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Madeleine Albright Discusses Role of Law in World Affairs

Approximately 350 graduates, students, faculty, and friends gathered on Thursday, Oct. 22 for "The Role of Law in World Affairs-2009," the Norman P. Ramsey Lecture given by Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001).

Secretary Albright's public lecture was the keynote address of the International & Comparative Law Program Conference, "Multilateralism and Global Law: Evolving Conceptions of International Law and Governance."

Following the lecture, a Q&A session was held in addition to a book signing and reception.

View Dr. Albright's address.

Madeleine Albright was nominated by President Clinton on December 5, 1996 as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she was sworn in as the 64th Secretary of State on January 23, 1997. Secretary Albright was the first female secretary of state and, at the time of her appointment, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government.

Prior to her appointment, Secretary Albright served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations as a member of President Clinton's Cabinet and National Security Council. Secretary Albright formerly was the President of the Center for National Policy. The Center is a non-profit research organization formed in 1981 by representatives from government, industry, labor and education. Its mandate is to promote the study and discussion of domestic and international issues.

As a Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of Women in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and Central and Eastern European politics, and was responsible for developing and implementing programs designed to enhance women's professional opportunities in international affairs.

About the Ramsey Lecture
The Norman P. Ramsey Business Law Fund was established in 1993 through the generosity of Tucky P. Ramsey in honor of her husband. A distinguished graduate of the School of Law’s Class of 1947, Judge Ramsey represented the highest tradition of dedication to the legal profession. His career spanned both public and private practice, as well as the judiciary, and included service as a U.S. District Court Judge.


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