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Announcing 2021-2022 Global Online Courses

Through this partnership opportunity, Penn Law students can enroll remotely in 1 of 8 classes being offered at Hong Kong University or Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Read more about the Global Online Courses. ...

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Announcing Our Newest Global Research Seminar: The High Tech Nation (Israel)

GRS Fall 2021 We are pleased to announce an exciting new Global Research Seminar (GRS) taught by Professor Gideon Parchomovsky (Robert G. Fuller, Jr. Professor of Law) and Dr. Muhammad Sarahne (SJD’20). This course will meet weekly throughou...

Gideon Parchomovsky, Global Research Seminar, intellectual property, Law and Technology
Marissa Schwartz

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law students represent the United States as virtual delegates in conference on same-sex marriage laws around the world

This spring, six University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students joined students from law schools around the world to participate in a weeklong virtual workshop hosted by Waseda Law School in Tokyo. The theme of this year’s workshop, “Sam...

LGBTQ, waseda law school
Allison Perlin

Allison Perlin L’20: Advocacy and Representation in Immigration

Allison Perlin L’20 is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Fellowship and works at Human Rights First. Originally from Kildeer, Illinois, Allison received her B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of Wisconsin, wher...

Advocacy, Immigration
Patricia Stottlemeyer

Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 fights for more equitable access to asylum system

Patricia was awarded postgraduate funding to support her first year at Human Rights First as a Chubb-Penn Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellow. Instead of following a linear career trajectory, Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 has left room to act r...

access, asylum
Hong Kong University HKU

Penn Law coordinates virtual global learning experience despite the COVID-19 pandemic

During a time when international travel was impossible for many, Penn Law students could still log into an international classroom – without leaving their homes. Penn Law prides itself in offering students a wealth of opportunities to tailor t...

Global online courses
Perry World House, Philadelphia, PA.

Demisse Selassie, a Perry World House Graduate Associate, shares his take on the ongoing violence in Tigray.

This interview originally appeared in Penn Today. Penn Today spoke to Demisse Selassie L’21, to hear his thoughts on the continuing turmoil. Perry World House’s Graduate Associates Program is open to all graduate students, from any sch...

Ethiopia, perry world house
Army War College

Law School partners with U.S. Army War College to hold International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School recently hosted an International Strategic Crisis Negotiation Exercise (ISCNE) in partnership with the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership (CSL), with some participants attendin...

US Army War College
 Joelle Hageboutros

Joelle Hageboutros L’21 joins prestigious ICJ Judicial Fellows Programme

Joelle Hageboutros L’21 has received and accepted an offer to be in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellows Programme for 2021-2022. The competitive, highly selective program was established to provide recent law graduates the ...

ICJ, Judicial Fellows Programme
Earth Refuge

With University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School roots, Earth Refuge continues to grow

Yumna Kamel LLM’20 came to the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School with an interest in immigration and refugee policy. Stephanie Hader LLM’20 arrived with a background in environmental law. Upon graduation, they joined forces to build ...

Alumni, Earth Refuge

Bok Visiting International Professors Program adapts to remote learning

Each year, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Bok Visiting International Professors Program brings several internationally recognized experts to the Law School to lead intensive seminars, engage with faculty and students, and brin...

Salzburg Cutler Global Seminar

Students forge online connections at the ninth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

Students from University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School joined their peers from 13 other leading law schools online this March to explore the future of public and private international law at the ninth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program. ...

salzburg global seminar

Law School team wins the Americas Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School won the Americas Regional Round of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition this past month. The Price Media Law Moot Court is a worldwide, international competition run by the Univer...

Moot Court

Innovative Spanish for Law program helps students gain confidence with legal Spanish

Many students who come to the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School having studied a foreign language — or even having grown up speaking one —discover their fluency does not automatically extend to legal matters. As every 1L quickly lear...

