Jazz and Conversation with Judge T Michael Peay

October 27, 2020

On October 27th, the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a webinar with Judge T. Michael Peay, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Assistant Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. The webinar was moderated by Georgetown Law Professor David P. Stewart, and was attended by 49 virtual participants.

Judge Peay delighted the audience with his outstanding musical talent and legal expertise. While showcasing his vast repertoire of jazz melodies, judge Peay spoke about his extensive career in the State Department and at the Organization of American States. He recalled fascinating anecdotes from his time as a negotiator of international agreements and dispensed advice to students interested in a career in international law.

The Washington Foreign Law Society wishes to thank Judge Peay for his kind contribution.


Judge Peay 

T. Michael Peay is a (now retired) former Assistant Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser (“L”), who enjoyed a long, successful career of government service. During those years, he was privileged to provide critical advice covering a broad spectrum of legal issues with respect to U.S. relations with countries of the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He also worked extensively on United Nations matters both in Washington and in overseas, where he advised on human rights, humanitarian, cultural heritage law, and other issues. Judge Peay relentlessly pursued his passion for music, and especially jazz, as an adult and eventually became a competent and respected jazz musician.


Professor Stewart
Professor Stewart joined the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center in 2008, following his retirement from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser (where he had the pleasure of working closely with Judge Peay).  At Georgetown, he co-directs the Global Law Scholars Program and the Center for Transnational Business and the Law and teaches courses in public and private international law, foreign relations law, international immunities, human rights, criminal law and civil litigation.   He is Chair of the Board (and past president) of the American Branch of the International Law Association and a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law.

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