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December 16, 2013

Professor Merle Weiner appointed as representative to Advisory Committee on Private International Law

Oregon Law Philip H. Knight Professor Merle Weiner recently was appointed by Daniel Rodriguez, President of the American Association of Law School (AALS) and Dean of Northwestern University School of Law, to serve as the AALS representative to the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL). 

ACPIL advises the U.S. State Department on private international law issues that may arise as a result of the U.S.’s participation in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL); the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH); the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT); and the Organization of American States (OAS), and others.

“I am excited and honored to be able to serve on the ACPIL,” said Weiner. “The U.S. government is a very important participant in various private international law efforts. Historically academics have provided valuable input to the federal government on issues about which they have had interest and knowledge. I very much look forward to following in my predecessors’ footsteps.”

Professor Weiner is considered an expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and her work is being used nationally and internationally in determining the outcomes of child abduction cases, especially as they pertain to domestic violence. She is also the co-author of the first comparative and international family law casebook for law students in the United States and has written on various international family law topics.

The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 176 law schools representing law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the AALS is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.” Committees, established by action of the Executive Committee, are appointed by the president and provide reports and policy advice to the Association and other agencies and organizations.

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