ILS Events Fall 2011 Archive

Tuesday, September 13
Pound 334

Harvard African Law Association Welcome Mixer

Please join us at a dessert reception to learn more about our organizations, including our plans for the upcoming school year and, of course, to enjoy delicious desserts with new friends. We are excited to welcome you all into the community.

Sponsored by the Harvard African Law Association and Caribbean Law Association

Wednesday, September 14
12:10 p.m.
Hauser 104

Study Abroad Information Session

Study abroad can provide excellent opportunities for academic and personal growth. This session will offer information on semester abroad programs and the University of Cambridge joint-degree program. Come find out how an international experience could work for you!

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Thursday, September 15
3:00-4:00 p.m. (remarks at 3:30 p.m.)

Pound 419

Orientation to the East Asian Legal Studies Program

An opportunity to meet EALS Faculty, Staff, Research Fellows, and the 2011-2012 Visiting Scholars

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 16
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Pound 200

Human Rights Program Orientation

It’s that time of year again! We feed you pizza, and you learn about the Human Rights Program and how you can get involved! We’ll give you an overview of our International Human Rights Clinic; summer funding for human rights internships; post-graduate fellowships; events and conferences; and the larger human rights community at HLS. Then it’s your turn: mix and mingle with instructors from the Clinic, as well as representatives from HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Law and International Development Society, and the Harvard Law Documentary Studio.

For more info, email, stop by Pound Hall 400, or call 617-495-9362.

Monday, September 19
12:10 p.m.
Pound 102

Special session for 1Ls:
 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.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Tuesday, September 20
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Hauser 103

"Documenting Crimes in Burma"

a brown bag talk with

Matthew Bugher '10

Based out of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Matthew Bugher ’10 has been working with both the International Human Rights Clinic and the Aegis Trust to document crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Burmese regime. He will describe the ways in which lawyers, researchers and activists are working to ensure accountability for those crimes; address describe the impact of armed conflict on Burma’s ethnic minorities; and highlight the difficulties of addressing human rights violations through a criminal framework. He will also discuss his experience as Sheldon Fellow.

Sponsored by the Human Rights Program

Wednesday, September 21
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Pound 107

1L Introduction to Public International Work

Work in the public international arena can run the gamut from on-the-ground human rights advocacy, to economic and social policy development, to diplomatic outreach within government agencies and intergovernmental organizations. Join Alexa Shabecoff, Director of OPIA, as she provides a basic overview of international public interest practice.

 Topics for discussion include:
• What do international lawyers do?
• Where do international lawyers practice?
• What issues do international lawyers address?
• How does the practice of international law differ across various practice settings?

Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising

Wednesday, September 21
12:00 p.m.

Pound 419

Hong Kong's Move to Absolute Immunity: DR Congo vs. FG Hemisphere


Sabine Stricker-Kellerer, LL.M. ’83
Senior China Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Monday, September 26
12:00 p.m.

Pound 213

"International Crimes and Universal Jurisdiction"

a talk by

Judge Baltasar Garzón

A hero within the human rights community, Judge Baltasar Garzón is perhaps best known for indicting and issuing an arrest warrant against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the former dictator of Chile. But he has also brought cases against Russian mafia leaders; Osama bin Laden; and the former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo for genocide and torture committed during the Argentine military’s “dirty war” of the 1970s and ’80s.

Last year, he made international news again, when the Spanish judiciary suspended him for opening an investigation into General Franco’s crimes during the Spanish Civil War.
At the time, Garzón had been investigating the use of government-authorized and systematic torture in U.S. detention facilities.

Judge Garzón has recently been awarded the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) first annual $100,000 prize for Human Rights Activism.
Judge Garzón will speak in Spanish; simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, International Legal Studies, and the Human Rights Program

Tuesday, September 27
12:30 p.m.
Berkman Center, 2nd Floor

"From Tehran to Tahrir: Social Media and Dynamics of Collective Action under Authoritarian Regimes"

What role did the new media ecology play in the ouster of long-standing dictators in Egypt and Tunisia as well as the continuing unrest across the region? In this talk, Professor Zeynep Tufekci will present data from a large protester survey undertaken in Tahrir during February of 2011 and conceptually examine how the new media ecology, composed of satellite TVs, social media and cell phones, upsets the erstwhile stable dynamics of repression under “durable authoritarianism.”

Sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Wednesday, September 28
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"East Asian Legal Research in the Digital Age"

Nongji Zhang
HLS Bibliographer for East Asian Law


Mariko Honshuku
HLS Librarian for Japanese Law

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Wednesday, September 28
6:00 p.m.
Austin North and West

Town Hall Event with India's 11th President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Light reception to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Program on the Legal Profession, South Asia Initiative, Harvard India Student Group, Harvard Pakistan Student Group, South Asia Association, and the South Asia Business Association (Harvard Business School)

Monday, October 3
12:00 p.m.

Pound 107

Winter Term Opportunities:
Information Session on Writing and Clinical Projects and International Travel Grants

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

Sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, Registrar's Office, and the Graduate Program

Monday, October 3
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Hauser 101  

   "Accountability for Gaza: International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

  A talk by

Raji Sourani
Lawyer and Founder of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Raji Sourani will discuss potential avenues for international accountability for human rights violations committed as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, focusing on the aftermath of Israel's three-week offensive in 2008-8009, known as Operation Cast Lead. He will also talk about the implications of the ongoing closure of the Gaza Strip.  

Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and HLS Justice for Palestine

Tuesday, October 4
12:00 p.m.
Pound 419

Harvard Law School Project on Disability Fall Open House

An update on HPOD’S current work in China & beyond

Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, October 11
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 HLS students who have spent a year at Cambridge as part of the joint degree program.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Monday, October 17
12:00 p.m.

Pound 419

"Socrates vs. Confucius: What’s the Right Model for South Korean Law Schools?"


Jasper Kim
Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University; Visiting Scholar, Korea Institute and EALS

Co-sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies and the Korea Institute

Wednesday, October 19
12:00 p.m.
Pound 204  

   "Creating International Law: Gender as Paradigm"

  A talk by

Catherine A. MacKinnon
James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law, HLS; Professor of Law, University of Michigan

Professor MacKinnon specializes in sex equality issues under international and constitutional law. Since 2008, she has been the Special Gender Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, implementing the concept of “gender crime.” She previously pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment; helped create ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation; and served as co-counsel in litigation that led to a judgment recognizing rape as an act of genocide.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, International Legal Studies, and the HLS Women’s Law Association

Thursday, October 20
12:00 p.m.
Pound 102

"Roma Rights at the European Court of Human Rights"

A talk by

Barbora Bukovská, LLM ’05
Senior Director of Law and Policy, Article 19

A founder of the Czech Republic’s first legal clinic, in 2001 Barbora Bukovská founded the Centre for Civil and Human Rights in Kosice, Slovakia, where she led efforts to eliminate the practice of forced sterilization of Romani women in Slovakia, as well as other human rights abuses. Currently, she is representing a group of Roma women who were forcibly sterilized by Slovakian authorities in their case before the European Court of Human Rights.

A light lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Public Interest Advising and Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Friday, October 21
8:45 a.m.

Ropes Gray

TEDxHarvardLaw: Forum on Food Policy

The conference will explore food and public health, with a specific focus on legal and policy approaches to increasing the supply and demand of healthy foods. The conference will be divided into three sessions, which will try to answer the following questions:

Session 1: How do modern dietary patterns lead to disease?/What should we eat?
Session 2: How can we change demand?
Session 3: How can we change supply?

The first session will be comprised of researchers whose work focuses on nutrition. It is designed to expose members of the legal community to cutting edge issues in nutrition and to generate dialogue between legal practitioners and researchers studying the relationship between food and disease. The latter two sessions will focus on legal and policy solutions to the problems highlighted in the first session and will include lawyers, policymakers, and academics specializing in food law or food policy.

Each session will be followed by breakout sessions where panelists will engage in a direct dialogue, and where attendees will be able to ask panelists questions.

To see a list of scheduled speakers, visit

Co-sponsored by Food Law Society, Child and Youth Advocates, Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, Harvard Association for Law and Business, Harvard Health Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law and Health Care Society, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Urban Law Association, Harvard Law and International Development Society, HLS Republicans, Harvard School of Public Health Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention Program, Harvard Women’s Law Association, Harvard Mississippi Delta Project, Harvard Law School Green Living Program, and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

Friday, October 21
12:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

Winter Term Research Strategies and the Use of Human Subjects

Students whose winter term projects will involve research and/or human subjects are strongly urged to attend this session with HLS research librarians, a representative from HLS' technology Risk and Security team, and a representative from the Harvard Committee on the Use of Human Subjects. All students interested in learning more about research guidelines for the use of human subjects are welcome.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Monday, October 24
12:00 p.m.
Griswold 110

Legal Practice Areas: International Arbitration

Interested in alternative dispute resolution yet want to be a player on a global stage? International arbitration proceedings involve a wide spectrum of public and private legal issues, originate in countless world languages, and occur in nations on every continent before different types of boards and governing bodies. Because international arbitration practices tend to be elite and relatively small and tight knit, breaking into one of these groups at a prestigious firm can be quite a challenge. Our panelists will discuss their career paths and will give advice on how to tackle this interesting legal area.

