​​Our distinguished Advisory Board includes leading lawyers in international human rights, international arbitration, international environmental, and transnational law practice; experts in foreign relations including former ambassadors; and former judges on U.S. courts and the International Court of Justice.

Judge Mary McGowan Davis

Active with several organizations focusing on human rights and transitional justice; member of the managerial board, International Association of Women Judges. Formerly: Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of New York; Assistant U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Paris, France.

Honorable Whitney Debevoise

Partner, International Practice Group, Arnold & Porter LLP; Executive Council Member, American Society of International Law; formerly U.S. Executive Director, The World Bank; Member, Maryland Port Commission. Chevy Chase, MD.

Honorable Peter Leuprecht

Formerly: Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe; Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe; Director, Montreal Institute of International Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal; Dean of the Faculty of Law, McGill University. Montréal, Canada.

George McKann, ESQ.

Partner, Corporate and Securities Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Formerly: Chair of the International Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath; President, World Law Group. Chicago, Ill.

Bruce Proctor, ESQ., VLS '82

General Counsel, Diageo North America and Global Intellectual Property, Diageo plc. Norwalk, Conn.

Lucy Reed, ESQ.

Lucy Reed is global head of the international arbitration group Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. She also serves on the Governing Body of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the Governing Council of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).  Previously, President of the American Society of International Law and Chair of the Institute for Transactional Arbitration.  Hong Kong, China.

Patrick N.Z. Rona, ESQ., VLS '92

Special Counsel, Duane Morris LLP.  International corporate finance and insolvency lawyer handling cross-border restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and debt and equity offerings (public and private). Previously with Baker & McKenzie in Budapest, and president and CEO of a publicly listed emerging market company. 

​Judge Stephen Schwebel

International arbitrator; President of the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund since 1994. Formerly: Judge of the International Court of Justice, 1981-2000, and Court President 1997-2000. Washington, D.C.

Professor Linda Smiddy

Professor Emerita, Vermont Law School. Faculty Member at VLS since 1988. Founding Director of the International and Comparative Law Program from 1998-2008. Professor Smiddy is fluent in French and has taught at several European universities, including the University of Paris, 13, where she was the first woman to receive the honorary degree Doctorat Honoris Causa from that institution. Woodstock, VT.

Professor Fernando Sotelino

Adjunct Professor, International Banking, Columbia University; Senior Operating Partner, Advent International (private equity); Senior Advisor, Brasilpar (M&A, Sao Paulo). Formerly: CEO, Unibanco, Brazil; Managing Director, Private Equity and M&A, Citibank, Sao Paulo; Project Finance Head, Crocker Bank, San Francisco. New York, NY.

Mr. Christopher Wren

Public broadcasting commentator. Formerly: New York Times correspondent and Bureau Chief in Moscow; Bureau Chief in Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa, and Johannesburg; Assistant Financial Desk Editor; and United Nations Correspondent. Fairlee, Vt.

Hon. Kenneth Yalowitz

Career diplomat and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University. Immediate past Director, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College. Previously, US Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus and to Georgia. Reston, Virginia.