ILS Events - Fall 2009 Archive

Thursday, September 3
12:00-1:00 p.m.
"Doing Business in China: Issues and Developments in Foreign Direct Investment"
Lingyun Gao
Lecturer of Law and Assistant to the Dean, Fudan University School of Law

Following the discussion, Professor Gao will answer questions about opportunities for HLS students to study at Fudan Law School as part of the HLS semester abroad exchange program.

Professor Gao teaches international and comparative law at Fudan Law School in Shanghai, China.  Her fields of interest include comparative civil and commercial law, and comparative business law.  Professor Gao holds an LL.B. from East China University of Politics and Law; an LL.M. in comparative law from the National University of Singapore; and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall
Lunch will be served.
Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies and International Legal Studies


Wednesday, September 9
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Study Abroad Information Session
Study abroad can provide excellent opportunities for academic and personal growth. Come hear from students who have studied abroad, and find out how you can take advantage of an international experience!
Information will be provided on semester abroad programs and the University of Cambridge joint-degree program. For more information, please see our webpage.

Lewis 202
Lunch will be served.
Sponsored by International Legal Studies


Wednesday, September 9
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Harvard Law School Project on Disability Fall Open House 
"Disability Rights Law, At Home and Abroad" 
Delivered by 
Samuel Bagenstos
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
United States, Department of Justice

Introduced by 
Dean Martha Minow 

Pound 419
For more information, please see www.hpod.org.


Sunday, September 3
3:00-4:00 p.m.
China Development Forum
"Major Issues in Drafting China Tort Law"
Professor Liming Wang
Professor of Law, Vice President of Renmin University, Member of the Legal Committee of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress
PLEASE NOTE, THIS TALK IS IN CHINESE AND TRANSLATION IS NOT AVAILABLE

Pound 419
Please contact Yilin Xu with any questions.
Co-sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies and the U.S. China Law Society


Monday, September 21
12:00 p.m.

Please join us for a session on 
International Opportunities for Students
HLS students will speak about their experiences with study abroad, international summer fellowships, and winter term projects in other countries.  International Legal Studies staff will explain program parameters and answer questions.

Pound 202
Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office and International Legal Studies


Tuesday, September 22
12:00-1:15 p.m.
"Prosecuting Heads of State"
Featuring a presentation from
Ellen Lutz
Executive Director, Cultural Survival; co-editor, "Prosecuting Heads
of State" (2009)

In 1990, an era of accountability began for former government officials and heads of state who had committed human rights abuses and other abuses of power while in office. In the past 20 years, at least 67 former heads of state have been prosecuted for serious human rights violations or economic crimes committed during their administration. During this presentation, Lutz will analyze the reasons for this era of accountability, examining the use of criminal trials as a means of achieving justice for serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

Pound 202
Light refreshments will be provided, although attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, contact hrp@law.harvard.edu or call 617-495-9362.
Sponsored by the Human Rights Program


 Thursday, October 8
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Winter Term Opportunities:
Writing, Clinical, and International Travel Grant Information Session

HLS JD and LLM students can apply to participate in winter term writing or clinical programs, and students who will be traveling abroad in furtherance of an approved winter term writing or clinical project are eligible for Winter Term International Travel Grants. Come find out more!

Pound 101
Dessert will be served.
Sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, and the Registrar's Office


Friday, October 9
12:00–1:30 p.m.

"Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Their Families in China"
delivered by
Wang Mian
Associate Professor, UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Pound 419
For more information, please see www.hpod.org.
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability


Thursday, October 15
12:00 p.m.
"Litigating the Right to Water in South Africa: the Mazibuko Case"
Jackie Dugard
Senior Researcher, Centre for Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Please join Dr. Jackie Dugard as she discusses the development and litigation of South Africa’s first explicit right to water case. Dr. Dugard will also address the role of litigation in attempting to advance socio-economic equality.

Dr. Dugard is a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, a specialized legal research, advocacy and public litigation unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Her research and advocacy work focuses on water and electricity rights, as well as access to justice for the poor.

Lunch will be served.
Hauser 104
Sponsored by International Legal Studies


Friday, October 16
3:00 p.m.

Harvard Law School Project on Disability - Harvard China Fund Public Seminar Series

Featuring
William Alford
Harvard Law School
Fengming Cui
Harvard Law School
Deborah Gleason
Perkins School for the Blind
Helen McCabe
 Hobart & Smith Colleges
Michael Stein
Harvard Law School

The Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) has an active program of research and public service with respect to issues of disability in China. The October 16 seminar will showcase HPOD China work concerning legal issues (including the relationship between the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the law of the PRC), civil society, education, and more.
Pound 419
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and the Harvard China Fund


Tuesday, October 20
12:00-1:00 p.m.

