Penn Law International Follow Penn Law’s vibrant programs across the spectrum of international, transnational and foreign law. Law Leadership, and Influence Highlights from Rangita de Silva de Alwis’ ground-breaking course, which brought together women leaders in law and business for engagement with Penn Law students on the radical changes in public leadership in law and business around the world. In our Own Voice Student voices discuss various legal topics through a feminist lens.
Fatima Jamaluddin is a graduate of the Paris Sorbonne University law school, Abu Dhabi. She is a lawyer with the Reed Al Dhaheri Lawyers and legal Consultancy. Reed Al Daheri is a renowned business woman with vast experience in commercial law in the UAE.
Two Penn Law Women Discuss Reshaping the Narrative in Foreign Policy and the La
Katherine Schroeder L’20 and Ryan Plesh L’20 describe Penn Law’s release of the preliminary report “Access to Justice in The Gambia” – a result of the first law student led fact-finding project in The Gambia
On the death of Toni Morrison, the Penn Law community shares its reflections on the writer and artist, admired and beloved.
Hon. Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, has appointed Rangita de Silva de Alwis to serve on the Steering Group for the Global Gender and Leadership Index at King’s College, London
Associate Dean of International Affairs to Moderate 2019 High Level Political Forum Side Event on “Innovating Partnerships with the Private Sector: How to achieve greater SDG Impact?”
“This event, co-organised by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) and the Fourth Sector Group, in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, will bring together senior level officials from governments, business, and civil society for an inspiring discussion on a new generation of partnerships that use public resources in ways that contribute to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event will introduce the “Kampala Principles” for Effective Private Sector Engagement (PSE) in development co-operation. Based on specific examples presented by business leaders and governments, the event will demonstrate how the principles are already being applied in specific partnerships and what is needed to encourage others follow suit and scale up such successful partnerships in different contexts and sectors. The event will be organised as a moderated panel discussion, comprised of a range of senior level speakers which will be followed by an interactive discussion with the audience.”
Ebola. It’s perhaps appropriate that the name itself is a French bastardization of an indigenous name for a river in the Congo. As the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the most fragile states in the world, struggles to find its footing amid a contested presidential election and various rebellions, the nation is also facing the newest instantiation of Ebola outbreak. The ongoing outbreak, first identified in August 2018, is now the deadliest since the outbreak of 2014-16, which began in Guinea in 2013, directly caused more than 10,000 deaths and indirectly caused many thousands more.
“When Law is Complicit in Gender Bias”: Associate Dean Rangita de Silva de Alwis published in SDG Goal 5 Book
This publication by the SDG Fund and Thomson Reuters examines the ways in which gender must be integrated into all 17 of the SDG Goals. Goal 5 on gender equality is not only a goal in itself but also a precondition for the achievement of all 17 SDG Goals. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, along with other scholars and practitioners around the world, examines gender discrimination in the law in a chapter named: “When Law is Complicit in Gender Bias.”
Radhika Coomaraswamy, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and High-level Mediation Advisory Group to the UN Secretary-General, will serve as a Bok Visiting International Professor in the Fall of 2019 and will teach a course on Women, Peace, and Security with Associate Dean of International Affairs, Rangita de Silva de Alwis.
Students in “New Debates in International Women’s Rights” seminar present policy proposals to United Nations leadership
Few law school classes involve convenings at the UN. Even fewer give students a forum to discuss their policy proposals with UN leadership. Yet Penn Law students in Associate Dean for International Programs Rangita de Silva de Alwis’s seminar on “New Debates in International Women’s Rights” did just that when they convened at the United Nations on April 29 to present their research to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), UN Women, Office of Legal Affairs, and the newly appointed Office of the Secretary-General’s Victims’ Rights Advocate. The students had the opportunity to present to Under-Secretary-General and Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares and Assistant Secretary-General Jane Connors and other experts. For students eager to share a semester or more of research, this audience of key policy leaders was an inspiration.
The Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement Officials on Persons with Mental, Cognitive, and Developmental Disabilities
STUDENT WORKING PAPER Allyson Reynolds L’19 & Allison Perlin L’20 as part of an Independent Study supervised by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs. Report presented to Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions & Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza, Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN