International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law Spring 2013
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Five Penn Law Delegations Overseas for Spring Break

During the March spring recess, five Penn Law groups traveled across the globe – to India, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, and Haiti– to address a wide range of topics. Multiple student groups, faculty and institutions were involved, including the Global Research Seminar (GRS), Transnational Legal Clinic, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA), the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and Waseda Law School. Further details can be found in the articles available below.

Pictured left: Penn Law students visit the Taj Mahal during the GRS- Private Law, Nation Building, and Economic Growth: A Comparative Study of Indian Private Law

2013 Spring Global Outreach

Black Law Students Association (Ghana)

For this year's service trip, BLSA traveled to Accra, Ghana to offer support to ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) whose mission is to collaborate with the Ghanaian tourism sector to protect children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism. This year's program was comprised of BLSA students Younghee Chung L' 13, Joshua Cox L'14, Takeshia Fagin L'15, Adrienne Lighten L'15, Michael Paranal L'13, Jonelle Saunders L'14, Dikla Sity Meir L'13, David Mills L'13 and Coretta Owusu L'14.

IHRA/IRAP/LALSA trip to the Amazon (Ecuador)

This collaborative effort by Penn Law student groups began in Quito, Ecuador where students assisted the non-profit group Asylum Access in conducting refugee interviews, under the guidance of Professor Fernando Chang-Muy. The second part of the trip was spent among the Secoya community in the Amazon, where students learned about the oil industry's impact on toxic contamination, community health, and development. Participants included Joshua Bernard L'14, Maxwell Blum L'14, Danielle Henderson L'15, Yasaman Rahmani-Givi Stephanie Shyu L'14, Roger Stronach L'15, Whitney Viets L'15, Girmay Zahilay L'14.

Global Research Seminar (India)

This year's GRS undertook a one week field visit to Delhi, India where the group met with Indian lawyers, judges, legislators, government officials, and scholars to observe how Indian private law works in practice. Professor Shyam Balganesh and Lauren Swift accompanied the fifteen students, Vindhya Adapa L'14, Shikha Bhattacharjee L'13, Rebecca Clough L'13, Elisa Downey-Zayas L'14, Christen Farr L'13, Eric Feinstein L'14, Hannah Gerstenblatt L'14, Andrea Gordon L'14, Jessica Greer Griffith L'14, Kelly Kuschel L'14, David Lee L'14, Matthew MacDonald L'14, Jane Marie Russell L'14, Lucy Seyfarth L'14 and Benjamin Wiener L'14.

Transnational Legal Clinic (Haiti)

Professor Sarah Paoletti and four students traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to conduct a series of workshops on implementation of international human rights treaties ratified by Haiti. The student delegation included Robin Crowter GL'13, Katie Flannery L'13, Melanie Foreman L'13, and Jason Pham L'14.

Waseda Law School Transnational Week (Japan)

Three Penn Law students were selected to participate in Waseda University Law School's Transnational Week, which this year focused on Gender Equality in Society. The delegation, led by Professor Dorothy Roberts, consisted of Marisa Gold L'13, Rick Mula L'15 and Karen Wiswall L'15.

Upcoming Penn Law Events

Navigating an International Firm Career (March 25)

The Eastern European Law Students Association (EELSA) will host an International Firm Career Panel, with speakers whose experience spans across all legal areas, including litigation, private equity, real estate, and environmental law. Participants include Yeugenia Shvets, Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Eugenia Birman (L'10) Corporate Associate at White & Case LLP, Igor Pleskov (L'12), Project and Resource Development and Real Estate Associate at Saul Ewing LLP, and Frances A. Dubrowski (L'73), Principal at the Law Offices of Frances A. Dubrowski.

The Leon C. & June W. Holt Lecture in International Law (April 2)

The Honorable Jane Harman will be speaking on The Extrajudicial Use of Drones: The Need for a Post-9/11 Legal Framework.  Harman is President, Director, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  She was a nine-term congresswoman from California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee from 2002-2006, and co-author of the Intelligence Reform Law of 2004 and the FISA Amendment of 2008.

