International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law March 2012
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International Summer at Penn Law

During the March spring recess, five Penn Law groups traveled across the globe – to Germany, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, and Malaysia – to address a wide range of topics. Multiple student groups, faculty and departments were involved, including the Black Law Students Association, two Global Research Seminars, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and the Waseda Transnational Conference. Further details can be found in the articles available below.

Pictured left: Penn Law GR-Islamic Finance students led by Professor Michael Knoll in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


54 Penn Law Representatives Travel Internationally

Black Law Students Association (Kenya)

For this year's service trip, BLSA returned to work in the Mtongwe community, a poor community located directly outside of Mombasa, Kenya. The Penn Law group split their time between the Destiny Village School (a primary school comprised of approximately 300 orphans) and the Mtongwe Community Initiative (a human rights organization focused on women's rights).  BLSA students Geneva Campbell L'13, Tiffany Gelott L'12, Dale Jennings L'13, and Kyla Rivera L'13 spearheaded this year's service program.

Global Research Seminar (Germany/Belgium)

Professor Christopher Yoo's Global Research Seminar on "Comparative Internet Law in the US and EU" recently returned from a 7-day research trip to Germany and Belgium. Students toured met with key government and industry leaders and policy makers to forge a better understanding of the relevant institutions, technologies, and legal frameworks that shape telecommunications policy. Specific visits included the Federal Administrative Court, the National Regulatory Agency, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and European Commission. Eleven students comprised the group: Robert Craig L'12, Timothy Fisher L'13, Sam Hartzell L'13, Sean Moloney L'13, Michael Noonan L'12, Kirti Sarkar L'12, Weiwei Shen GL'12, Megan Tweed L'13, Asnur Wan Jantan GL'12, Kim Wexler L'13, and James Wiley L'13.

Global Research Seminar (Malaysia)

The Global Research Seminar on "Islamic Finance and Investment in the International Markets," co-taught by Professors Michael Knoll and Michael McMillen, recently returned from a 7-day research trip to Malaysia. This visit offered students an unparalleled opportunity to meet with the architects of Shariah-compliant financial products and to examine the legal, religious, economic and cultural forces that underlie their design. Specific visits included the Malaysian central bank (Bank Negara), The Global University of Islamic Finance (INCEIF), The Palace of Justice, and the Securities Commission. The 12 student cross-disciplinary delegation included Sarah Ahmad L'12, Christen Farr L'13, Suhaib Jamjoom GRW'12, Jonathan Korn C'14, Eu-win Lim W'12, Edward Mahaney-Walter L'13, Liz Muscarella L'12, Hassan Shah L'12, Elisa Solomon L'13, Daniel Tabib L'12, Zein Tawil W'13, and Grace Yumul GL'12.

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (Jordan)

For the second year in a row, the Penn Law Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) traveled to Amman to train students from the University of Jordan Law School on refugee law and United States Special Immigrant Visa law.  Penn Law students accompanied University of Jordan Law students to Iraqi refugee camps in Amman, where they spoke with and conducted intake on potential Iraqi candidates for resettlement in the United States. Members of the IRAP team also met with NGOs and INGOs focusing on refugee issues in the region and had a forthcoming session with Penn Law alum and U.S. Ambassador to Jordan, Stuart Jones L'86. Professor Fernando Chang-Muy accompanied the twelve IRAP/IHRA student participants: Areen Babajanian L'12, Alyssa Cowley L'14, Smita Ghosh L'13, Admas Habteslasie GL'12, Nasser Haddad L'12, Alison Hollenbeck L'14, Mariam Khokhar L'14, Suniti Mehta L'13, Kate Norland L'13, Melanie Schaschl L'14, Lucy Seyfarth L'14, and Chris Tipler L'14. Also participating in this project were three Penn Law alumni, Cathy Carr L'79, Randi Milgram L'10, Zachary Scott L'09.

Waseda Law School Transnational Week (Japan)

Four Penn Law students were selected to participate in Waseda University Law School's Transnational Week. This symposium was conducted by leading international legal experts on the topic, "International and Comparative Economic Law: Single Firm Conduct and Competition Law Revisited." The delegation led by Professor William Burke-White was comprised of Caitlin Cunningham L'14, Matthew MacDonald L'14, Francisco Morales L'13, and Pablo Rubinstein L'12.

Penn Law Notices

Preparing to Go Abroad- Nuts and Bolts: April 2

Gittis 1, 12:00pm
"Preparing to Go Abroad Meeting" for law students traveling overseas in the summer and fall. Mandatory meeting on travel, safety, health, cultural concerns and getting the most out of the experience. Useful information for a wide range of students - from those working in firms in Europe to students doing human rights work in the developing world. Law students who have worked and studied abroad will share practical tips on minimizing problems and maximizing your experience.

LLM Receives Best Oralist Award at Moot Court Competition – March 10

Congratulations to Penn Law LLM Lucila Hemmingsen, who received one of two Best Oralist Awards in the first International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition, held March 9-10 at American University. This Competition gives students enrolled in LLM programs an opportunity to develop arbitration skills in an environment that closely resembles current International Commercial Arbitration practice.

Deadlines and Opportunities

Writing Competition: Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law: Deadline April 1

The Texas Tech University Center for Biodefense, Law & Public Policy is soliciting articles relating to a current event within the biodefense community and its potential impact on the laws and regulations governing biodefense. Cash prizes available. The winner will be published in the Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety, and Biodefense Law, and be given the option to present at the Biodefense Center Symposium. For more information about the Writing Competition please visit the center website.

