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April 6, 2007

Society Of International Law Elects Weston As Counselor

Burns H. Weston, Bessie Dutton Murray distinguished professor of law emeritus at the University of Iowa and interim director of the UI Center for Human Rights, was recently elected a counselor to the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Among others elected to the status of counselor at the organization's annual meeting last week in Washington, D.C. was Sandra Day O'Connor, retired justice of the United States Supreme Court. As counselor, Weston is a member of a senior learned persons group that advises the ASIL.

Weston has served the ASIL in many capacities in past decades. He served on its executive committee from 1970 to 1976 and as vice president from 1992 to 1994. He was also a member of the editorial board of its journal, the American Journal of International Law, one of the world's leading peer-reviewed journals of international law, from 1974 to 1999. He continues to serve the organization as a member of the journal's board of honorary editors.

ASIL is a non-profit, non-partisan international organization intended to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. Its 4,000 members come from nearly 100 nations include attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students and others interested in international law.

Weston is among the country's leading international law scholars and has written about and researched the topic for more than 40 years. He has served as a human rights advocate and scholar in a number of capacities for many organizations, including as senior human rights adviser to UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy, and for the International Human Rights Law Group, later known as Global Rights-Partners for Justice. He is also a founding member of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

Weston's teaching and research interests have centered on international jurisprudence, international human rights law, the laws of war, and the law of state responsibility, particularly as it relates to developing countries and the global environment. Weston spearheaded the founding of the UICHR in 1999 and served as its director until his retirement in 1999. He currently serves as interim director.

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