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This issue of OnTopic focuses on faculty research in the important areas of law and ethics in the business world.

The Future of International Law

Naura Keiser BS/BA'05

Law Student, Duke University School of Law

Naura Keiser

“My prerequisite course in business law, L201 Legal Environment of Business, taught by Professor Langvardt, was the most engaging course I took during my freshman year.”

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After just one business law class, Naura Keiser was hooked.

“My prerequisite course in business law, L201 Legal Environment of Business, taught by Professor Langvardt, was the most engaging course I took during my freshman year,” recalls Keiser. “Consequently, I decided early on that I would major in business law. Plus, I had considered going to law school since high school, so I thought studying business law could be insightful.”

She’s right about that. After that fortuitous freshman year, Keiser went on to become a quadruple major at IU, studying business law, international business, economics, and French. She graduated in 2005, and is now enrolled at Duke Law. She credits her business law professors with preparing her for the rigors of law school. “Thanks to Professors McCrory and Richards especially, I had an idea of what to expect from the law school curriculum. Also, it helps that I had already encountered several subject areas in undergrad that I am presently studying, such as commercial law and international law,” she says.

At Duke, Keiser is currently pursuing an LLM in international and comparative law. She takes courses that cover both public international law (such as the law of war), and private international law (such as choice of law in a private dispute between litigants of different nationalities). She hopes to one day practice in one or both of these areas of international law. “I am interested in the intersection of various bodies of law: for example, what tools does one have to evaluate a situation where country A detains a citizen of country B indefinitely?” she asks. “Well, there’s the law of countries A and B, against the backdrop of treaties X, Y, and Z. It all makes for a multifaceted and very interesting area of study and practice.”

In summer 2008, Keiser is clerking at the Paris office of international law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she will combine her love of travel, the French language, and international law. “As Paris is the center of international commercial arbitration, I hope to work closely with Cleary’s lawyers in this growing field to gain an understanding of the intricacies involved in the resolution of disputes between parties from around the world,” she says.

Published April 11, 2011