CILE 20th Anniversary

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