Sponsored by the Office of Career Services

Monday, October 24
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Hauser 101

"Mapping the Globalization of Legal Education: What is a “Global Law School”?"

What makes a law school a “global law school”? A growing number of law schools present themselves as offering a global legal education - does this and can this mean anything beyond a proliferation of courses in international and comparative law, exchange programs and foreign internships? This seminar will explore and evaluate the evidence from law school reforms in Asia.

A panel discussion with:

Seung Wha Chang
Professor of Law, Seoul National University School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Jasper Kim
Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Woman’s University; Visiting Scholar at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

Oishik Sircar
Assistant professor, Jindal Global Law School, India

Moderated by:

Yong Lim
S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

This is the first in a series of seminars called "Mapping the Globalization of Legal Education" organized by the Harvard Law School S.J.D. Students Association for the 2011-12 academic year.

Cosponsored by the Graduate Program and the Kim Koo Forum at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

Monday, October 24
12:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"The Place of Law in Deng's Approach to China's Reform"

a talk by

Ezra Vogel
Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Monday, October 24
5:00 p.m.
Pound 335

"The Challenges of Prosecuting War Crimes"


Andrew Cayley
Co-Prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia

This discussion will focused on the challenges and future of war crimes prosecution.

Before becoming Co-Prosecutor for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Mr. Cayley was in private practice on the opposite side of the aisle, defending Charles Taylor, Former President of Liberia, before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Ivan Cermak, a former Croatian governmental official and army commander, before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. From 2005-2007,he served as Senior Prosecuting Counsel at the ICC and was responsible for the Darfur investigation and for the first case against Ahmed Harun, a high ranking Sudanese government official, and Ali Kushayb, a senior Janjaweed Commander. From 2001-2005 he served as Senior Prosecuting Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where he was responsible for the continuing investigation against Colonel General Ratko Mladic and led the first international prosecution of members of the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Dinner will be provided.

Co-sponsored by OPIA, the Human Rights Program, and the International Legal Studies Program

Monday, October 24
7:15 p.m.
Hauser 104

"Beyond Compassion: Children of Sex Workers as Political Actors"

Film screening and panel discussion with 

Oishik Sircar
Documentary Filmmaker & Asst. Professor, Jindal Global Law School, India

Elizabeth Bartholet
Harvard Law School

Janet Halley
Harvard Law School

Co-sponsored by the Child Advocacy Program, the Human Rights Program, the Institute for Global Law and Policy, and the South Asian Law Students Association

Wednesday, November 2
12:00 p.m.

Pound 202

Lunch Talk with Fernando Delgado: "Police Extrajudicial Killings in Brazil"

Come hear Fernando Delgado, HLS clincial professor in the Human Rights Program, speak on police extrajudicial killings in Brazil. This event is part of the Advocates for Human Rights training program and is open to the HLS community.

Non-pizza lunch provided.

Thursday, November 3
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Austin North

Public Interest Job Search Strategy: The International Job Search

This session is designed to provide advice to 1Ls seeking summer public interest opportunities abroad. Topics for discussion include:

  • How to determine what kinds of jobs to pursue
    • How to research employers
    • How to land a summer job
    • Application logistics, including timing
    • Summer funding programs, including the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship and Human Rights Program Summer Internships

Pizza provided.

Co-sponsored by OPIA, International Legal Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Office of Student Financial Services


Monday, November 14
12:00 p.m.

Pound 213

International Summer Jobs Student Panel

Come and hear about the international summer job search from 2Ls and 3Ls who worked abroad last summer. After a brief panel introduction, students will have time to talk directly with 2Ls and 3Ls in a roundtable setting.

Sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights and International Legal Studies

Tuesday, November 15 
12:00 p.m.
Griswold 110

"Indefinite Detention in the Obama Era"

A talk by

Gitanjali Gutierrez


P. Sabin Willett
Please join us for a discussion of the legal, political, and human consequences of the current administration's detention policies.

