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Winter 2013 Newsletter

December 09, 2013

Read the Winter 2013 newsletter, featuring: 16 international courses, 9 study abroad students, 4 Fulbright Fellows, 2 World Human Rights Moot Court Competition participants, and one Global Shaper!

Study Abroad

This fall, nine Penn Law Students are studying overseas, including four joint degree students

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  • Joshua Bernard L’14 Hong Kong University (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
  • Brandon Cook L’14 Sciences Po (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
  • Jackie Diaz L’14 ESADE (Fall Semester Study Abroad)
  • Niketa Patel L’14 University of Amsterdam (Fall Semester Study Abroad)
  • Jason Pham L’14 Sciences Po (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
  • Stephanie Shyu L’14 Hong Kong University (Academic Year, Joint Degree)
  • Steve Stoute L’14 National Law School of India University (Fall Semester Study Abroad)
  • Jordan Yeagley L’14 Tsinghua University (Fall Semester Study Abroad)
  • Eric Zember L’14 Waseda (Fall Semester Study Abroad)

Upcoming Deadlines

January 19 – Application Deadline for International Summer Human Rights Fellowships (ISHRF)
January 19 – Application Deadline for Penn Law International Internships (PLIIP)
March 3 Application Deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Penn Law Welcomes Spring 2014 Bok Visiting International Professors

Emanuele Conte (01/28/14 - 02/20/14)

Bok Course: The Role of Societies in Shaping Institutions in Western Legal Culture

Emanuele Conte is a Professor of Legal History at Roma Tre and Director of its Department of Legal History and Theory.   Conte’s research focuses primarily on medieval and early modern legal history and on the relationship between history and law in the 19th and 20th century.  He has written widely in Italian, English and French, and has given papers and lectures internationally.  Professor Conte graduated cum laude in 1983 from the University La Sapienza of Rome, and received his Ph.D. in Medieval Legal History at the University of Milan.  Professor Conte serves as a member of the board of direction of the Rivista Internazionale di Diritto Comune, the board of editors of the e-review Forum Historiae Iuris (Berlin), and is a member of the scientific board of the Ecole Normale Superieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon.  Professor Conte played a key role in the Spring 2010 Global Research Seminar on Comparative Corporate Governance in Europe and the United States.  David Skeel will serve as his faculty host.

Sir Roy Goode (03/17/14 - 04/07/14)

Bok Course: Policies and Problems of Transnational Commercial Law

Sir Roy Goode is Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford and one of the leading scholars of commercial law in the world.  He was knighted in 2000 for his contributions to commercial law, law reform, and legal academia.  During his time at the University of London, Goode founded the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary.  Goode is a former member of the Crowther Committee on Consumer Credit, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the DTI Advisory Committee on Arbitration. He chaired the Pension Law Review Committee, which was set up following the Maxwell scandal, and which led to the Pensions Act of 1995. He was previously chairman of the executive committee of JUSTICE, the all-party human rights and law reform organization.  Goode additionally served for many years on the Governing Council of UNIDROIT.   Charles Mooney will serve as his faculty host. 

Thank You to Fall 2013 Bok Visiting International Professors

imagePenn Law hosted three distinguished Visiting Faculty members during the Fall term

Johannes Masing (09/13/13 - 10/04/13)
Bok Course: Fed Human Rights Protections in Europe

Bok VIP Johannes Masing Meeting with Journal of Constitutional Law (September 24)

Gary Born (10/02/13 - 10/11/13)

Bok Course: International Commercial Arbitration

Bok VIP Gary Born Meeting with Journal of International Law (October 9)

Yaffa Zilbershats (09/16/13 - 10/04/13)

Bok Course: Legal Aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Spotlight on Spring 2014 International Courses

This spring, Penn will offer 16 courses with an explicitly international or comparative law focus.

