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October 22, 2015
AUWCL Welcomes the “2015 ASIL Research Forum”
AUWCL welcomed the Fifth Annual American Society of International Law (ASIL) Research Forum on October 22-24. AUWCL was excited to host this year’s ASIL Research Forum, which gathered more than 100 leading international law scholars to discuss their research and recent developments in international law. Papers were selected competitively and featured in a series of topical panels. AUWCL Dean Claudio Grossman and former Dean Thomas Buergenthal opened the Forum with a conversation on the arc of international law. The Forum was preceded by an International Law Research Workshop and an International Law Mentoring event that brought students and practitioners together. AUWCL thanks ASIL for being such a leader in organizing this event and generally in international law. For a look at the Forum's agenda click this link.
October 07, 2015
AUWCL Professor Recognized for his Contributions to Human Rights
Professor Herman Schwartz’s was recognized in the October 2016 issue of The American Lawyer for his work with the New Israel Fund, and the creation of the “Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Fellowship”. Created in 1983 after his first visit to Israel, the fellowship has gone on to host more than 60 fellows, one Jewish Israeli lawyer and one Arab Israeli lawyer each year. After the yearlong fellowship the graduates go back to Israel where they have continued to define the meaning of human rights in Israel. This year’s fellows Uri Sabach and Souria Bishara remarked on their own experiences “I was lucky enough to meet some of the fellows of the program in Israel as mentors, professors and colleagues, so I knew how fruitful and important it has been. I am very thankful to Professor Schwartz for the opportunity to be here and to learn and experience so much!” says, Sabach. Souria Bishara commented that "Professor Schwartz has established a remarkable legacy of former AU law students who are advancing the cause of human rights in Israel. Upon completing my studies, I hope to play a part advancing this cause too”. To read the full article please follow this link.
September 15, 2015
Connecting Across the Globe
Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Gregory Rafal, spends much of his day talking to prospective students through email, online chats, and sometimes over the phone answering questions and preparing them for life at the Washington College of Law. During his recent trips to Mexico and Puerto Rico Greg had the opportunity to talk with students face to face, and to hear their excitement for a year of study in Washington, D.C. In discussing his travels he commented, “It’s impossible not to notice the international diversity at WCL! We have passionate students from all over the world, and I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet them in their home countries. Recently, I’ve traveled to Puerto Rico and Mexico and I look forward to my final trip this semester to Western Europe”. These trips not only bring new students to the LL.M. program at WCL, but also increase the overall international student presence and the school’s diversity.
September 14, 2015
Recruiting Across the Globe
This fall the Office of Graduate Admissions embarked on multiple recruiting trips that crossed the globe and introduced over a hundred students to the Washington College of Law. On September 13, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions, Hilary Lappin, left on the first trip to Latin America where she visited four different countries over ten days. “One of the best parts of my job is getting the opportunity to travel and meet passionate students excited to learn! My most recent trip to Latin America allowed me to make connections on behalf of the law school with prospective students, partner institutions, and alumni across Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Peru”, said Lappin. While the primary reason for these trips was to recruit for the LL.M. program, it was also a great opportunity to update alumni and to make connections with other law schools. Some of the schools and organizations she visited included, Facultad de Derecho Universidad Católica, Universidad del Rosario, and Mackenzie in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
August 20, 2015
The start of the fall 2015 semester brought with it 51 new LL.M. and exchange students to create a total LL.M. class of 89. The new students represent 27 different countries and a number are sponsored through organizations like, Fulbright, USAID, the Civil Society Leadership Award, and the OSF Disability Rights Fellowship. On August 20 and 21, the International Legal Studies Program and the Program on Law and Government hosted a program orientation to acclimate the new students to their new home for the next semester.
Orientation sessions included, “Getting to Know AU”, Academic Counseling, a presentation by the Office of Career and Professional Development, and Cross-Cultural Communication. Dean Claudio Grossman and David Hunter, Director of the International Legal Studies Program, also offered a few remarks to welcome the new students.
August 4, 2015
Welcoming the new Hubert Humphrey Fellows
On August 4, AUWCL welcomed ten Hubert Humphrey Fellows for a year of study, professional opportunities, and cultural experiences. Welcoming fellows since 1980, AU and WCL have helped to foster a community where the fellows can gain practical skills and knowledge to take back to their home country.
