MORGANTOWN – Internationally known scholar and international
criminal law and human rights practitioner Susan Lamb shared her expertise
and unique experiences through the C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality
and Democracy at the West Virginia University College of Law on Jan. 30.
“Professor Lamb has worked for the United Nations for most
of her career,” Anne Lofaso, Arthur B. Hodges professor of law at WVU College
of Law, told The West Virginia Record.
“It is very difficult to break into UN jobs. Professor Lamb is a wonderful
contact for our students.”
In addition to delivering the lecture, Lofaso said Lamb was
invited to a brown bag lunch to discuss her work with the UN, and she will help
the school’s Jessup International Law Moot Court prepare for competition. Lofaso
said Lamb was on the Jessup Team for Oxford University when she was a graduate
Lofaso said the annual lecture was brought to the school in
honor of her constitutional law professor and friend, C. Edwin Baker, who died in
2009 at the age of 62.
“The purpose of the lecture is to bring nationally and
internationally known experts in human rights law, particularly in the fields
which Professor Baker researched: Free speech,
democracy, equality, liberty and other human rights,” Lofaso said.
She said the lecture’s purpose is to expose the students and
faculty at WVU to areas of law and legal expertise to which they may not
normally be otherwise exposed.
“This broadens the horizons of everyone in our community,”
Lofaso said. “It also gives our students networking opportunities.”
Lamb said this is her first collaboration with WVU College
Lamb told The West
Virginia Record that the topic of her lecture, “International Criminal
Justice and Notions of Equality and Liberty” was designed “to develop
understanding developing norms within the field of international accountability
and to draw closer links between comparable doctrines in constitutional and
Lamb is an international criminal and humanitarian law practitioner
with approximately 17 years of experience with various United Nations
International Criminal Tribunals, including the International Criminal Tribunal
for Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
For the past two years, Lamb has worked on accountability
efforts related to atrocity crimes committed in the course of the Syrian
Before beginning her United Nations career, Lamb completed
doctoral studies in public international law at Balliol College, Oxford
University, as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a graduate in law and politics from
Otago University, New Zealand, and is admitted to practice law in New Zealand, her home country.
WVU said in a news release that Baker was the Nicholas F.
Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
In 2011, Baker’s family donated his papers to the WVU
College of Law. The C. Edwin Baker Collection “is a window into the life and
work of one of the 20th century’s foremost experts on constitutional law, free
speech and communication law,” the release said.