Bok Course: Role of Society in Shaping Western Legal Culture (LAW 547-001)

Bok Course: Policies and Problems of Transnational Commercial Law (LAW 547-002)

GRS: Global Perspectives on Emerging Issues in Internet Law & Policy (LAW 945)

International Civil Litigation (LAW 608)

International Commercial Arbitration (LAW 928)

International Human Rights (LAW 759)

Islamic Finance (LAW 629)

International Law and International Relations (LAW 982)

International Trade Regulation (LAW 736)

Law and Economic Reform in Contemporary China (LAW 991)

Law and the Holocaust (LAW 678)

Law and Society in Japan (LAW 712)

Law in Africa (AFRC 620)

Public International Law (LAW 660)

Refugee Law (LAW 606)

Rule of Law: Policy and Practice (LAW 961)

Transnational Legal Clinic (LAW 655)

Highlights from Fall 2013 International Events

“The Future of International Criminal Law in Africa” (September 20)

One-day workshop exploring the complexities of International law in Africa as it relates to the ICC, African Union (AU) and UN Security Council’s inter-related and divergent relationships

Career One-on-One: Chanda Delong L’07 – Working at the IMF (September 25)

Discussion with Chanda Delong L’07, Attorney in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund.

Visit by Mexico’s Deputy Foreign Minister for North America (September 25)

Brief visit by Sergio Alcocer, Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Mexican Foreign Affairs Office.  Alcocer was in the U.S. for a series of meetings at the UN on the need to develop the public policy capacity in Mexico.  

Conference: “Rights Litigation, Law and Political Reform in China” (September 26-27)

Leading rights protection lawyers and scholars from the PRC, gathered with US-based China specialists and international human rights experts to discuss the Chinese rights protection movement.

Career One-on-One: Gary Born L’81 (October 9)

Discussion with Gary Born L’81, who has participated in some of the largest international arbitrations, and provided excellent insight for any law student hoping to go into this field.

Risk Regulation Seminar: “Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development” (October 14)

Team leaders from the World Bank’s 2014 World Development Report will present their work just days after the report’s launch. 

Talk by Ambassador John Bolton, “America in the World” (October 16)  

Special talk by John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, offering his expertise on America in the post-Bush years.

“Scholarship After Snowden” (October 17)

Experts from different fields discuss what recent revelations and debates on surveillance mean for a range of disciplines - in terms of scholarship, teaching, and professional practice.

Visit by Consul General for Italy (October 22)

Visit by Dr. Canepari GL’99, the recently appointed Consul General for Italy in Philadelphia, and a graduate of Penn Law’s LLM program. 

International Law Weekend (October 24-26)

Penn Law co-sponsors this 3-day series of panels at Fordham in New York, which attracts an audience of more than one thousand practitioners, academics, diplomats, and representatives of governmental offices.

Career One-on-One: Brian Tronic L’10: International Public Law Fellowships (October 28)

Discussion with Brian Tronic L’10, past AIF – William Clinton Fellow and current Crowley Fellow at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, providing insight into the application and interview process for fellowships.

“Media Freedom in Russia” (October 30)

Special Talk by Andrei Richter, Director of the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Director and Founder of the Moscow Media Law and Policy Institute.

“Insights from Practice: Compliance Issues in a Global Company” (October 30)

Observations from industry experts Bruce N. Kuhlik, General Counsel at Merck & Co. and Peter Y. Solmssen, General Counsel at Siemens AG.

Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program in Washington DC (November 1-2)

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program brings together 45 of the nation’s top law students with leading academics, judges and practitioners in the fields of private and public international law.

JIL Symposium: “International Regulation of Investment in the Rising Powers” (November 8)

Symposium on the future of investment regulation at national and global levels; inspired by the complex legal issues raised in doing business, encouraging economic growth, and tackling poverty in fast-developing regions of the world.

Conference: “India as a Pioneer of Innovation: Constraints and Opportunities” (November 14-15)

Academic experts joined with global business and government leaders to advance participants’ understanding of innovation in India, its successes and challenges, and its implications for world affairs.

