The Holt Program in International Trade Law was created in 2007 to develop and endow a program of conferences, workshops, and lectures.
These events focus on international issues of trade and law in the global economy, including social, cultural and environmental challenges, with a goal of preparing generations of Penn Law students for global leadership. The program is made possible through a generous gift of Leon L’51 and June Holt.
The 2019-2020 Holt Lecture - Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Speaker: Sandie Okoro, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the World Bank
Past Holt Lectures
Revisiting the Ongoing Debate about Globalization
|2016||The Journey from Human Rights to Climate Justice
Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990 -1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Cancelled due to inclement weather
|2015||Licit and Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: Are Lawyers Heroes or Villains?
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Former Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria
|2014||Reflections on Policy and the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis
Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University
|2013||The Extrajudicial Use of Drones: The Need for a Post-9/11 Legal Framework
The Honorable Jane Harman, President, Director, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & former California Congresswoman
|2012||The New Global Forces of the 21st Century
Stuart E. Eizenstat, Esquire
Partner at Covington & Burling LLP, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
|2011||Reflections on American Foreign Policy
Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University, Director of Policy Planning, U.S. Department of State (2009-2011)
|2008||The Recent Critiques of Free Trade: Why They Are Mistaken
Leon and June Holt
Leon “Lee” Holt retired as vice chairman and chief administrative officer of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. in 1990. He had been with Air Products for 33 years and served as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Air Products Foundation. Previously, he practiced law with the Wall Street firm of Mudge, Stern, Williams & Tucker and with American Oil Co. Mr. Holt earned his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Lehigh University in 1948 and his JD from Penn Law in 1951.
June Weidner Holt was a founding member of the Society of the Arts of the Allentown Art Museum. She has served on the boards of United Way, YWCA, Wiley House (now KidsPeace), Lehigh Valley Hospice, and Sacred Heart Hospital. She and Mr. Holt were active in the formation of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Mrs. Holt received her AB from Cornell University in 1947 and worked for Western Electric, RCA Victor, and Cohn Hall Marx.
Penn Law Dean Michael Fitts, guest lecturer Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, and Lee Holt L’51 before the 2008 Holt Lecture in International Law.
Justice Dorit Beinisch, president of the Israeli Supreme Court, delivers the inaugural Holt Lecture in International Law.