Law Student Wins ABA Writing Competition

4/2/2009

Suffolk Law student Dan Ryan was one of two winners of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law 2009 Student Writing Competition.

He was prompted to write "The Bush Doctrine of Preemption under President Obama" after studying the Preemption Doctrine in Professor Valerie Epps' class on The Laws of War.

"Dan is such a good author and careful researcher that I had very few suggestions," said Epps. "He is a remarkable student who always does far more than is required of him."

Ryan said he hopes his essay “will contribute to the dialogue on the use of preemptive force under international law."

The win netted Ryan $1,000 and a trip to the ABA Section of International Law 2009 Spring Meeting in Washington D.C. His essay will be published in the summer edition of the International Law News and on the ABA Student Headquarters Web site.

Ryan is president of the International Law Society at Suffolk Law and a member of the Transnational Law Review and the Jessup International Moot Court Team. Before attending Suffolk University Law School, Ryan helped coordinate humanitarian relief and reconstruction programs in Darfur, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. He hopes to return to the field of humanitarian protection and assistance after graduation.

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