The University of Georgia School of Law will celebrate the 38th birthday of its Dean Rusk International Law Center by rededicating the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations in its new home in the Center's newly renovated unit.
Festivities will begin in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall with a keynote by Kannan Rajarathinam, a Georgia Law LL.M. alumnus who has devoted his career to working for the United Nations in conflict zones.
He and others will deliver remarks in recognition of Georgia Law professors such as: Sohn, a drafter of the U.N. Charter and the first holder of the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law; the Center's namesake, Dean Rusk, the former U.S. secretary of state who was a member of the faculty for more than a decade and, among many other things, served as an advisor to black law students; Sigmund Cohn, a German-Jewish judge who fled Nazism during World War II and became the law school's first teacher of international and comparative law; and Gabriel Wilner, a dispute settlement expert who mentored decades of LL.M. students.
The rededication will mark the move into the Center of the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations, comprising 5,000 volumes donated from Sohn's personal collection.
"The move of the Sohn Library and renovation of the Dean Rusk International Law Center underscore that international law constitutes a center of excellence at Georgia Law," said Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge. "We are honored to build upon the foundation established by luminaries like Professors Rusk and Sohn. Our faculty continue to serve in institutions like the International Criminal Court and on publications like the online site of the American Journal of International Law--even as they prepare our students to serve and practice law in today's increasingly globalized world."
The celebration will conclude with a reception and tours of the Center, on the main floor of Dean Rusk Hall.