University of Pittsburgh

Special Presentations

As often as possible, in addition to our McLean and Alumni Lecture Series' and courses taught by foreign faculty, the Center for International Legal Education is honored to host special presentations by experts in foreign, comparative and international fields and issues of current significance. 


“Investor Protection in the System of European Capital Market Law: Legal Foundations and Outlook”
by Jean Monnet Visiting Professor Thomas Moellers
Jean Monnet Lecture on European Law


“US Implications of New Developments in European Private International Law”
by Jean Monnet Visiting Professor Volker Behr and Professor Ronald A. Brand
Jean Monnet Lecture on European Law


"The Ghosts of Rwanda" Documentary Screening and Discussion
Following the screening of this PBS documentary, Professor Charles Jalloh will lead a discussion on the legal environment then and now, and what if any justice has been brought to the perpetrators and victims.



"The Role of the United States in International Criminal Justice" (January 28, 2010) Presented by the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, Stephen Rapp, who previously served as Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


"Kosovo & International Law Challenges" - By Vjosa Osmani, Advisor on Legal and International Affairs and Chief of Staff to the President of Kosovo. Ms. Osmani is working on her J.S.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law with her research focus on the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and "An Approach to Achieving Uniformity in Interpretation"


"Pre-contractual Liability in Cross-border Transactions"
Visiting Professor Marco Torsello Researcher-Professor of Comparative Private Law at University of Bologna, Faculty of Law. 


"The Legal Implications of the ICJ Advisory Opinion on Kosovo"

Visiting Professor Vladimir Pavic, Associate Professor at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law.


"A Human Rights Law-based Approach in the Context of PAHO's Technical Collaboration: Trends and Targets for Actions in Public Health"
Mr. Javier Vasquez, Director of the Ethics and Human Rights Program at the Pan American Health Organization. 





"The Secret Police of the Former East Germany: Their Dissolution and Legacy" (Friday October 2, 2009)  This program will be presented by David Gill, Deputy Representative of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany to the FRG and the EU.  After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mr. Gill was part of a small team that successfully prevented the records of the East German Secret Police from being destroyed.  He has also served as Head of the Citizen's Committee for the dissolution of the Stasi and worked for the Federal office for the Files of the Stasi and the East German Parliament as Secretary of the Committee for the Dissolution of the Former Stasi.

"The Contribution of the Rwanda Tribunal to International Law and the Challenge sof Completion: The Prosecutor's Perspective"  (September 11, 2009)  Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  Justice Jallow served as Solicitor-General, Attorney-General, and Supreme Court Justice for Gambia.  He has served as an international legal expert for the U.N. and the Organization of African Unity.  Prior to his appointment as Chief Prosecutor for the ICTR, he served as a Judge in the Appeals Chambers of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  Event flyer. 

"The European Community Design Right: A UNiquely Tailored System for Protecting Industrial Designs"  (February 26, 2009)  Prof. Dr. Annette Kur, Unit Head, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law, Munich, Germany. 


"Indigenous Peoples' Right to Self-Government" (February 22, 2007)Siegfried Wiessner, Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law.




"Criminal Law Aspects of the European Court of Human Rights" (Two-week course January 9-23, 2006) by Judge Alexander Rogier Oscar Mooy, Court of Appeal, Netherlands.

"Comparative Contract Law: Greater China, Korea, and Japan" (Six-week course January -February 2006) by Professor Bor-shan Lin, Chinesse Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan.

"Principles of Community: Law and Law-making Procedures”(February 7, 2006) by Peter Gilsdorf, former official with the General Secretariat of the European Commission and Principal Legal Advisor for the European Commission. Co-sponsored by The European Union Center of Excellence, The Center for West European Studies, and The International Law Society.

"The Future of the European Union"
(February 10, 2006) by Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission."

"Legal Issues between the U.S. & Colombia
"Mr. Dan Kovalik, an attorney for United Steelworkers, will discuss the Alien Tort Claims Act against U.S. corporations in Colombia (including Coca-Cola) for violations of human-rights, including complicity with right-wing paramilitaries. His Colombia-related suits cover many areas of law:  international law, tort law, labor law, public-interest law, civil litigation."

On April 7, 2006, Mr. Hafeez Al Mirazi, former Washington bureau chief for Al Jazeera, and current producer of "From Washington" on Al Jazeera TV will speak at the University of Pittsburgh in a program co-sponsored by CILE. 


"Highlights of Legal Reform in the Former Soviet Union" (January 11, 2005) by Ludmila Ungureanu, Heinz Fellow at the the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Formerly with the American Bar Association's Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative in Moldova, she is a specialist in the development of legal institutions and the rule of law, as well as human rights in the former Soviet Union.

"Organized Crime, Politics and Law in Ukraine" (January 27, 2005) by Professor Viktor Dryomin, the Head of the Criminology and Penitentiary Law Department at the Odessa National Academy of Law in Ukraine. Co-sponsored by CILE and the Center for Russian and East European Studies.

Serbia and Montenegro: More than a Game, Less than Life” (February 1, 2005) by Balsa Kascelan, Faculty of Law, Belgrade University. Co-sponsored by University Center for International Studies Center for Russian and East European Studies.

"Who Appoints Them, What Do They Do? Evidence On Outside Directors from Japan" (February 8, 2005) by J. Mark Ramseyer, Harvard Law School. Co-sponsored by The Japan Council of the Asian Studies Center, The Pitt/CMU Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series and CILE.

"The U.N. Sales Convention: Global Versus European Interests" (February 17, 2005) by Professor Franco Ferrari, University of Verona.

"The European Constitution: A Treaty, a Constitution, or a New Act" (April 7, 2005) by Professor José Manuel Sobrino of the University of Corunna, Spain, and our visiting professor teaching European Union Law in March and April 2005. Co-sponsored by CILE, the Center for West European Studies and the European Union Center.

"The European Union: Positive and Negative Implications of the Formations of the EU" (September 22, 2005) by Professor Dr. Bernhard Schloh, former Legal Counselor at the Council of the European Union and our visiting professor of European Union Law in September and October 2005.


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