Spanish language for Law

Getting Involved with the Middle East Center

The following excerpts are from a conversation with John Ghazvinian, Interim Director of the Middle East Center, as part of a Fall 2021 info session on Penn Law’s International Certificates and Joint Degrees.   About the Middle East Cen...

Certificate, Cross Disciplinary, FLAS, MENA, Middle East

Getting Involved with Latin American and Latinx Studies

The following excerpts are from a conversation with Catherine Bartch, Associate Director for Latin American and Latinx Studies (LALS) at the University of Pennsylvania, as part of a Fall 2021 info session on Penn Law’s International Certificates...

Certificate, Cross Disciplinary, LatinX
The Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies

Transnational Legal Clinic students ‘learn fast and work hard in a broken system’

Passing through the gate of the double-barbed-wire fence surrounding the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, Meroua Zouai L’20 thought about the Trump Administration’s anti-immigration policies and the people who bore the brunt of th...

Legal clinic, Transnational
Victoria Ochoa

Pathways to the Profession: Victoria Ochoa L’21

Victoria Ochoa L’21 is a Texas native and a JD/MPP student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard Kennedy School. Last year, the President circumvented Congress and declared a national emergency to build a wall in my hometo...

Brennan Center for Justice, COVID-19

Access to Justice in The Gambia

How does transitional justice become truly inclusive? What are the essential legal mechanisms necessary to ensure a participatory democracy? These are important questions that six of us had the opportunity to delve into last month, w...

Gambia, Human Rights, International Law, International, Publications, Research

The Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Buenos Aires: Perspectives from a Global Justice Fellow

By: Eduarda Lague L’21 This summer I am working at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CEJIL is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with consultative status before the Organization of Amer...

argentina, buenos aires, global justice fellowship, International Law

Penn Law Study Abroad: A Dispatch from Tokyo

By: Peter Jones L’20 My primary goal for studying at Waseda Law School was to engage in a comparative Environmental Law curriculum in a country that has a unique history of environmental regulations, challenges, and agreements. I conducted r...

Study Abroad, Tokyo, waseda law school
London School of Economics campus

Penn Law Study Abroad: Letters from London

By: Shane Fischman L’19 This piece originally appears in the 2018 Global Affairs Review. October 15, 2018 Dear Rangita, LSE is going really well. I’ve been going to some interesting events here as well. There was a panel last w...

london, lse, Study Abroad
Prof. deLisle

Penn Law Professor Jacques deLisle interviews Visiting Scholar Xinjun Zhang

Reposted from an earlier interview. Q: Could you tell us about your areas of teaching and research and why you wanted to come to Penn Law School for the year? A: I teach international law at Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing. Inter...

Penn Law Study Abroad: A Dispatch from King’s College London

By: James Albrecht L’19 I am currently a visiting student at King’s College London, set right on the Thames River in the heart of London. Seeking to take advantage of everything London has to offer both in the city and in the classroom, I h...

london, lse, Study Abroad

Penn Law Study Abroad: A Dispatch from Colombia

By: Austin Gassen L’19 When I tell people that I am studying abroad in my last year of law school, I generally get the same response: “Wait, what? You can do that? Also, why?” I understand these questions. Studying abroad in law school i...

colombia, International Law, Study Abroad, universidad de los andes

Crafting a European Agenda on Migrant Integration

By: Christopher Ritter L’18 Since 2015, European lawmakers have faced the daunting challenge of registering, identifying, and integrating rising numbers of refugees from war-ravaged nations, such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Across the E...

global research fellowship, International Law, migrant rights, perry world house, Refugees

Atrocity Crimes, the Responsibility to Protect, and the U.S. Constitution

Frank Broomell L’19 This piece originally appeared in the 2018 Global Affairs Review. All views are the author’s own, and do not reflect the views of his current or previous employers or the U.S. government. Frank Broomell was a studen...

bok seminar, constitution, International Law, libya
Patricia Stottlemeyer

Guantanamo Military Commissions: Wading Through Secrecy, Searching for Justice

Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 Guantanamo Bay is a surreal place. Almost as if a land outside time, it also exists outside the awareness of many Americans. Before my first trip to Camp Justice as a legal observer, friends and family were confused...

