International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law Fall 2012
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Welcome Penn Law LLM Class of 2013!

On August 3, the Law School welcomed more than 100 new LLM students, selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants. The diverse student group comes from more than 35 countries, and represents the largest LLM class in the Law School's history.

The LLMs represent a wide range of legal professionals including corporate counsel, judges, practicing attorneys, government professionals, and human rights activists.

Included among this year's class are the legal advisor to an Argentinian federal congressman, a member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, a female member of the Iranian Central Bar Association, a law professor from Ecuador, and a former advocate in the Human Rights Division of the Israeli Ministry of Justice.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Global Forum Deadline: September 21

The 2012 Global Forum on Constitutional Law and Social Governance will be held at Tsinghua University from November 7-11, 2012. The Global Forum (GF) will bring together faculty and students from Penn Law, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Tsinghua University (Beijing), Sciences-Po (Paris) and Waseda University (Tokyo) to participate in an intensive four-day program examining a broad array of constitutional issues from a comparative perspective. The Global Forum embodies Penn Law's commitment to providing students with unparalleled opportunities to examine issues in international and comparative law with top faculty and students from around the globe and gain hands-on experience on cutting edge issues in the law. 2Ls, 3Ls and LLMs interested in applying to attend the Global Forum can find more information here.

Salzburg Cutler Rule of Law Seminar Program Deadline: September 28

Penn Law is pleased to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Salzburg Global Seminar's Cutler Rule of Law Fellows Program, in Washington, DC, on November 16, 2012. The Cutler Fellows Program will bring law students together with top academics and practitioners in the fields of private and public international law for a one-day discussion of the most critical issues shaping today's international law agenda. U.S. Department of State Legal Advisor Harold Koh and Yale Law Professor Michael Reisman will offer the opening plenary remarks on "The Narrowing Divide Between Private and Public International Law." Justice Richard Goldstone will deliver the keynote address. Penn Law students selected to be Cutler Fellows will join faculty and students from Chicago, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, UVA, and Yale at the sessions. Students participating in the program will prepare a 5-7 page paper outlining a particular issue or question in international law and will be divided into breakout groups to discuss their paper. This program is primarily intended for 2L students, but applications from 3Ls will be considered. This program is not open to 1Ls or LLMs. More information about the program and application procedures will be forthcoming.

ACE Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellowship Application Deadline: October 29

Penn Law will inaugurate the ACE Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellowship this year. This fellowship provides a recent Penn Law graduate with an unparalleled opportunity to launch their career in the human rights field by spending a full year in either the New York or Washington office of Human Rights First, working on cutting edge projects in international rule of law. Interested 3Ls and graduates up to three years out are eligible for this fellowship. More information about the fellowship including application submission instructions can be found online. Late applications will not be considered.

Penn Law Announcements

Penn Law Establishes Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL)

On September 11, Penn Law celebrated the opening of the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, an innovative new center that will look at cutting edge issues at the intersection of ethics and national security law. Building on Professor Claire Finkelstein's work, CERL will connect academics and policy makers to advance understanding of the law and its application in this fast-changing field. The opening panel discussion featured Ambassador Peter Galbraith (First U.S. Ambassador to Croatia), Ambassador Thomas Graham (Lightbridge Corporation), Mr. David Sanger (New York Times) and Professor Nadine Strossen (New York Law School).

Upcoming Law School Events

Regulating Food Safety in a Global Food System – September 18 (4:30pm)

Today's food safety system is facing the challenges of a food supply system that is vastly different from 100 years ago, or even 10 years ago. In this seminar, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Michael R. Taylor, will address the challenges and opportunities in implementing FSMA's entirely new approach to overseeing food safety. Risk Regulation Seminar held in Huntsman Hall, Room F90.

