Nov 09 Sat

Equal Justice Foundation (EJF) 5K Run/Walk for Justice

07:30AM - 10:00AM Rock Creek Park - Tennis Center

The Equal Justice Foundation at American University Washington College of Law invites you to join us for our Equal Justice Run 5K on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:30am!  The 5k will start and end at the Brightwood Recreation Area in Rock Creek Park (Stage Rd NW, Washington, DC 20011).  Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.  The registration fee is $10 for students, $25 for all others.  All runners will receive a t-shirt and proceeds will support WCL students engaging in public interest work over the summer.  Register today at!   The Equal Justice Foundation looks forward to seeing you there!

  • Fundraiser
  • Open To The Public, Alumni, Students AND Faculty/Staff
Nov 12 Tue

International Trade, Worker Rights, and Development: New Partnerships for the Future of Work

08:30AM - 05:00PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom

Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and American University Washington College of Law are pleased to announce a one-day symposium entitled “International Trade, Worker Rights, and Development: New Partnerships for the Future of Work,” which will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.  The Symposium will feature panel discussions and a keynote lunchtime address.

Free trade agreements increasingly include provisions regulating worker rights that implicate a broad array of international actors and organizations. Trade falls under the mandate of the World Trade Organization (WTO), international labor standards fall under the mandate of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and countries striving to implement trade and labor commitments often request financial assistance from international finance organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Despite the synergies in the trade and labor nexus, the relationships between the above organizations remain to be developed.  The ILO and WTO Director Generals recently committed to enhancing the relationships of their respective organizations under the theme of the “Future of Work,” but questions remain as to what form of relationship will emerge.

Supporting these relationships are important academic questions concerning the role of international finance organizations in the trade and labor nexus.  The IMF, World Bank, and other international actors could play an important role in ensuring that monetary programs align with, and do not undermine, the future of work.  Nevertheless, it is unclear what steps will be taken in that respect, and whether those finance programs will work in collaboration with trade and labor organizations.

Global partnerships will be critical to ensure a real future of work in view of modern day challenges.  Policy makers, economists, and lawyers have consistently grappled with the relationship between trade and labor.  In the absence of hard facts, both the trade regime and the worker rights regime are under attack.  Critics attack trade based on their belief that increased trade necessarily undermines worker rights and leads to a race to the bottom.  Critics attack worker rights provisions in trade agreements based on their belief that they necessarily limit labor market flexibility and thus undermine the very economic benefits that free trade is intended to reap.  On the other hand, proponents of linking trade and labor provide, among other defenses, that this link is critical to sustainable development, providing resources and incentivizing the exportation of international labor rights along with trade goods.  The symposium will host global leaders in these areas to engage in discussion and debate, to present cutting edge research, and to build new partnerships.

  • Conference
  • Open To The Public, Alumni, Students AND Faculty/Staff
  • CLE
Nov 13 Wed

The Impact of Whistleblowing from Washington, DC to Brussels

12:00PM - 02:00PM Tenley Campus - Capital C317 Seminar Room

A new EU law protecting whistleblowers adopted in October 2019 comes at a crucial time. In a globalised world, corruption transcends national borders and eschews traditional accountability tools. Adopting leading standards, the new EU law seeks to reinvigorate the rule of law by offering protection to insiders who expose abuse of power.

  • Lecture
  • Open To The Public, Alumni, Students AND Faculty/Staff
Nov 13 Wed

A Conversation with Congressman Gil Cisneros

06:30PM - 07:30PM Tenley Campus - Warren NT01 Ceremonial Classroom

The Program on Law and Government and LaLSA present: A Conversation with Congressman Gil Cisneros. Cisneros (D-CA) is a Congressman for California’s 39th Congressional District, and previously served as Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. He is a founding member of the bipartisan “For Our Country” Caucus of members who have served in our nation’s military and put country above politics. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus working to address issues of concern to our nation’s largest demographic group. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Louis Caldera.

  • Information Session
  • Open To The Public, Alumni, Students AND Faculty/Staff
Nov 13 Wed

Legally Blonde Movie Night

07:00PM - 09:00PM

Come de-stress with the Women's Law Association before finals begin with snacks, coloring, and Elle Woods! We'll be in the second side of Claudio Grossman Hall (YT01-02) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13. This event is organized in collaboration with the Women and the Law Program, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Office of Academic Excellence. We are also grateful to the Library for their support!

  • Performance
  • Open To Students