Political dissonance and personal harmony: negotiating with North Korea and Iran.

Author:Reed, Lucy F.
Position:Women in International Law Interest Group Luncheon - Proceedings of the One Hundred Fifth Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law


The luncheon meeting was convened at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24. Introductory remarks were made by Kristine A. Huskey, Co-Chair of the Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG]; David D. Caron. President of the ASIL; and Mary Catherine Malin of the WILIG steering committee. The honoree/lecturer was Lucy F. Reed of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer U.S. LLP and immediate past president of the Society.

Lucy did not plan to publish her talk, but later agreed to include a slightly edited transcript in these Proceedings.


Good afternoon, and welcome to the luncheon hosted by the Women in International law Interest Group of ASIL, otherwise known as WILIG, This is our premier event of the year, and it's an opportunity for us to get together as a group and to see what the other person looks like behind the e-mail address. But it's primarily an opportunity to honor a woman of distinction, a woman who has made her mark in international law and who has advanced the cause of women in a very significant way. Today we are honored to bestow the Prominent Woman in International Law Award on Lucy Reed. I'd like to ask David to come up and say a few words. After David, Mary Catherine will come up.


Thank you very much. I've been asked to say a few words about Lucy from the perspective of the American Society of International Law. Ordinarily. that is not a problem; in this case. it is really insurmountable. It would involve a fragmentation of my identity that is so deep that 1 fear the consequences.


Lucy and I have been friends for many years. Let me try and fragment a little bit.

As someone who enjoys arbitration very much. 1 have a deep admiration for Lucy as an advocate and as a judge, but I put that to the side.

As an academic. 1 value deeply the mind so evidently at work in her Hague lectures, but let's put that to the side. As a teacher, it is always my pleasure when one of my students will be working at Freshfields, in the summer or permanently, because one knows that there is a level of mentoring, a level of caring, that is just fantastic.

As a public speaker, I must say I'm entranced by her facility with language and with phrasing. One I just love is this phrase. "Less is more, more or less."


As a simple person, I am thankful for the friendship. As president of the American Society of International Law, 1 can say for Betsy and for myself and for all the members, in some ways her presidency was very unfair. She was asked to clean house. She was asked to come back and deal with a defalcation concerning financial matters. It was essential that she do that with professionalism and bring the Society to a very stable point, and she did a really excellent job that is carrying forward in a way that sustains the Society unbelievably.

But Lucy's vision is so much more. I would just like to focus on one particular, and that is that Lucy is such a central mentor in this Society, among the women of the Society. One thing that makes this clear is her creation of the Helton Fellowship Program and funding in support of the Helton Fellowship Program. She has just been really central to everything the Society is.

So, on behalf of the Society, Lucy, congratulations on this well-deserved honor, and thank you very much.

* Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center,

([dagger]) C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law



And coming up to the podium now is Mary Catherine Malin, who is also on the Steering Committee at WILIG.


It is my great pleasure today to help introduce our luncheon speaker and the recipient of the Prominent Woman in International Law Award.

I met Lucy Reed in 1985 when I joined the State Department Legal Adviser's Office and then was assigned to the Office of Claims and Investment Disputes. When people asked me, as they do with all new lawyers, "So where do you work?" and I replied, "L/CID," they invariably said, "You work with Lucy Reed." So even then she was recognized as a superstar. And as I worked with her, I learned that not only was she a superstar lawyer, but she was really a lot of fun.

While Lucy was with the Legal Adviser's Office from 1985 to 1992, she served as the legal counselor at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague and the U.S. Agent to the Iran-U.S.

Claims Tribunal. She was also the Deputy Assistant Legal Adviser for International Claims and Investment Disputes. From 1995 to 1998, she was the first general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, an organization based in New York. In this capacity, she led negotiations with North Korea.

Lucy is now the co-head of the Freshfields Global International Arbitration Group. She specializes in public international law disputes, with a particular emphasis on investment treaty disputes. In addition to representing private and public clients in international arbitration and serving as an arbitrator, Lucy was a member of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission and a co-director of the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland.

She is co-author of the Freshfields Guide to Arbitration Classes in International Contracts and the Guide to ICSID Arbitration.

Lucy, as David mentioned, is a past president of the American Society of International Law. She is also a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, chair of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2001, she delivered private international law lectures at The Hague Academy of International Law. She was ranked the sole star individual international arbitration practitioner by Chambers USA last year, and a leading lawyer in international arbitration in Legal 500 in the United States. And most importantly, Lucy is a long-time member of WILIG, and she is also a blogger for the International Law Grrls.

And with this, I give you Lucy Reed.


BY MARY CATHERINE MALIN, Office of the Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State.


Thank you, Kristine, and thank you, David and Mary Catherine, for those kind words.

And thank you all for coming. The WILIG luncheon is a high point of the Annual Meeting for me, and I cannot tell you how honored I am to be honored by W1LIG. It's extremely important to me. My close friends know that I'm always, believe it or not, nervous in public speaking, and I'm really nervous today, because it does mean so much to me.

I will not say that I put myself in the category of prior honorees. I can't do that. But I will say that I am extremely proud of my focus when I was president of the Society on mainstreaming and promoting women's issues and women's voices. I said it when I was inaugurated, and I worked on it while I was there. And David continues, you all continue. I have always wanted more room and more visibility for women in the Society, and I think we are on our way.

As my associates--some of whom are here, thank...

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