1L Meet-and-Greet with International Administrators and Faculty – September 20 (4:30pm)

Opportunity for 1L students interested in international law to meet faculty, administrators, and upper level students. Attendees will include Professors Bill Burke-White, Jacques deLisle, and Sarah Paoletti as well as other faculty and staff. Held on the Golkin roof deck, cupcakes will be served. Registration for this event is requested.

Reception for Non-U.S. JD Students – September 20 (5:30pm)

Reception for Non-U.S. JD Students in the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015. Come join us at Baby Blues BBQ to meet your fellow international law students. Light bar food will be served. Registration for this event is requested.

CASI Conference on India: Two Decades of Transformation - September 27

Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India hosts a 20th Anniversary Symposium and Celebration in the Fitts Auditorium. CASI's 20th Anniversary coincides with two decades of major transformation in India's economic, political and social landscape, and its external relations and global profile. This symposium will both celebrate and reflect on an extraordinary period of change and the unprecedented challenges and opportunities that India faces today. Featured speakers include: H.E. Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the United States and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India. Registration by September 24 is mandatory.

Study Abroad Q&A Session - October 1 (12:00pm)

Informal Q&A session for interested students to discuss Penn Law's six study abroad sites in China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, and Spain, as well as ad hoc study abroad.

Lauder Info Session - October 3 (12:00pm)

Information session for 1Ls on the joint JD/MA program with Wharton's Lauder Institute. Presentation by Meghan Ellis, Coordinator for Admissions, Recruiting and Student Affairs.

Joint Degree Fair - October 11 (12:00pm)

Penn Law's Annual Joint Degree/ Certificate Fair for First Year and Second Year students. Opportunity to learn more about cross-disciplinary opportunities, such as our joint degrees in Hong Kong and Paris, certificates in East Asian or Middle Eastern Studies, and the new Global Human Rights Certificate.

The Cross-Cultural CEO: Growing a Business in a World Without Borders – October 18 (4:30pm)

Law and Entrepreneurship Lecture by David Perla, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Pangea3 LLC, a legal outsourcing firm based in Mumbai. Event is open to the public. Reception to follow. Hosted in the Bernard Segal Moot Court Room (S-245A).

China Admin Law Conference: October 24

This day-long conference is part of a larger series of programs designed to foster mutual recognition and understanding of current administrative law developments in China and the U.S. Panel participants include distinguished faculty from across both countries. Event is co-sponsored by Penn Law, CEAS, and the Center for Study of Contemporary China. More information can be found online.

International Law Weekend: October 25-27

Penn Law is one of the sponsors for this 3-day series of panels at the Lincoln Center campus of Fordham. President Ted Meron of the ICTY will serve as keynote speaker. Panels include: China and international law (with blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng); a two part presentation on international investment arbitration (with World Bank ICSID secretary general Meg Kinnear); a panel on how to conduct a corporate compliance investigation when faced with local corruption (led by SDNY U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White); and many more. Click here to learn more about the program and register. All students are welcome to attend this event and registration is free for Penn Law students.

Welcome New Visiting Scholars and Researchers

Penn Law will host five international visitors this Fall, who will be conducting advanced research under the sponsorship of a faculty member.

Huangfang Du (China)
Associate Professor of Law, Renmin University of China
Václav Gráf (Czech Republic)
(Fulbright) Ph.D. Candidate, University of Economics, Prague
Yan Lin (China)
Associate Professor of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Marta Munoz (Spain)
Assistant Professor, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Takeshi Ogata (Japan)
Professor of Law, Doshisa University

Welcome Bok Professors

In addition to our visiting scholars, two Bok Visiting International Professors will join the faculty to teach specialized courses during the fall term.

