Science, and Director of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. She is also Counselor to the Dean at Yale Law School.  She has been a member of the Advisory Committee on International Law for the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State since 2005. In 2014-15, she took leave to serve as Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence. She is the Director of the annual Yale Cyber Leadership Forum. She has published more than thirty law review articles, and The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World (with Scott Shapiro, 2017).
Professor Hathaway will begin by describing the international legal order as it was formed by internationalists in the 1920s.  The rules of the system we now accept as valid were set 100 years ago.  Drawing on her scholarship as well as her positions as an advisor at the Pentagon and State Department, she will speak about challenges for today, notably  for the incoming administration.  Many of the new national affairs team are her former colleagues at Yale or were collaborators on her research and teaching.
Here are two of Hathaway's recent articles for those interested in reading more:
National Security Lawyering: Can Law Constrain Power?, 68 UCLA Law Review 2 (2021)
The Failed Transparency Regime for Executive Agreements, Just Security (Dec. 10, 2020) (with Curtis Bradley & Jack Goldsmith)
Professor Hathaway received her B.A. with summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1994 and her J.D. from Yale Law School, where in 1997 she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.  After graduation, Hathaway clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1998 Term, and for D.C. Circuit Judge Patricia Wald. 
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