For nearly 40 years, the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law has spearheaded an array of events designed to promote discussion and analysis of issues related to international, comparative, transnational, and foreign affairs law and policy.

Descriptions of past events online include the 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017 academic years.



 

Sunday, September 8 - Tuesday, September 10, Atlanta

8th Annual Atlanta International Arbitration Society Annual Conference

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Monday, September 9, 11:45 a.m., Room E-252 Hirsch Hall

NNSA Graduate Fellowship Information Session

Walt Sansot is a Senior Nonproliferation Specialist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Assistant Professor & Nonresident Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security at the School of Public and International Affairs. He will give a presentation on the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program. The fellowship is a one-year, funded, post-graduate fellowship opportunity for students interested in national security law.


Thursday, September 12, 4:30 p.m., Eversheds Sutherland Courtyard, Hirsch Hall

International Law Society Annual Mixer

The Annual Mixer of the International Law Society, Georgia Law's student chapter of the worldwide International Law Students Association.

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Wednesday, September 25, 12 noon, Cheeley Room-328 Hirsch Hall

Dr. Jacob Eisler, Faculty Colloquium Presentation

Dr. Jacob Eisler is an Associate Professor of Public Law at University of Southampton Law School in the United Kingdom. Previously, he served as College Lecturer and Yates Glazebrook Fellow in Law at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge, as a transactional corporate lawyer in private practice in England, and as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. His research examines popular autonomy in democratic societies.

This presentation is open to faculty as part of the Faculty Colloquium Series. Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Thursday, September 26, 12 noon, Room A-120 Hirsch Hall

Steven Hill, "NATO @ 70: The Rule of Law Alliance"

Steven Hill is the Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Prior to joining NATO, he was Counselor for Legal Affairs at the United States Mission to the United Nations, he led the legal unit at the International Civilian Office of the European Union Special Representative in Kosovo, and he worked at the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State.

Lunch will be served. Part of the University Signature Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society and the Military Law Society.


Tuesday, October 1, 5:00 p.m., Chapel

Irina Bokova, "Preserving Global Cultural Heritage in Times of War and Conflict"

Irina Bokova served as the Director General of UNESCO for two full terms, from 2009-2017, and was the first woman to serve in this role. She has successfully advanced a strong United Nations agenda for the better preservation of humanity's cultural heritage. In particular, she and UNESCO have been successful in criminalizing the illegal trade in cultural artifacts and in persecuting those who willfully destroy parts of cultural history.

Part of the College of Environment and Design 50th anniversary celebration, the event is also part of the Signature Lecture Series, an HGOR Endowed Lecture, and presented with support from the School of Law, the School of Public and International Affairs and the Willson Center for Humanities and Art. The Dean Rusk International Law Center co-sponsors.


Friday, October 4, 12:00 p.m., Room E-252 Hirsch Hall

James Baker, Careers in National Security Law

Professor James E. Baker is the Director of the Syracuse University Institute for National Security & Counterterrorism. Baker previously served as the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Presented by the Military Law Society and the International Law Society. Center co-sponsors. RSVP required.

 


Thursday, October 10, 12:00 p.m., Room E-252 Hirsch Hall

Tess Davis, Cultural Heritage Law: Hot Topics & Career Opportunities

Tess Davis (JD '09) is the Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition. She is also affiliated with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and as Assistant Director at Heritage Watch in Cambodia. She has written and spoken widely on cultural heritage law issues.

Lunch will be served. RSVP required. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Thursday, October 10, 2:00 p.m., Georgia Museum of Art

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Syria

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Before the War: Photographs of Syria by Peter Aaron," this panel of scholars and experts will examine a range of issues related to the destruction of cultural heritage sites in the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Panelists include: Tess Davis (JD '09), lawyer, archaeologist and executive director of the Antiquities Coalition; John Stephenson, associate professor of art history at Appalachian State University; and Alan Godlas, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the department of religion and co-director of the Arabic major at UGA. The panel will be moderated by James Reap (JD '76), professor and graduate coordinator of the master of historic preservation program, UGA.

Center co-sponsors.


Thursday, October 10, 4:00 p.m., Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Room 214

Gary Murphy, "The Two Irelands, Britain and Brexit"

Gary Murphy is a Professor of Law and Government at Dublin City University. He is a former editor of Irish Political Studies and served president of the Political Studies Association of Ireland. He has published extensively on the politics of modern Ireland.

This event is presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. The Dean Rusk International Law Center co-sponsors.


