International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law August 2011
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Welcome Penn Law LLM Class of 2012!

On August 5, the Law School welcomed 108 new LLM students, selected from a pool of nearly 1,200 applicants. The students come from more than 40 countries, and for the first time the class includes representatives from Paraguay, Qatar, Slovakia, and Uruguay.

The LLMs represent a wide range of legal professionals including corporate counsel, judges, practicing attorneys, government professionals, and human rights activists. Several of this year's students have been recognized with elite academic awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Muskie Fellowship, and support from the Scholars Rescue Fund.

Upcoming Penn Law Events

Penn Law Pro Bono Sign-Up Fair: September 1

In addition to administering the pro bono requirement, the Public Service Program plans special events and acts as a clearinghouse for public interest law at the Law School, University, and in the broader community. Come learn more about student-run international projects such as the Immigrant Rights Project, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and Students Against Gender-Based Exploitation (SAGE).

Penn Law Student Activities Fair: September 14

In addition to participating in informal activities, Penn Law students join and lead more than 90 student groups that cover a wide array of academic, political, athletic, cultural, and social interests, from environmental law to bioethics to bowling. Come learn more about the opportunities available at this day-long fair in the Great Hall.

Upcoming University Events

Graduate Student Social Hour at International House: August 29

Australia Lounge of the International House
An opportunity to meet international graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania's various schools and departments.

Graduate Student Welcome Reception: September 2

South America Room of the International House
Come join other new international graduate and professional students for refreshments and games. Cost is free, but advance registration and ticket required. Additional information.

Academics Plus: A Workshop Series for International Students

Weingarten Learning Resources Center, 3702 Spruce Street
Upcoming September workshops include "Getting to Know the U.S. Classroom Part 1/Part 2," "Navigating Academic Resources at Penn," "Academic Listening and Note-Taking," "Academic Speaking and Presentation," "Academic Reading and Critical Thinking," "Academic Writing and Research Skills," and "Time Management for International Students." Please note these sessions are popular and advance registration is required. Additional Information.

Penn Law Events and Travel

Sino – US Law Deans Summit in Beijing

In June, Dean Michael Fitts presided over a meeting of 19 deans from elite American and Chinese Law Schools in Beijing for an unprecedented set of discussions about legal education and globalization. The goals of the summit included identifying and developing new modes of collaboration with overseas partners as well as expanding ties between the two countries to strengthen legal education and legal systems. Other Penn Law attendees included Amy Gadsden and Jacques deLisle. For additional details, including the resulting joint statement click here.

Penn Law European Society (PLES)

In June, the Penn Law European Society (PLES) hosted its annual conference in Hamburg, Germany. Matthew Parker, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, and Nancy Rasmussen attended on behalf of the Law School. Dean Parker led a panel discussion on, "The Impact of Globalization on Legal Education."

In August David Abrams co-taught a course with Jonathan Klick on "Empirical Law and Economics" at the Goethe University's Doctorate/PhD-program Law and Economics of Money and Finance in Frankfurt, Germany.

In June, Matt Adler gave a talk at the Toulouse School of Economics, participated in a conference at the University of Toulouse, and gave a workshop at University College London. Later in the month he gave a talk at a conference on utilitarianism held in Lucca, Italy. All talks were based on his forthcoming book on Well-Being and Fair Distribution.

In July, Aditi Bagchi attended a conference at the International Labor Organization in Geneva on Regulating Decent Work where she presented her paper, "Parallel Contract".

Howard Chang presented his paper "The Effect of Allowing Pollution Offsets with Imperfect Enforcement" (co-authored with Hilary Sigman) at the annual meetings of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam in June and of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists at the University of Rome in July.

In mid-May, Fernando Chang-Muy taught a week-long course on International Human Rights and HIV/AIDS at the UN University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Throughout the summer months, Jacques deLisle conducted extensive travel in Asia. Highlights included a late-May trip with Penn President Amy Gutmann to Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. In Taipei, he presented at the International Law Association Asia-Pacific Conference. In Seoul, he participated on a panel at Seoul National University on the "Implications of China's Rise for Korea and U.S.-China-Korea Relations." In Hong Kong, he gave a June talk to Penn alumni on, "China's Development Model and its Legal Face." Then, in Beijing, he gave a lecture at the University of International Relations on, "The Taiwan Question, South China Sea Dispute and the Law and Politics of US-China Relations."

In July, Eric Feldman traveled to Oñati, Spain where he participated in a roundtable workshop on 'Legal Pluralism and Democracy' at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law.  Feldman spoke on, "The Role of Japan's Judges in Dispute Settlement (wakai): Formal or Informal Justice?" Former Bok Professor Hauwa Ibrahim also presented at the conference.

Jonathan Klick traveled extensively in Europe this summer. In June, he presented a paper in Krakow, Poland at a conference on "Testing Contracts," after which he traveled to Erasmus University in Rotterdam to take part in a dissertation defense. In July, he taught a course on "Empirical Law and Economics" at the University of Hamburg, Germany. In August, he took part in the Max Planck Institute's Summer School, where he taught on "Causal Inference in Empirical Legal Studies" in Jena, Germany.

Michael Knoll spent the month of August conducting research in Sydney as an awardee of the John Raneri Research Fellowship. During this time, he was based at the Australian School of Taxation and Business Law – a new school created by the merger of the Australian School of Taxation (ATAX) and the School of Business Law and Taxation within the Australian School of Business (ASB).

