Piracy laws subject of forum in Ashland

James A.R. Nafziger, international lawyer and professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, will speak on "Piracy: The Law of the Sea and the United Nations" on Sunday.

His talk will begin at 3 p.m. in the Meese Room of the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Nafziger will discuss the role of international law and the United Nations in dealing with piracy and related issues at sea and the UNESCO Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage, which he coauthored.

Nafziger is the Thomas B. Stoel professor of law and director of international programs at Willamette. After receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, Nafziger was a Henry Luce Fellow and later administrative director of the American Society of International Law.

He is the author or editor of four books, more than 100 articles or essays in books, and 70 other published writings.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, he serves as chairman of both the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association and the ILA's Committee on Cultural Heritage Law.

Nafziger is on the National Council of the United Nations Association-USA and is a former president of both its Oregon Division and the Oregon International Council.

He serves as chief administrative officer of the American Society of Comparative Law. In 2005 he was co-director of Research at the Hague Academy of International Law.

Nafziger's talk is sponsored by the United Nations Association of Southern Oregon and the Southern Oregon University U.N. Club. For more information, call 857-6606.

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