Career One-On-One: Working at the UN (April 5)

Mariela Ines Noles Cotito is a 2012 graduate of the Penn Law LLM program and the Penn Law Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellow at the Baha'i International Community United Nations Office, where she implements specialized research to inform advocacy efforts on human rights, gender equality and development topics. Mariela previously served as Director of Development Projects for Makungu para el Desarrollo Organization. She is a former Adjunct Professor on Gender and Law at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Law Department.

Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture (April 11)

Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor & Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and Nobel Laureate, will present a lecture titled, Language, Law, and Human Rights.  If constitutional interpretations depend on the nature of the language in which the provisions are expressed, and language conventions evolve and change over time, how should this concern be addressed in the understanding of constitutional demands?  Going further, what light (if any) do such inquires throw on the idea of human rights?

Penn Law Faculty and Staff News

Penn Law welcomed three Bok Visiting International Professors, Xixin Wang (Peking University, Joseph McCahery (Tilburg University) and Hualing Fu (Hong Kong University), to the faculty in Spring 2013. 

Professor Charles Mooney will have his article, "A Normative Theory of Bankruptcy Law, Bankruptcy As (IS) Civil Procedure, translated and published by Renmin University School of Law, Beijing, China.

In April, Dorothy Roberts will be travelling to Melbourne, Australia to present a paper on a panel on "Protection, Surveillance and Rights, at an international workshop on "Delegalization and New Forms of Governing the Family, at University of Melbourne, sponsored by The Leverhulme Trust. She also traveled to Tokyo over spring break to participate in Waseda's Transnational program.

During the month of March, Matthew Parker will be in Munich and Vienna participating in LLM recruitment and alumni networking events.

In January, Stephen Burbank was in Zurich as a panelist at a conference, "Building Effective Markets - The Role of an Integrated Legal System," sponsored by Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. He was in Paris during February, and in March visited the UK as Herbert Smith Visitor to the Faculty of Law at Cambridge University.

This past autumn, Professor Paul Robinson's travels included a visit to Copenhagen in October, where he delivered a lecture on "The Proper Role of the Public in Assessing Criminal Liability and Punishment.  In November, he visited Barcelona to deliver a talk on "The Role of the Community in Criminal Punishment," at the International Seminar on Global Constitutional Order and Criminal Law.  Also in November, he spent a week working with the Afghan Criminal Code Working Group (sponsored by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In March, Emily Sutcliffe will travel to Ghana for 2 weeks to team up with ABA ROLI where she will train professional magistrates on utilizing participatory modes of inquiry for CSO capacity building and development of human rights training materials for local magistrates.


International Moot Court News

National Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition (March 15-17)

Congratulations to LALSA members Micaela Glass L'13, Bre Piper L'14, and Josh Bernard L'14, who competed in the Hispanic National Bar Association's (HNBA) 18th annual competition in Atlanta.  Out of 35 teams, the Penn Law team won 3rd Overall and Bre Piper was awarded 2nd Place as Best Oralist. LALSA is especially proud as this is the first year that Penn Law has sent a team. 

Inter-American Sustainable Development Moot Court (March 6-9)

Jon Dueltgen L'13 and Deepti Shenoy L'13 represented Penn Law as its inaugural team to participate in the Third Annual Sustainable Development Moot Court. The competition was hosted for the first time at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where they competed against both Latin American and other U.S. teams.  The problem situated an indigenous group's traditional knowledge rights relative to a developing country's right to health.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (March 22-28)

Penn Law students Elissa Solomon L'13, Meredith Craven L'13 and Gola Javadi L'13 will travel to Vienna to participate in this moot competition, which targets areas of international commercial and arbitration laws. The problem for the Vis moot is based on an international sales transaction subjected to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Recent Penn Law Events

U.S. Foreign Policy and International law in the President's Second Term (March 20)

Panelists included Dominic Tierney, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Michael Boyle, Asst. Professor at LaSalle and former Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), Professor William Burke-White, and Assoc. Dean Amy Gadsden. Discussion moderated by Professor Jessica Stanton. Sponsored by the International Law Organization. 