Gitanjali Gutierrez is an attorney, formerly with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She was a member of the legal team representing the Guantánamo detainees in Rasul v. Bush before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004 and in Boumediene v. Bush in 2008. She is currently counsel for several detainees, including Mohammed al Qahtani, a Saudi citizen who was subjected to the "first special interrogation plan," a regime of torture and inhuman treatment authorized by the Secretary of Defense.

P. Sabin Willett, JD '83, is a partner at Bingham McCutchen, where he has been active in the firm's work to attempt to restore the rule of law at Guantánamo since 2005. He led the team that won landmark victories in its representation of Guantánamo prisoners, including the first-ever review of a Guantánamo prisoner's case under the Detainee Treatment Act in Parhat v. Gates, and the first-ever habeas judgment, ordering prisoners' immediate release into the United States in Kiyemba v. Bush.   

Sponsored by HLS Advocates for Human Rights, National Lawyers Guild- HLS Chapter, and the Harvard Law School Human Rights Journal

Wednesday, November 16
12:15 p.m.
Hauser 104

"Protecting Human Rights Under Sharia Law: A Conversation with Hauwa Ibrahim"

Hauwa Ibrahim is internationally renowned for defending Amina Lawal, a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery under Sharia law in 2002. Ms. Ibrahim's legal advocacy garnered her the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize, one of the most prestigious international human rights awards. Ms. Ibrahim will be speaking to us about her human rights practice and her recent scholarship on the role of Islam in the law.

Lunch served.

Sponsored by the Harvard African Law Association

Thursday, November 17  
12:00-2:00 p.m.
John Chipman Gray

"Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today"
 Introductory Remarks by Harvard Law School Dean

Martha Minow   

One of the greatest courtroom dramas in history, "Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today" shows how the four allied prosecution teams - from the United States, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union - built their case against the top Nazi leaders. As documented in the film, the trial established the "Nuremberg principles," laying the groundwork for all subsequent prosecutions, anywhere in the world, for crimes against the peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.   

Special guest Sandra Schulberg, restoration producer and daughter of filmmaker Stuart Schulberg, will discuss the use of motion picture evidence at the trial; the making of "Nuremberg"; and its subsequent suppression by the U.S. government.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law Documentary Studio, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Dean's Office at Harvard Law School, and Facing History and Ourselves

Thursday, November 17
5:30 p.m.
Pound 100

"Alternative Pathways to Venture Philanthropy - Lessons from Europe"

A talk by philanthropist

Ladislav Kossar

Dinner will be served.

Sponsored by the Harvard European Law Association

Friday, November 18
12 p.m.
 Pound 107

"Women and the Law in Pakistan: Insiders' Perspectives" 

What's the role of women in the law in Pakistan?  How are females affected by, and actively shape, the development of the legal profession in the country?  Please join the Women's Law Association for an event exploring this important, yet infrequently discussed topic.  Our panel will feature four Pakistani women, active in diverse areas of the legal practice, who will share their experiences and discuss the challenges and promises in the field for women.  Janet Halley will moderate with the aim of drawing out crucial insights on a topic with which few in the West are familiar.

Non-pizza lunch will be served.

Sponsored by the South Asian Law Students Association, the Harvard Pakistan Student Group, and the HKS Pakistan Caucus

Monday, November 28
6:30-8:00 p.m.
John Chipman Gray

"Fighting for Human Rights and Press Freedom in Bahrain: Possibilities and Limitations"

A talk with

Dr. Mansoor al-Jamri

Editor-in-Chief, Al-Wasat
Recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists 2011 International Press Freedom Award

Chaired by 

Professor Chibli Mallat

Mansoor al-Jamri is the founder and editor-in-chief of Al-Wasat, Bahrain's only independent newspaper. His editorials are known for their moderate thought leadership addressing many issues including paths for reform in Bahrain. During the government's crackdown on Arab Spring protesters this past spring, al-Jamri and two other Al-Wasat editors were arrested and criminally charged with publishing false news. Over a thousand other Bahrainis were arrested, including doctors, nurses, union workers, and soccer players. Over 30 protesters were killed, including some in police custody. This fall, al-Jamri was fined nearly $3,000, but has now actively returned to Al-Wasat. In November, he is receiving the Committee to Protect Journalists 2011 International Press Freedom Award.

Sponsored by the Harvard Law & International Development Society, HLS Human Rights Program, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Islamic Legal Studies Program, HKS Middle East Initiative, The Shorenstein Center, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, and The Prince al Waleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

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