International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law Spring 2012
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Announcing the 2012-13 GRS:

Private Law, Nation-building, and Economic Growth: A Comparison of U.S. and Indian Private Law

The 2012-13 Global Research Seminar (GRS) will examine the connection between different areas of private law and a nation's realization of its social and economic objectives. Taught by Professor Shyam Balganesh, this four-credit course will examine multiple areas of Indian private law, including:  tort law, contract law, the law of property, the law relating to private remedies, the law of corporations, intellectual property law, and antitrust law.

The course will meet weekly in the Fall. Over Spring Break, the class will undertake a 7-day field visit to India. In New Delhi, the group will meet with Indian lawyers, judges, legislators, regulators, and scholars. These meetings will allow students to observe how mechanisms of private law work in actual practice. There are no pre-requisites for enrolling; no prior knowledge of Indian law or the substantive areas are needed. Further details on enrolling will be emailed from the registrar this summer, but please email with any questions.

Note to All Students and Faculty Traveling Overseas This Summer

Before departing, please remember to register your travel in the Penn Global Activities Registry.

This process only takes a few minutes, and will automatically notify International SOS (the organization that provides Penn students with international medical, security, and travel assistance) of your travel plans.

International Public Interest Work

Ten ISHRF Fellows will work abroad this summer on projects related to human rights and rule of law.

Vindhya Adapa L'14
UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Audrey Banks L'14
UN Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, Thailand
Joshua Bernard L'14
Frente de Defensa de la Amazonia, Ecuador
Christen Farr L'13
International Finance Corporation, Turkey
Katie Flannery L'13
South African Litigation Centre, South Africa
Mariam Khokhar L'14
UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Lindsey Laveaux L'13
Center for Constitutional Rights, Haiti
Natalie Punchak L'14
UNAIDS, Switzerland
Lucia Seyfarth L'14
The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
Jordan Yeagley L'14
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, Hungary

Summer Work in Overseas Firms

Twenty-five Penn Law students will hold summer positions at overseas law firms through either the Penn Law International Internship Program (PLIIP) or independently identified opportunities.

Joshua Bloom L'13
Freshfields, England
Jie Chai L'13
Herbert Smith, Hong Kong
Angela Choe L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Kim and Chang, Korea
Younghee Chung L'13
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Hong Kong
Jessica Falzone L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Cocuzza & Associati, Italy
Samantha Kaufman L'14
Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson LLP, England
Youngju Lee L'14
Bae, Kim & Lee, Korea
Katherine Long L'13
Linklaters, Hong Kong
Irene Lu L'13
(PLIIP Intern) Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo
Christopher Martin L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Collins Newman & Co, Botswana
Edward Olayemi L'13
Deloitte Consulting, Nigeria
Oliver Ostertag L'14
Sidley Austin, England
Sophia Papakostas L'13
Checkpoint Systems, Spain
Michael Paranal L'13
Dechert, England
Iris Priddy L'13
Allen & Overy, Hong Kong
James Rosenthal L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Japan
Gustavo Silva L'13
Simpson Thacher, Brazil
Peter Seel L'14
K&L Gates, Germany
Shan Song L'13
Allen & Overy, Hong Kong
Megan Tweed L'13
Simpson Thacher, England
Daniel Wilson L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Aluko & Oyebode, Nigeria
Tansy Woan L'13
Skadden, England
Rebecca Yang L'13
Linklaters, Hong Kong
Jordan Yeagley L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Cobden House Chambers, England
Chiharu Yuki L'14
Shearman Sterling, Japan

Other International Work

In addition to public interest positions and private law firms, several students will work in courts, governmental bureaus, or other legal institutions abroad.

Chuyang Liu L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Beijing Arbitration Commission, China
Brian Monaghan L'14
Alliance for Responsible Mining, Columbia
Stephanie Shyu L'14
(PLIIP Intern) Beijing Arbitration Commission, China
Sharon Cohen L'12
(Clerkship) Israeli Supreme Court, Israel
Elizabeth Feldmeier  L'12
(Clerkship) Israeli Supreme Court, Israel

International Academic Programs

Two Penn Law students will begin their Lauder Institute joint degree programs this summer, completing coursework in area studies and management strategy and immersion language programs around the globe in June/July.

