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CILE 25th Anniversary: Looking Back for Hope Going Forward

The CILE 25th Anniversary tells the story of the ways in which the Center has benefited its students, our international student’s home countries, and the countries with which CILE has partnered over several decades. 

Our students, alumni, and partners are committed, engaged, and energetic in their dedication to a future in which justice, equality, and the rule of law are not just theoretical concepts but real goals that can be achieved through the practical skills. 

Upcoming 25th Anniversary Special Events

Jan. 19

CILE will host an event on International Humanitarian Law in partnership with Pitt Law Alumni Demetri Facaros and Wes Rist.

This webinar will be supplemented by comments from our alumni and partners in our critical mass cities of Eldoret, Belgrade, Pristina, the Middle East, Kiev, and Palestine.

Feb. 16

John Kropf will present “Guide to U.S. Government Practice on Sharing of Personal Information.”

Mar. 16

CILE will host the 28th Annual McLean Lecture on International Law, presented by Marketa Lindt (JD ’94)

Apr. 15-16

CILE and the Law and Humanities Institute (LHI) will co-sponsor a webinar conference titled, “Sovereignty, Humanity, and Law.” Topics covered will include current litigation of sovereign responsibility, the sovereign and the individual in the law, and sovereignty within the context of literature and the law.

May 17-19

CILE will co-sponsor the “Deals and Disputes: China, Hong Kong, and Commercial Law” webinar with the Asian Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies at Pitt. This three-day event will consider the structure, reach, and impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its implications for commercial relations, dispute resolution, and the future of legal developments in Asia. The webinar will also feature a series of key-note speakers and expert panels that will explore China’s evolving role in the field of commercial law.

2020 CILE Notes: 25th Anniversary Edition

Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education is excited to announce the publication of our annual newsletter, CILE Notes. To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, this year's edition highlights the lives and accomplishments of our alumni. We hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed watching these stories unfold over the course of the past 25 years. 

View the publication here.

CILE 25th Anniversary Webinars

27th Annual McLean Lecture on World Law: The Critical Role of Dissent in Government and Foreign Affairs
Tues., Sept. 22, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.  

This year's virtual event featured Pitt Law alumna Elizabeth Shackelford (JD '06). Elizabeth practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., engaged in international development work at Booz Allen Hamilton, and was a career diplomat in the U.S. State Department until her December 2017 resignation. She received the Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence, for her work in evacuating U.S. citizens from South Sudan.  Her book, “The Dissent Channel: American Diplomacy in a Dishonest Age,” tells the story of her work in South Sudan and provides a stark assessment of current on-the-ground U.S. foreign policy.

View the Recording Here

CILE Advisory Board 25th Anniversary Session: America in a Mirror: Before and After COVID-19
Thurs., Oct. 15, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.  

CILE hosted Dennis Unkovic for an interview with Max Laun to discuss his book, America in a Mirror: Before and After COVID-19. Dennis Unkovic is an international attorney, business advisor, and author. He is a partner with Pittsburgh-based Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP. Dennis frequently speaks to business organizations, government officials, trade associations, and academic institutions on a broad variety of international topics.

View the Recording Here

Afghan Dreams: CILE and the Vis Moot
Tues., Nov. 17, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.  

CILE celebrated its involvement with the Vis Moot and Middle East training partnership with the CLDP during a live webinar on Tues., Nov. 17. The session featured an interview with current LLM student Duniya Stanizkai. Duniya spoke about her experience competing in the Vis Moot as part of the first (and all female) team from Afghanistan. 

View the Recording Here


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