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4 Ad Rem: Mag. Int'l L. Students Assoc. 1 (1995-1996)

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Most true is the saying that
all things are uncertain the
moment men depart from law
- Hugo Grotius
An old world is collapsing
and a new world arising.
- John Updike
To contribute to legal education, to foster mutual understandin
to promote social responsibility of law students and young law)

by Randal Cornell Teague, Esq.
As our world grows smaller, our needs to understand it grow
larger. This is profoundly true as to the laws which govern inter-
actions between nations, their peoples and their commerce. This
reality is why choosing a career in i _ mational law makes more
sense than ever.
International law today is a term with bth a classical definition
and a common one.                 \
That classical definition, encompassing what students study in an
internationallaw classroom, is the law which regulates the inter-
course of nations; the law of nations, that is, the customary law
which determines the rights and regulates the intercourse of inde-
pendent states in peace and war. As we recall from the first lec-
ture in that classroom, it is the legal science which in its modern
form began with the Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius' publication in
1625 of De Jure Belli et Pacis (the Law of War and Peace).
That common one encompasses the components of legal prac-
tice which regulate the movements of people arid their com-
merce, particularly commodities and services, the funds which
pay for them, and the rights and obligations which accompany
them. While in the years following the Second World War this
broader definition focused mostly on outbound commerce, to-
day it focuses significantly on inbound commerce too.
By whatever definition, international law today is where the ac-
tion is in law practice, and it is going to be even more so in the
future.                      /
International law's alphabet soup to ay - GAT, NAFTA, APEC,
ceeded. The list of cities by which/me know international law's
see CAREER - page 20
4 President's Message       16 Latin America
9 Jessup Competition        18 Net Surfin'
II Fall Conference          22 WESTLAW

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