Here you can find a listing of our previous Speakers, organized by each semester’s series. Please contact Vice President Noor Waheed with any questions regarding our Speakers Series.

The following events took place during the Spring 2015 event.

“Should We Be Afraid of an Iranian Nuclear Bomb?” with U.Va. Politics Professor Todd Sechser

Wednesday, January 28th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

Professor Sechser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics. He teaches courses on international relations and foreign policy, and his research addresses topics such as coercive diplomacy, the strategic effects of nuclear weapons, and military strategy. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he won the best dissertation award from the Peace Science Society, and his work has been published in a variety of leading academic journals. He has held research fellowships at Stanford, Harvard, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and recently won the Cory Family Teaching Award for excellence and innovation in teaching. He is currently finishing a book about nuclear blackmail.

“Do Constitutional Rights Make a Difference?” with U.Va. Law Professor Mila Versteeg

Wednesday, February 11th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

Mila Versteeg joined the University of Virginia’s Law School in 2011. Her research and teaching interest include comparative constitutional law, public international law and empirical legal studies.Versteeg earned her B.A. in public administration and first law degree from Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 2006. She earned her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2007 and a D.Phil. in socio-legal studies in 2011 from Oxford University, where she was a Gregory Kulkes Scholar at Balliol College and recipient of an Arts and the Humanities Research Council Award.

Prior to joining the Law School, Versteeg was an Olin Fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, where she taught comparative legal institutions. Versteeg previously worked at the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg. In the spring of 2009, she was a Hauser Global visiting researcher at New York University Law School. In the spring of 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University in St. Louis.

“Whodunit? Aggression, Attribution, and International Law” with Professor John Setear

Wednesday, February 25th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

Relatively recent events involving the Crimea, Iranian centrifuges, and Sony Pictures all involved trans-border aggression without a clear admission by the perpetrator of responsibility. Professor Setear’s talk will examine the difficulty of responses by the United Nations and other international legal institutions in such situations.

John Setear joined the Law School as professor of law in 1998. He primarily teaches courses in international law, including international environmental law and counterfactual diplomatic history. Setear joined the faculty of UCLA Law School in 1991 after serving as a policy analyst in the behavioral sciences department of the RAND Corporation. During the 1995-96 academic year, he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He taught a winter study course at Williams College in 1989, 1990, and 2003. While in law school, Setear was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following graduation, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Carl McGowan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The Realities of Human Trafficking: An Open Talk with Sarah Jakiel

Wednesday, March 4th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

The International Relations Organization (IRO) and Students against Trafficking Of Persons (STOP) are incredibly excited to welcome Sarah Jakiel, Chief Programs Officer of the Polaris Project and UVA alumni. Polaris is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that works to combat and prevent modern-day slavery and human trafficking, and Sarah will shed light on trafficking in Virginia and the United States as well as share ways students can help combat this rising epidemic. Sarah’s discussion will be an eye-opening introduction to the realities of human trafficking, an emerging, prevalent issue that happens even within Charlottesville.

Event partnered with the Virginia to America Anti-Trafficking Initiative (VAATI) at U.Va.

The following events took place during the Fall 2015 semester.

The following events took place during the Spring 2014 semester.

The End of Apartheid and Mandela’s Legacy, Professor Robert Fatton

Wednesday, February 5th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

This talk, presented by IRO and the African Studies Initiative, will analyze Mandela’s critical role in both the struggle against and the demise of white supremacy. It will seek to show that while the negotiated settlement leading to black majority rule and a liberal democracy was a project of imaginative statecraft, it had severe limitations.

An Evening with Ambassador Ryan Cooker

Wednesday, February 11th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

Ambassador Crocker will speak to UVa students as part of a talk hosted by IRO and The Miller Center. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ambassador Crocker has served the United States as a career diplomat for more than forty years. He was the United States’ Ambassador to Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Pakistan, and most recently Iraq.

An Evening with Bert Kerrigan

Wednesday, February 19th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

China’s Third Revolution?: Reform, Conservatism, or Decay under Xi Jinping by Dean Harry Harding

Wednesday, March 5th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

Join IRO as we host the founding Dean of the Batten School, Harry Harding, as he discusses Chinese politics.

An Evening with Ambassador John Campbell, co-hosted with The Jefferson Literary and Debating Society

Friday, March 21st at 7:29 p.m. in Jefferson Hall

Join IRO as we host the founding Dean of the Batten School, Harry Harding, as he discusses Chinese politics.

A Panel on the Recent NSA Leaks with Delphine Halgand of Reporters without Borders (RSF)

Wednesday, March 26th at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Hall