Thursday, October 10 - Saturday, October 12, New York City

International Law Weekend

"The Resilience of International Law" is the theme of the annual conference of the American Branch of International Law Association and the International Law Students Association.

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Tuesday, October 22, 12 noon, Room C-256 Hirsch Hall

International Opportunities Information Session

Kathleen A. Doty is the Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center. She will discuss the Center's Global Externship Overseas and Global Governance Summer School.

Lunch will be served.


Monday, October 28, Dean Rusk Hall

The Future of Space Governance

This day-long conference will bring together academics and practioners for a dialgoue on space law. It is the annual conference of the Dean Rusk International Law Center & the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.


Wednesday, October 30, 12 noon, Room C-256 Hirsch Hall

International Law in the NGO Field: Perspectives from UGA Law's LL.M. Students

The International Law Society will host a panel featuring four of the School of Law's LL.M. students with significant experience founding, working for, or supporting nongovernmental organizations. ILS members, students, and faculty are invited to come hear Cindy Hawkins (Colombia), Florence Nalukwago (Uganda), Maisha Tahsin (Bangladesh), and Rayan Yassin (Sudan) share their perspectives on the role of law and lawyers in the NGO field.

Lunch will be served. Center co-sponsors. Please RSVP to Paige Finley at pfinley@uga.edu


Thursday, November 7 - Saturday, November 9, Brooklyn, New York

American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting

The American Society of International Law hosts a Midyear Meeting annually. It features a research forum for international law scholarship and programming for practitioners.

The Dean Rusk International Law Center is an academic partner of this century-old Washington, D.C.-based organization.


Tuesday, November 12, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Sanders Board Room, Dean Rusk Hall

A Conversation on Food Security and International Development Law Careers with Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousin (J.D. '82) is the Visiting Scholar at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University. Previously, Cousin served as the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme from 2012 to 2017, handling both immediate food needs and long-term food insecurity challenges. Cousin has been featured on the Forbes list of "100 Most Powerful Women" as well as TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People."

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP required.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Sunday, December 1 - Saturday, December 14, 2019, Dean Rusk International Law Center

"International Judicial Training"

The Dean Rusk International Law Center and the Georgia Institute for Continuing Judicial Education (ICJE) will host a delegation of 45 Brazilian judges, lawyers, and court personnel for an International Judicial Training on Effective Judicial Administration in partnership with the Supreme Court of Justice of the Brazilian State of Pernambuco.

 



Spring Semester 2020


Friday, January 17, 1:00 p.m., Cheeley Room-328, Hirsch Hall

Professor Karen Alter of Northwestern University Department of Political Science will present "International Economic Governance and Dispute Resolution: A Contractual v. Rule-of-Law Approach?" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


Friday, January 24, 1:00 p.m., Cheeley Room-328, Hirsch Hall

Professor Monica Hakimi of the University of Michigan Law School will present "Making Sense of Customary International Law" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


 

Tuesday, January 28, 12:00 p.m., Rusk Conference Room 216, Dean Rusk Hall

"The Road to U.S. Employment: F-1 Visa Work Options and Onwards"

Anita Ninan (LLM '91) is a member of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council and an expert in business immigration law. She will provide information on LL.M. employment including: OPT eligibility and requirements; the H-1B work visa; and recent U.S. immigration developments.

This presentation is open to LL.M. students as well as J.D. students on an international student visa. Please RSVP to Mandy Dixon. Lunch will be served.

 


Wednesday, April 1 - Saturday, April 4, Washington, D.C.
 
 
"The Promise of International Law" is the theme of the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.
 
The Dean Rusk International Law Center is an academic partner of this century-old Washington, D.C.-based organization.

Friday, February 7, 1:00 p.m., Cheeley Room-328, Hirsch Hall

Professor Jorge Contesse of Rutgers Law will present "The Rule of Advice in International Human Rights Law" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:00 noon, Hirsch A / 120

Chairman, Human Rights Research League, Tom Syring, "Refugees, Forced Migration, and Africa"

Tom Syring is an expert in international refugee and migration law and policy, Chairman of the Oslo-based Human Rights Research League, and co-editor of Still Waiting for Tomorrow: The Law and Politics of Unresolved Refugee Crises."

Lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the School of Public and International Affairs.


Friday, February 21, 1:00 p.m., Cheeley Room-328, Hirsch Hall

Professor Karen Knop of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law will present "Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and Foreign Relations Law From the Ground Up" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


Tuesday, February 25, 12 noon, Room A-120 Hirsch Hall
 
 
Sarah Quinn is the Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation at the Dean Rusk International Law Center. She will discuss the Center's Global Externship Overseas and Global Governance Summer School.
 
