Ku Chairs Panels at International Law Association Conference in Sydney

September 3, 2018

Charlotte Ku ILA2018 use of force plenaryCharlotte Ku presents the Committee on the Use of Force’s draft resolution to the concluding plenary session of the International Law Association’s biennial meeting in Sydney, Australia.

Associate Dean for Global Programs and Graduate Studies Professor Charlotte Ku played an active role at the 78th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association (ILA): Developing International Law in Challenging Times from August 18-24, 2018, in Sydney, Australia.

The ILA biennial conference brings together the leading international lawyers, international law academics, and members of governments and international organizations from around the world. The 2018 conference considered "cutting-edge themes of international law as it responds to social and political challenges in a new environment. Leading experts in public and private international law joined with lawyers, academics and other professionals to consider the responsiveness of international law to a world presenting increasing challenges."

Founded in Brussels in 1873 and currently headquartered in London, the ILA is the preeminent international non-governmental organization involved in developing and restating international law. The organization has 60 branches and over 4000 members. Ku is member of the American Branch of the ILA.

Charlotte Ku ILA2018 teaching panelThe Teaching of International Law Interest Group Panel: The Visualization of International in Our Teaching at the 2018 ILA conference. Left to right: Professor John Gamble, Professor Charlotte Ku, Professor Hennie Strydom.

At the 2018 conference, Ku was presenter and co-author of ​the paper "The Challenges of Teaching International Law," with Dr. John Gamble, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Law at Pennsylvania State University. They participated on the Teaching of International Law Interest Group Panel: The Visualization of International in Our Teaching with Professor Andrew Byrnes and Professor Natalie Klein, both ​from the University of New South Wales, and Professor Hennie Strydom, University of Johannesburg.

Ku also chaired a panel on Teaching and Education in International Law. Panelists included Professor Babatunde Fagbayibo, University of South Africa, South Africa; Professor Pauline Collins, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; and Professor Shirley Scott, UNSW Canberra, Australia.

Additionally, Ku chaired the Open Working Session to consider the Final Report of the Committee on the Use of Force and presented the committee's draft resolution at the concluding plenary session. The ILA adopted the ​committee's ​resolution at the conference closing ceremony. The resolution and the committee's final report will be forwarded to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Charlotte Ku in SydneyCharlotte Ku at Sydney Harbor during the 2018 ILA conference hosted by the Australian Branch of the ILA.

Other Texas A&M School of Law faculty actively engaged in ILA include Professor Irene Calboli who is on the Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance and Professor Peter Yu, ​​Co-Director of Studies for the American Branch of the ILA and co-chair of the Branch's Committee on International Intellectual Property. As one of the four U.S. delegates elected to the ILA’s Committee on Intellectual Property and Private International Law, Yu spoke at the committee's open working session at the ILA biennial meeting in Sydney.

About Charlotte Ku

Charlotte KuProfessor Charlotte Ku

Charlotte Ku is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Global Programs and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University School of Law.

Ku recently rejoined the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Board of Directors as Vice Chair. From 1998-2000, she served as the Chair.

Previously, Ku was Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Legal Studies at University of Illinois College of Law.

Ku served as Acting Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, and was Executive Director and Executive Vice President of the American Society of International Law from 1994 to 2006.

In addition to ACUNS and ASIL, Ku is member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA), Asian Society of International Law, European Society of International Law, International Studies Association, and The International Institute for Strategic Studies. Ku hosted the ABILA/ASIL International Law Weekend--South conference "The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development," at Texas A&M University School of Law in 2017. 

Her research focuses on international law and global governance. Ku is the author of International Law, International Relations, and Global Governance (Routledge, 2012). With Shirley Scott, she is co-editor of Climate Change and the UN Security Council (Edward Elgar, 2018).

View Ku’s other publications and presentations.

About Texas A&M School of Law

Texas A&M School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited institution located in downtown Fort Worth. In 2013, the law school acquired Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and has increased faculty and students exponentially in its five-year existence. The law school ranks highly nationwide in dispute resolution and intellectual property and offers 1​1 clinics that introduce students to real-world applications of the law. For more information, visit law.tamu.edu.

About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. A tier-one university, Texas A&M holds the rare triple land-, sea- and space-grant designation. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.