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  • August 3
    In this dispatch, Darien Wynn L’19 describes his work with SECTION27, a public interest law center in South Africa.
  • July 27
    This summer, Sabine Cardio L’19 worked in Rome with the governance department of the external relations team of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
  • July 21
    In this dispatch, Margaret Ledak L’19 discusses her work at Bermeo & Bermeo in Ecuador.
  • July 20

    Professor Bill Burke-White has acquired a deep well of knowledge about global affairs the hard way: he’s set foot in much of the world and studied the most difficult challenges as a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Burke-White, a scholar in the areas of international criminal and international economic law, is drawing on his expertise and experience as the Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director of Perry World House.

  • May 19
    Hassan Rouhani may prevail in tomorrow’s presidential elections. Whether he can continue on the path to reform is uncertain.
  • March 6
    Transnational Legal Clinic lecturer in law Ayodele Gansallo has been working hard to assist those affected by the recent Trump travel ban. Click the link to read more on
  • February 23
    Last month, Senators Cruz, Hatch, Inhofe, and Roberts introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act in Congress. Proponents of the bill cite similar decisions in Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Russia, and Bahrain to support a designation under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). At first blush, these determinations seem like damning evidence, but a closer look reveals that they are largely politically motivated attempts to chill political speech and dissent.
  • February 8
    Through a global research seminar at Penn Law, I was able to travel to Cuba for a week to speak to a variety of individuals about Cuba’s past, modern reforms, and future government without a Castro at the head. This is a crucial transition period for Cubans as they face the prospect of an increased role of the private sector domestically and await the implications of a Trump presidency on the previously thawing U.S. – Cuban relations.
  • November 4

    Hayley Winograd L’17 and Arhama Rushdi L’18 selected as first two Penn Law externs appointed under new flagship agreement.

  • November 4
    Nov. 2 - A historic moment with the Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, and Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on El Niño and Climate
  • October 11
    Earlier in the year, on International Women’s Day, The United Nations announced an initiative to end child marriage by 2030. If nothing is done to accelerate change, women married as children will reach one billion by 2030.  While child marriage is well-documented as a heinous crime against girls, from a development perspective, addressing the causes of child marriage will be more expedient than addressing the consequences of child marriage: vulnerability to violence, maternal mortality, HIV Aids, and feminization of poverty, among others. As we mark the first year after nations committed to a new development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, ending early child marriage must be defined as both a women’s rights issue and a development imperative.
  • October 4
    The Former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion received an honorary degree from the University.
  • October 4
    This summer, Penn Law launched a seminal report showcasing our expanded global presence and impact across the spectrum of international, transnational and foreign law.
  • October 4
    In Summer 2016, 22 Penn Law students were engaged in global legal work at international firms, multilaterals, NGOs, and corporations.
  • October 3
    Newly forged agreements will establish fellowships for Penn Law students with UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
  • October 3
    This ground-breaking course provides a framework and skills training for the next generation of rights scholars & practitioners.
  • October 3
    The new Penn Law Global Affairs Blog provides a platform for Penn Law students, alumni, visiting global faculty, fellows, researchers and speakers to discuss global law and policy debates.
  • August 9
    Increasingly, in the court of public opinion, an attacker’s race and religion is more likely to determine whether a violent attack constitutes terrorism than legal definitions.  An attacker’s identity as an Arab, South Asian and/or Muslim, is a marker for terrorism that is emphasized by some news media to the exclusion of other relevant inquiries such as mental illness.  The most recent attack in London, however, reminds us that this latter factor - mental health - may be critical to averting future acts of violence.
  • August 8
    Women’s rights often take a back seat to the security agenda, and to economic and foreign policy goals. But the world’s problems cannot be solved until women achieve equality, and their human rights are integrated into every aspect of the global agenda. The United States has failed to ratify the most comprehensive and powerful international treaty protecting women’s rights— the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)—harming U.S. credibility and holding back women worldwide.
  • August 4
    With the recent publication of Sir John Chilcot’s report criticizing the decisions by then British Prime Minister Tony Blair that led to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the debate over war crimes has taken a new turn. One hundred years ago, what Blair did might have seemed senseless but it would not have been a crime. But, over the last century, international law has increasingly criminalized individual actions. So in 2016 (or 2003), what Blair did might be deemed not only injudicious but also criminal.
  • August 3
    Historically, nations have often denied the existence of a state of war to elude its accompanying legal obligations. When fighting non-state actors, leaders have been especially loath to concede either the vulnerability of their regime or the legitimacy of the rebels challenging it. From King George III’s view of his pesky American colonists, to President Lincoln’s outlook on the Confederacy, established governments have long preferred to classify armed opposition as a criminal enterprise rather than a military threat—at least as long as conditions allowed.
  • August 1
    Read Professor Jacques deLisle’s piece originally published on Foreign Policy Research Institute’s website.
  • July 28
    Girls’ education as a justice issue expands the notion of the right to education and invokes the right to education as a justiciable right. This new definition of education as justice provides a fresh lens to analyze the current war against girl’s education.
  • July 25
    Read William Burke-White’s op-ed on CNN.
  • November 20
    Nov. 20th – Experts analyzed responses to the Bhopal disaster, Sichuan earthquake, Fukushima, and Katrina.
  • November 13
    Dec. 3rd – Sexual Violence and Trauma in Conflict: Rethinking the Cost of War.
  • November 13
    Nov. 13th – Anand Grover, one of India’s leading litigators, discussed his landmark cases on right to health and LGBT rights.
  • November 13
    Oct. 23rd-24th – Keynotes given by Chair of HK Competition Commission and former head of UNHDR.
  • November 13

    Oct. 5th – Šimonović advocated the need to shift from reactive to proactive approaches to human rights.

  • November 12
    Nov. 17th – Senator Wong addressed key issues for the upcoming UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris.