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  • June 22
    In this summer employment dispatch, John Peng L’19 discusses his work in Nepal with the Center for Migration and International Relations.
  • June 12
    In April, students from Penn Law’s seminar of International Women’s Rights presented their research during a forum at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. The seminar was taught by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, the Law School’s Associate Dean for International Programs. In this video feature, students from the course discuss their work on women’s rights and the trip to meet with policymakers and researchers.
  • June 6
    On May 30, the President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, announced the appointment of Indira Jaising and Radhika Coomaraswamy to serve on a three-member high-level fact-finding mission in Myanmar.
  • May 19
    Hassan Rouhani may prevail in tomorrow’s presidential elections. Whether he can continue on the path to reform is uncertain.
  • May 11
    Penn Law professor Beth Simmons, an expert on international relations and human rights, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. She was one of 32 new members elected by the society’s membership this April.
  • April 24
    Patricia Stottlemyer L’17 has been awarded this year’s Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship to support her work in international law and human rights following her graduation from Penn Law this year.
  • April 17
    Two Law School students traveled with Professor Douglas Frenkel L’72, the Mediation Clinic’s director, to mediate an international child abduction dispute in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • April 11
    The University of Pennsylvania Law School and the United Nations Development Programme-Sustainable Development Goals Fund have established an agreement to strengthen cooperation and enhance the effectiveness of global development efforts.
  • March 13
    In January 2017, Penn Law faculty members Wendell Pritchett and Fernando Chang-Muy led a delegation of sixteen students to Cuba as part of their year-long Global Research Seminar (GRS).
  • 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.
  • January 30
    Penn Law Dean Ted Ruger affirms that “as a world-leading research and teaching institution, we must engage actively with students, attorneys, and policymakers from around the globe in order to prepare our students to be lawyers and leaders in an increasingly connected society and economy.”
  • January 30
    On January 27, President Trump’s signed an executive order blocking refugees and temporarily suspending immigration from seven predominately Muslim countries. A number of members of the Penn Law community have responded to news about the order, and this page contains information on upcoming events, comments from Penn Law faculty, students, and alumni, as well as information about the order’s effects on refugees and immigrants, the legal challenges being brought against it, the response of the judiciary, and the role of lawyers in the order’s wake.
  • December 21
    On December 19, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, released its decision in favor of two undocumented workers who were denied access to justice and the right to non-discrimination after being injured on the job while working in the United States.
  • 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.