ILS Events - Spring 2011 Archive

Wednesday, January 26
12:00 p.m.
Pound 335

"Dancing on the Border of Tort and Crime: Lessons from Around the World"

Please join Dr. Matthew Dyson from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law as he discusses connections and overlap between tort and criminal law, including examples from jurisdictions around the world.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the International Law Journal, International Law Society, and International Legal Studies

Thursday, January 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pound 335

The HLS Law and International Development Society Presents:

"The Role of International Investment Law in Economic Development"

Jeswald Salacuse
Henry J. Braker Professor of Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Professor Salacuse will examine the effect of bilateral investment treaties on the economic development. Investment law, in particular bilateral investment treaties have frequently been characterized as instruments of economic liberalization, as they are concluded with the purpose of facilitation and protection of international investment flows. Developing states have also been pushed toward liberalization by the need to attract capital in the form of foreign investment and became parties to many of the today more than 3,000 bilateral investment treaties.

Sponsored by the HLS Law and International Development Society

Monday, January 31
12:00 p.m.
Hauser 101

Semester Abroad Question and Answer Session

With the February 15th deadline to submit applications for Fall Term 2011 quickly approaching, International Legal Studies is here to help! Please join us for an open question-and-answer session where HLS students recently returned from a semester abroad and International Legal Studies staff will field your questions.

Lunch will be served.

For more information on semester abroad, please visit the International Legal Studies website:

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Thursday, February 3
3:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

This event has been rescheduled for the above date and time.

"Is There a Common Law of International Adjudication?"

Please join Professor Chester Brown from Sydney Law School as he discusses international dispute settlement, increased judicialization, and common approaches among international courts and tribunals regarding procedure and remedies.

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Thursday, February 3
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Pound 204

"The World's Newest Nation: What Follows South Sudan's Independence?"

A talk by attorney and author

Rebecca Hamilton

For more information, email or call 617-495-9362.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and HLS Student Advocates

Friday, February 4
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

"An Introduction to Investment Treaty Arbitration"

The settlement of disputes arising under bilateral investment treaties ("BITs") by international arbitration is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic areas of public international law.  This seminar will provide an introduction to BITs and the substantive standards of protection that they offer to individuals and companies engaging in foreign investment, as well as an overview of the means by which investors can enforce their rights under these treaties.


Mark Beckett 
Latham & Watkins, NY

Chester Brown
University of Sydney


Dan Tan
Latham & Watkins, NY

Lunch will be served.

Friday, February 11
12:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

"Progressives, Human Rights, & the Middle East"

Join us for a conversation with

Jeffrey Robbins
Former U.S. Delegate to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva

about human rights in the Middle East.

Sponsored by HLS Alliance for Israel and International Legal Studies

Friday, February 11
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Austin North

Justice for Palestine at Harvard Law School presents:

"Boycotting the Israeli Occupation?"

Louis Michael Seidman
Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Roy Kreitner
Tel Aviv University Law School

Diana Buttu
Former legal advisor to Palestinian negotiators

Moderator and discussant:

Duncan Kennedy
Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence, Harvard Law School

How does one respond to human rights violations? Is divestment a proper or a required reaction to Israel's actions and policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians? Is it counter-productive? What kinds of divestment are appropriate and effective? How will it impact Israeli society and politics? How will it impact US policies?

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program, International Legal Studies, Unbound: Journal of the Legal Left, the HLS Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Palestine Solidarity Committee at Harvard College

Saturday, February 12
7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Ropes-Gray Room, Pound Hall

"The International Carnival"

Join us for the annual LL.M. International Party - indulge your tastebuds in exotic flavors from every corner of the world, feast your eyes on an array of performances, and groove to one of Boston's finest DJs.

Monday, February 14
12:15-1:15 p.m.

