Female First: Joan Donoghue

Judge Joan Donoghue is a truly inspiring woman. She was appointed onto the International Court of Justice in 2010. Donoghue is the first American woman on the international court. University of Idaho Law School is hosting Donoghue as a keynote speaker in Boise and Moscow.

The International Court of Justice is composed of 15 judges and is the primary judicial section of the United Nations. The U.S. is privileged to have Donoghue represent its citizens in the international system.

Donoghue has a very admirable history. She received a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and biology from University of California Santa Cruz and went on to earn her Juris Doctor in 1981 from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California Berkley.

Some of her earlier career  was spent serving as an attorney-adviser in Nicaragua v. United States. Donoghue was a professor at Georgetown School of Law as well as George Washington University School of Law. She served as the deputy legal adviser for the United States Department of State.

Donoghue has paved ways for women in politics and law, not only in the U.S. but also in the international system. She has an amazing background and Idaho is truly honored to have her as a guest.

Donoghue speaking tour is on “The Role of International Law Today: Reflections from the World Court.”  She appeared in Boise on Tuesday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at 802 W. Bannock St., #202. She traveled to Moscow to speak at 2:30 p.m. on April 10 at the University Of Idaho College Of Law Courtroom.

Judge Donoghue is the first active judge from the International Court of Justice to visit Idaho. This is a great opportunity of students, faculty and community members to learn more about the international system and what the purpose of international law is today, and also become more involved in recruiting public figures, like Donoghue, to visit our campus!


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