Fabrizio Caffagi, European University Institute
Hosted by Professor Stephen Burbank

Brigitte Haar, Institute of Law And Finance, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main
Hosted by Professor Michael Knoll

Best of Luck to our Study Abroad Students

This fall, eight Penn Law Students will be studying overseas, including six joint degree students

Joshua Bloom L'13
Hong Kong University (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
Ryan Bosch L'12
Sciences Po (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
Mimi Cheng L'13
Sciences Po (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
Jonathan Conigliari L'13
Sciences Po (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
Sarah Ghulamhussain L'13
Hong Kong University (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
Atma Kabad L'13
Hong Kong University (Fall Semester Study Abroad)
Joseph Santo L'13
Hong Kong University (Fall Semester Study Abroad)
Megan Tweed L'13
Sciences Po (Academic Year, Joint Degree)

Spotlight on Fall 2012 Coursework

Bok Course: Executive Compensation Before and After the Crisis (Haar)

A special three-week course in Oct/Nov taught by Bok VIP Brigitte Haar, Professor of Law at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University. With the recent global financial crisis, executive compensation in particular has been the subject of fierce academic and public debate. Executive pay will therefore serve as an exemplary field of study of comparative corporate governance throughout this course.

Bok Course: The Making of European Law (Cafaggi)

A special six-week course in Sept/Oct taught by Bok VIP Fabrizio Cafaggi, Professor of Comparative Law at the European University Institute. This course examines the structure and process of lawmaking in the contemporary European Union, beginning with a comparison of multilevel European governance structure with traditional federalist models.

Comparative Constitutional Law (Ewald)

The field of comparative constitutional law has exploded in the past decade, with many countries experiencing dramatic changes in constitutional governance, and with a sudden growth in the transnational sharing of constitutional ideas. This course will provide an introduction to those developments, and will examine some of the leading constitutional systems of the modern world.

Cross-Border M&A (Casey)

The M&A marketplace has become increasingly global over the last 10-15 years. Companies make acquisitions outside of their home country, buy and sell global businesses and enter into joint venture transactions. The seminar will expose students to legal aspects of negotiating M&A transactions across national borders.

GRS: Private Law, Nation-building & Economic Growth (Balganesh)

This Global Research Seminar will examine the connection between different areas of private law (i.e., the law governing private interactions between citizens) and a nation's realization of its social and economic objectives, through a comparative study of the private law of India. Admission to this class is by application only, and requires participation in a 7-day field visit to India in March.

Immigration Law (Chang)

This course explores immigration policy and provides a comprehensive overview of the legal framework that regulates the admission and deportation of aliens in the United States.

International Business Transactions (Mooney)

This course provides an overview of the legal issues—domestic, foreign, and international—that arise when U.S. companies do business abroad.

International Human Rights (Jinks)

This course provides an overview of the contemporary international human rights regime and includes discussion of conceptual and political foundations of human rights law, national and international mechanisms for the making, interpretation, implementation of human rights law, and enforcement of human rights law.

Cultural Heritage and the Law (Lorenzo)

The first half of the semester will address the many issues relating to artists' rights, regulations of auction practices and museums as well as copyright and authenticity questions involving art works. The second half will address the illicit trafficking of looted art, destruction of cultural heritage in times of war, and the historic preservation of artifacts on land and underwater.

International Communication: Power and Flow (Price)

This class deals with basic questions about the relationship of the state to the flow of words and images within its boundaries. This class deals with ways of comparing media systems and with the relationship between such systems and technological and political developments.

Issues in Private Financing (Mooney)

This seminar will address topics in private financing and corporate reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. It also will cover various aspects of cross-border cooperation in the insolvency proceedings of multi-national corporations.

Research in Foreign & International Law (Femenia)

This course will familiarize students with the basic sources in international law and the national law of key foreign jurisdictions, and help students develop the necessary skills to efficiently research transnational legal questions.

Terrorism and International Law (Jinks)

The campaign by numerous states and international organizations against Al Qaeda and other non-state terrorist actors raises several critical questions for international law. This seminar provides an introduction to several of the most important debates.

Transnational Legal Clinic (Paoletti and Gansallo)

Working in teams of two or more, students in the Transnational Legal Clinic engage in direct representation of individual and organizational clients in immigration and human rights cases and projects.

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