Coast Guard Academy Elenchus Lecture to host international law scholar David Caron

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy will hold its seventh annual Elenchus Fellowship lecture Oct. 7, 2014. This year, the Elenchus Fellow is the dean and a professor of law at the Dickinson Poon School of Law at Kings College London and international law expert, David Caron.

The Elenchus Fellow program was established in 2008 by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Department of Humanities to further educate and inspire cadets pursuing work in the field of Government. The lecture series offers a forum for future officers to reflect upon the nature of their obligations to other human beings, and how such duties relate to their commissions as U.S. Coast Guard officers.

Professor Caron’s selection as the 2014 Elenchus Fellow was based on a record of outstanding professional achievement, and a proven commitment to the study and practice of government, law and ethics. Previous Elenchus Fellows include leaders in the fields of politics, law, media, diplomacy and the international affairs.

“The event has an antiquated title and a modern purpose,” said Capt. Glenn Sulmasy, professor of law and chair, Department of Humanities and former student of Professor Caron’s at Berkeley Law. “The elenchus methodology was a favorite of Socrates. He encouraged his fellow Athenians to think critically; to be better, braver and stronger by pursuing truth through thoughtful reflection. The interdependence of humanity, and service to others – be they members of our local or global community – is relevant to U.S. Coast Guard missions now more than ever.”

Professor Caron currently serves as president of the American Society of International Law, the immediate past chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Transnational Arbitration of the Center for American and International Law, a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Public International Law since 1993. He is the co-director of the Miller Institute on Global Challenges and the Law and the co-director of the Law of the Sea Institute, an international consortium of scholars that has played a major part in studies of ocean law since the 1970s. He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, a co-editor in chief of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review and co-editor in chief of the Social Science Research Network International Environmental Law e-journal. Professor Caron attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., graduating with high honors as commander of the Corp of Cadets in 1974. He was named a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom in 1979 and attended the University of Wales, where he received a master’s degree in Marine Law and Policy.

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