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The Honorable Shunji Yanai Delivers Philip J. Shapiro International Lecture

On October 22, The Honorable Shunji Yanai delivered the Philip J. Shapiro Endowed International Visiting Scholar Lecture. Judge Yanai, who served as president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany up until September 30, 2014, discussed “Peaceful Settlement of Maritime Disputes.”

“Judge Yanai has had a remarkable career at the intersection of international politics and law,” said Prof. Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and organizer of the lecture. “Our students gain not just from listening to his detailed and immense knowledge of international legal issues, but also from his discussion of his career and professional experiences.”

Judge Yanai discussed some of ITLOS’s recent cases, including the seizure of an Argentine naval ship by a hedge fund. Judge Yanai was joined by Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa, ambassador extraordinary & plenipotentiary, permanent representative of Japan to the United Nations.

The Philip J. Shapiro Endowed International Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2012 with a gift from Philip J. Shapiro ’78, president and CEO of Liberty Maritime Corporation and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. The program brings legal scholars, government officials and prominent members of the international legal and business communities to the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University annually. The visitors interact with faculty and students to discuss timely issues in the fields of international and comparative law. A public lecture for the Hofstra Law community is part of each visitor’s stay.

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