Four Harvard Law School students were selected this year as Salzburg Cutler Fellows. This annual program brings together students from 14 leading U.S. law schools to foster skills and forge connections through their common interest in international law.

This year’s HLS cohort included James Baker LL.M. ’24, Marie Edouard ’24, Lloyd Lyall ’24, and Joshua Metzger ’24.

Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law and faculty director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard, led the HLS delegation and also co-chaired the planning committee.

The 2024 Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, “International Law in Times of Great Power Competition,” convened in Washington, D.C. on February 8-10. In advance of the opening session, each Fellow prepared a research paper on an emerging issue in public or private international law. Then, during the intensive conference, the students and their faculty representatives reviewed each paper in a workshop setting and offered advice on improving arguments and refining papers for publication. In their papers, this year’s HLS cohort examined a proposed new international regime aimed at controlling the development of advanced artificial intelligence; the evolving nexus between international trade and international human rights; how trade can be used to encourage labor and environmental protection; and the problematic jurisdictional framework governing the presumption against extraterritoriality.

This year’s conference also included several panels, on topics ranging from international climate change litigation to advancing the rule of law, and a Knowledge Café, where the Fellows found opportunities to discuss personal goals and potential career paths with mentors engaged in public service.