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Leon C. & June W. Holt Lecture

The Leon C. & June W. Holt Lecture in International Law

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 Carey Law students for global leadership. The program is made possible through a generous gift from Leon L’51 and June Holt.


The 2022-2023 Holt Lecture

“Live Free or Die: Lessons for the Free World from the War in Ukraine”

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Fitts Auditorium

Speaker: Oleksiy Goncharenko, Elected Member of the Ukrainian Parliament

Ukrainian politician, member of the Ukrainian parliament, member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Vice President of the PACE Committee on Migration, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

Welcome Slide

Past Holt Lectures

 2020 Critical Global Conversation with Penn Carey Law Students, Moderated by Penn Carey Law Associate Dean Rangita de Silva de Alwis
Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank
 2017 Revisiting the Ongoing Debate about Globalization
Ernesto Zedillo, Former President of Mexico (1994-2000)

Lecture Program

 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
Lecture Program
 2014 Reflections on Policy and the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis
Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University
Lecture Program
 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
Lecture Program
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
Anne-Marie Slaughter
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
Jagdish Bhagwati
Lecture Program

The Role of the Israeli Supreme Court in the Fight Against Terrorism
Justice Dorit Beinisch
Lecture Program

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 the Law School 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 Law Schhol Dean Michael Fitts, guest lecturer Professor Jagdish Bhagwati, and Lee Holt L’51 before the 2008 Holt Lecture in International Law.




Justice Dorit Beinisch Justice Dorit Beinisch, president of the Israeli Supreme Court, delivers the inaugural Holt Lecture in International Law.