Lunch will be served.

Friday, February 28, 1:00 p.m., Cheeley Room-328, Hirsch Hall

Professor Dan Bodansky of Arizona State University College of Law will present "Is the Concept of War Really Obsolete?" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


Friday, March 20

Professor Fleur Johns of the University of New South Wales in the Faculty of Law, and current member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, will present "#Help: The Digital Transformation of Humanitarianism and the Governance of Populations" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


Friday, March 27

Professor Rachel Brewster of Duke Law will present "Working Families" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


Friday, April 17

Professor Matiangai Sirleaf of the University of Pittsburgh Law School will present a "Racial Valuation of Diseases" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


Friday, April 17, 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Don Johnson, Jr. and Jim Marshall, members of the Dean Rusk International Law Center advisory council will have a discussion with students on law school experiences, careers, and work after law school. This meeting is hosted by Professor Lori Ringhand and hosted on the Zoom platform.


Friday, April 24, 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Tess Davis, Georgia Law alumna and member of the Dean Rusk International Law Center advisory council will have a discussion with students on law school experiences, careers, and work after law school. This meeting is hosted by Professor Lori Ringhand.


Friday, May 1st, 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM

Kevin Conboy and Philip Ray, members of the Dean Rusk International Law Center advisory council will have a discussion with students on law school experiences, careers, and work after law school. This meeting is hosted by Professor Lori Ringhand and hosted on the Zoom platform.

For nearly 40 years, the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law has spearheaded an array of events designed to promote discussion and analysis of issues related to international, comparative, transnational, and foreign affairs law and policy.

Descriptions of past events online include the 2017-2018, 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Events scheduled during the 2018-2019 academic year are described below.



Past Events


Thursday, August 30, 4:30 p.m., Eversheds Sutherland Courtyard, Hirsch Hall

 

International Law Society Annual Mixer

 

The Annual Mixer of the International Law Society, Georgia Law's student chapter of the worldwide International Law Students Association.

 

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Thursday, September 13, 3:00 p.m., Larry Walker Room, 4th Floor, Dean Rusk Hall

Professor James E. Baker, "National Security Decision-Making"

Professor James E. Baker is the Director of the Syracuse University Institute for National Security & Counterterrorism. Baker previously served as the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Reception to follow.

Presented by the law school's Dean Rusk International Law Center and the university's School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA). Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Tuesday, September 18, 12 noon, Room F-246 Hirsch Hall

Consul General William De Baets, "Belgium: an old Transatlantic Friend at the Heart of Europe"

William De Baets is Belgium's Consul General in Atlanta. A career diplomat, his prior postings have included the Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Brussels, and Washington.

Lunch will be served.

This event is first in the Dean Rusk International Law Center Consular Series, which presents perspectives on international trade, development, policy, and cooperation. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Tuesday, October 2, 12 noon, Room B-122 Hirsch Hall

David Tolbert, "Quo Vadis? Where does the Human Rights movement go from here?"

David Tolbert is a Visiting Scholar at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Mr. Tolbert is the immediate past president of the International Center for Transitional Justice, a New York-based nongovernmental organization, and has held multiple positions at international criminal tribunals.

Lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Wednesday, October 10, 12 noon, Cheeley Room-328 Hirsch Hall

Professor Jennifer Chac?n, Faculty Colloquium Presentation

Professor Jennifer Chac?n is a Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Previously, she was a Chancellor's Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for Administration at UC Irvine School of Law. Her research focuses on immigration law, constitutional law, and criminal law and procedure.

This presentation is open to faculty as part of the Faculty Colloquium Series. Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Thursday, October 11, 12 noon, Room A-120 Hirsch Hall

Professor Ronald Rychlak, "The International Criminal Court: An Obstacle to Peace?"

Professor Ronald Rychlak is the Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Professor Rychlak is also an advisor to the Holy See's delegation to the United Nations and a member of the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Lunch will be served.

This event is presented by the Federalist Society at the University of Georgia School of Law. Center co-sponsors.


Thursday, October 18 - Saturday, October 20, New York City

 

International Law Weekend

 

"Why International Law Matters" is the theme of the annual conference of the American Branch of International Law Association and the International Law Students Association.

