Professor George Edwards Speaks at Chatham House Event
Professor George Edwards was invited to present at London's Royal Society of International Affairs - Chatham House, which is the U.K sister organization of the prestigious U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Professor Edwards' spoke as part of the Transatlantic Dialogue on International Law co-sponsored by Chatham House and the Atlantic Council. Professor Edwards' presentation was titled "Efficacy of International Law in Protecting Human Rights: Hong Kong, the U.S., the U.K., and Transnational Legal Education." Professor Edwards was one of two dozen participants invited to join the dialogue, with other participants being officials of the U.S. government (Department of State), UK government (Foreign Office), and the European Union, along with representatives of academia and civil society from the U.S., the U.K., and continental Europe. The panel on which Professor Edwards spoke was chaired by William H. Taft, IV (former US Deputy Secretary of Defense and Legal Advisor to the Department of State). The Atlantic Council, based in Washington, DC co-sponsored the Dialogue, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 and 11 November 2010. The Atlantic Council traces its roots to the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to government officials and voluntary organizations interested in political, economic and security issues, with its programs “based on the conviction that a healthy transatlantic relationship is fundamental to progress in organizing a strong international system”. The High Level Dialogue was held pursuant to the “Chatham House Rule”, which provides that "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". The world-famous Chatham House Rule is invoked to encourage openness and the sharing of information.