Lewis 202

"Reproductive Rights and the U.S. Supreme Court"

A brown bag talk with

Priscilla Smith
Senior Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Wednesday, February 16
12:00 p.m.
Pound 107

"The Legal Theory of International Arbitration"

Please join Professor Emmanuel Gaillard as he discusses the underlying ideas affecting the law and practice of international arbitration. For an overview of the topic, please see his article The Representations of International Arbitration.

Emmanuel Gaillard has advised and represented corporations, states and state-owned entities in international arbitration cases for over 25 years. He heads Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice and is a Professor of Law at Paris XII University.  He chairs the International Arbitration Institute and the International Academy for Arbitration Law and has written extensively on all aspects of arbitration law.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies, the International Law Journal, and the International Law Society

Thursday, February 17
5:00 p.m.
Pound 200

"Business and Human Rights:
Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework"

Please join Harvard Kennedy School Professor John Ruggie as he discusses his work as Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in creating recommendations to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world.

A reception will follow the talk.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Human Rights Program, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, and the Harvard Human Rights Journal

Tuesday, February 22
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Hauser 102

HLS Law and International Development Society and the South Asian Law Students Association
 present a panel discussion on

"Disability Law in the Developing World: Recent Developments and Issues"

With panelists

Professor William Alford
Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program; Chair, Harvard Disability Project

Professor Michael Stein
Executive Director, Harvard Disability Project


Cui Fengming
Director, Harvard China Program

Non-pizza dinner will be served.

Friday, February 25
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Hauser 104

The Harvard Women's Law Association presents

"Women and the Veil in the Western World"

In October of 2010, the French Constitutional Council held that France’s new law banning full-face veils for women was legal. Laws restricting the veil in certain public places have been introduced in Germany, Britain, Canada, and Spain. These laws have provoked outrage from Muslim and civil rights groups and conflicting responses from feminist scholars. This panel will present a range of views on the implications of these bans for women’s rights, religious freedom, multiculturalism, and democracy.


Professor Seyla Benhabib (Yale)

Professor Mary Ann Case (University of Chicago)

Dr. Jocelyne Cesari (Harvard University)

Havva Guney-Rübenacker (Harvard Law School)

Moderated by:

Professor Janet Halley (Harvard Law School)

 Lunch will be served!  

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School American Constitution Society, the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the International Law Society, the Abigail Adams Society, the Harvard European Law Association, the Milbank Fund, and the Islamic Legal Studies Program

Thursday, March 3
6:00 p.m.
Austin North

The Middle East Law Students Association presents:

"Developments in Material Support Law"

This panel will explore the implications of the the U.S.. Supreme Court's decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project and the current landscape for material support prosecutions in the U.S.

Claude Bruderlein
Director, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard School of Public Health

Susan Akram
Clinical Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

Tyler Giannini
Clinical Professor of Law; Clinical Director of the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School

Maureen Clare Murphy
Organizer, Palestine Solidarity Group-Chicago; Managing Editor, The Electronic Intifada; subpoenaed on December 23, 2010

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at HLS, the Islamic Legal Studies Program at HLS, Justice for Palestine at HLS, the National Lawyers Guild - HLS Chapter, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, ACLU-HLS, and ACS

Tuesday, March 8
12:00 p.m. 

Pound 419

"China and the WTO: Dispute Settlement in the First Decade"


Li Yongjie
Director, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, People’s Republic of China

As the head of the division of WTO legal affairs in the Ministry of Commerce, PRC, Ms. Li has been intimately involved in China’s cases before the WTO.  She is currently a Humphrey Fellow at the Washington College of Law, American University

This talk will begin promptly at noon. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Tuesday, March 8
2:30-4:00 p.m.
Pound 335

"The Future of Corporate Alien Tort Statute Litigation"

A talk by

Paul Hoffman
Lead Counsel, Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain and Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co.

For fifteen years, the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") has offered an important avenue for survivors of human rights violations to bring claims in U.S. courts against corporations that aid and abet such abuse.  In September 2010, the Second Circuit ruled in Kiobel that corporations cannot be held liable under the ATS for violations of international law, becoming the first appellate court to reach this conclusion.   