 

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


 

 

 

 

Friday, October 19, 3:00 p.m., New York City

The Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict, panel at International Law Weekend

 

The panel will discuss findings and recommendations of the 2018 report of the Inquiry on Protecting Children in Conflict, an initiative chaired by Gordon Brown, former United Kingdom Prime Minister and current UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. The Inquiry reviewed the adequacy and effectiveness of the child-protection frameworks set out in international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law, and also proposed reforms aimed at enhancing accountability and deterring future atrocities. The report has just been published in book form as Protecting Children in Armed Conflict (Hart 2018). Panelists include: Shaheed Fatima QC, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers; Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School; Mara Redlich Revkin, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University, Lead Researcher on Iraq and Syria for the United Nations University Project on Children and Extreme Violence; Diane Marie Amann, Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict.

 

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Wednesday, October 24, 12 noon, Room A-120 Hirsch Hall

 

International Opportunities Information Session

 

Amanda Shaw is the Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation at the Dean Rusk International Law Center. She will discuss the Center's Global Externship Overseas and Global Governance Summer School.

 

Lunch will be served.


Monday, October 29, 12 noon, Room A-120 Hirsch Hall

International Law Career Panel

The International Law Society, Georgia Law's student chapter of the worldwide International Law Students Association, presents an international law career panel. The event will feature members of the faculty, including Dean Rutledge and Professors Amann, Doty, and Durkee, who will share their career paths and give advice on pursuing a career in international law.

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.


Tuesday, October 30, 12 noon, Room F-246 Hirsch Hall

Consul General Javier D?az de Le?n, "Mexico's Relation with Georgia: Connecting Paths"

Javier D?az de Le?n is Mexico's Consul General in Atlanta. A career diplomat, his prior postings have included San Diego, New York, Washington, and Raleigh.

Lunch will be served.

This event is second in the Dean Rusk International Law Center Consular Series, which presents perspectives on international trade, development, policy, and cooperation. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Tuesday, November 6, 12 noon, Room F-246 Hirsch Hall

Laura Olson, "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70"

Laura Olson is the Director of the Human Rights Program at the Carter Center in Atlanta. Olson previously held high-ranking positions as a Legal Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross and in the U.S. Departments of State and of Homeland Security.

Lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Thursday, November 8 - Saturday, November 10, Los Angeles

American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting

The American Society of International Law hosts a Midyear Meeting annually. It features a research forum for international law scholarship and programming for practitioners.

 

The Dean Rusk International Law Center is an academic partner of this century-old Washington, D.C.-based organization.


Monday, November 12 - Tuesday, November 13, Atlanta

Atlanta International Arbitration Society Annual Conference

"Skills and Cultures: The Road Ahead for International Arbitration" is the theme of the 7th annual conference of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society in Atlanta.

Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center and the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation (ACIAM).


 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 14, 12 noon, Room E-252 Hirsch Hall

International Arbitration and Mediation Roundtable

This roundtable will explore contemporary issues in international arbitration and mediation, as well as career paths and opportunities for interested students. Panelists include: Dr. Christof Siefarth, Partner at the Cologne, Germany-based law firm G?RG; Dr. Klaus Peter Berger, Professor of Law at the University of Cologne; and Dr. Beate Berger, Cologne-based attorney and mediator.

Brown-bag lunch; light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society & the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society


Thursday, November 15, 4-5 p.m., Room E-252 Hirsch Hall

Former Ambassador Hanspeter Tschaeni, Coffee and Conversation: International Trade and Economic Law

Former Ambassador Hanspeter Tschaeni is the Chief Trade Adviser for Trade Advisers, a consulting firm engaged in activities relating to the British exit from the European Union. He also serves on several World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels. Dr. Tschaeni previously served for more than thirty years in the Swiss Federal Administration, where he was Head of Section on International Economic Law and Deputy Head of Division on Foreign Economic Services, with the rank of Ambassador.

Light refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society Business Law Society.



Spring 2019


Friday, January 11, 4:00 pm, Sanders Boardroom, Dean Rusk Hall

Kevin Conboy, "Where do Clients Come From? Marketing and Sales in the Practice of Law."

Kevin Conboy, former partner at Paul Hastings and at Powell Goldstein LLP, and member of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council, will speak to LL.M. students and members of the International Law Society on developing marketing skills to attract clients. Reception to follow.

This event is open only to LL.M. students and ILS members. Registration is required: /conboy-talk-registration.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 noon, Room F-246 Hirsch Hall

Consul General Andrew Staunton, "Leaving the EU: Impact on UK-US Relations"

Andrew Staunton is the United Kingdom's Consul General in Atlanta. Prior to his posting in Atlanta, he served as Deputy Head of Mission and Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy in Athens, Greece. With over 30 years of diplomatic service, Consul General Staunton has served in Ireland, China, France, Romania, and Canada.

