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CILE Publications

Explore the Center for International Legal Education's publications below, which include the annual CILE Notes, treatises, conference papers, and useful forms and brochures for prospective and current students.


CILE's newsletter provides an annual summary of student and faculty accomplishments and adventures in international law. 

The CILE Studies series of books is the scholarly research component of programs and services offered through the Center for International Legal Education.

Comprised entirely of authoritative analytical articles and conference papers not published in journals, these unique volumes provide practical and scholarly insight into some of today's most important legal issues, written by the leading experts of our time.

On January 26-27, 2007, the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law hosted a Roundtable on "The Export of Legal Education: An Evaluation of its Promise and Impact in Transition Countries." Papers were presented by 12 LL.M. graduates from the Law School who are now teaching and working in their home countries, as well as by Mr. Wade Channell of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Through the LL.M. Program for Foreign Law Graduates, The School of Law has regularly observed instances in which the legal education exported through our graduates has had a significant impact on legal education and the development of law in another country. Despite the fact that the export of legal education is little noted in official trade statistics, we believe it is one of the most important U.S. exports in terms of benefits for both the United States and the country to which it is exported. This roundtable discussion, which included both presentations by LL.M. graduates who have been the subjects of such exportation and discussion by a group of policy-makers and practitioners whose work intersects with the export of legal education, was organized to obtain more concrete information on this subject.

We believe the papers, made available below, are a valuable resource of first-hand accounts of the impact that an American legal education can have on the rule of law in transitioning countries. We invite your comments at Read the ASIL Newsletter review.


Making a Difference: The Role of the LL.M in Policy Formulation and Reform
Wade Channell, Senior International Trade Advisor, US-AID

The Socratic Method, Clinical Legal Education, and Mediation Serving the Promotion of Rule of Law in Serbia
Jelena ArsicLL.M '05

The Big Impact of a Small Program in the Development of the Rule of Law in Kosovo
Vjosa Osmani, LL.M '05

Designing and Implementing a Legal English Course to Develop the Rule of Law in the Context of Transition in Pakistan Society
Naveed Ahmadl, Fulbright Researcher, 2003-4

The Impact and Promise of American Legal Education in Transition Countries: The Kenyan Experience With Specific Reference to Moi University School of Law
aurice Oduor, LL.M '04

Innovative Legal Education and Its Role in Developing the State Based on the Rule of Law: Analysis of the U.S. Law Schools Academic Experience and the Prospectus of Its Implementation in the Republic of Belorus
Tatiana Selezneva, LL.M '04

The Way From Student to Professor
Pavel Astakhov, LL.M '02

An Evaluation of Legal Education's Promise and Impact in Transition Countries from the Serbian Perspective
Milena Djordjevic, LL.M '02

A Teaching Experience in Mexico
Luz Maria Cardenas Arenas, LL.M '01

The U.S. Legal System and Its Impact on Peruvian Administrative Law
Adolfo Cespedes Zavaleta, LL.M '01

Fighting Dragons of the Past: Internationalization of Legal Education in Ukraine - Experience of Donetsk National University
Daniil E. Fedorchuk, LL.M '01

Comparative Analysis in the Area of Development in Information and Communication Technologies: Contemporary U.S. and Uzbekistan Legislation
Timur Arifdjanov, LL.M '00

Western Education and Eastern Development: Ensuring Effective Development Assistance in East Asia Through Capacity Building
Jose Luis C. Syquia, LL.M '98

Working With Precedents to Develop the Rule of Brazilian Commercial Law in a Worldwide Scenario full text
Daniela Ballao Ernlund, LL.M '97

Damnum Iniuria Datum and the Law of Torts: From Cases to Rules full text
Marco Gardini, LL.M '97

Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education celebrated its 20th anniversary with a two-day program of high-profile international speakers and events at Pitt Law, Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, 2015. A full video playlist of the anniversary events is embedded below (click on the button in the upper left to move from one event to another), and we have also provided direct links to each video in the detailed program description that follows. 

The anniversary celebration kicked off with a dinner on Thursday, Sept. 10, that brought together CILE alumni, other members of Pitt’s international studies community and supporters of CILE from the local business and legal community. Guests at the anniversary dinner were addressed by Professor Ronald Brand, the Academic Director and founder of CILE, and by alumni and friends of CILE who shared their perspectives on CILE's history and mission.

The next day’s events began with events designed for the Pitt Law student community, including a morning panel where CILE alumni shared the impact of CILE on their professional careers with current Pitt Law students. A keynote address then was delivered by Jeffrey Kovar, the Assistant Legal Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. State Department, who discussed his involvement in the recent reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba and related legal issues. A series of afternoon panels brought together Pitt Law faculty and their international colleagues to discuss a variety of subjects in international law, including Islamic law, international commercial law, and international human rights.

Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg closed the formal program with a discussion of the growth of international programs at the School of Law during the 20 years of CILE, and the importance of a global reach for the entire University of Pittsburgh.

Full Event Program

Thursday, September 10, 2015

20th Anniversary Reception and Dinner (click here for video)

Dinner speakers were: Dean William M. Carter, School of Law; Dr. Ariel Armony, Director of UCIS; Professor Ronald A. Brand; Dr. Vjosa Osmani, member of the Assembly of Kosovo; Mark Walter, Nathan Associates, a former CILE Assistant Director; and Max Laun, General Counsel of Alcoa Inc. Professor Harry Flechtner concluded the evening with a musical performance in honor of CILE.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Career Path Presentations (click here for video)

  • Myles Getlan, Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent LLP - Washington, D.C.
  • Charles Kotuby, Partner, Jones Day - Washington, D.C.
  • Max Laun, General Counsel, Alcoa
  • Vjosa Osmani, Member of Parliament, Kosovo
  • Katerina Ossenova, Office of Foreign Litigation, Department of Justice
  • D. Wes Rist, Director of Education and Research, ASIL
  • Elizabeth Shackelford, Foreign Service Officer, Department of State
  • Mark Walter, Managing Director, Trade Policy Unit, Nathan Associates Inc.

Keynote address: Legal Issues in Current U.S. - Cuba Relations (click here for video)

  • Jeffrey Kovar, Assistant Legal Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Pitt Law Faculty and Friends - a Survey of Recent Developments

Closing Remarks