2013 Calendar of International Programs
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL LEGAL EDUCATION:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
12:00 noon, Room 113
Rule of Law Around the World Part 2
A group of this year’s LL.M. students will discuss past struggles and future challenges related to the rule of law in their home countries. Students include: Quiwei Chen (China), Christina Alam (Ukraine), Olga Synoverska (Ukraine), and Robert Miano Maina (Kenya).
CONCLUDED CILE EVENTS IN 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
12:00 noon, Room 107
Study Abroad meeting
Introductory meeting will be held for law students interested in participating in study abroad opportunities. Summer, semester, and full-year study abroad options will be discussed, as well as logistical and administrative requirements. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
12:00 noon, Room 4217 Posvar Hall
Visiting Lecture Series: The Evolution of Albanian Company Law
Presented by Dr. Jonida Rystemaj, from Tirana, Albania, This lecture aims at giving a picture of the laws which have governed business entities in Albania throughout its history. Also, important parts of the presentation are the reforms and future trends related to company law. Dr. Jonida teaches company law, corporate governance and business law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana.
CONCLUDED CILE EVENTS IN 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 12 noon, Room 113
Jean Monnet Lecture: Prof. Davor Babić
"Civil Jurisdiction of European Courts over U.S. Parties"
February 2, 2012 “Rule of Law around the World”
A group of this year's LL.M. students will discuss past struggles and future challenges related to the rule of law in their home countries. The first of two lectures, this event will feature discussions by Long Zuo (China), Leyla Safarova (Azerbaijan), and Iryna Dasevich, Andrii Kril, Anna Udartsova, and Dmytro Vorobey (Ukraine).
February 3, 2012 “Opportunities for Legal Professionals in International Development Work.”
Mark Walter, former CILE Assistant Director and Pitt Law alumnus, spoke to a limited number of students on “Opportunities for Legal Professionals in International Development Work.” Walter is a Managing Director with Nathan Associates Inc. specializing in the areas of trade law, policy reform and assessment, and drafting and implementation of commercial law. He has worked extensively with USAID and was Chief of Party on the USAID-funded Doha Project for WTO Accession in Ethiopia, and on its redesigned successor project, the Ethiopia WTO Accession Plus Program. Walter has worked with trade law reform, and has lectured, and developed commercial law and legal education reform programs in regions across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
February 10, 2012 "Opportunities for Legal Professionals in International Law"
Ellen Goelz, Head of Legal and Consular Section, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Ellen Goelz studied law at the universities of Trier, Munich, and Oxford (UK). After joining the German Diplomatic Service in 2003, she worked as a Political Officer in the German Embassy Islamabad as well as in the Disarmament and Legal Departments of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. In July 2011, she took up her current posting as Head of the Legal and Consular Section of the German Consulate General in New York.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12-1:30 p.m., 3431 Posvar Hall, “John Prendergast’s Perspective: Navigating the International Development Job & Internship Market”
John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, will speak about his extensive experience in the international, non-profit, and public interest fields and will specifically address employment and internship issues. Prendergast worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace, before creating the Enough Project. Food will be provided following the session.
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6 p.m., Room 107, “War Don Don”
The International Law Society is showing the documentary “War Don Don,” which chronicles the rise of the rebel group responsible for the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone. Professor Charles Jalloh, who served as a member of the staff of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, will provide commentary and answer questions following the film. Food and refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Legal Education.
Monday, February 20, 2012, 5:15-6 p.m., Teplitz Memorial Courtroom “Constitutions, Justice and Public Interest in Uganda and Abroad”
Bob Goff, Founding Director of Restore International, an NGO working to improve access to justice in Uganda and throughout the world, primarily through enhancing rule of law and criminal prosecution of human rights abuses in those countries, will be speaking on his work in international law and public interest law. Goff is a founding partner of Goff and DeWalt LLP and the Honorary Consul from the Republic of Uganda to the United States, and was involved in the process of writing the Ugandan constitution. Pizza and soda will be provided following the talk. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Legal Education.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 12 noon, Room 113, Opportunities for Study Abroad in Croatia
Professors Ronald A. Brand and Harry Flechtner will discuss the summer program of the Institute in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution, cooperatively managed by the Touro Law Center, the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Students have the opportunity to gain five credits of study abroad experience in Zagreb and Zadar, Croatia from July 15 to August 11, 2012. Former Pitt participants in the program will also be present to answer questions.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 12 noon, Room 107: “Corporations and Human Rights Violations”
Pitt Law Professors Vivian Curran and Jules Lobel will be joined by U.S. Steelworkers’ Senior Associate General Counsel Dan Kovalik to discuss the role of the Alien Tort Claims Act in the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Rajoub cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The panelists will address whether corporations and political organizations are immune to lawsuits in U.S. courts for overseas acts of torture, murder, or other human rights violations. The lecture will be held on the same day that the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the cases. Food and refreshments will be provided. This event is cosponsored by the American Constitution Society, the Center for International Legal Education, and the National Lawyers Guild.
