Foley Hoag Partner Mélida Hodgson Appointed to ASIL Task Force

New Committee Will Examine Presence of People of African Descent in International Law.

January 12, 2015

Foley Hoag LLP partner Mélida Hodgson has recently been appointed to a new task force established by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) to examine and promote the presence of people of African descent in international law. The task force - Blacks in the American Society of International Law (BASIL) - is co-chaired by honorary ASIL president the Honorable Gabrielle Kirk McDonald of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal (The Hague), and University of Iowa professor Adrien K. Wing.

"I am honored to have been asked to join this new task force, working alongside an esteemed roster of colleagues," Hodgson said. "I look forward to contributing to BASIL's mission to foster the development of black international lawyers, legal experts and scholars."

Hodgson is a member of Foley Hoag's International Litigation and Arbitration group, and is resident in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on investor-State arbitrations, as well as counseling governments and state-owned entities with respect to international investment protection obligations, World Trade Organization dispute resolution and international trade policy issues.

Founded in 1906, ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization. Its mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The Society’s membership - nearly 4,000 individuals from more than 100 countries - is comprised of attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students, and others interested in international law.

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