Call for Papers on International and European Migration Law: Deadline April 23

Merkourios, Utrecht Journal for International and European Law, has issued a call for papers to place in its forthcoming edition on International and European Migration Law. Submitted papers can address any aspect of this field of law; for example, migration within the European Union, rights of citizenship, criminalization of illegal immigrants, family and labor issues in migrant populations, and asylum/refugee law. Additional details.

ICSID Student Writing Competition: Deadline
May 1

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has announced the Annual ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal Student Writing Competition. Current law students are invited to submit articles on a procedural or substantive issue in international investment arbitration by May 1, 2012. The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of US$1000.00 and will have his or her essay published in a future issue of the ICSID Review.

Roundup of Winter 2012 Events

Lunchtime Talk with Bok VIP Henrik Lando - January 26

Bok Visiting International Professor Henrik Lando discussed the American law and economics movement, as seen from Europe. 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.

National Security Policy and Constitutional Rights: The War in Libya and Beyond - February 8

Jules Lobel, professor at University of Pittsburgh Law School of Law and President of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, delivered a lecture on national security issues and U.S. involvement in Libya.

East Asia Law Review Symposium - February 10

This year's annual EALR symposium addressed the topic, "Corruption in Asia: Law & Governance, Corporate Responsibility, and Media." The keynote speaker was Laura B. Sherman, Senior Legal Advisor for Transparency International-USA.

Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law - February 13

The 2012 lecture topic, delivered by Professor Michael Ignatieff, Fellow at Massey College of the University of Toronto, was "Standing in Law and Standing in Politics: The Rules That Determine Who Gets Heard." A 2011 candidate for Prime Minister of Canada, Ignatieff was elected to the House of Commons in 2006 and from 2008 to 2011 he was Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of Canada's Official Opposition. Acclaimed as a historian and biographer, Ignatieff has written widely on human rights and balancing security and liberty in the post-9/11 era.

International Engagement and the Promotion of Human Rights in China - February 13

Guest speaker Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, spoke about strategies for improving human rights in China. Hom leads HRIC's human rights and media advocacy and strategic policy engagement with NGOs, governments, and multi-stakeholder initiatives. Event co-sponsored by the East Asia Law Review, International Law Organization, & the China and International Human Rights Colloquium. 

IHRA Lecture on International Human Rights- February 20

A discussion with Olivia Bueno, Associate Director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative. Bueno is responsible for managing IRRI's New York office, monitoring policies and diplomatic discussions at the United Nations relevant to IRRI's programs and coordinating outreach to and collaboration with international NGOs. Event sponsored by the Penn Law International Human Rights Association.

The Arab Awakening: One Year On- February 22

The Penn Law National Security Society hosted Dr. Marwan Muasher for a special address on the Arab Spring, Arab reform, US-Arab relations, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Marwan Muasher is currently Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment. He was previously the foreign minister and deputy prime minister of Jordan, as well as its first ambassador to Israel and an ambassador to the US. Muasher was a key negotiator at the Madrid Peace Talks.

National Security, Secret Evidence, and the Rights of Refugees - February 22

Discussion with Mark Hetfield, Senior Vice President for Policy & Programs at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, on the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and the challenges posed by new security clearance measures. Hetfield shared his experiences working with Iraqi refugees and his perspective on how to preserve national security while guaranteeing the safe and speedy resettlement of deserving refugees. Event sponsored by the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.

The Leon C. and June W. Holt Lecture in International Law - February 27

Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, partner and head of international practice at Covington & Burling LLP2012 offered a stimulating tour d'horizon on "The New Global Forces of the 21st Century." During a decade and a half of public service in three US administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat held a number of key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001).

China's Possible Paths to Democracy - February 27

Wang Tiancheng, human rights scholar and member of the Penn Law LLM Class of 2012, earned his law degree from Peking University, where he later served as a law lecturer. He was active in the 1989 prodemocracy movement and later helped found an independent political party. Wang was detained in December 1991 and charged with "actively taking part in a counter-revolutionary group" and "carrying out counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement." In 1992, he was sentenced to a five-year prison term. Since his release in 1997, Mr. Wang has published influential and prize-winning papers on the rule of law and constitutionalism in China, and has called publicly for a reconsideration of government policies on Tibet.

Bok VIP Hideki Kanda on New Theories of Corporate Governance- March 12

Bok Professor Hideki Kanda gave a lecture on "Puzzles on Comparative Corporate Governance: Rethinking the Linkage Between Laws and Ownership." This talk was sponsored by the Institute of Law and Economics.

Muslim Law Students Association Annual Conference - March 17

MLSA presented its sixth annual conference, "The Changing Political Face of the Middle East and the Future Role for Islamic Law." The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl L'89, one of the world's leading authorities on Islamic law and Islam, on the topic, "Mystifying Shari‘a in the 21st Century." Other lecture topics included: "Due Process in Islamic Criminal Law" and "21st Century Moral and Political Imperatives in Islamic Law."

A Conversation with the Deputy Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency - March 19

A discussion of leadership and public service in the US Intelligence Community. David Shedd was in the National Security Council on September 11 and has since led multiple major reforms to the US intelligence community. He was the founding Chief of Staff of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and now helps lead America's premier military intelligence agency.

Fighting Corruption at Home and Abroad: the DOJ Perspective- March 21

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer discussed the Department's anti-corruption efforts, followed by a Q&A with faculty and students. Under Breuer's leadership, the Justice Department's Criminal Division has made the fight against corruption a top priority – through the prosecution of federal, state, and local public officials, and those engaged in international commercial bribery; by assisting foreign countries to increase their ability to build cases and prosecute them; and by working to identify and forfeit the proceeds of foreign officials who engage in corruption in their home countries. Event sponsored by the office of Career Planning and Professionalism.

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