This event has been approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Continuing Legal Education for one (1)
MARCH 2012 EVENTS
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 12 noon in Room G-12: “Rule of Law Around the World II”
A group of this year's LL.M. students will discuss past struggles and future challenges related to the rule of law in their home countries. The second of two lectures, this event will feature discussions by Ivan Milosevic (Serbia), Cristian Minor (Mexico), Kustrim Tolaj (Kosovo), and Abeer Hashayka, Wael Lafee, and Mais Qandeel (Palestine).
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 12 noon. US Steel Lecture: "The Euro Crisis: Some Lessons for the European Union" by Visiting Professor Kurt Riechenberg
Kurt Riechenberg, Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is a German lawyer and Senior Legal Secretary (Clerk) to Judge Silva de Lapuerta at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He joined the Court in 1983 and was Clerk to three Judges until 1998, when he became Chief of Staff to the President of the Court, a position he held until assuming his current post in 2003. In 1993 and 1996-97, he was a Visiting Fulbright Professor of European Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and held the same function thereafter at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá (Colombia). Between 2005 and 2007 Riechenberg was Secretary of the 'Group of Wise Persons' established by the Ministers of the Council of Europe in order to evaluate the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
This event is co-sponsored by CILE and the European Union Center for Excellence (EUCE), and is made possible by a generous donation from the United States Steel Corporation.
This event has been approved for one substantive credit of Continuing Legal Education
Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. in the main hall of Barco Law. “The American Lawyer & International Law: A Career Perspective.”
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two different panels during the course of the event, followed by a networking reception featuring wine, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres, as well as our distinguished panelists. The panels will focus on law careers in government, law firms, corporate in-house, and nontraditional practice areas. Speakers include lawyers from the U.S. Attorney’s office at the DOJ, Buchanan Ingersoll ,and Leech Tishman, the United Steel Workers, Global Solutions Pittsburgh, in house counsel from Alcoa, Westinghouse, and Bayer, and a federal judge from the Western District of Pennsylvania. This is a networking event; business dress is advisable. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 14 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RDJ62ZV. For more information about the event, or to volunteer to help with the event, please contact John Paul Putney at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is sponsored by the International Law Society, the Center for International Legal Education, the Career Services Office and the Office of the Dean.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 12 noon, Room G-12, “The Hidden Costs of 'Green' Fuels: Biofuel, Human Rights and an Epidemic in Central America” by Jason Glaser
Jason Glaser, founder and president of the La Isla Foundation, will be speaking to students about the Foundation’s focus on industrial agriculture in Nicaragua, the impact of international human rights laws on workers’ health, and the role that international NGOs can play in promoting human rights in a substantive manner in-country. He will also discuss how law students can contribute to the promotion of international human rights development while still in law school.
The La Isla Foundation is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established to facilitate finding the cause of the Chronic Kidney Disease epidemic affecting five communities of sugarcane workers in Chichigalpa, Western Nicaragua. Mr. Glaser has been featured in an article published on The Huffington Post about this disease.
Tuesday, April 10th at noon, Room G-12. Pizza & Politics (European Union Center for Excellence graduate student research series)
This event, co-sponsored by EUCE and CILE, will be presented by law student Matthew Zwick with his co-author, attorney David Rosenberg. Their talk will be entitled “Legal Professional Privilege: Comparing Different Approaches within the United States and the European Union.” It is a review of an article they published together in the Defense Counsel Journal.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 12 noon Room 107: 1L International Informational meeting
Introductory meeting for any 1L students interested in international law, international moot court opportunities, study abroad, or overseas internship programs, and more. The meeting will provide students with general information about the Center for International Legal Education and what opportunities are available to 1Ls through the Center. The International Law Society will be present to answer questions and discuss their programs for the academic year. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
Thursday, August 30 2012, 12:00 noon, Room 107: International Moot Competitions
Introductory meeting for 2 & 3L students interested in participating in international mooting opportunities. Professors Ronald A. Brand, Harry Flechtner, Haider Hamoudi and Charles Jalloh, CILE Assistant Director Cynthia Yializis, and Visiting Professor Matthias Grabmair will discuss the Vis, Jessup, and Niagara international moot competitions. Tryout instructions, deadlines, and team schedules will be presented during the meeting.
Thursday, August 30 2012, 4:30 p.m., Alcoa Room: Foreign Visitors Welcome Reception
International Law Society (ILS) Meeting
Introductory meeting will be held for 1Ls and other ILS members. The meeting will be conducted by the 2012-2013 ILS officers and discussions of schedule events and IL leadership opportunities will be the topic.