Jessica Rice L'14
Spanish Track (Colombia and Spain)
Nettie Downs L'14
Arabic Track (Morocco, Dubai, and Jordan)

One Penn Law student will participate in a graduate seminar, which brings students from U.S. universities to Rabat to study Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in Arabic with Moroccan students at Mohammad V University.

Kate Norland L'13
Study of Religions Across Civilizations (SORAC), Morocco

Post Graduate Fellowship News

Congratulations to Denisse Cordova L'12, who received a TPIC Fellowship to work with FoodFirst Information and Action Network (FIAN). Denisse's project, "Responding to Violations of Women's Human Right to Food" will focus on specific cases of violations of women's right to food in Latin America in order to develop prototype methodologies that can be replicated in other regions. Denisse plans to develop legal strategies that respond to gender-differentiated needs and priorities as well as gender inequalities in terms of opportunities and outcomes. Denisse spent Fall 2011 studying abroad at the University of Mannheim, and Spring 2012 completing an externship in Geneva at UNAIDS headquarters.

Kristin Bochicchio L ‘12 will serve as the BP / Arnold & Porter Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, Texas. She will be providing representation and outreach to African and Middle Eastern women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.  While in law school, Krissy worked as co-director of Penn Law's Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation pro bono project, represented an Iraqi refugee living in Jordan through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and received an International Summer Human Rights Fellowship to intern at the Gender Research & Advocacy Project of the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia. A dual JD/MA student, Bochiccio is currently finishing a Masters in French law at Sciences Po (L'Institut d'études politiques) in Paris.

Congratulations to Penn Law FLAS Recipients

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide funding for summer and academic year training in foreign languages and area studies.

Laila Ameri L'14
Arabic language study (Academic Year)
Shikha Bhattacharjee L'13
Bengali language study (Academic Year)
Jonathan Boyer-Dry L'13
Twi language study (Academic Year)
Kate Norland L'13
Arabic language study (Academic Year)

Penn Law Faculty Summer Travel

In July, Dean Michael Fitts will lead a faculty delegation to India for a national roundtable on patent and copyright law. Penn Law is also excited to announce a new institutional partnership with the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. 

David Abrams travelled to Copenhagen on May 29 and will be in Paris from May 30-June 1.

Tom Baker will be in Israel the first week in July, to meet with leading Israeli academics.

This summer, Shyam Balganesh will teach courses on copyright and patent law at Waseda in Tokyo as part of the Penn Law and Waseda Law partnership.

In April, Bill Burke-White, spoke at Central European University in Budapest on "The Future of Public Policy Schools," then gave a talk at the London School of Economics on "Empirical Methods in International Investment Law." In May, he will travel to China as part of an Atlantic Council dialogue on "Global Trends 2030," then travel to Rome for a lecture on "US-European Relations at Roma III."  In June, he will speak at the Society of International Economic Law held in Singapore, before giving a talk in Hanoi at the National Diplomatic Academy.

Cary Coglianese will be delivering the keynote at the Korea Legislative Research Institute (KLRI) 22nd Anniversary International Conference, which will be held in Seoul, South Korea, on August 23.

Jacques deLisle was in residence at Hong Kong University for the month of May.

In March, Eric Feldman conducted research in Japan on compensation following natural disasters and other mass tragedies. Professor Feldman will be on sabbatical in France for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Michael Knoll travelled to Lisbon April 6-8 to speak at a conference on EU tax policy.

In March, Serena Mayeri gave the 35th Annual Horace A. Read Lecture at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The title of the lecture was "Beyond Analogies: Feminism, Race, and the Law in the U.S. Civil Rights Revolution."

During the week of June 4, Charles Mooney will be teaching at the National Chengchi University College of Law in Taipei. The following weekend he is travelling to Beijing for meetings with officials of the China Securities Depository & Clearing Co. Ltd and staff of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. During the week of August 20, Professor Mooney is teaching an intensive course on UCC Article 9 at the University of Sydney Faculty of Law.

Paul Robinson will give a series of lectures on social intuitions of justice and other aspects of criminal law in Beijing and Zhejiang province.

