High Table Symposium

One of the central features of the LL.M. program is the “High Table” luncheon series, which is held throughout during the academic year. High Table is a luncheon discussion attended by LL.M. faculty and required for LL.M. students, based on presentations by practitioners from the public and private sectors and visiting legal scholars. Some of our recent guests are listed below.

Some of our High Table guests have also been invited to offer Fletcher-wide speeches under the auspices of the distinguished Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series.  These have included H.E. Hisashi Owada, then President of the International Court of Justice; Nobel Laureate Dr. Mohamed Elbaradei; and H.E. Joseph Deiss, President of the 65th Session of the U.N. General Assembly.

2010 – 2011 Speakers

Professor Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University School of Law; UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions

Kenneth Resnick, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, General Electric, Oil & Gas

H.E. Hisashi Owada, President of the International Court of Justice; Member, LL.M. Advisory Council

Hon. Robert Cordy, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Member, LL.M. Advisory Council

Professor Daniel C. Dennett, Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Studies, Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University

Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; Member, LL.M. Advisory Council

John Palenberg, Esq. F’82, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Member, LL.M. Advisory Council

H.E. Joseph Deiss, President, 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly; former President and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Professor John Ruggie, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 


His Excellency Hisashi Owada, then President (and current Judge) of the International Court of Justice, speaks to LL.M. students about the universality of international law in a globalizing world.
Kenneth Resnick, Vice President and General Counsel of GE Oil & Gas in Florence, Italy speaks with LL.M. students on the challenges of multinational corporate legal practice.