"Researching Chinese and Japanese Law"
delivered by
Nongji Zhang
HLS Bibliographer for East Asian Law
and
Mariko Honshuku
HLS Librarian for Japanese Law

Pound 419

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. You are invited to bring your lunch.
Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies


 Wednesday, October 21
12:00 p.m.

Opportunities in South Africa:
Information Session on Semester Abroad and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies
Please join Dr. Jackie Dugard for an information session on semester abroad in South Africa, and on internships at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies.

Considered South Africa's premier center for legal education, the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Law is home to the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), a specialized legal research, advocacy and public litigation unit. Dr. Dugard, a senior researcher at CALS, focuses on water and electricity rights, as well as access to justice for the poor.

Pound 202

Sponsored by International Legal Studies 


Tuesday, October 27
3:00 p.m.

"Terrorist Asset Freezing in the European Union"
Mr. Angus Johnston
Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Various measures to fight terrorism such as travel bans and precautionary detention without trial often grab the headlines. Yet within the E.U. actions to freeze the assets of known and suspected terrorists have generated a substantial body of litigation and raised significant constitutional issues. Courts have been faced with many difficult questions and have responded with sometimes innovative and surprising answers.

Hauser 105

Coffee and refreshments will be served. 
Sponsored by International Legal Studies


Wednesday, October 28
12:00-1:30 p.m.

"Human Rights Diplomacy: An Oxymoron?"

An event featuring
Navi Pillay
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Please join the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, the International Legal Studies program, and the University Committee for Human Rights Studies for this lunchtime presentation with Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Judge Pillay was an attorney and conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa from 1967 to 1995, and was appointed acting judge of the High Court in 1995. In 1967, she became the first woman to start a law practice in South Africa's Natal Province, providing legal defence for opponents of apartheid. She exposed the practice and effects of torture and solitary confinement on detainees held in police custody, and successfully established the rights of prisoners on Robben Island.

Since 2003, she has served as judge on the International Criminal Court. In 1999, she was elected Judge President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which she joined in 1995, having been elected as judge by the General Assembly.

Ropes Gray

This event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required to secure space. Please e-mail hrp@law.harvard.edu or call 617-495-9362 to RSVP.
Sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, International Legal Studies, and the University Committee for Human Rights Studies


Thursday, October 29
12:00–1:00 p.m.

HLS–Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program Information Session
The HLS – University of Cambridge Joint Degree Program provides students an incredible opportunity to spend a year engaged in research and coursework in a foreign legal culture at one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished universities. The joint-degree program may be of particular benefit to students interested in public or private international law, British and European Union Law, or pursuing an academic career. Students who successfully complete program requirements earn a Harvard J.D. and a Cambridge LL.M. in a total of three-and-a-half years.

Come hear more about the program from Cambridge Professor Angus Johnston and HLS students who have spent a year at Cambridge as part of the joint degree program.

Pound 108

Lunch will be served.
Sponsored by International Legal Studies


Thursday, October 29
12 p.m.

"Overcoming Zionism
Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine"

Joel Kovel
Professor, Social Studies, Bard College

 Pound 335

Sponsored by HLS Justice for Palestine


Thursday, October 29
12:15-1:30 p.m.

"State, Churches and Freedom of Conscience: Why the French Laicite is Liberal"

A lecture by
Patrick Weil
Visiting Professor of Law; Robina Foundation International Fellow, Yale Law School;
Director, the Center for the Study of Immigration, Integration and Citizenship Policies at the University of Paris, Pantheon-Sorbonne

Griswold 110

To RSVP for this event, please e-mail hrp@law.harvard.edu.
Sponsored by the Human Rights Program


Friday, October 30
12:00-1:00 p.m.

"Who Won? The Strange Story and Practical Lessons from a Debt Settlement at Canton in 1820" 

delivered by
Frederic D. Grant, Jr.
Attorney at Law

In April 1820, in consideration of $40,000, a Chinese merchant executed a general release (almost) in favor of a prominent American debtor. Both parties to the release were in grave financial trouble and the release resolved debtor-creditor conflict across three continents. This struggle had included extensive debt litigation in American courts, surprise counterattack and attachment, counterclaims against Chinese plaintiffs (alleged poor quality goods), and even a plea to President Madison, unanswered. What mattered to the drafter of this release and to the released party? What was achieved? Who cared?  The speaker, a business and legal historian, draws on 25 years of experience as a debtor-creditor and bankruptcy lawyer to take a hard look at legal drafting and what can be learned from this legal drama.