This year ten different countries are represented: Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Israel, Pakistan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Orientation activities for this year included a tour of the Pence Law Library, discussion on cultural adjustment, and a Segway Tour of Washington. During this time they also had the opportunity to meet with past Humphrey Fellows and the Humphrey Fellowship Program officer at the Department of State, Paul Schelp (featured in the second photo). Hosting the Humphrey Fellows continues to be a rewarding experience for ILSP, and the 2015/2016 academic year will likely bring many more exciting collaborations.
July 30, 2015
AUWCL Professor Teaches Legal English in China
After teaching Legal English at AUWCL earlier this summer, Cathy Schenker, associate director of the International Legal Studies Program, traveled to Beijing, China, to teach the course to students at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), July 20-23. MORE
July 29, 2015
Professor Macarena Saez to Testify Before Constitutional Court of Colombia in Marriage Equality Case
This Thursday the Constitutional Court of Colombia will hear oral arguments and expert witness testimonies for its case on marriage equality. MORE
July 13, 2015
Practitioner-in-Residence Anita Sinha Talks to AP About Immigrant Labor at Private Detention Centers
June 7, 2015
Tenley Campus Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Feature Justice Ginsburg
American University Washington College of Law is thrilled to announce that U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will participate in the historic ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the law school’s new Tenley Campus, Feb. 12, 2016 MORE
June 15 - 18, 2015
U.S. and International Anti-Corruption Law Program to Host Series of Discussions
FIFA, Citizens United, Petrobras — corruption continues to make front page news. Join Assistant Secretary of State Malinowski, SIGIR Stuart Bowen, Dr. James Thurber and advocate Chen Guangchen for timely discussions and lunch June 15-18th. MORE
June 9, 2015
The Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO) Welcomes the Environmental Law Summer Session Participants
On June 9, summer session participants went to meet with another independent accountability mechanism, the Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman (CAO). The CAO is the independent accountability mechanism for projects of the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the World Bank Group's private sector lending arm) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). MORE
June 5, 2015
Summer Participants Spend World Environment Day Visiting the State Department
As everyone celebrated World Environment Day on Friday, June 5, Environmental Law Summer Session participants went to the U.S. Department of State to meet with Melanie Nakagawa ('05). Melanie is a member of Secretary John Kerry's Policy Planning Staff and advises the Secretary on issues related to the environment, energy, and climate change. MORE
June 4, 2015
Summer Session Participants Meet World Bank Inspection Panel
Following the trip to Beveridge & Diamond and a stroll past the White House, the Environmental Law Summer Session participants reached the World Bank to meet with the Inspection Panel. The Inspection Panel is the independent accountability mechanism for IBRD and IDA (two parts of the World Bank Group) providing a place for project-affected communities to seek redress when they are harmed by a Bank funded activity. MORE
June 2, 2015
As part of an AUWCL delegation traveling throughout Asia, Dean Grossman hosted two alumni dinners this weekend in Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan. Many thanks to Nicholas Park (JD '02), Sun-Young Oh (LL.M. '03/SJD '10), and Nori Takezawa (LL.M. '07) for their help in organizing the dinners. MORE
May 29, 2015
Environmental Summer Session Participants Visit CIEL MORE
May 28, 2015
AUWCL Delegation Visits Law Schools in Asia MORE
May 28, 2015
Students Compete in ICC Moot Court Competition in The Hague MORE
May 27, 2015
WCL Academic and Development Visits to Law Schools in Korea, Japan, and India MORE
May 27, 2015
Associate Dean Jaffe and Professor Wermiel Meet with AUWCL Graduates Teaching in Turkey MORE
May 13, 2015
Dean Grossman to Receive Honorary Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University MORE
May 1, 2015
Dean Grossman Presides Over Meeting with UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide MORE
April 24, 2015
Dean Grossman Meets with Leaders of International Telecommunication Union in Geneva MORE
April 23, 2015
Meet the New Disability Rights Defenders MORE
April 22, 2015
Humphrey Fellowship Program Certificate Ceremony MORE
April 21, 2015
Humphrey Fellow Screens New Documentary on Brazil's Forest Code MORE
April 16-18, 2015
WCL Team Competes in International Finals of the Stetson IEMCC MORE
April 14-16, 2015
WCL Students, Alumni, and Staff Participate in World Bank Spring Meetings MORE