Paul Hoffman argued Sosa, the only ATS to ever reach the Supreme Court, and has served as counsel for the plaintiffs in numerous corporate ATS cases including Kiobel, Talisman, Wiwa, Apartheid, and Unocal.  Please join us to hear his thoughts about the future of corporate ATS litigation in the wake of Kiobel.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program

Wednesday, March 9
3:30 p.m.
Hauser 101

"Bolivarian Constitutionalism and Changes in South America"

Please join Professor Eduardo Ribeiro Moreira for a discussion on constitutional changes in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador, including a comparison to traditional views and the constitutional structure of the United States.

Eduardo Ribeiro Moreira is a constitutional law professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He holds an LLB from Pontifícia de São Paulo, an LLM from Candido Mendes Law School, and an SJD from São Paulo University (USP). He is a visiting professor at Castilla la Mancha University and was a visiting scholar at Fordham University in New York (2010).

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Monday, March 21
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"Disability & Africa"

Delivered by

Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo
Disability Advisor, USAID; Former South African Human Rights Commissioner

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at 12:00 p.m. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability & Charles Hamilton Houston Institute For Race and Justice

Wednesday, March 23
4:00 p.m.
Pound 332

"When Marriage is Slavery: International Law from Geneva to Freetown"

Please join Dr. Jean Allain for a discussion of situations in which marriage must be deemed slavery in international law, with a focus on the notion of “forced marriage” in the context of recent armed conflicts in Africa. He will challenge the determination of the Special Court for Sierra Leone that such relations are conjugal, and contend that they are a form of enslavement that allows other crimes to transpire.

Jean Allain is a Reader in Public International Law at Queen’s University, Belfast, and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He is the co-editor of the Irish Yearbook of International Law and is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow. Dr. Allain clerked for the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and is the author of The Slavery Conventions (2008) and the forthcoming Slavery in International Law (2012).

Sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Women’s Law Association, and Advocates for Human Rights

Thursday, March 24
12:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"Criminal Justice Reform in China"


Yue Liling
Fulbright Scholar, University of California, Davis; Professor, Criminal Justice Institute, China University of Politcial Science and Law

Lunchtime Talks begin promptly at noon. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Thursday, March 10
12:00-1:00 p.m.
John Chipman Gray, Pound Hall

"Agrarians and Agricultural Capitalism in Sub-Saharan Africa:
Conflicts and the Role of International Financial Institutions"

Please join World Bank attorneys Mekonnen Firew Ayano and Jonathan Pavluk as they discuss the Bank's land and agricultural policies in sub-Saharan Africa, sustainable development, and the adequacy of safeguards to protect the welfare of rural populations.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies, Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard African Law Association,
Law and International Development Society, International Law Society

Thursday, March 24
5:00 p.m.
Austin West

"Wikileaks and the Pentagon Papers:
Government Secrets and the Public’s Right to Know"

A conversation with Daniel Ellsberg and Scott Horton

 followed by a screening of

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

an Academy-Award nominated documentary film by Judith Ehlrich and Rick Goldsmith. 

Forty years after leaking the Pentagon Papers to the press, Daniel Ellsberg discusses with lawyer-journalist Scott Horton the Wikileaks disclosures and the U.S. government’s attempts to prosecute Army Private Bradley Manning and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

This event is open to the public. Food will be served.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights, and the HLS Chapter of the National Lawyers' Guild (HLS Chapter)

Friday, March 25
12:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"Footbinding in China: An Unpunished Crime"


Stefan Messmann
Dean, Department of Legal Studies, Central European University

Lunchtime Talks begin promptly at noon. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Tuesday, March 29
12:00–12:50 p.m.

Pound 419

"An Update on the Regulatory Framework for Foreign Investors in China"

Sabine Kellerer
Senior China Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Sponsored by the Harvard Asia Law Society and East Asian Legal Studies

Wednesday, March 30
12:00 p.m.
Hauser 105

Study Abroad Information Session

Come learn about the advantages study abroad can offer, including terrific opportunities for academic, professional, and personal development. Information will be provided on semester abroad and the University of Cambridge joint-degree program, and students who have studied abroad will share their experiences.