In July, Sarah Paoletti attended the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) bi-annual conference in Valencia, Spain where she co-presented on the topic of an upcoming article, "Redefining Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Role of Transnational Partnerships in our Pedagogy and Practice." Then in August, she spent a week in Haiti training grassroots organizations and their representatives in anticipation of Haiti's upcoming Universal Periodic Review (the review of its human rights record before the UN Human Rights Council) on how to engage with governments and international bodies on their priority areas of concern.

Deadlines and Opportunities

Call for Submissions UBC Int'l Law Journal: Deadline September 13

The University of British Columbia International Law Journal (UBC ILJ) is now accepting submissions of original articles, book reviews, notes and comments addressing issues in comparative, public, and private international law. Applicants must be current law students or recent graduates (JD, LLM, SJD). Submissions should be under 20,000 words and written in English. Successful papers will be published in the upcoming Fall 2011 issue. Additional details.

Recognizing the 2010-2011 Visiting Scholars and Researchers

In 2010-11, Penn Law hosted 15 visiting researchers and scholars from eight countries:

Beatriz Añoveros -Terradas (Spain), Lene Bomann-Larsen (Norway), Paolo Cavaliere (Italy), Giulia Gobbo (Italy), Arturo González de León Berini (Spain), Theresa Heinke (Germany), Mikyung Kim (Korea), Satoshi Kotake (Japan), Emmanuel Mastromanolis (Greece), Αlexandra Mikroulea (Greece), Seok-Jae Park (Korea), Hardy Sieglitz (Germany), Zhiyuan Wang (China), Mehdi Zakerian (Iran), and Peihong Zhang (China).

During their time at the Law School, the scholars collaborated with faculty while conducting research for journal articles, book chapters, textbooks, and curriculum development. Some took the opportunity to audit Penn Law classes and several offered lunchtime presentations on their recent research. This diverse group adds a dynamic element to the international community at the Law School. While a few of the scholars will be staying on with us into the Fall semester, we wish all of our departed visitors the best of luck with their future research and academic careers.

Spotlight on Fall 2011 International Coursework

Bok Course: The European Court of Justice (Reich)

A special three-week course in September taught by Arie Reich, Dean of the Law Faculty at Bar Ilan University. This course will address the role played by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the process of economic and political integration between the member states of the European Union (EU).  Discussions will follow the evolving relationship in the Court's jurisprudence between EU Law and national law, on the one hand, and between EU Law and international Law and institutions, on the other hand.

Bok Course: Transnational Justice (Guzman)

A special three-week human rights course in October taught by Juan Guzmán Tapia, the judge who led the investigation and prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations committed by his regime. Topics will include international treaties that contain human rights, accountability for human rights violation, the creation of international tribunals, notions of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes / terrorism, human rights violations, national law, international law, transitional justice, and peace and reconciliation.

Comparative Law (Ewald)

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to the legal systems of the civil law, with a focus on continental Europe. The emphasis throughout the course will be on the ideas underlying legal change.

Conflict of Laws (Roosevelt)

A study of the resolution of cases connected to more than one jurisdiction. When different jurisdictions (states or nations) have adopted different substantive rules of law, which should govern?

Cross-Border M&A (Casey)

Introduction to the legal aspects of negotiating M&A transactions across national borders in compliance with both U.S. securities laws and the laws of the acquired company's home country.

Cultural Heritage and the Law (Lorenzo)

The first five weeks will address major issues of art law concerning artists, auction houses, museums and private collections. The second half of the class will address issues of illicit trafficking of art objects from ancient to modern times, including the looting of art works in Iraq and World War II.

Enforcement of International Law (Galbraith)

The first part of the course will cover the sources of states' obligations to obey international law. The second part will address the most common enforcement mechanisms available under international law, including countermeasures, collective action, and dispute settlement bodies. The third part of the course will focus on case studies of current enforcement problems.

Global Governance (Burke-White)

This seminar will explore a series of global challenges and the often-inadequate responses states have developed to solve those challenges. It will examine the benefits and drawbacks of a number of methods of regulation and governance including traditional international law making, formal international institutions, unilateral action, non-traditional forms of global regulation, etc.

Global Research Seminar: Comparative Telecommunications, US and EU (Yoo)

This intensive seminar will compare Internet policy in the U.S. and the EU, studying both their emerging similarities and the key differences in intellectual commitments that tend to keep them distinct. In the process, the seminar will provide an introduction to EU law, covering both the EU's institutions and lawmaking process. The seminar incorporates a week-long field research visit to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., during the first week in January and a week-long field research visit to Germany and Brussels over Spring Break.

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 Communication: Power & Flow (Price)

A look at old and new patterns of communications flow across national and societal borders, taking account of media technologies, mutual perceptions, rhetorical forms, and the balance of power and influence in a globalizing world.

International Human Rights (Reicher)

An examination of the dramatic rise of the individual as a subject of international law in the post-World War II era; specifically, as a beneficiary of fundamental rights recognized, protected, and enforced directly by that system of law.

International Trade Regulation (Chang)

Introduction to the legal framework for U.S. and international regulation of international trade of goods.

Law of War (Finkelstein)

Introduction to the legal framework and legal philosophy legitimizing warfare.

Transnational Legal Clinic: Fieldwork (Paoletti)

An exploration of legal advocacy through direct representation of individual clients with immigration cases and clients engaged in international human rights advocacy.

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