Widener’s International Law Society presents talk on the United Nations and U.S. foreign policy
Public Relations - Published: November 9, 2012
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Gillian M. Sorenson

Widener Law’s student-run International Law Society will present an evening discussion between two highly acclaimed speakers who will explore the importance of the United Nations to U.S. foreign policy, the benefits of the U.N. system as a whole and the significance of United States compliance with international law.

The event, “U.S. National Interests: Law and the United Nations,” will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Ruby R. Vale Moot Courtroom on the school’s Wilmington, Del. campus at 4601 Concord Pike.

Speakers include:
  • Gillian Martin Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation, a public charity that advocates for the United Nations and works to connect people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. Sorensen is a national advocate on the United States-United Nations relationship. From 1997 to 2003 she served as assistant secretary-general for external relations at the United Nations, on appointment from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, serving as his point person with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders and other groups committed to peace, justice, development and human rights. She has also served as special advisor for U.N. public policy on appointment by Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, where she directed the organization’s global 50th anniversary observances. Sorensen is a graduate of Smith College and studied at the Sorbonne. She was a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (Institute of Politics) at Harvard University

  • Ambassador Robert Grey Jr. is director of the bipartisan security group at the Global Security Institute, a Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based nonprofit organization that promotes security for all through the elimination of nuclear weapons. He is a former U.S. representative to the Conference on Disarmament and was a senior fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as counselor for political affairs of the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York from 1986 to 1995 and was political adviser to the supreme allied commander at NATO for three years prior to that. He joined the foreign service in 1960, the same year he earned his law degree from the University of Michigan. He continues to serve as a consultant to the U.S. State Department and the CIA.
Jonathan Granoff, Widener Law adjunct professor of international law, will serve as moderator. Granoff has participated in multiple noteworthy dialogues with influential people, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, scientist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, actress and humanitarian Christie Brinkley, and media mogul and philanthropist Ted Turner.

This program marks the second in a series of diplomacy talks presented by Widener’s International Law Society. Granoff moderated the first event in November 2011 with former U.S. Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr. That evening focused on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.

Pennsylvania and Delaware attorneys who attend this year’s program will be eligible for two continuing legal education credits. New Jersey attorneys can self report to their state continuing legal education board with a Widener Law certificate of attendance. Registration to attend for credit will cost $35. To register, contact Constance M. Sweeney at 302.477.2177 or cmsweeney@widener.edu.

The program is free to students and the general public.