For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

May 18, 2009

UW Hosts Panel Discussion on Piracy

The University of Washington will host a panel discussion, The Challenge of Piracy Near the Horn of Africa, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Communications Building. Panelists include faculty from the UW School of Law and the Jackson School of International Studies and is sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the African Studies Program.

Panel topics include:

  • The Golden Age of Piracy and the Origins of the Individual in International Law
    Walter J. Walsh was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and is an Associate Professor of Law at the UW School of Law. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of legal history, constitutional law, European Union law, and law and religion.
  • Using Military Force Against Pirates
    Frederick Michael Lorenz, J.D., LLM is a retired US Marine Corps lawyer and now a Senior Lecturer at JSIS. He was the senior legal advisor for two UN sponsored military deployments to Somalia in 1992 and 1995, and has recently traveled to Somaliland on behalf of the US State Department.
  • Political and Economic Implications of Piracy
    Wolfram Latsch holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford and is an Assistant Professor at the JSIS. His interests are in economic development and political economy, especially in Africa.
  • Is there an Alternative Narrative to the Somali Piracy Account?
    Joel Ngugi is an Associate Professor of Law at UW School of Law and the Chair of the African Studies Program at the University. His research interests are in human rights, global social justice, and the role of law in economic development.
  • Moderator: Scott Radnitz is an Assistant Professor at JSIS and received his PhD from MIT in 2007. He specializes in research on the post-Soviet region and informal networks of state-building and breakdown.

This event is free and open to the public.