Global Forum 2013 on “International Law: From Mere Pluralism towards Constitutionalism” in Tokyo, Japan (November 14-17)

The annual Global Forum brings together faculty and students from Penn Law, Goethe University, Tsinghua University, and Waseda University to participate in an intensive four-day program examining cutting edge issues in international law from a comparative perspective.

“Destination Brazil: Legal Aspects, Trends, Challenges and Opportunities of Investing in Brazil” (November 21)

Panel Presentation on the record level growth in employment that Brazil has been able to secure, despite the many challenges it’s faced.

ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group: Junior Scholars Research Forum (November 22)

One-day Research Forum providing junior international economic law scholars with a supportive and constructive environment in which to present and receive feedback on their works-in-progress.

“On the Very Idea of Secret Laws:  Transparency and Publicity in Deliberative Democracy” (November 22-23) Conference focused on private laws in light of the recent controversy over secrecy, surveillance, and national security.  Keynote Address by John “Chris” Inglis, Deputy Director of the NSA. Organized by the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law.

Penn Law Hosts Delegation of 25 South American Judges (November 25)

Twenty five judges from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Peru visit the Law School as part of a larger seminar on “Modern Litigation Issues and Liability” organized by the Academy of Judicial Exchange and Studies (AIEJ).

“The Promise and Limits of Private Power: Promoting Labor Standards in a Global Economy” (December 3)

Risk Regulation Seminar. Main speaker is Richard M. Locke, the Howard Swearer Director of the Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies.

International News and Announcements

Penn Law Pilots New “Spanish Language for the Legal Professionals” Bootcamp: January 6-10

The Center on Professionalism and the Office of International Programs will co-sponsor a week-long intensive language training program, designed for law students who read, write and speak Spanish and who may one day practice law in a country or environment in which Spanish is a predominant language or who will frequently counsel clients in Spanish.  The bootcamp will provide participating students with a combination of instructor-led presentations on important topics, terms and practice concepts and activities that provide students with an opportunity to practice their language skills in a fun, supportive and educational environment.

Penn Law Offers Summer Open Enrollment Program for International Lawyers and Legal Students: July 2014

For the second year, law students from around the world can gain exposure to American law, culture and history through a summer program hosted by Penn Law. This 2-week certificate program is ideal for international law students and practicing attorneys who are considering an LLM degree. Participants will attend lectures, prepare cases and participate in seminar discussions in a number of areas of U.S. Law. In addition to class-based learning of American legal concepts, students will visit court rooms, law firms and key historic sites in Philadelphia and Washington DC.

Penn Law Launches Brown Bag Foreign Language Exchange Series

This fall, the Center on Professionalism and the Office of International Programs organized a new brown bag language exchange series, which provided JD and LLM students with an opportunity to meet over lunch for discussions in one of four languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin or Japanese. Sessions took place on Mondays from 12-1pm, with bi-weekly rotation between two languages.

Penn Law Announces New Belgian Alumni Club

A new alumni club has been formed in Brussels to better network members of the Penn Law community. Former students have moved into a broad spectrum of sectors and roles in Belgium.  The club hosted its first event this summer- an informal social gathering to exchange experiences and memories with one another.

Student and Scholar Recognition

Diepiriye Anga L’14 Selected as ‘Global Shaper’ by World Economic Forum

Diepiriye Anga L’14 has been selected as one of eight Global Shapers in Philadelphia by the World Economic Forum. Anga, who is currently enrolled in Penn Law’s graduate certificate in Global Human Rights program, has led and participated in service and pro bono projects in several countries around the world including Jamaica, Peru, Nigeria, and various cities in the United States. In keeping with her commitment to human rights and international development, in the Spring 2014 semester, she will be externing at Amnesty International in New York City. She plans to use her position as a Shaper to create education-focused initiatives for women and children in Philadelphia and her native, Nigeria.                                                                                  

Philadelphia Bar Association Recognizes Liliana Silva Miquez GL’14

In October, the International Law Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association presented Liliana Silva Miquez GL’14 with its annual International award.  Liliana is this year’s LLM Human Rights Scholar and has spent the past eleven years aiding women victims of the conflict and domestic abuse in Colombia. Under the auspices of the Casa de la Mujer, she works directly with victims, social organizations, with the Colombian Congress, the Constitutional Court, and various partner organizations.

