Russia and the WTO System: Law, Regionalism, Politics
Keynote Lecture by Prof. William E. Butler (Penn State School of Law)
Friday, September 27, 2013
12:00 (noon) – University of Memphis, School of Law
William Elliott Butler, the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law and
International Affairs, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University (2005-).
He is a pre-eminent authority on the legal systems of Russia, other members of the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Mongolia. He is also extensively involved
in the fields of public and private international law.
Professor Butler is the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120
books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian and other Commonwealth of Independent States legal
systems. He was the founding editor of Russian Law (2004-2009), published by the Russian Academy
of Legal Sciences, and is the editor of the East European and Russian Yearbook of
International and Comparative Law, published by The Vinogradoff Institute, and is
the co-editor of The Journal of Comparative Law (London). Professor Butler is a Foreign
Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the National Academy of
Legal Sciences of Ukraine. He has been awarded the LL.D. honoris causa by the Kyiv
University of Law attached to the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and the
Medal “For Loyalty to Law” by the Supreme Court of Ukraine. He is serving a fourth
term as a member of the Russian International Commercial Arbitration Court and first
terms of the International Commercial Arbitration Court of Ukraine and International
Commercial Arbitrage of the Republic Kazakhstan.