For Immediate Release:  Nov 20, 2008
2008, 11, 20

Ku to speak at London conference on universal jurisdiction

Ku to speak at London conference on universal jurisdiction

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development Julian Ku will speak at a conference entitled “Universal Jurisdiction Ten Years After Pinochet:  Ending Impunity or Decreasing Accountability?”  Hosted by The Global Law Forum at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the conference takes place later this month at The Royal Horseguards in London with a final public session in the House of Commons.  

The Global Law Forum invited Ku because of his work on the problems raised by new systems of international criminal justice.  “Most analysts and scholars have concentrated on the benefits of international criminal justice without seriously considering the negative qualities of the new international criminal justice systems,” said Ku.  “I hope to contribute to the understanding of both the advantages and disadvantages of international criminal justices.  I also hope to engage with scholars and lawyers outside the United States, in this case scholars from Israel and the United Kingdom, on these issues.”

At Hofstra, Ku teaches in the areas of international, constitutional and corporate law.  His main research interest is the intersection of international and domestic law.  He recently published articles on the constitutional aspects of foreign relations in the Yale Law Journal, The Supreme Court Review and Constitutional Commentary.  

“Hofstra Law has always provided unwavering support for my research,” said Ku.  “Both in the form of institutional backing to attend conferences and workshops, but also in the form of a faculty culture that encourages and fosters academic inquiry and research.”  

Ku co-authored a forthcoming book on globalization and its effect on the U.S. Constitution, with UC Berkeley Professor John Yoo and co-founded the leading international law blog www.Opiniojuris.org, read daily by thousands worldwide.

Before joining the Hofstra Law faculty in 2002, Ku served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and as an Olin Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Virginia Law School.  

Ku also practiced as an associate at the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, specializing in litigation and arbitration arising out of international disputes. 

Ku holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University. 

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