International Programs Newsletter

Penn Law Summer 2013
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2013-14 GRS programs will take Penn Law students and faculty to China and Europe

In the fall, Professor Christopher Yoo and Visiting Scholar Thomas Fetzer of Mannheim University will teach a seminar looking at the latest developments in internet and telecommunications law in the United States and Europe titled, "Global Perspectives on Emerging Issues in Internet Law and Policy." Students will travel to Germany and Brussels for field work and stakeholder interviews.

In the spring, Professor Jacques deLisle will teach a GRS on China's approach to international law. In meetings in Beijing and Shanghai, students will have chance to hear first-hand how the PRC views its participation in international legal regimes.

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.

Audrey Banks L'14
International Rescue Committee, South Sudan
Alex Barlow L'15
Ministry of Social Affairs, Spain
Jen Cilingin L'15
Lawyers for Human Rights, South Africa
Kayla Green L'15
UN Watch, Switzerland
Danielle Henderson L'15
Survival International, UK
Yoon Sun Kim L'15
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Algeria
Michael McDonald L'15
Civil Association for Equality and Justice, Argentina
Pinky Mehta L'15
UN Office High Commissioner on Human Rights, Switzerland
Lucy Seyfarth L'14
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Netherlands
Karen Wiswall L'14
UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Kenya

Summer Work in Overseas Firms

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

Maria Cardi L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Cocuzza & Associati, Italy
Elizabeth Friedman L'14
Sullivan & Cromwell, UK
Eugene Hwang L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Kim and Chang, Korea
Robert Kelley L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Kim and Chang, Korea
Marisa Kirio L'14
Davis Polk, Japan
Christopher Lee L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Kim and Chang, Korea
Jianing Liu, L'15
(PLIIP Intern) AnJie Law Firm, China
Jessica Moscoso L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Bermeo and Bermeo, Ecuador
Kathy Nguyen L'15
(Judicial Internship) Judge Huyne Sans, Vietnam
Alexandra Perry L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Nishimura & Asahi, Japan
Joan Piasta L'15
(PLIIP Intern) Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune, Japan
Jessica Rice L'14
Latham & Watkins, UK
Gia Russoniello L'15
Studio Ubertazzi, Italy
Steve Stoute L'14
Dechert, UK
Alexandra Theobold L'15
(PLIIP Intern) XXIV Old Buildings, UK
Christopher Tipler L'14
Jones Day, France
Tereza Widmar L'15
Freshfields, Brazil
Chiharu Yuki L'14
Shearman & Sterling, Japan
Girmay Zahilay L'14
Skadden, UK

Overseas Academic Programs

Three 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.

Frank DeSimone L'15
French Track (France and Morocco)
Jed Halfon L'15
Arabic Track (Morocco, UAE, Jordan)
Tereza Widmar L'15
Portuguese Track (Brazil)

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.

Nettie Downs L'14
Arabic language study (Academic Year)
Zahir Rahman L'15
Arabic language study (Academic Year)
Eric Zember L'14
Japanese language study (Academic Year)

Post Graduate Fellowship News

Congratulations to Shikha Bhattacharjee L'13, who was awarded the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellowship. Bhattacharjee will work with the Jan Sahas Social Development Society in Madhya Pradesh, India. Her project, Human Rights for Manual Scavengers, will support affected communities mobilizing to end manual scavenging by assisting Jan Sahas to raise manual scavenging as a violation of India's obligations under international human rights law; working with affected communities to integrate human rights and existing advocacy strategies; and documenting manual scavenging to assist grassroots movements seeking government accountability for rights violations.  Bhattacharjee will also work to generate a report regarding these important issues for Human Rights Watch.

Kathleen Norland L'13, was awarded the inaugural 2013-14 ACE Rule of Law & Human Rights Fellowship. Norland will spend a year with Human Rights First, working primarily with the Refugee Protection Program, which advocates for access to asylum and for U.S. compliance with international refugee and human rights laws. Each year, the program helps hundreds of individual refugees in the United States to win asylum through its pro bono Asylum Legal Representation Program.

Penn Law Summer Travel

Six Penn Law faculty members are traveling to Bar-Ilan University in Israel for a CTIC sponsored May 20 conference on Understanding Entrepreneurship: On IP, Culture and Innovation Environments. David Abrams will speak on "Measuring the Value of Patents," Shyam Balganesh on "Trolling: Problem or Solution?," Cynthia Dahl on "Intersection of Practice and Policy: Encouraging a Culture of Entrepreneurship", Gideon Parchomovsky on "Modulating Intellectual Property Protection," Polk Wagner on "Presentation Poisoning the Next Apple?: America Invents Act and Individual Inventors," and Christopher Yoo on "Presentation How the Internet Promotes (and Hinders) Entrepreneurship." 

From May 27-July 22, Anita Allen will be teaching a course at Waseda University in Tokyo.

In May, William Burke-White is travelling to Rome, to give a 
talk on Investment Arbitration at Roma III and at Cleary, Gottleib. His other engagements include a talk to the British Institute of International and Comparative Law on standards of review in investment arbitration (London) and speaking at a conference on Global Governance Challenges at Charles University (Prague).  In June, he will give the keynote lecture at the conference on global governance, held at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.  In July, Burke-White will travel to
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to participate in the Penn Think Tanks and Civil Society Program 'Latin American Think Tanks Summit.'

In July, Eric Feldman will travel to Frankfurt to participate in the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History at Goethe University, where he will present a paper on, "Dispute Resolution: Alternatives to Formalization-Formalization of Alternatives."

Jill Fisch will be in Frankfurt in July to teach a mini-course on corporate law and corporate governance in the Doctorate/PhD Program on Law and Economics of Money and Finance at the Goethe University House of Finance.  She will be hosted by former Penn Law Bok Visiting Professor, Brigitte Haar.

Amy Gadsden will travel to Japan, China and Hong Kong for meetings with law administrators and faculty at Waseda, Tsinghua and Hong Kong University. In Tokyo and Beijing, she will also participate in meetings organized the Penn Think Tanks and Civil Society Program.  

In July, Jonathan Klick will teach a short course on 'Event Studies and Empirical Law and Economics' at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) for their PhD summer school.  Also in Ljubljana, in June, he will speak to a cohort of European supreme court judges as part of a program sponsored by the European Commission.

Chuck Mooney will spend 3 weeks in Japan late July-early August.  In August he will teach two courses: 'Contracts' and 'Secured Transactions-Bankruptcy' at the University of Tokyo's week-long off-site summer school.  The week before will be spent researching Japanese law at the University of Tokyo.

In August, Paul Robinson will deliver lectures in Argentina for the International Criminal Law Conference at Austral University, and for the Prosecution Service of the City of Buenos Aires.  He will additionally give a lecture for the Student Conference on Criminal Law at the Universidad de Chile in September.

In May, Christopher Yoo delivered the keynote address at a workshop on "Competition Policy and Regulation of Media and Communications," at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center.  The same month, he also delivered a conference talk on "Wireless Network Neutrality:  Fusing Engineering with Telecommunications Policy" at the University of Haifa, and served on a panel relating to "Cyberlaw and Its Impact for Future Business Models on the Future Internet" at the LSE Network Economy Conference. Earlier this Spring, Yoo delivered a faculty workshop top on "Coase Revisited:  Property Theory and Emerging Technologies" at the University of Mannheim (April).  He gave a keynote address on "Regulatory Economics in New Telecom Markets:  US and European Perspectives" at the Network Economy Forum at LSE (March), and was a featured panelist at a forum on "Rethinking the Internet:  The Way Forward," in Venice, Italy (March).

Recap of End-of-Semester Events

Human Rights: Universal Jurisdiction as a Tool of Lawfare – April 10

In this presentation, Ms. Irit Kohn, the former director of Israel's International Affairs Department of Ministry of Justice, discussed the concepts of universal jurisdiction and lawfare, including a discussion of the development of UN special tribunals for war crimes parallel to universal jurisdiction and the creation of the International Criminal Court. Sponsored by the Penn Law's International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA), its LLM subgroup International Lawyers Organization for Human Rights (ILOHR), and the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA).

Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law: Conference on Sovereignty and the Rule of Law – April 19

This conference looked at how we ought to treat national sovereignty in the face of international terrorism. Typically, we think that the national sovereignty of a country ought to be respected until war is explicitly declared. Yet, some of the most significant threats around the globe are not countries, but groups that reside in countries that they have no formal ties to.  Conference panels discussed the requirements of respect for national sovereignty and what limitations ought be put on security forces in their actions against international terrorism.

CSCC Annual Conference: China's Challenges: The Road Ahead – April 25

Twelve experts on political, social, economic, and legal developments in contemporary China and its role in the world present papers examined key issues for China in the early twenty-first century.  The conference addressed significant challenges that contemporary China faces in four broad areas— the model of economic growth, demographic change, domestic stability, and international relations. 

2013 Annual Conference for The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism – May 3

Combining perspectives from journalism, diplomacy, and scholarship, this international conference explored some of the most fundamental problems and prospects of constitution making today.  Professor Burke-White Chaired the first panel, 'Fall of the Arab Spring? Constitution Making in Egypt.'

PLES (Penn Law European Society) Annual Celebration and Reunion – May 9-12

This year's annual reunion of Penn Law alumni from throughout Europe will be hosted in Philadelphia. Events will include panel discussions such as, Current and Emerging Issues in Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Art Law: Litigating Issues from the Barnes Foundation and Beyond, Fatal Invention: Re-creating Race in the Genomic Age, as well as Dean Fitts' State of the Law School Address.  This year's program also includes a book-signing by Penn Law alumni authors.

Judicial Review and Constitutionalism in China – May 9

A Discussion with Wang Zhenmin, Dean of Tsinghua University Law School. In China, recent years have bought proposals for change (including some calls for a constitutional court) and a rich discourse about "constitutionalism" has emerged. What is the state of judicial review and constitutionalism in China today? What are the prospects for change?

Transatlantic Partnership: Shrinking the Atlantic in an Era of Globalization and Regionalization – May 16

A special address by Italian Ambassador, H.E. Claudio Bisogniero. Topics of discussion will include Italian national affairs, regional European issues (including the continuing Euro Crisis) and global politics (including the Transatlantic Free Trade Union). Registration is required.

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