PROFESSOR BUTLER DELIVERS VIRTUAL BOOK TALK AT THE KENNAN INSTITUTE
March 2021 — Professor William E. Butler discussed his book, International Law in the Russian Legal System, during a virtual book talk on March 19 hosted by the George F. Kennan Institute. Professor Butler's book, commissioned and published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) in late fall 2020, is the second volume in the OUP’s newly established series on the Elements of International Law.
Focusing on international law as an integral part of the Russian legal system, Professor Butler discussed what role international treaties and generally recognized principles of international law play under Russian law, investment protection treaties, and the changing relationship between the Russian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Professor Butler was a George F. Kennan Fellow in Spring 2019, where he completed much of the research for the book and is the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law.
Professor William Butler is the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law; Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, University College London; and Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine; and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law; member, American Law Institute. He recently published International Law in the Russian Legal System (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Chapter 11 in T. E. Carbonneau, W. E. Butler, and H. A. Blair, International Litigation: Cases and Materials (3d ed.; West, 2020).