International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law Fall 2011
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International Summer at Penn Law

In summer 2011, a record 40 Penn Law students worked abroad through the International Summer Human Rights Fellows Program (ISHRF), the Penn Law International Internship Program (PLIIP), the Lauder Program, or other channels. These Penn Law students were in every region of the globe working for law firms, government and multilateral agencies, and NGOs. Penn Law International Interns gained valuable experience in corporate and transactional work under the supervision of foreign and American lawyers overseas, while Human Rights Fellows witnessed firsthand how grassroots organizations work with clients to secure protections of individual and collective human rights. Katie Flannery (pictured left), who worked for the International Refugee Rights Initiative in Uganda, was one of 12 Penn Law Human Rights Fellows to deploy this summer. The deadline for applications to the Summer 2012 ISHRF program is January 13. The Summer 2012 PLIIP deadline is January 20. PLIIP internship sites will be posted before Winter Break. More information about Penn Law's International Summer Programs can be found at

Second Annual Global Forum A Success

The 2011 Global Forum was hosted by Goethe University on the topic of "Financial Regulation and Supervision from a Comparative Perspective." The Global Forum (GF) brought together faculty and students from Penn Law, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Tsinghua University (Beijing), and Waseda University (Tokyo) to participate in an intensive five-day program examining financial regulation and supervision from a comparative perspective. Penn Law attendees included Professors Bill Bratton, Eric Feldman and Jill Fisch and students Samuel Marll, Michael Paranal, Iris Priddy, Haley Wojdowski, and Ily Grace Yumul. The Global Forum, founded at Penn Law in 2010 by four elite Law Schools from around the world, fosters the creation of a vibrant intellectual community and intensive teaching consortium. The 2012 Global Forum will be hosted by Tsinghua Law School in Beijing.

Spring 2012 Bok VIPs

Henrik Lando (January 2012)
Contracting in a Globalized World

Henrik Lando is Professor of Law and Economics and the Director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Financial Institutions at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He is one of the leading law-and-economics scholars in Europe, writing about a wide variety of areas of the law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, and evidence, and has published extensively in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journals. Lando is sponsored by Professor Howard Chang.

Joshua Getzler (February 2012)
Roman Foundations of Western Law

Joshua Getzler is a senior member of the law faculty of Oxford University, where he is a University Lecturer in Law and a Reader in Legal History. His research and scholarship covers a wide range of topics: legal history, law and economics, contracts, equity and trusts, property theory, capital markets, and Roman law. His 2004 book, A History of Water Rights at Common Law is considered one of the leading theoretical contributions to the area of riparian rights.  Getzler is sponsored by Professor Shyam Balganesh.

Hideki Kanda (March 2012)
Law and Society in Japan (co-teaching with Eric Feldman)

Hideki Kanda is Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo. His main areas of specialization include commercial law, corporate law, banking regulation, and securities regulation. His corporate law book is the standard text on the subject in Japanese universities. He is widely regarded as the top corporate and securities academic in Japan. Kanda is sponsored by Professors Ed Rock and Chuck Mooney.

Pratap Mehta (April 2012)
Constitutionalism in India

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is the President of one of India's most distinguished think tanks. His core research interests include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs. Dr. Mehta serves on many government and policy bodies in India, including the Prime Minister of India's National Knowledge Commission and the Supreme Court appointed Committee on Regulating Indian Universities. Mehta is sponsored by Professor Shyam Balganesh.

Thank You Fall 2011 Bok Visiting International Professors

Arie Reich (September/October 2011)
Fall 2011 Course: The European Court of Justice

Arie Reich, the Dean of the Law Faculty at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and a world renowned expert on international trade law, taught in September and October. He pioneered the field in Israeli academia and has published some thirty academic books and articles in Israel, Europe, and North America. The Israeli government has appointed him as its representative to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and as one of its arbitrators under the Washington Treaty for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and under the Mexico-Israel Free Trade Agreement.  Reich's sponsor was Professor Gideon Parchomovsky.

Juan Guzmán Tapia (October 2011)
Fall 2011 Course: Transitional Justice

Juan Guzmán Tapia, a distinguished Chilean law professor who gained international prominence as the judge who led the investigation and prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations committed by the Pinochet regime, taught at the Law School in October. Guzmán Tapia was sponsored by Professor Sarah Paoletti. For more on Judge Guzmán's visit to Penn Law see

Faculty News and Travel


In October, Jilin University (China) hosted a major symposium on Paul Robinson's work- including translations of articles and his new book. While in China, Robinson also served as the keynote speaker for a conference on Shared Intuitions of Justice and Criminal Law (Changchun) and lectured at the Northwest University of Politics & Law (Xi'an).

Jill Fisch visited China in October too. She lectured at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai and visited Tsinghua Law School in Beijing.

Anita Allen participated in a conference on synthetic biology in Shanghai in October, where she presented on the ethical and legal considerations raised by the technology.

Jacques deLisle traveled extensively throughout Asia this fall, visiting Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shanghai.

