News & Announcements - September 2012

  • International Arbitration Competition Welcomes 300 Participants

    The Center on International Commercial Arbitration is proud host to the Fifth International Commercial Arbitration Competition, Sept. 27-Oct. 1. The competition promotes the study of international commercial law and arbitration as a method of conflict resolution in international business, and is conducted exclusively in Spanish. Nearly 300 students from 40 law schools will participate in the event, held for the first time in the U.S. MORE   More


  • Kiobel Post-Argument Event Held at AUWCL

    American University Washington College of Law held a timely discussion of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum on Tuesday—a day after the rare rehearing of the case. Speakers representing both sides of the debate and case assessed the previous day's arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court while providing insight about the Court's impending decision. Read a re-cap of the event or view CSPAN's coverage. More


  • Annual International Right-to-Know Day Celebration

    The law school presents its Sixth Annual International Right-to-Know-Day Celebration, Friday, Sept. 28.  The event, which is presented by the Collaboration on Government Secrecy, will convene nearly 20 leaders on international transparency issues.  More


  • Symposium to Feature Leading Experts in Hate Studies

    On Thursday, the law school will co-host "Hate and Political Discourse," a symposium featuring leading experts in hate studies. Mari Matsuda, professor at William S. Richardson School of Law in Hawaii, will discuss peacemaking, violence, and ideology as it relates to American culture.  Professor Robert Tsai will host the event alongside John Shuford, director of Gonzaga University's Institute for Hate Studies. MORE More


  • Center for Human Rights Presents Annual Human Rights Film Series

    Each fall the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law collaborates with the American University Center for Social Media (CSM) on the Human Rights Film Series. The Center and CSM screen four documentary films that exhibit excellence in filmmaking, and explore a variety of human rights issues. The first film in the series, Give Up Tomorrow, will be viewed Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. MORE More


  • The Law School Welcomes Faculty from the University of Valpara√≠so

    Today, the law school will welcome faculty from the University of Valparaíso in Chile for a series of discussions on topics from bankruptcy law to criminal procedure.  Professors Dante Figueroa, Jayesh Rathod, Macarena Sáez, and Andrew Taslitz will participate from American University Washington College of Law.


  • Annual Event Previews Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Term

    American University Washington College of Law will host the 14th Annual Looking Ahead at the Supreme Court Term event on Tuesday, Sept 25, noon - 2 p.m. Join Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for The National Law Journal and U.S. Supreme Court analyst for PBS Newshour,  and constitutional law professors Stephen Vladeck and Stephen Wermiel, as they preview the cases being heard by the Court this term. MORE More


  • The Center Launches New Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program

    The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFKC) have launched a new transformative initiative for student-to-student peer education in the field of human rights, the Speak Truth To Power (STTP) Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program. Read MORE about the first-of-its-kind program.   More


  • Conference Explores the Future of International Aviation Law

    This afternoon, the LL.M. Board will host the International Aviation Law Conference to address the intersections between the international aviation industry, environmental law, and U.S. government loan guarantees. Among the many high-profile presenters are the former deputy assistant secretary of state for transportation, chair of the Aviation Practice Group at Wilmer Hale, and former general counsel of Airbus America.  MORE More


  • 28th Annual John Sherman Myers Society Dinner

    The law school will acknowledge the generosity of the John Sherman Myers Society members at an upcoming dinner on Sept. 21 hosted by Dean Claudio Grossman at the Supreme Court of the United States. Among this year's event speakers is Tom Morante '77, chair of the Myers Society. More than 200 people are expected to attend. MORE More


  • "Hot Air Show" Focuses on the Election, Energy, and Climate Policy

    The Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law kicked off their fall "Hot Air Show" podcasts on Friday with a discussion and debate on the state of U.S. energy and greenhouse gas politics heading into the 2012 elections. Panelists included Kevin Book (ClearView Energy Partners, LLC), Toby S. Short (Duke Energy), Tyson Slocum (Public Citizen's Energy Program), and Professor Bill Snape (AUWCL), with host Chris Berendt (Drinker Biddle and Reath, LLP, Environmental Markets Team). Listen to the podcast. More


  • Dean Grossman Participates in 21st Session of the Human Rights Council

    Dean Claudio Grossman participated in the 21st session of the Human Rights Council on Sept. 13 in Geneva, alongside panelists Szabolcs Takacs, deputy state secretary for Global Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, and Michel Forst, chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures, among others. Participants discussed intimidation or reprisal against those who cooperate with the UN in the field of human rights.


  • Dean Grossman to Host Alumni in Jerusalem

    Dean Claudio Grossman will host an alumni dinner in Jerusalem on Sept. 11 at 1868 Restaurant. While in Israel, he will give a presentation at a conference on human rights titled, "Treaty Bodies and International Accountability for State Human Rights Obligations: The U.N. Human Rights Committee - A Critical Analysis."


  • Legal Spanish Program Back by Popular Demand, Enhanced for Fall

    American University Washington College of Law will hold two Legal Spanish Programs this fall.  The Programs help lawyers and law students with intermediate to high-level Spanish proficiency enhance their legal Spanish communication skills and prepare for real-world situations like client meetings and contract review in Spanish.  Those who missed the popular spring session can mark their calendars for the fall session starting Sept. 29.  A new Legal Spanish program emphasizing criminal law starts Nov. 10. Registration is now open! MORE More


  • D.C. Alumni Networking Reception Held Tonight

    Dean Claudio Grossman and the members of the John Sherman Myers Society will recognize new faculty appointments at the annual D.C. Alumni Networking Reception this evening.  The sold-out event, hosted by alumnus Andrew J. Sherman '86, will be held at Jones Day. MORE More


  • AUWCL Welcomes Harold Koh, Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State and Renowned International Law Expert

    On Friday, the law school welcomed Harold Koh, legal advisor to the U.S. Department of State for a keynote address, "International Criminal Justice 5.0,"  Koh, a renowned expert on international law, is the former dean of Yale Law School and assistant secretary of state for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.  More


  • Presentation Today for Brazilian Hip-Hop Artists and Activists

    Today a delegation of Brazilian hip hop artists and social justice activists will visit the law school for a presentation by Professor Pamela Bridgewater on the relationships between law, activism, and hip-hop in the U.S., and international movements such as the Arab Spring. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. in room 601, with opening remarks by alumnus Deepa Padmanabha.  The event is coordinated alongside the U.S. State Department's Program on Cultural Affairs, FHI360, and the Roots and Reality SJP.


  • Event Features Leaders in Disability Rights Law, Policy, and Practice

    The law school will host "The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Its Impact on Human Rights," a Sept. 6 program featuring leaders in disability rights law, policy, and practice. Ron McCallum, professor and chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will discuss the approaches the committee has taken to enforce the provisions of the CRPD.  Professor Robert Dinerstein will speak and moderate the event, with opening remarks by Dean Claudio Grossman. Read MORE about the event and speakers. More


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