Cuba, Guantanamo, human rights fellowship, Human Rights First, postgraduate fellowship
Benjamin Barsky

How American Cities and States Comply with International Disability Law: A Snapshot of a Cutler Fellow’s Research

By: Benjamin Barsky L’19 The international community has both welcomed and used the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a means of supporting people with disabilities. On March 30, 2007, when the CRPD opened for s...

fellowship, salzburg global seminar

Reporting from the Salzburg Seminar: Sharing Experiences Across Borders to Combat Extremism

By: Joshua Spector L’18 June 28, 2018 In the aftermath of World War II, as Europe lay in a state of ruin, three young Harvard students decided that physical reconstruction of the continent was insufficient to avert the recurrence of the...

International Law, salzburg global seminar

Student Groups in Action: Penn Law International Arbitration Association (PLIAA) asks ‘Is International Arbitration in Jeopardy?’

By: John Morgan LLM’18 More than twenty eminent practitioners and academics met at Penn Law in April 2018 for the day-long PLIAA conference, which addressed the most pressing questions in international arbitration. Over 150 students from are...

International Law, pliaa

Promoting Gender Equality in African countries: An Update from our LLM Human Rights Post-Graduate Fellow

By: Amanda Nasinyama LLM’17 In 2017, I interned with UN Women’s East and Southern Africa Regional Office for six months where I served as the Africa focal point for the Penn Law Global Women’s Leadership Project. During that period, I wo...

fellowship, gender, human rights fellowship, Human Rights, International Law

Conversations with FARC: Reflections on the Global Research Seminar

By: John Morgan LLM’18 The one thing we hadn’t expected was the visceral reaction. We had litigated before eminent judges, debated in parliaments, spoken at political rallies, but never had simply speaking to somebody so limited our abilit...

colombia, Global Research Seminar, International Law
Close-up view of the sign of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Victims’ Participation in the ICC: Perspectives from a Global Justice Fellow

By: Allyson Reynolds L’17 Victims’ participation in proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a relatively recent innovation in international criminal law. Though some civil law systems have maintained long-standing mech...

global justice fellowship, ICC, International Law, rome statute

Migrant Workers Gaining a Voice in a Transitioning Nepal: Perspectives from a Global Justice Fellow

By: John Peng L’19 After its successful completion of federal, provincial, and local level elections in the summer and fall of 2017, Nepal took its first formal steps toward fulfilling its decade-long, constitutionally mandated transition to...

global justice fellowship, International Law, migrant rights, nepal

Inhumane Conditions in Greek Refugee Camps Persist Despite Significant Funding

Natasha Arnpriester L’16 Reception conditions for individuals who fled to Greece in search of safety and a chance of a better life are characterized by widespread suffering, substandard accommodations, and exposure to extreme weather conditi...

european union, greece, human rights fellowship, International Law, Refugees

Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Uganda: An Interview with Amanda Nasinyama LLM’17

What did you learn about your own country from this experience? The trip back to Uganda was truly enlightening. I do not think I had ever had the opportunity or time to appreciate the work that lawyers in Uganda, especially young lawyers, are do...

Global Research Seminar, uganda

Cuba and Economic Reform

By: Claude Muhuza, LLM ’17 On 1 January 2017, Penn Law’s Global Research Seminar (GRS) class landed at José Martí international airport in Havana. The GRS class had spent the fall semester examining the treatment of civil and political r...

Cuba, Global Research Seminar, International Law

Penn Law Travels to Cuba: A Dispatch

By: Allison Kowalski, L’17 February 8, 2017 Walking around the colorful streets of Havana is a disorienting experience. The buildings are antique, worn, crumbling, and full of life. The streets are full of people, tourists and locals al...

Cuba, Global Research Seminar, havana