Pound 419

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12:00. You are invited to bring your lunch.
Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies


Friday, October 30
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Please join Harvard European Law Association (HELA) for a discussion with
Ursula Plassnik
former Austrian Foreign Minister

Ursula Plassnik has a law degree from the University of Vienna, as well as a postgraduate degree from the College of Europe in Bruges. Ms. Plassnik began her career in the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, where she held various positions. In 1997, Ms. Plassnik was chosen as the Cabinet Chief for Vice Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel. When Mr. Schüssel became the Austrian Chancellor in 2000, Ms. Plassnik remained Cabinet Chief in his government until 2004, when she was appointed Foreign Minister. During her term as the Foreign Minister of Austria, Ms. Plassnik also served as the President of the EU Council in 2006.

Pound 202

Lunch will be served.


Wednesday, November 18
12:00–1:30 p.m.

Life On & Slightly to the Right of the Autism Spectrum:
Observations on Autism in China And Other Countries

presented by
Stephen M. Shore, ED.D
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Ruth S. Ammon School, Adelphi University

Pound 419


Thursday, November 19
2:30 p.m.

Semester Abroad Information Session Coffee Hour

Expand your legal education with a semester abroad! HLS has several exchange programs around the world that offer students a terrific opportunity for academic and personal development. Come hear more about the exchange programs from students spending a semester at HLS from exchange partner schools in the following countries: 

Australia
Brazil
China
South Africa
Switzerland

Hauser 105

For more information on semester abroad, please see the International Legal Studies website: 
www.law.harvard.edu/academics/degrees/special-programs/study-abroad/semester-abroad.html

Sponsored by International Legal Studies


Thursday, November 19
6:00 p.m.

"Corporate Governance, Wealth Creation and Banking Supervision: Developments from Nigeria"

presented by
Professor Tunde Ogowewo

Come enjoy a lecture, discussion, and dinner (food will be served)!

Pound 201

Professor Ogowero is the former Counsel for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and oil companies. He co-chaired the conference under the auspices of the U.S. State Department of Commerce, which led to the adoption of a Model Law on Investment in Africa. He is a former Co-Editor of the Journal of African Law (Cambridge University Press), and he is currently on the editorial board of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Edinburgh University Press).

Sponsored by Harvard African Law Association


Friday, November 20
12:00-1:30 p.m.

You're Not Universal and Stop Whining About It:
Sexuality and the Limits of Human Rights
a presentation by
Scott Long
Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program,
Human Rights Watch

For over a dozen years and on several continents, Scott Long has documented and advocated against human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV status. For five years he lobbied the United Nations on sexual rights issues; his work led to U.N. human rights mechanisms agreeing publicly for the first time to take up gay and lesbian concerns.

Hauser 105

This event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required in order to ensure accurate numbers for lunch. Please RSVP by emailing hrp@law.harvard.edu or by calling 617-495-9362.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program


Pre-Departure Information Session

- for students who will be traveling abroad during winter term -

The session will be offered at two different times: 

Wednesday, December 2
12:00-1:00 p.m.
John Chipman Gray, Pound Hall

Thursday, December 3
12:00-1:00 p.m.
John Chipman Gray, Pound Hall

For students who will be traveling abroad during Winter Term, this pre-departure session will provide information about health, safety, and other travel considerations, and interaction among students who are going to particular countries / regions and those who have spent time there.

The sessions will begin promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Drinks and dessert will be provided; please feel free to bring your lunch.

For more information or to determine which sessions will focus on particular regions, please e-mail Ben Cook at bcook@law.harvard.edu

Sponsored by International Legal Studies


Wednesday, December 2
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Pound 202

"European Exceptionalism"

a lunchtime discussion with

Professor Mattias Kumm
Director, LL.M./J.S.D. Program in International and Comparative Law, NYU School of Law

Come and join us for a lively discussion with Visiting Professor Mattias Kumm as the semester wraps up.

Professor Kumm received an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School and has taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the European University Institute in Florence. He was an 'Ethics Fellow' at the Kennedy School of Government and a Jean Monnet Fellow at HLS before joining New York University School of Law in Fall 2000. Professor Kumm's research focuses on issues of European and comparative constitutional law, international law and philosophy of law.

Refreshments will be served - feel free to bring your lunch! Please RSVP to Zeynep (zsener@jd11.law.harvard.edu).

Sponsored by the Harvard European Law Association


Wednesday, December 2
6:30 p.m.
John Chipman Gray Room, Pound Hall

Informational Reception for Chayes International Public Service Fellowship

Please join us for an opportunity to learn about the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship and to hear about the experiences of past Chayes Fellows. This event is open to 1Ls and others eligible for the Chayes Fellowship. Bring your questions!

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies and the Office of Public Interest Advising

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