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 12 noon, Room 107 International Law Opportunities
Career Services presents “Distinguishing Yourself through International Law Opportunities,” in which Professor Matthew J. Wilson will discuss opportunities for current law students to gain experience in international law and post-graduation career opportunities in international law both in the U.S. and abroad.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 12 noon, Room 113 Visiting Lecture Series
Visiting Professor Oleksiy Kononov will present “Expropriation and Intellectual Property Rights Under Bilateral Investment Treaties: Philip Morris v. Australia.” Lunch will be served.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 12 noon, Room 107: Study Abroad meeting
Introductory meeting will be held for law students interested in participating in study abroad opportunities. Summer, semester, and full-year study abroad options will be discussed, as well as logistical and administrative requirements. J.D. students who previously studied abroad will share their experience and help answer questions.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 12 noon, Room 107: International Internships meeting
Introductory meeting for 1L and 2L students interested in an international internship opportunity. Information about selecting, applying for, funding, and participating in international internships will be provided. J.D. students who participated in international internships will be available to discuss their experiences. Pizza and drinks will be provided.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 12 noon, Teplitz Memorial Courtroom: 20th Annual McLean Lecture on World Law
The Honorable Dr. Enver Hasani, President Judge of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, will present the 20th Annual McLean Lecture on World Law. He will discuss the future facing Kosovo after the International Court of Justice’s Advisory Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence. Global Solutions Pittsburgh is a co-sponsor of this event. A reception in the Alcoa room will be followed by the lecture.
____day, October __, 2012, 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.: Joint Degree Programs session (check the calendar location and program of interest)
The School of Law will host a meeting with information about the joint degree programs available to Pitt Law J.D. students. CILE will be present to answer questions concerning internationally-focused joint degree programs and their impact on a student’s legal study.
_____day, October __, 2012, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Barco Lobby: Oktoberfest
This event is hosted by the International Law Society (ILS). Join ILS for an evening of food, drinks, & fun! There will be a fee for admission.
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 12 noon, Room G-18: U.S. Peace Corp, Boren Fellowship, & Fulbright Fellowship Opportunities
CILE will be host an informational meeting for students interested in opportunities with the United States Peace Corps, Boren Fellowships, & Fulbright Fellowships. A representative from the Peace Corps will be present to speak with students about the programs that exist for JD students in the Peace Corps following graduation from law school. The Boren Campus Representatives for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Cynthia Yializis) and the Boren Campus Representative and Fulbright Advisor for University of Pittsburgh Graduate Students (Jeff Whitehead) will be present to address specific questions about Pitt support for graduate student applicants to both of these competitions.
Monday & Tuesday, November __, 2012, 6-8 p.m., Room ___: ILS Student Symposium
This event is hosted by the International Law Society. Build your resume by studying, interning, or doing research abroad. This is an opportunity for the ILS members to showcase their experiences of going abroad.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12 noon, Room 107: UCIS Opportunities for Pitt Law Students
CILE will hold an information session on the FLAS Fellowships where representatives from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) centers will be there to answer your questions. They will also provide students with information about Area Studies Certificates.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
12:00 noon, Room 113
Rule of Law Around the World Part I
A group of this year’s LL.M. students will discuss past struggles and future challenges related to the rule of law in their home countries. Students include: Tariq Aljarba (Family Law in Saudi Arabia), Mo’ien Odeh (Palestine), Ibrahim Fares (Palestine), and Mahmoud Elsaman (Egypt).
Monday, February 18, 2013
5:00 pm, Room 109
Jean Monnet Lecture: European Crisis?
Presented by Richard Wainwright, a former Director and Head of Competition Policy in the European Commission’s Legal Service who spent over 30 years with the Commission serving inter alia on the staff of Transport Commissioner Clinton Davis and as Director for Internal Market issues in the Legal Service. He drafted legislation in diverse fields, such as free movement of goods, public procurement, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, and the environment and represented the European Commission in over 200 cases before the European Court of Justice, including the Commission’s celebrated Microsoft cases, before retiring in July 2005. Mr. Wainwright joined Finsbury International Policy & Regulatory Advisers (FIPRA) International in 2008 as a Special Adviser.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
12:00 noon, Room G-12
Visiting Lecture Series: Man-Made Famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932-1933: Was it Genocide?
Dr. Leonid Davydenko, head of the Public Law Department and Director of General Service Legal Clinic Odessa National University of Law, Ukraine will analyze the terrific results of a politically engineered cataclysm organized by one the most cruel dictators in the world – Joseph Stalin, in his war against Ukrainians – the biggest national minority in Soviet Union.
This lecture will analyze whether the international definition of genocide is applicable to the Great Famine and what must be done by the international community to prevent similar tragedies in the future.