More information about study abroad and application requirements can be found here.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Thursday, March 31
4:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"Disability & Race"

Please join us for a multidisciplinary panel discussion addressing issues at the intersection of disability and race ranging from education, poverty, housing, economic opportunity, and civil rights.  This event is part of our collaborative series on disability and race. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice

Sunday, April 3
6:00 p.m.
Ropes Gray

Africa Night 2011

"This Is Africa: REDISCOVERED"

Celebrate African Tradition, Music, Dance and Culture!!

The show will feature performances from world class musicians, fashion designers and dancers representing a wide array of African countries and cultures.

Buy your tickets today!

$5 in advance, $7 at the door

Monday, April 4
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
CGIS South, Room S-020
1730 Cambridge Street

"Brazil Panel: The Future is Now!"


David Trubek
Voss-Bascom Professor of Law, Wisconsin University

Daniel Vargas
Former Brazilian Secretary for Long-Term Strategic Planning (interim); SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School

Filipe Campante
Associate Professor, Harvard Kennedy School


David Kennedy
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy

Sponsored by the DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program and the HLS Brazilian Student Association

Tuesday, April 5
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pound 108

"Transforming the Chinese Legal Profession: The Role of Recent Judicial Reform"

Professor LI Xueyao of KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University will describe and analyze how Chinese judicial reforms from the mid-1990s through 2008 have resulted in a retreat from legal formalism and increased professionalization of the legal profession in China, supporting a policy of “Weiwen” (keeping stability).  Dr. Lee, an Associate Professor at KoGuan Law School, earned a Ph.D. degree and a masters degree from Zhejiang University. He is currently a visiting Yale Law School, where he is conducting research on issues related to the development of the legal profession and legal ethics.

Sponsored by the Program on the Legal Profession

Wednesday, April 6
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pound 100

"LGBT Rights and Equality Legislation in the EU and the Council of Europe"

A talk by

Ãlvaro Oliveira
Equal Treatment Division, European Commission

Ãlvaro Oliveira is an attorney working for the Equal Treatment Division of the European Commission in Brussels. He works in European-wide enforcement of equality legislation and on drafting and negotiation of new European legislation. In this context, he was notably involved in sexual orientation discrimination cases discussed before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. He is also the coordinator of the European Network of Legal Experts in Non-discrimination and the representative of the European Union to the European Committee against Racism and Intolerance of the Council of Europe at Strasbourg. He is now a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley School of Law. He works there with Professor David Oppenheimer researching American anti-discrimination law and what Europe can learn from it.

Non-pizza lunch provided.

Sponsored by HLS Lambda and International Legal Studies

Wednesday, April 6
4:00 p.m.
Austin West

"A Conversation with Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada"

During her distinguished public service career, Justice Abella spent many years on the Ontario Family Court and Court of Appeal, presided over the Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, and served on the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies and the Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Wednesday, April 6
5:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

"Out of Sight: On the Uncultivated Growth of EU Competences"

A talk by

Dr. Matej Accetto LL.M. '01
Assistant Professor of European Law, University of Ljubljana

Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Graduate Program and the Harvard European Law Association

Friday, April 8
12:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"A Lawyer's Perjury: The Case of Li Zhuang"


Liu Renwen

Visiting Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies; Director, Department of Criminal Law, Law Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Science

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Friday, April 8
12:00-1:15 p.m.   
Lewis 202

"Repression, Religion, Revolution, and Rights: Uprisings in the Middle East, North Africa, and Beyond"

A talk by

Karima Bennoune
Professor of Law, Rutgers University 

Please join us for a talk by Karima Bennoune, widely published author and Professor of Law at Rutgers University. Prof. Bennoune recently returned from research trips to Egypt and Tunisia, as well as Algeria, where she served as an observer at pro-democracy protests, writing a series of articles about these events for the Guardian.