ILOHR Spring Conference on Human Trafficking Trends (March 20)

Screening of the documentary "Fatal Promises followed by panel discussion with the film's director, and representatives from Aequitas, Philadelphia Anti-Trafficking-Coalition, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the U.S. State Department. Moderated by Professor Sarah Paoletti and Petra Smutny GL'13, judge of the Vienna Court of Appeals.

Sparer Symposium – Repairing the Broken Door: Strategies for Immigration Advocacy and Reform (March 15)

Day long symposium on immigration reform, which featured a keynote presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

Honorary Fellow-in-Residence Presentation: Toll Public Interest Week (March 11-13)

Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, one of the nation's leading human rights advocacy organizations, gave her presentation on "Human Rights in a Polarized World: Reaching a Lasting Consensus against Torture.

Risk Regulation Seminar: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (February 26)

Professor Robert Stavins, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at Harvard University presented on the ongoing international consultative process through which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change carries out its work.

Federal Trade Commission - Antitrust & International Affairs Presentation (February 22)

Dina Kallay, Counsel for I.P. & International Antitrust at the Federal Trade Commission, Office of International Affairs, discussed international career paths as well as internship opportunities with the federal government.

East Asia Law Review Symposium (February 22)

This symposium addressed antitrust and national security reviews in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Participants shared insights into how governments review cross-border mergers and acquisitions between the U.S. and East Asia. Noted speakers included Cliff Aronson, David Fagan, Alex Hao, Dina Kallay, Salil Mehra, Ivan Schlager and Elizabeth Wang.

Accountability and Participation without Democracy?: Public Law and Governance in China (February 20)

The new leadership coming to power in China has brought a new focus on the constitution and calls from public intellectuals and reformist scholars for more robust implementation of the constitution as a means to political reform.  How effective or promising are these many methods?  Do they, or can they, provide meaningful accountability of, and participation in, government in the absence of electoral democracy?

Prosecuting Gender-based War Crimes (February 11)

Patricia Viseur Sellers L'82 gave a talk on the law of armed conflict based on her experiences as Special Legal Consultant to the Gender and Woman's Rights Division of the U.N.'s High Commissioner for Human Rights

Challenges for the International Criminal Court's Second Decade (February 11)

Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the ICC, delivered a keynote address entitled, "Pursuing Universal Acceptance of the Rome Statute and other Challenges for the Evolving System of International Criminal Justice. Followed by remarks and presentation from Patricia Viseur Sellers L'82, Special Adviser to the ICC Prosecutor on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies. Moderated by William Burke-White.

A Rights-based approach to Civil Society and Public Interest Law in China (January 31)

Public interest lawyer Jia Ping and civil society activist Zhang Tao shared their insider's perspectives on challenges that have faced civil society leaders and public interest lawyers in China and how the health sector has become an entry point for a rights-based approach to accountable governance.  Moderated by Amy Gadsden.

Human Rights Forum: Search of Justice in Ghana, Sierra Leone & Liberia (January 29)

Matiangai Sirleaf examined the search for justice in each country looking at different approaches to restorative, retributive and reparative justice and criticized the preponderance of transitional justice mechanisms.

Balancing Civil Rights and National Security in the Post-9/11 World  (February 16)

Penn Muslim Law Students Association hosted their Conference and Career Fair revolving around the balancing of civil rights and national security in American jurisprudence. Guest speakers included Glen Katon, Barbara Olshansky, and Mazen Basrawi.

Transnational Interactions and the Makings of Constitutional Rights (January 17)

William Burke White discussed questions posed by the author of the paper, Christopher McCrudden, on what difference would be made to recent political philosophy debates on the foundations of human rights if certain elements of human rights discourse were more widely accepted.


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