In March, David Skeel taught three 90-minute classes on law and literature at Roma Tre University for Professor Emanuele Conte's Law and Humanities class.

From July 7-28, Christopher Yoo will be in Germany working on his book with Thomas Fetzer comparing U.S. and European telecommunications and Internet law.  Professor Yoo will be in Japan from July 29-August 19 continuing his exploration for Japanese research partners.


Upcoming CLE Panel Weekend

Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World- May 11 (3:30pm)

Join Professor Claire Finkelstein as she discusses the philosophical, moral, and legal challenges inherent in using targeted killings to fight the war on terror, as set out in her work Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World (Oxford University Press, April 2012).

Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis – May 11 (4:30pm)

James Rickards L'77, will discuss his national bestseller, Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, which takes a close look at past and present currency wars, the implications for the future of the dollar and gold, and the potential for financial chaos in the years ahead. Professor David Skeel will be on hand to provide his perspective and assist in analyzing some of the relevant issues touched on by Currency Wars.

Making Obama's Foreign Policy: Views from Inside the National Security Council and the Clinton State Department- May 11 (4:30pm)

Bill Burke-White, Penn Law Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, will discuss his two years with the U.S. Department of State as a member of the Secretary's Policy Planning Staff (2009-2011). He'll be joined by Barry Pavel, Director of the International Security Program at The Atlantic Council, who served as Special Assistant to the President (2008-2010) and was Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council.

Local and Global Art Conflicts: From The Coordination of the Barnes Foundation Move to Recovery of Nazi-Looted Art – May 12 (2:00pm)

This panel will delve into the complex legal issues involved in the acquisition and ownership of art. The session will begin with a discussion of the financing and contract issues involved in major art acquisitions, followed by some of the more headline-grabbing litigation stemming from trust and estate issues and attempts to return stolen art. Panel members include: Jack Lombard L'59, Fred Strober C'70, Darlene Fairman, Johanna Ferraro L'05, and Larry Barth L'73.

Roundup of Spring 2012 Events

Book Celebration- Targeted Killings: Law and Morality in an Asymmetrical World  - April 30

This publication, co-authored by Penn Law Professor Claire Finkelstein, has already garnered significant attention and acclaim. The interdisciplinary compilation of essays is the most wide-ranging and thorough treatment of the debate surrounding targeted killing to date. Admiral John Hutson, JAGC, USN (Ret), Dean Emeritus University of New Hampshire School of Law, gave a keynote address as part of the celebration event. Sponsored by the Institute for Law and Philosophy.

The Global Diffusion of Law: Transnational Crime and the Case of Human Trafficking – April 19

Talk by Dr. Beth Simmons, Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Simmons analyzed the diffusion of criminal law globally, using human trafficking as an example. She reflected on the proliferation of new laws criminalizing certain transnational practices, from money laundering to corruption, and from insider trading to trafficking in weapons and drugs.

Starting Your Own Nonprofit – April 17

Talk by human rights lawyer Brian Concannon, on his decision to start his own non-profit, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). This was an open discussion on Concannon's decision to leave his firm, the obstacles he faced while starting his own non-profit (in Haiti) and the future of IJDH.

Problems of Judicial Reform in China and Implications for Legal Rights – April 16

Talk by Zhu Suli, one of China's foremost legal scholars. His research interests include law and society, judicial process in China, and law and literature. A former Dean of Peking University Law School, Zhu has published over 200 articles, comments, and book reviews and published 12 books in Chinese. He is one of the most cited legal scholars in China.

The Legacy of the Rwanda Genocide – April 12

Talk by Berthe Kayitesi, author and survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and Dr. Alexandre Dauge-Roth, professor of French and Francophone studies at Bates College. How should we teach the Rwandan genocide? What values or forms of critical thinking does a teacher hope to instill in students by exposing them to these disturbing events and images? Co-sponsored by International Law Organization.

Chinese Judges Delegation – April 12

Penn Law hosted a delegation of twelve Chinese judges and lawyers to look at defamation and libel issues in social media. The Chinese delegation, organized jointly by Internews and Renmin University consisted of Supreme People's Court representatives, provincial and local court judges, as well as Pu Zhiqiang, one of the country's best known legal advocate for free speech rights.

