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Release: April 24, 2002

NYU's Joseph Weiler to give law school's Murray Lecture

Joseph Weiler, a noted authority on international law and the European Community, and professor of law at New York University, will present a lecture on international legal issues at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at the University of Iowa College of Law. Weiler's lecture, "Global Governance without Government: International Law and the Challenge of Democracy" will be in Room 225 of the Boyd Law Building as part of the Murray Lecture series at the law school.

In 2001, Weiler moved from Harvard Law School to NYU, where he heads the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice. Before Harvard, he held professorships at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and at the University of Michigan Law School. At NYU he holds the European Union Jean Monnet Chair, and he teaches courses on the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and NAFTA.

The Jean Monnet Chairs were created by the European Union and are selectively presented to universities to develop European studies. At Harvard, Weiler held one of the two Monnet Chairs awarded outside Europe, and in recognition of his stature in the field of European Union studies, the European Union University Council recently made the chair personal to Weiler so he could take it with him to NYU.

Weiler has had a profound impact on the fields of European Union law and international trade law through his many publications. He has written more than 100 articles and book chapters and numerous books. Among his most important recent books are The Constitution of Europe: "Do the New Clothes Have an Emperor?" and Other Essays on European Integration, The European Court and National Courts: Doctrine and Jurisprudence (with co-editors Anne-Marie Slaughter and Alec Stone Sweet), and "The EU, the WTO, and the NAFTA: Towards a Common Law of International Trade?"

The Murray lecture series began in 1952 and is the oldest of the lecture series presented by the College of Law. The series was established through gifts to the UI in honor of John F. Murray, a native of Iowa and founder of the American Home Products Co., by his wife, Bessie Dutton Murray.