Watch video from UVA Law’s 31st Sokol Colloquium, where Rutgers law professor Beth Stephens, Georgetown law professor David Stewart and University of Michigan law professor Kristina Daugirdas discussed sovereign immunity with moderator and United Kingdom Court of Appeals Lord Justice (ret.) Sir Jack Beatson. During the colloquium, scholars, jurists and practitioners discussed ALI’s Restatement of the Law Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States.



Beth Stephens

Rutgers University

Beth Stephens has published a book and a variety of articles on the relationship between international and domestic law, focusing on the enforcement of international norms and on business and human rights. She previously was in charge of the human rights docket at the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and continues to litigate human rights cases.

David Stewart

Georgetown University

David Stewart joined the faculty following his retirement from the U. S. Department of State, where he served as Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law. Previously he had been Assistant Legal Adviser for Diplomatic Law and Litigation, for African Affairs, for Human Rights and Refugees, for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, and for International Claims and Investment Disputes, as well as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser. Before joining the government, he was in private practice with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in commercial and antitrust litigation. He was Adjunct Professor for over 25 years and received Georgetown’s Charles Fahy award for distinguished adjunct faculty teaching in 2003-2004.

Kristina Daugirdas

University of Michigan

Kristina Daugirdas teaches and writes in the fields of international law and institutions and U.S. foreign relations law. Her scholarship currently focuses on how international law does (and fails to) regulate international institutions, as well as how they contribute to the development of international law. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Organizations Law Review. Before joining the Michigan Law faculty, Professor Daugirdas was an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser. In that role, she provided guidance on the negotiation and implementation of UN Security Council sanctions and amicus participation by the U.S. government in lawsuits with foreign policy implications. Professor Daugirdas also clerked for The Hon. Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She earned her JD, magna cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, and her AB, with honors, from Brown University.

Jack Beatson

United Kingdom Court of Appeals Lord Justice (ret.)

The Right Honorable Sir Jack Beatson is a retired member of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and a fellow of the British Academy. Beatson was educated at Brasenose College Oxford (B.A. 1970, B.C.L. 1972, M.A. 1973), called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1972, and was appointed an honorary bencher in 1993. He was a member of the faculty of law at the University of Oxford between 1973 and 1994, on leave as a member of the Law Commission of England and Wales between 1989 and 1994, and then Rouse Ball Professor of English Law at the University of Cambridge between 1994 and 2003. He was a recorder from 1994-2003. In 1998 he was appointed as a Queen's Counsel member and a deputy high court judge from 2000-2003. He was a judge of the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division from 2003-2013. From 2009-2012, he served as the Queen’s Bench liaison judge for Midlands and Wales Circuits. He was appointed a lord justice of appeal in 2013. His publications include Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK (co-author, 2008), Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information (author and co-editor, 2000), Administrative Law: Cases and Materials (2nd ed., with M. Matthews, 1989), Anson’s Law of Contract (co-author, 30th ed., 2016), The Use and Abuse of Unjust Enrichment: Essays on the Law of Restitution (author, 1991), Good Faith and Fault in Contract Law (author and co-joint editor, 1995).


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