Introduction: One Hundred Years of International Law at Fordham University

Fordham International Law Journal, Dec 2005

In the past 100 years, the connotations of the term "international

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Introduction: One Hundred Years of International Law at Fordham University

The FordhamInternationalLawJournalis truly a showpiece in Fordham's large cadre of international programs. The Journal has been an important part of this tradition since 1977 when the first volume was published. The dedicated students who put to- gether the Journaleach year have built a publication that is the zenith of international legal scholarship. Of the more than 350 student Fordham International Law Journal - 2005 Article 1 Copyright c 2005 by the authors. Fordham International Law Journal is produced by The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress). http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ilj William Michael Treanor In the past 100 years, the connotations of the term “international” have changed dramatically. The ideas we have of concepts such as ”international communication” and ”global travel” are dramatically different from what those concepts would have meant to our forebears - if they had even thought in such terms. But an international perspective is not new at Fordham Law School. The idea of the interconnectedness of our social and legal systems with those of other Nations is one of the foundational values of our school, and it has shaped our history since we opened our doors 100 years ago. INTRODUCTION: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AT FORDHAM UNIVERSITY William Michael Treanor* In the past 100 years, the connotations of the term "international" have changed dramatically. The ideas we have of concepts such as "international communication" and "global travel" are dramatically different from what those concepts would have meant to our forebears-if they had even thought in such terms. But an international perspective is not new at Fordham Law School. The idea of the interconnectedness of our social and legal systems with those of other Nations is one of the foundational values of our school, and it has shaped our history since we opened our doors 100 years ago. From our first days, Fordham has been an institution committed to the study of international law. Our founding Dean, Paul Fuller, was one of the preeminent international lawyers of his time. He richly enhanced this dimension of the young law school, seeing the pending globalization with a prescience few could have fathomed in 1905. Fuller was born on a ship traveling to California and, for his entire life, took pride in the fact that he was, in a very literal sense, a citizen of the world, born outside the borders of any Nation. Like many of our School's deans, he was an influential practicing attorney when named Dean. As senior partner at Coudert Brothers, the leading international law firm of the era, Fuller was sent by President Woodrow Wilson to Mexico to negotiate with the revolutionary government, successfully strengthening U.S. relationships in the troubled region. He played a leading role in the Supreme Court litigation involving the crucial question of the constitutional status of Puerto Rico and the other territories that became part of the United States after the Spanish-American War. Throughout Dean Fuller's career, he also represented the governments of Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey. Today, 100 years later, Fordham's reputation as a leading * Dean, Fordham University School of Law. FORDHAMINTERNATIONAL LAWJOURNAL international law school remains strong. We are home to eleven full-time and five adjunct faculty in international law. Our Crowley Program on International Human Rights, the Center on European Union Law, Competition Law Institute, and major conferences on international antitrust and IP law serve leadership roles in the creation of scholarship and information in the field. Through a host of exchange and study abroad programs, our students have opportunities to study in Ireland, South Korea, Paris, Amsterdam, and Israel. Our international law program is ranked among the Nation's finest, and it grows stronger every year.


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