Treaty Survival

GW Law Professor Sean D. Murphy, a member of the U.N. International Law Commission (far left), spoke about the effectiveness of treaties with fellow panelists (left to right) Professor Georg Nolte from the Humboldt University of Berlin, who also serves on the U.N. International Law Commission; Professor Duncan Hollis from Temple University Beasley School of Law; and Arnold Pronto, senior legal officer for the United Nations.

Can existing or contemplated treaties remain effective in an era of rapid change? What tools enable international lawyers to assist the international community in addressing this and related questions? 

These were among the issues addressed by a panel of experts that gathered on April 19 to consider the effectiveness of treaties over time, with particular emphasis on the adaptability of treaties to present-day challenges. The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Law Committee, the American Branch of the International Law Association, and GW Law’s International and Comparative Law Program.