Law professor launches book on international law

Author: Kathleen McDonnell


Mary Ellen OConnell, Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, will launch her book,The Power and Purpose of International Law,at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15) in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. The event includes a book talk and book signing and is free and open to the public.

OConnells book argues that the world is poised for an important transition. The new president of the United States will have to deal with the impact of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the use of torture and secret detention, the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, climate change, nuclear proliferation, weakened international institutions and other issues related directly or indirectly to international law.The Power and Purpose of International Lawseeks to demonstrate the important role of international law.

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2005, OConnell earned her bachelors degree in history from Northwestern University and has degrees from the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. She earned her law degree from Columbia University.

OConnell practiced law with Covington&Burling in Washington, D.C., before teaching at Indiana University School of Law, the Bologna Center of John Hopkins University, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the University of Cincinnati College of Law and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. She is the author of three casebooks, four edited collections, and more than 60 articles and book chapters.

The Power and Purpose of International Lawis published by Oxford University Press.

_ Contact: Kristin Blitch, Hammes Bookstore, 574 631 5791_

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