In December, Seth Kreimer traveled to Delhi, for the Second Annual Symposium on Media and New Technology: 'New Technologies, New Challenges: Indian Media Issues in Global Perspective.' Kreimer participated in panels on, 'Websites and Issues of Anonymity, Sectarianism and Public Order' and 'How Free Expression Approaches are Redefined in the Age of WikiLeaks, Satellite Television and the Arab Spring.'


David Abrams gave a conference presentation at the October Transatlantic Workshop on 'The Economics of Crime,' at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Torino, Italy.

Aditi Bagchi attended a conference in July at the International Labor Organization in Geneva on 'Regulating Decent Work," to present her paper on "Parallel Contract.'

In November, William Burke-White met with Penn Law alumni in France in November when he traveled there to brief French foreign policy officials about Obama Administration foreign policy.

Also in November, Eric Feldman visited Sciences Po in Paris for discussions about expanding cooperation between Penn Law and the Sciences-Po faculty of law.

In December, Chuck Mooney traveled to Vienna, Austria to participate in a host of meetings at the United Nations.

Accompanied by students Laura Barker and Abdel Zirar, Sarah Paoletti traveled to Geneva in October to work with Haitian civil society actors in conjunction with Haiti's universal periodic review before the U.N.'s Human Rights Council.

In November, Paul Robinson traveled to Oxford University to participate in the Criminal Law Group. The following month, he participated in the Glanville Williams 100th Anniversary Conference organized by King's College London.

In early October, Christopher Yoo gave two lectures as part of the Workshop and Lecture Series on Technology Policy, Law & Economics co-sponsored by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. In November, Yoo spoke at the DigiWorld Summit: "Will the Device Be King?" organized by IDATE in Montpellier, France. He appeared as part of the Executive Seminar on "Trans-Atlantic Dialogue - Net Neutrality: Act II."


In October, Christopher Yoo was the opening speaker in a conference on "Law and Policy Issues in the Cloud" organized by the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto.

In August, Sarah Paoletti trained NGOs in Haiti on strategies for advancing human rights concerns domestically and internationally in the run-up to Haiti's universal periodic review before the U.N.'s Human Rights Council.


In December, Anita Allen taught a course on US Constitutional Law and the Right to Privacy at Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Penn Law's RegBlog,, an online site run by Cary Coglianese and his student team, which compiles information and analysis of regulatory matters, is gaining international visibility with weekly visitors from over 80 countries. Students interested in working on RegBlog should contact Professor Coglianese.

Jacques deLisle visited Israel in November for lectures on East Asia at Tel Aviv University.

During the first week of September, Sarah Paoletti traveled to Sydney, Australia for meetings with law clinic faculty from the University of New South Wales as part of a new project to mapping labor migration from Southeast Asia to the Middle East. The project is sponsored by the Open Society Foundation. Paoletti's trip coincided with the Australian National Clinical Conference.


Global Research Seminar Updates

Professor Thomas Fetzer of Dresden Institute of Technology visited Penn Law in late October to meet with students in Professor Christopher Yoo's Global Research Seminar on Comparative Internet Policy in the U.S. and E.U. Professor Fetzer and 11 students from Dresden will visit Penn Law in January and together with Professor Yoo and the Penn Law students meet with government officials and industry executives in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. to hear firsthand about the challenges and cutting edge issues impacting internet regulation in the U.S. In March, the students will travel to Germany and Brussels to explore the European perspective.

Fifteen Law, Wharton and SAS students have registered to take the Global Research Seminar on Islamic Finance and Investment in the International Markets this spring. Professors Michael Knoll and Michael McMillen will teach this class, the only interdisciplinary, field-based course of its kind. In March, the students and faculty will travel to Malaysia for meetings with leaders in the field of sharīah-compliant investment. A handful of additional spots have been opened in this class. Interested students should contact

Congratulations to Professor David Skeel and the students in the 2010 Global Research Seminar on Corporate Governance in the U.S. and Europe. In November, the Italian Society of Law and Economics announced that the jointly written paper for the course was accepted for presentation at the Society's annual conference in Turin in December 2011. At the same time the The Journal of Corporation Law (University of Iowa) will publish an edited version of the class paper in its upcoming volume.

ISHRF and PLIIP Deadlines

ISHRF Application Deadline: January 13

Applications for the International Summer Human Rights Fellowships (ISHRF) must be submitted via Simplicity by January 13. Up to 10 students will be selected for fellowships to support legal and policy work related to human rights and the rule of law. Additional details, timelines, and application forms can be found on the International Programs site.

PLIIP Application Deadline: January 20

Applications for the Penn Law International Internship Program (PLIIP) must be submitted via Simplicity by January 20. This year we expect to offer at least 15 internships in China, Japan, South Korea, India, France, Nigeria, Argentina, and England among other countries. Additional details, timelines, and internship descriptions can be found on the International Programs site.