April 8, 2015
AUWCL Sponsors 17th Annual Grotius Lecture to Open 109th ASIL Annual Meeting MORE
April 2, 2015
Thai Environmental Lawyers Visit WCL To Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trafficking MORE
March 25, 2015
American University to offer first-ever human rights LL.M. in Spanish MORE
March 23, 2015
WCL Moot Court Team Wins International Criminal Court Moot Competition MORE
March 23, 2015
PICEL Hosts Second Annual Environmental and Energy Law Career Mentoring Session MORE
March 22, 2015
Environmental Faculty, Alumni, and Students Join 2015 Goldman Prize Celebration MORE
March 17, 2015
ITSO/WCL Online Course on Basic Principles of International Communications Regulation and Policy Launches March 16 MORE
March 16, 2015
WCL Hosts Presentation: Human Rights in Puerto Rico: A Dialogue with Civil Society & Key Actors MORE
March 1, 2015
PICEL Submits Comments on World Bank Draft Environmental and Social Framework MORE
February 26, 2015WCL Hosts Presentation, "Trade Defense and Remedies: An Update on Brazilian Developments" MORE
February 26, 2015
WCL Celebrates 40th Anniversary of the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration MORE
February 25, 2015
WCL Hosts "Accountability for Serious International Crimes before National and Internationally-Supported Courts: Challenges and Opportunities" Discussion MORE
February 20, 2015
WCL Hosts "Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Lessons Learned" Panel MORE
February 18, 2015
WCL Hosts "Protecting Art and Cultural Property Through International Law' Panels MORE
February 11, 2015
International Students Day - Virtual Grad Student Fair
February 11, 2015
The International Student Perspective Graduate Admissions Info Session
January 30, 2015
Bordering on Legal Limits? Immigration Enforcement, Prosecutorial Discretion, and Executive Action Symposium
January 27, 2015
United Nations Committee Against Torture (UN CAT) Project Seminar Announcement
January 26, 2015
SJD Dissertation Defense by Halla Shoaibi: “Pregnant Women's Access to Health Care in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Application Under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”
January 21, 2015
Comparative Law Program in Europe Information Session
January 14, 2015
Information Session for Summer 2015 Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy and Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
December 12, 2014
International Legal Studies Program Alum, Deborah Thomas-Felix, appointed to Judge of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal
November 13, 2014
Summer Applications Open; Updates on Recent Events – Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
November 5, 2014
Ninth Annual Lecture on International Commercial Arbitration MORE
October 30, 2014
The International Legal Studies Program (ILSP) LL.M Board hosted "Yasuni: A Struggle for Conservation and Democracy," a discussion with members of the Yasunidos movement in Ecuador, including Pablo Piedra Vivar (LL.M '13), about their struggle for conservation and democracy in Ecuador.
October 30, 2014
CopyrightX: Lessons from Networked Legal Education – A Discussion with Prof. William Fisher The Third Annual Peter Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property
October 27, 2014
Italian Ambassador Distinguished Speaker Series Event
October 22, 2014
WCL Hosts Annual Embassy Reception
October 22, 2014
International Real Estate Development in a Civil Law System: A Discussion with the Association of French Notaries
October 21, 2014
Presentation by Judge Siniša Rodin of the Court of Justice of the European Union
October 21, 2014
ILSP Director speaks at OAS Sustainable Development Dialogue
October 21, 2014
Judging at the European Court of Justice Presentation by Judge Siniša Rodin Court of Justice of the European Union
October 17, 2014
International Legal Studies Program Hosts Second Annual Volunteer Service Day at D.C. Central Kitchen
October 20-24, 2014
Law, Justice and Development Week at the World Bank
October 16, 2014
African States Challenging International Criminal Law: A Discussion with Professor Roland Adjovi
October 15, 2014
Supreme Court Series: Teva Pharaceuticals USA v. Sandoz Post Argument Discussion
October 14, 2014
Guest Speaker Xixin Wang from China's Peking University Law School Dicusses Political and Constitutional Reforms in China
October 14, 2014
WCL Hosts X Symposium on International Trade
October 13, 2014
European Law Association Hosts Talk with Prof. Matej Avbelj Regarding ECJ jurisprudence on the EU Single Market
October 10, 2014
WCL Hosts LLM Programs Information Sessions - Chile, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico
October 2, 2014
NAFTA 20: State of Affairs Lunch Discussion
September 24, 2014
Plain Packaging for the Pacific Rim: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Tobacco Control
September 22, 2014
Former WTO Director General, Pascal Lamy, addresses corruption in global trade at policy dialogue and breakfast.
