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Journal of International Law Symposium-Democracy in the Middle East

In association with the International Human Rights Advocates, the Penn Journal of International Law introduces its Fall 2011 Symposium: DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST 

Date: Friday, November 11, 2011 

Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Levy Conference Center

The Journal of International Law (JIL) is proud to present a Fall 2011 Symposium: Democracy in the Middle East in association with our colleagues, the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA). The myriad of civil revolt after decades of oppressive rule leave us to contemplate the causes of these sudden events in so many Arab countries, the methods best suited for a successful transition towards a democratic state, and the landscape we can realistically expect to result. The Journal of International Law is uniquely positioned to develop and publish scholarship concerning the unprecedented political uprising that has swept through the Middle East over the past year and the impact it will have over those countries and the world.

In broad terms, the Fall 2011 Symposium will focus on three themes:

(1) Why Now? Internal and External Influences on the Middle Eastern Revolution
(2) Post-Transitional Reform: The Shift to a Democratic State
(3) The Post-Revolutionary Middle East: A Realistic Picture

This program has been approved for 7 hours of substantive law credit and 0 hours of ethics credit for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit can be arranged for other jurisdictions as well. CLE credits are free for University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff. CLE credits will cost $25 for public sector attorneys for the entire program and $10 per credit hour for all others (i.e., $70 for a seven hour program).

Information on the Fall 2011 Symposium may be found here.

Questions? Contact:
Jesse Rabinowitz
Symposium Editor, Vol. 33
Journal of International Law

Inmate Healthcare Panel  

October 19 Inmate Healthcare Panel: A panel discussion between two prominent attorneys on issues relating to healthcare within American prison systems. Ashley Parrish is a practicing attorney at King & Spalding in Washington, DC. Mr. Parrish served as lead counsel in Brown v. Plata, a Supreme Court case ruling on the constitutionality of a judicial order requiring California to reduce its prison population because of overcrowding and inadequate healthcare provisions. Margaret Winter works for the ACLU’s National Prison project and has significant experience litigating cases dealing with prisoners’ constitutional rights, including provision of adequate healthcare within prisons. Following a discussion of the current status of prison healthcare provisions, the panelists will open the floor for questions from audience members. Hosted by the Penn Law’s Prisoners’ Education and Advocacy Project, the Health Law Group, and the International Human Rights Advocates join together to host.
What: A panel discussion regarding healthcare in prisons
When: Wednesday, October 19, 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Penn Law, 3400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Silverman 245A.
Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. 

Screening of ‘The Judge and the General’

 Please join IHRA for the upcoming screening of ‘The Judge and the General’. This is an award-winning film that documents Juan Guzmán Tapia’s personal journey as the judge prosecuting the first criminal cases against Chile’s ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet. The film screening will be followed by Q&A session with Juan Guzmán Tapia who is a visiting Bok professor at Penn Law. This event is sponsored by the International Programs office and co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA), the International Law Organization (ILO), and the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).

What: Film Screening: The Judge and the General

When: October 4, 6:30pm

Where: Penn Law, 3400 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Gittis Hall 214

Free and open to the public.

A flyer (Global Justice Film Series Oct 4 2011.pdf) and a trailer of the film are available. 

IHRA is Accepting Applications 

The Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) is accepting applications for our Pro Bono projects. IHRA is a student run pro bono organization that supports human rights advocacy throughout the world. IHRA works with international human rights organizations to provide research for our partner’s publications and lawsuits. Participation in IHRA gives students a chance to develop foreign law research skills, fulfill their pro bono requirement, learn about emerging issues in human rights, travel the world through our Spring Break trip, and learn about career opportunities in human rights. IHRA also sponsors speakers from governments, non-profits, and businesses throughout the year to discuss pressing issues in human rights. IHRA’s pro bono projects and speaker series will focus on Global Health during the 2011-2012 academic year.
All students (1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, students from other Penn graduate programs) are invited to apply to join IHRA. Please send an email to in order to receive a copy of the application. If you are not interested in joining our pro bono project this year but would like to sign up for the IHRA list serve in order to hear about our events please contact The application is available for download at the following link: IHRA_Project_App_2011.docx

Wine and Cheese - Welcome 1LS!

12:00-4pm, September 4, 2011

Rare Books Room in the Penn Law Library, Tanenbaum 253

Please join the Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA) for wine and cheese as we kick off the 2011-2012 academic year. IHRA members will be presenting information regarding upcoming speakers and exciting pro bono projects relating to IHRA’s spotlight on global health. Members will also be available to discuss any questions you may have regarding IHRA, pro bono work, and 1L year. IHRA members will provide information regarding different ways to get involved with the organization including applications to join IHRA, research for pro bono credit, our mailing list, the IHRA Spring Break trip, and lectures or career planning events.

Bring your questions about IHRA, law school classes, life at Penn and in Philadelphia. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon! For more information, please e-mail

IHRA Spring Break Trip 2011

The IHRA Spring Break 2011 trip traveled to Amman, Jordan for ten days to aid Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement in the U.S. The trip invcluded students from IHRA, the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project. Read More at: Penn Law Student Project Helps Iraqi Refugees.

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