Visiting Researcher Recognized as Best Actor of China’s College Drama Festival

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“Andrew” Zhi Liang, a PhD candidate at Tsinghua University, took a break last month from his research at Penn Law on mass media litigation, in order to return to Beijing to attend the prestigious Award Ceremony.  Andrew’s performance as Deng Jiafian, scientist and “Father of China’s Nuclear Program” was selected from submissions across China. He is the first student in Tsinghua’s history to receive this acting award. 

Students Compete in World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

This December, Diepiriye Anga L’14 and Ryan Blicher L’14 will travel to Pretoria, South Africa to compete in the 5th World Human Rights Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Pretoria.  They were selected as one of 15 teams competing from the 5 UN regions.

Penn Law Hosts Four Fulbright Recipients for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Beril Boz- Turkey (LLM’14)

Heidi Fredly- (LLM’14)

Puvadet Prommakrit- Thailand (LLM’14)

Jie Xie- China (Visiting Researcher)

Read more in the Penn Law newsroom: “Penn Law a hub for Fulbright scholars from around the world”

Penn Law Faculty Travel 

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In November, David Abrams traveled to Brazil to speak at a Conference on Patent Statistics for Decisions Makers, sponsored by the OECD in Rio de Janeiro.  Later the same month, he gave lectures at the University of Oslo, University of Zurich, and ETH Zurich.  In December, Abrams will give lectures at Hebrew University.

Bill Bratton traveled to Beijing, China in October for a conference on Commercial law hosted by Tsinghua Faculty of Law.

William Burke-White and Eric Feldman represented Penn Law at the annual Global Forum, this year hosted as Waseda University in Tokyo, along with a delegation of four students, Chelsea Fish L’16, Kristin Teager L’15, Angela Wu L’15, and Daniel Yip GL’14.  This year’s topic looked at “International Law: From Mere Pluralism towards Constitutionalism”

Sophia Lee traveled to London in October to attend the University of Notre Dame in London’s “International Perspectives on Public Law” conference where she presented chapters from her forthcoming book, “The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New Right.”

In October, Charles Mooney traveled to Japan to participate in the 5th Annual Teaching Conference on Transnational Commercial Law where he made presentations on two panels, one on Cape Town Convention and one on Geneva Securities Convention. In November, Mooney was in Istanbul for a colloquium and Unidroit committee meeting on the USG delegation.  In December, he traveled to Vienna as the International Insolvency Institute’s observer at the UNCITRAL working group on secured transactions, working on a model law.

Sarah Paoletti travelled to Sydney, Australia in August for meetings at the University of New South Wales. While there she lectured in the UNSW International Human Rights Clinic, host for a forthcoming report entitled “Access to Justice for Migrant Workers from Within Countries of Origin: Indonesia,” and presented on a broader research project entitled Access to Justice for Migrant Workers along the Asia-Middle East Corridor. In October, she visited Geneva, Switzerland to meet with the UNHCR and other stakeholders regarding a forthcoming report from the Transnational Legal Clinic about the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana. Prof. Paoletti was joined by Chelsea Edwards L’15 and Margot Campbell L’14.

In August, Paul H. Robinson gave lectures for the International Criminal Law Conference at Austral University in Argentina, and for the Prosecution Service of the City of Buenos Aires.  In September, Robinson presented at the Student Conference on Criminal Law at the Universidad de Chile.

In October, Christopher Yoo visited Nusa Dua, Indonesia for a panel on “Cyber War, Cyber Weapons and Internet Governance” and a workshop on “Multistakeholderism and the Dynamic Internet on Internet Governance” both hosted by the Global Internet Governance Academic Network.

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