September 5, 2014
Professor Bob Goldman Elected VP of International Commission of Jurists. Professor Robert Goldman was recently elected Vice President of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Previously, he served three terms on the ICJ’s Executive Committee and is now serving a second term as a Commissioner. Professor Goldman is the sole U.S. Commissioner, having replaced the late Jerome Shestack, former President of the ABA.
June 24, 2014
Dean Claudio Grossman Meets with WCL Alumni in Sao Paulo. On Sunday, June 22, Dean Claudio Grossman hosted an alumni dinner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The group discussed externship opportunities for AUWCL students, the law school’s exciting international programs, and the campaign for the new Tenley Campus.
Matthew Smith '14 and Mina Trudeau '12 Named Fulbright Scholars
Projects Begin Fall 2014 in Mexico and Turkey . The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually, allowing students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to study, teach, and conduct research at institutions worldwide. This year, recent graduate Matthew Smith ’14 and alumna Mina Trudeau ‘12, both Public Interest / Public Service Scholars while at the AUWCL, were awarded Fulbright grants. MORE
May 9, 2014 - American University Washington College of Law to Welcome Judy Smith ‘86, Founder and President of Leading Strategic and Crisis Communications Firm, as 2014 Commencement Speaker.
American University Washington College of Law will welcome Judy A. Smith ‘86, founder and president of Smith & Company a leading strategic and crisis communications firm and co-executive producer of ABC’s Scandal, as the 2014 Commencement Speaker. The law school's commencement will be held May 18, 2014, at 1 p.m. at American University's Bender Arena (4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW). Smith will be presented with an honorary doctor of laws.
May 8, 2014 - American University Washington College of Law Welcomes Nearly 100 Teams to 19th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition.
The 19th Annual Inter-American Moot Court Competition will take place May 18-23 at American University Washington College of Law, presented by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and co-sponsored by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.
April 11, 2014 - Nearly 500 Attend Annual Grotius Lecture to Open ASIL Annual Meeting, ILA Biennial Conference. Advocate for Women's International Human Rights, Radhika Coomaraswamy, Delivers Distinguished Lecture.
The Lecture was held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
April 8, 2014 - Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Plans Immersive Summer Program, Celebrates 15 Year Milestone.
The Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, held May 27 – June 13 by American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, offers 19 courses taught by world-renowned scholars and practitioners in the field of human rights.
February 25, 2014 - Alumni Launch New Organization to Foster Lasting Justice Solutions in Nigeria.
Three recent graduates who connected through the law school’s Human Rights Brief are using their skills and passions to launch a new NGO in Nigeria.
February 12, 2014 - Torture: “Tajikistan still needs to bridge the gap between policies and reality” – UN rights expert Juan E. Mendez.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, today urged the Government of Tajikistan to fully implement its policies for the eradication and prevention of torture and ill-treatment.
February 4, 2014 - Law School Launches New Program on International Information Communications Technology (ICT) Policy and Regulation.
American University Washington College of Law is pleased to announce a new program on International ICT (Information Communications Technology) Policy and ICT Regulation, made possible through a partnership with the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO).
January 31, 2014 - Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Post Arab Spring: Syria's Challenges to Protection and Accountability.
The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) co-sponsored a panel discussion at the Washington College of Law with the American Red Cross as well as the American Society for International Law's Women in International Law Interest Group entitled "Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Post Arab Spring: Syria's Challenges to Protection and Accountability."
January 27, 2014 - New WCRO Report Examines Obtaining Victim Status for Purposes of Participating in Proceedings at the International Criminal Court
January 23, 2014 - "Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Is it Working?"
Sponsored by the War Crimes Research Office and the American Society of International Law
January 20, 2014 - Local Human Rights Lawyering Partners Request Thematic Hearing on Migrant Farmworker Camp Access Before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Sachs Talks Art and Democracy: A Conversation with Albie Sachs, renowned human rights leader and former South African Constitutional Court Justice.
American University Washington College of Law offers Online Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration.
American University Washington College of Law offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue an Online Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration.
Center for Human Rights Launches Report to Assess States’ Efforts to Protect Human Rights in Operations of Private Military and Security Companies.
International Legal Studies Program Hosts Volunteer Service Day.
November 15 - The International Legal Studies Program would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s ILSP service day at the Capital Area Food Bank.
PICEL Professors Participate in American University Law Review's Symposium on Climate Change.
