At UVA Law’s 31st Sokol Colloquium, Ralf Michaels of Duke Law School, Austen Parrish of Indiana University Law School, Thomas Lee of Fordham Law School and Chimène Keitner of UC Hastings Law School discussed the limits on jurisdiction in international law with moderator and UVA Law professor Ann Woolhandler. During the colloquium, scholars, jurists and practitioners discussed ALI’s Restatement of the Law Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States.


Ralf Michaels

Duke Law

Ralf Michaels is an expert in comparative law and conflict of laws, and a professor at Duke University School of Law. His current research focuses mainly on three issues: the role of domestic courts in globalization, the role of conflict of laws as a theory of global legal fragmentation, and the status and relevance of law beyond the state. He has authored numerous articles on all three topics.

Austen Parrish

Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law

Austen Parrish was appointed dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law at Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law, effective January 1, 2014. Before his appointment, he had been serving as interim dean and CEO of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2012 he was the school's vice dean, with responsibility for its overall academic program.

Thomas Lee

Fordham Law School

Thomas Lee teaches at Fordham Law School and writes in the fields of international law, international commercial and investor-state arbitration, comparative and U.S. constitutional law, civil procedure, legal history, and U.S. federal courts and jurisdiction. He has also taught International Trade Law and Telecommunications Law and Data Privacy, and seminars on Asian Americans and the Law (with Judge Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), Civil Law and Common Law, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Lee has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School (2017-18, 2005-6), Harvard Law School (2012-13), and the University of Virginia School of Law (2007); and an Adviser to the Constitutional Court of Korea (2006-12).

Chimène Keitner

UC Hastings Law School

Chimène Keitner is professor at UC Hastings Law School. She is a leading authority on international law and civil litigation, and served as the 27th Counselor on International Law in the U.S. Department of State. She has authored two books and dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on questions surrounding the relationship among law, communities, and borders, including issues of jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, foreign sovereign and foreign official immunity, and the historical understandings underpinning current practice in these areas. Professor Keitner holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature with high honors from Harvard, a JD from Yale, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Ann Woolhandler

UVA Law School

Ann Woolhandler id a professor at UVA Law School. She joined the resident faculty of the Law School in January 2002, after spending the spring of 2001 as a visiting professor at Virginia. Formerly a professor of law at Tulane University, she is an expert on the federal court system and civil procedure. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston University, and on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati.


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