Roundup of Fall International Events

Film Screening: The Judge and the General- October 4

Penn Law screened the award-winning film that documents Bok VIP Juan Guzmán Tapia's personal journey as the judge prosecuting the first criminal cases against Chile's ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, followed by Q&A. Co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA), International Law Organization (ILO), and the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).

For more on Judge Guzmán's visit to Penn Law see

The Possibilities for International Labor Rights- October 12

Luis Enrique Ramirez, Esq. Executive Vice-President of Latin American Association of Labor Lawyers (ALAL) spoke with with Simon Archer of the Canadian Association of Labor Lawyers (CALL) about the prospects for trans-border labor solidarity movements in the anti-human rights free trade agreement era. Co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild and the Penn Law Latin American Law Students Association.

China's Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization - Oct 18

In this Penn Program on Regulation seminar, Professor Hsueh argued that China has complemented liberalization at the economy-wide level with selective reregulation at the sectoral level. This mode of economic integration contrasts with the manifestly different approaches to globalization found in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Co-Sponsored by the East Asia Law Review.

Film Screening: The Response- October 27

The Response is a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantánamo Bay military tribunals. The film screening was followed by a Q &A with Colonel Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions at Guantánamo Bay, Sig Libowitz, writer/producer, Peter Riegert, actor, and Thomas Wilner L'69, who represented detainees in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring- November 9

During a book talk with authors of 'Sandstorm: A Leaderless Revolution in a Digital Age' on the Arab Spring, recent changes in the Arab World and how they relate to the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, the authors assessed the role of social media, the Global Generation, and the worldwide economic crises in bringing the world together to support the 2011 revolution in Egypt. Sponsored by Muslim Law Students Association.

JIL Symposium: Democracy in the Middle East- November 11

The Fall 2011 Symposium organized by the Journal of International Law focused on three themes: Internal and External Influences on the Middle Eastern Revolution, Post-Transitional Reform: The Shift to a Democratic State, and The Post-Revolutionary Middle East: A Realistic Picture. Keynote speakers included Daniel Brumberg from the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention and Dr. Khaled Abu El Fadl L'89, who spoke about the signs of concern in Egypt's democratic transition.

The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Memorial Lecture: Building Back Haiti More Justly- November 16

Lecture given by Mario Joseph, Haiti's most prominent human rights lawyer. Joseph has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince since 1996 where he and the organization represent political prisoners and victims of political violence. Mr. Joseph spearheaded the prosecution in the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases in the Western Hemisphere.

Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Targeted Killing- November 30

A panel discussion organized by Professor Claire Finkelstein and the Institute for Law and Philosophy. Panelists included Jens Ohlin Associate Professor of Law, Cornell University; Kevin Govern, Associate Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law; Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate, Law and Security Program of Human Rights First; and Ambassador Thomas Graham, Special Representative of the President for Arms Control, Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament, 1994-1997.  Professor Finkelstein's edited book on this subject, titled Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2012.

Deadlines and Opportunities

Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students Deadline: January 6
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

In 2012 FASPE will take a group of 10-15 law students on an all-expenses-paid program to Berlin, Krakow and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where they will examine such topics as the use of law as a resource for destruction, the treatment of enemy combatants, the ethics of the adversarial system, and "lawlessness" versus the rule of law.

The program dates will run from May 21, 2012 to June 1, 2012. The fellowships, worth $5,000, will cover all program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food. Application details.

UVA Human Rights Papers Deadline: January 13

UVA is holding its third annual Human Rights Student Scholars Writing Competition, sponsored by the UVA Human Rights Program and the Virginia International Law Journal (VJIL). Papers are invited from JD, LLM, and SJD students on topics related to human rights law. Top author will receive cash prize of $500 and an invitation to present the paper at a special workshop. Additional details

ISHRF Application Deadline: January 13

DAAD Summer Law School and Internship Program: January 15

Following a one week seminar at the University of Freiburg, fellows will spend about three weeks as an intern at a German law firm or other legal institution with an international focus. The program is open to outstanding candidates in their second and third year of legal studies. German language skills are not a prerequisite but preferred. A proven interest in the German legal system is helpful. Application info

PLIIP Application Deadline: January 20

Crowley Fellowship in International Human Rights: January 30

Opportunity for 3Ls. The Crowley Program in International Human Rights is dedicated to promoting human rights scholarship and advocacy at Fordham Law School and around the world. The fellowship is a 16-month position, totaling a commitment of three semesters. The fellowship begins in mid-August 2012. The Fellow's annual salary is $55,000 for the first year and $60,000 for the final semester, and includes benefits. Additional details.

Asia Law and Justice Fellowship Deadline: January 30

Opportunity for 3Ls. The Asia Law and Justice (ALJ) Program, part of Fordham's Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, studies and promotes the rule of law and adherence to basic human rights throughout Asia. The Fellowship begins in mid-August 2012, and is a 12-month position with the possibility of an extension for an additional year. The Fellow's salary is $55,000 and includes benefits. Additional details


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