Professor of Law and Director of the International Law Concentration at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, Valerie teaches International Law, The Laws of War, and Immigration Law. She has published widely in these fields.
Valerie earned her B.A. from the University of Birmingham in England, J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Her many professional activities include service since 2000 as Vice President of the American Branch of the International Law Association, and, from 2003-2004, as Chair of the Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools.
Valerie was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship for the spring semester 2006 to teach International Law and International Human Rights at Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and also has taught at Boston University Law School, the Legal Studies Department of Brandeis University, and the University of San Diego School of Law’s programs in Paris and Mexico City. She has lectured and served as Co-Director of Suffolk’s Summer Program on International and Comparative Law in Lund, Sweden, and has lectured on Human Rights for the International Bar Association in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and on International Law for the U.M.K.C.–Suffolk Continuing Legal Education Program in Oxford, England.
During the spring semester 2008,Valerie was a Visiting Professor at Hongik University College of Law in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught International Law and International Human Rights. Her guest post below discusses an article she published during that visit; it refutes the assumptions underlying the "Bush Doctrine" of preemptive -- indeed, preventive -- war.