Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law

Sloan Lecture crowd

Dr. Boris KozolchykApril 1, 2016
Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, President & Executive Director, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade
"Cuba & Iran: A Look at Global Trade and Development"


Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, Founding Director & Director of Research, at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NLCIFT) and Evo DeConcini Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona has over 40 years of experience working in areas and issues related to international, banking and commercial law. He has extensive experience as an advisor and team leader to governments and international organizations. Dr. Kozolchyk is an internationally recognized expert and scholar in commercial and international law, specializing in banking law and practices, secured transactions and registries, letters of credit, and other instruments of commerce. His latest book, Latin American Company Law: A Comparative and Economic Development PerspectiveVol. 1 (2013) explores ways to create a better understanding of Latin America's company law as a tool for harnessing development capital, local and foreign, and for developing a broader class of traders, investors, lenders and corporate managers.

His works include Comparative Commercial Contracts: Law, Culture and Economic Development (2014), La Contratación Comercial En El Derecho Comparado (2006), Transparency and Truth in Latin American Banking (2001) (co-editor, with Mina Goldberg, Billie Kozolchyk, & Timothy Baker, and author of Forewordxxi). Dr. Kozolchyk has published over a dozen scholarly articles in Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, as well as with Brooklyn Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business and others.

See a full list of Dr. Kozolochyk’s publications.


Dr. Kozolchyk offered an explanation of why NatLaw, the international commercial law research and drafting Center, has been so successful in having more than a dozen secured transactions laws and registry regulations adopted by Latin American and African nations. He examined key aspects of our comparative contextual methodology, including proven biological and cultural assumptions, empirical field studies on the actual state of the law and practice in the developing country in questions and official statistical information that attests to the success of the enactments.


Dr. Boris KozolchykApril 1, 2016
Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, President & Executive Director, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade
"Cuba & Iran: A Look at Global Trade and Development"

Jens David OhlinApril 13, 2015
Professor Jens David Ohlin, Cornell Law School
"The Assault on International Law"

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Donald DonovanOctober 29, 2014
Donald Francis Donovan, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP
"The Advocate in the Transnational Justice System"

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Ibrahim GambariOctober 3, 2012
Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
"Making Peace in Darfur (Sudan): Stubborn Reality and the Audacity of Hope"

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Justice Richard GoldstoneSeptember 15, 2011
Justice Richard Goldstone of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
"The Developing Global Rule of Law"

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The Hon Michael KirbyOctober 4, 2010
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
"The Use of Foreign Judicial Authority…Why Justice Scalia is Wrong."

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Scott Horton2009
Scott Horton
Contributing Editor, Harper's Magazine
"After Gitmo: Obama Grapples with Preventive Detention"

Mark D. Welton2007
Mark D. Welton, PhD (Lt. Col., Ret.)
Professor of Law, United States Military Academy, West Point
"Islam, the West, and the Rule of Law"

José E. Alvarez2006
José E. Alvarez
Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia University School of Law
"The Promise and Perils of International Organizations"

Philippe Kirsch2005
Philippe Kirsch
President, International Criminal Court (ICC); and Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Division
"The International Criminal Court and the Enforcement of International Justice"

Barbara Stark2004
Barbara Stark
Professor of Law, Hofstra University School of Law
"Women and Globalization: A World of Change"

photo of gavel2003
Michael Greenhalgh Bridge
Professor of Commercial Law and Dean of the Faculty of Laws, University College London (UCL)
"Uniformity and the Law of International Sale"

George J. Annas2002
George J. Annas
Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health
Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Professor of Socio-Medical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine
Founder and first Director, Boston University's Law, Medicine, and Ethics Program
"Human Rights and Health in a World of Inequality"

Harold G. Maier2001
Harold G. Maier
David Daniels Allen Professor of Law Emeritus, Vanderbilt University Law School
"The Cuban Democracy Act: Is the Cure Worse than the Disease?"

M. Cherif Bassiouni2000
M. Cherif Bassiouni
President Emeritus, International Human Rights Law Institute; and Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
President, International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences (ISISC), Siracusa, Italy
"International Humanitarian Law"

David J. Scheffer1999
David J. Scheffer
Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law; and Director of the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University
First U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (1997–2001)
"War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity"

W. Ramsey Clark1998
W. Ramsey Clark
Sixty-Sixth Attorney General of the United States
"The Legality and the Effects of the United Nations Sanctions against Iraq"

Benjamin B. Ferencz1997
Benjamin B. Ferencz
Chief Prosecutor for the United States Army, Einsatzgruppen Trial of the 'Subsequent Nuremberg Trials' at Nuremberg, Germany
Adjunct Professor of International Law (1985-1996), Pace University School of Law
"International Criminal Courts: The Legacy of Nuremberg"

Ronald St. John Macdonald1996
Ronald St. John Macdonald, CC, QC
Founding President, Canadian Council on International Law
Judge, European Court of Human Rights
Solidarity in International Public Law

photo of gavel1995
Ian Brownlie, CBE, QC, FBA
Chichele Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford; and Distinguished Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
"The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes in Practice"

David O'Keeffe1994
David O'Keeffe
Emeritus Professor of European Law, University of London (UCL)
"The Constitutionalization of Europe and Legal Issues of the Maastricht Treaty"

Stephen M. Schwebel1993
Stephen M. Schwebel
Judge, International Court of Justice (President from 1997–2000)
"The Performance and Prospects for the International Court of Justice"

photo of gavel1993
Shoshana Netanyahu
Justice, Supreme Court of Israel
"The Supreme Court of Israel: A Safeguard of The Rule of Law"

W. Michael Reisman1992
W. Michael Reisman
Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Chairman, Hague Arbitration Tribunal, Bank for International Settlements
International Election Observation

Louis Henkin1991
Louis Henkin
University Professor Emeritus and Special Service Professor, Columbia Law School; and chairman, Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights; former president, American Society of International Law
"Congress, the President, and the United Nations"

John N. Hazard1990
John N. Hazard
Nash Professor Emeritus of Law, Columbia Law School;
President, International Academy of Comparative Law; President, American Foreign Law Association and of the American Branch of the International Law Association; Former president of the International Association of Legal Sciences
"New Thinking in Soviet Approaches to International Politics and Law"

Oscar Schachter1989
Oscar Schachter
Hamilton Fish Professor Emeritus of International Law and Diplomacy, Columbia Law School; Advisor, UN Commission on Transnational Corporations
"Just War and Human Rights"

F. Blaine Sloan1988
F. Blaine Sloan
Professor Emeritus of International Law and Organization, Pace Law School
"The United Nations Charter as a Constitution"


The Blaine Sloan Lecture on International Law honors F. Blaine Sloan for developing the international law studies program at Pace. A member of the United Nations Legal Office for three decades and Director of the General Legal Division, Professor Sloan has contributed significantly to the development of private and public international law. He represented the Secretary General at the 1978 UN Conference on the Carriage of Goods by Sea; at the sessions from 1969–1978 of the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); and at the 1966–1978 sessions of the Legal Sub-Committee on the Peaceful uses of Outer Space. His UN service involved him in that organization’s work on Vietnam, relief for Palestinian refugees, peacekeeping in the Middle East, the UN Commission on Korea, and as Legal Advisor to Security Council sessions in Africa and Latin America.