On November 18, the American University Law Review held its annual symposium and this year's topic was "Climate Power Play: Financial, Legislative, and Regulatory Moves Toward a New Energy Economy."
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Speaks at AUWCL.
On Tuesday, November 19, American University Washington College of Law welcomed Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for a conversation with the law school community.
Gaoxiang Pan, GE's Chief Environmental Counsel in Asia, Discusses His Work.
PICEL hosted "A Discussion with Gaoxiang Pan, Asia Environmental Counsel for GE" on November 19."
His Excellency Børge Brende, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Discusses the Arctic at WCL.
On November 14, Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende discussed "The Arctic: Major Opportunities-Major Responsibilities" at WCL.
International Networking Event Fosters Professional Relationships Across Borders.
Students had the unique opportunity to perfect their elevator speeches during the International Speed Networking event held as part of International Week (Oct. 21–25). This event, sponsored by the International Legal Studies Program and the Office of Career and Professional Development, gave JD and LL.M. students a chance to practice their networking skills and discuss their interests in international law in a relaxed and fun environment.
Dean, Faculty, and Students Participate in 51st Session of the UN Committee against Torture.
Dean Claudio Grossman, in his capacity as chair of the UN Committee against Torture (UN CAT), will preside this week over the Committee's 51st session in Geneva. He'll also serve as rapporteur for Portugal and co-rapporteur for Mozambique.
Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,Delivers Important Address at AUWCL.
AUWCL welcomed Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for an important address, “The International Human Rights Treaty System and Its Impact at the International and Domestic Level.”
Directors of Friends of the Earth Middle East Discuss Environmental Peacebuilding on the Jordan River.
On Tuesday, October 1, the three co-directors of Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME) came to American University Washington College of Law to discuss environmental peacebuilding on the Jordan River.
ILSP Director David Hunter Emcees the World Bank Inspection Panel's 20th Anniversary Dinner.
The World Bank Inspection Panel turned 20 last week and in honor of this occasion, there was a celebratory dinner on September 24. Professor David Hunter, who was one of the people who advocated for the creation of the Inspection Panel and was instrumental in its development, served as the emcee for the evening, which featured a speech by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
UNROW Clinic Students Travel to Costa Rica for Brewer Carias v. Venezula.
Recently, American University Washington College of Law’s UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic students and director traveled to Costa Rica to observe a trial before the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.
IP Clinic Initiates Inaugural WALA Live Creative Economy Legal Clinic.
In the Fall of 2013, the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA) will team up with the American University Washington College of Law and George Washington University College of Law to present a LIVE LAW CLINIC for the CREATIVE ECONOMY.
Now Available: Volume 20 Issue 3 of the Human Rights Brief
Law Students to Empower D.C. High Schools Students to Become Human Rights Advocates
The Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law(Center) at American University Washington College of Law and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights(RFK Center) have launched a transformative initiative for student-to-student peer education in the field of human rights, the RFK Speak Truth To Power (STTP) Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program.
Law Students to Empower D.C. High School Students to Become Human Rights Advocates.
American University Washington College of Law and RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights Launch Second Annual Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Teaching Fellows Program .
Announcing the Launch of Creative Commons U.S.
The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is the new home of Creative Commons United States (CC US), part of the Creative Commons Affiliate Network. Lead by PIJIP Director Michael Carroll, CC US promotes understanding of sharing through open licensing and other issues related to uses of Creative Commons licenses in the United States.
American University Washington College of Law Welcomes 2013-2014 Humphrey Fellows
Eleven legal scholars and professionals from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. in August to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program coordinated by the International Legal Studies Program at AUWCL. The program, sponsored by the State Department, provides these international fellows with non-degree academic study and professional experiences in the United States. Participants are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service.
Visiting Human Rights Faculty from Partner Universities in Colombia Participate in Intensive Summer Programming at WCL.
The Center’s Human Rights Teaching and Research Partnership Program just wrapped up an exciting couple of months with studnets and professor from partner law schools Universidad Javeriana Cali and Universidad Santiago de Cali, both of Cali, Colombia.
Participants in the Environmental Law Summer Session Visit Beveridge & Diamond.
Participants, who represent 14 different countries, in the Environmental Law Summer Session visited leading environmental law firm, Beveridge & Diamond, on June 3 to learn about.
International Women's Day
On this International Women's Day, the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Women and International Law Program (WILP) announce the launch of a new Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project website, http://www.genderjurisprudence.org.