Disputing Occupation: Israel's Borders & International Law – April 11

Discussion about Israel's borders through the prism of international law with Northwestern Law Professor Eugene Kontorovich and Penn Law Professor Gideon Parchomovsky. The talk focused on how international law, treaties, conventions, and doctrines address the legitimacy of Israel's settlements, Israel's international borders, and the disputed occupation of Palestinian Territories. Sponsored by the Federalist Society.

Latin America Transactional Practice Panel – April 10

Panel featured lawyers from Shearman & Sterling's NY office who are active in the firm's Latin American transactional practice, including Jeanne Olivier L '79, Partner, Project Development & Finance Group, Laura Friedrich L '96, Partner, Global Asset Management Group, and Alexandro Padres, Counsel, Project Development & Finance Group.

What's Next for China? Effect of the Leadership Transition for Chinese Politics, Economics, Foreign Policy, and US-China Relations – April 10

Half-day panel on the leadership transition that will follow this fall's 18th National People's Congress.  Wang Yuhua examined the potential impact that the rise of the princelings will have for China's political economy. Jacques deLisle considered the implications of the leadership change for legal reform issues. Avery Goldstein considered several key foreign policy areas where the new leaders will face challenges. Bill Burke-White discussed the international system.

Contending Conceptions of Ownership and Property in Urbanizing China - April 9

Talk by Eva Pils, Director of the Centre for Rights and Justice at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the wake of China's great urbanization process, many of the tens of millions of Chinese rural and urban citizens affected by evictions and expropriations have engaged in complaints, protest and resistance. This talk examined citizen conceptions of ownership and property rights among other topics.

Preventing Terrorism: Security Trade-offs and the Priority of Prosecution- April 3

Talk by Lucia Zedner, Professor of Criminal Justice, Law Fellow, and Member of the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University. Zedner addressed the criminalization of terrorism and terrorism-related offences, and its consequences for criminal law and criminal justice.  

Talk by Jerome Cohen - April 2

Talk by Jerome Cohen, NYU Professor of Law and the senior American expert on East Asian law. The topic of the lecture was "China & the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Political Dissent and Other Issues."

Troubled Waters: International Law and the Disputes Over the South China Sea – March 28

Talk by Xinjun Zhang, Associate Professor of International Public Law at Tsinghua University, and former Penn Law visiting scholar. The South China Sea has long been a focus of competing claims and intermittent conflict among states in the region. It has recently become a central issue in U.S.-China relations. How persuasive are the various claims as matters of international law?

Risk Regulation Seminar: The Future of Nuclear Power After Fukushima – March 27

Talk by Paul Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Emeritus Professor of Economics at MIT. In analyzing the impact of Fukushima, Joskow broke the effect down into two categories: (1) the impact on existing plants and (2) the impact on the construction of new units (the majority of which is centered in China, Russia, India, and South Korea).

Transnational Clinical Partnerships Between Law Students in the US and Organizations Abroad – March 27

Talk by Sarah Paoletti on the development of truly collaborative transnational law school clinical partnerships, through which students engage in direct legal representation and are in positions of accountability to clients and constituencies from those legal systems and cultures students interact with. Discussion of potential models for such collaborations.

The Impact of International Human Rights in China – March 27

Talk by James Zhaojie Li, Professor of International Law at Tsinghua University Law School, exploring the impact of international human rights on contemporary China followed by observations on the reception of international human rights law into China's domestic law.

Leading the US Intelligence Community: A Conversation with Admiral Dennis Blair – March 26

Admiral Blair served as the President Obama's first Director of National Intelligence from 2009-2010. In that role, he oversaw the CIA, NSA, DIA and thirteen other US Intelligence organizations.  This event co-sponsored by Penn Law National Security Society.

Bringing Human Rights Home (BHRH) Lawyers' Network Annual CLE on Human Rights in the United States - March 16

The 2012 symposium coincided with the NY meeting of the UN Human Rights Committee. The theme was, "The US and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: 20 Years After Ratification." Sir Nigel Rodley, Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, served as keynote speaker. This oversubscribed event was co-sponsored by Penn Law's Transnational Legal Clinic, along with Human Rights Institute at Columbia and the ACLU Human Rights Project and hosted by Skadden Arps in Times Square.

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