On Friday, she will discuss current human rights struggles in North Africa, especially as they affect regional women's movements. She will also explore the dynamics of local protest movements, the role of law reform in current transitions, and the difficulties involved in confronting the challenges to human rights posed by dictatorship and by fundamentalism.

This event is being co-sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Women's Law Association, the Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

Summer International Travel Pre-Departure Information Sessions

The session will be offered at two different times:

Monday, April 11
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Pound 335

Friday, April 15
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Pound 335

For HLS students traveling abroad this summer, a pre-departure session will provide information about health, safety, and other travel considerations, as well as facilitate interaction among students who are going to particular regions and those who have spent time there.

Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) to review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release, which will be available at the pre-departure session, or online.

The session will also provide information about International SOS, the program that provides 24-hour worldwide emergency medical and security evacuation services. Students traveling abroad this summer on Harvard business who will be returning to HLS in the fall, are covered at no cost to themselves by International SOS. (Former students traveling on Harvard fellowships that support post-Commencement travel are also covered.) Prior to leaving the US, students need to obtain a membership card and log in to the I-SOS webpage to register their trip; for instructions about how to do so, please sign up to attend one of the pre-departure information sessions, or visit the Health and Safety section on the International Legal Studies travel website.

Drinks and dessert will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch to the 12:00 session.

For more information or to determine which sessions will focus on particular regions, e-mail Ben Cook.

"Business & Bullets: Litigating Human Rights Claims against Transnational Corporations"

A film screening & panel discussion with documentary filmmaker and lawyer Malcolm Rogge.

Wednesday, April 13
5:00 p.m.
Austin West

Advance screening of Under Rich Earth (92 minutes)

Thursday, April 14
3:00 p.m.
Austin West

Screening of Under Rich Earth (92 minutes), followed by a panel discussion

*Movie snacks and light supper will be served

The critically acclaimed documentary Under Rich Earth (Ecuador/Canada 2008) chronicles the grassroots resistance of Ecuadorian farmers who refuse to be forced off their land to make way for a massive open pit copper mine. This film gives a rare insider perspective on corporate violations of human rights by privatized security forces operating in weak governance zones. The film will be followed by an international panel discussion on the legal, ethical and practical issues at stake in litigating transnational claims against corporations for human rights abuses.

Panelists will consider the role of private law litigation in constructing an effective overall corporate accountability strategy for environmental degradation and human rights violations. Violations perpetrated by corporate security forces often involve serious violent crimes, including death threats, assaults, gang rape and murder. Each panelist has extensive on-the-ground experience working with communities that have spearheaded transnational lawsuits in Ecuador, Guatemala, the United States and Canada. The panelists are uniquely placed to comment both on the specifics of the case portrayed in Under Rich Earth and other issues of particular concern to affected individuals and communities.


Chris Jochnick
Director, Director of Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam America

Malcolm Rogge
Director and Producer, Under Rich Earth

Grahame Russell
Co-Director, Rights Action (USA/Canada/Guatemala)

Carlos Zorrilla
Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag / Intag Ecological Defense and Conservation, Santa Rosa, Ecuador

Sponsored by Milbank, Tweed, Hadlye & McCloy; Andes Initiative, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Human Rights Program; International Legal Studies; International Law Students Association; Advocates for Human Rights; and La Alianza

Friday, April 15
12:00–1:30 p.m.
Pound 100

"Talking Peace: Prospects for a Negotiated Settlement in Afghanistan" 

With the start of U.S. troop withdrawal looming, what are the prospects for a negotiated -- as opposed to military -- settlement in Afghanistan? What implications would a negotiated settlement have for constitution-building in the country? And what role might other countries in the region play?

Panelists will include:

Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon
Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN

Graham Allison
Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Michael Semple
Fellow and Afghanistan Expert, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

South Asian lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Harvard International Affairs Council, International Legal Studies, the International Law Students Association, Harvard Pakistan Student Group, and South Asian Law Students Association

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