Lunch will be served.

This event is part of the 2018-19 Dean Rusk International Law Center Consular Series, which presents perspectives on international trade, development, policy, and cooperation. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Wednesday, March 6, 12:00 noon, Rusk Conference Room 216, Dean Rusk Hall

"The Road to US Employment: F-1 Visa Work Options and Onwards"

Anita Ninan is Of Counsel at Greenberg Traurig. She is a Georgia Law LL.M. alumna and member of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council.The event will feature information on LL.M. employment including: OPT eligibility and requirements; the H-1B work visa; recent U.S. immigration developments including the policy memo on unlawful presence impacting F, J, and M students; and the final rule on H-1B visas that takes effect on April 1, 2019 for H1B CAP 2020.

This presentation is open to LL.M. students. Please RSVP to Mandy Dixon. Lunch will be served.


Friday, March 8, Larry Walker Room, Dean Rusk Hall

The International Criminal Court: A Community of Nations

This day-long conference will bring together academics, practitioners, and diplomats for a dialogue on international criminal justice. To register for the conference, and to learn more about the experts involved, please visit the conference website.

Co-sponsored by the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.


Thursday, March 21, 12:00 noon, Cheeley Room 328 Hirsch Hall

 

 

Dr. Yanying Zhang, "On the Dissimilation and Rectification of Chinese Mediation"

 

 

Dr. Yanying Zhang is a Visiting Scholar for the 2018-2019 academic year, in residence at the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Zhang serves as professor of law, graduate supervisor, director of the Comparative Law Research Center and vice dean of the Economic Trade Law Department at Shandong University of Finance and Economics. She has published numerous books and articles in her areas of research, which include comparative law, land law, contracts, torts, administrative remedies, dispute resolution, and bilingual education.

 

 

This presentation is a Faculty Colloquium Brown Bag Event. Co-Sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.

 

 

 


Friday, March 22, 2019, 12:00 noon, Cheeley Room-328 Hirsch Hall

"Press Rights at Peaceful Assemblies Abroad: A Discussion with Dr. Jonathan Peters"

Jonathan Peters is an Assistant Professor at Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and an affiliate faculty member in the School of Law. He specializes in communication law and policy, and is the press freedom correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review. Dr. Peters is a volunteer First Amendment lawyer for the Student Press Law Center and the ACLU. Recently, he completed a project with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe that developed legal guidelines for press rights at peaceful assemblies in Europe.

Brown bag lunch, light refreshments served.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


Wednesday, March 27 - Saturday, March 30, Washington, D.C.

 

American Society of International Law Annual Meeting

 

"International Law as an Instrument" is the theme of the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.

The Dean Rusk International Law Center is an academic partner of this century-old Washington, D.C.-based organization.

 


Saturday, March 30, 8:45 a.m., Carl B. Sanders Boardroom, Dean Rusk Hall

 

 

Dean Rusk International Law Center Council annual breakfast meeting.

 


Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 noon, Room J-347, Hirsch Hall

"Considering the Right to a Healthy Environment", an Interdisciplinary Panel

In an age of rapid climate change, is there a developing human right to a healthy and safe natural environment? To whom might such a right apply, and to what effect? In this panel, professors from UGA Law and the Department of Geography will address these questions from perspectives of international environmental law, modern property rights, and international geography of human rights.

This event is presented by the American Constitution Society at the University of Georgia School of Law, co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center and the International Law Society.


Thursday, April 18, 4:00-5:00 PM, Sohn Library, Rusk Hall

Dean Rusk International Law Center Graduation Celebration

The Dean Rusk International Law Center concludes its academic year with a reception celebrating graduating students who have contributed or benefited from its initiatives, including Global Externships Overseas and At-Home, Global Governance Summer School, Legal Spanish Study Group, Louis B. Sohn Professional Development fellowships, and Jessup and Vis moot competitions. Nearly 50 are students who will earn their J.D. or LL.M. degrees in May 2019. Also thanked are the many Student Ambassadors, members of the 1L, 2L, 3L, and LL.M. classes who assist the Center with administrative duties, events, and research.

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.

 

For nearly 40 years, the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law has spearheaded an array of events designed to promote discussion and analysis of issues related to international, comparative, transnational, and foreign affairs law and policy.

Descriptions of past events online include the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Visit the 2018-2019 events page for those scheduled during the upcoming academic year.

 



Fall 2017



August 24 The Legal Spanish Study Group, sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center, will have an information session for interested students. The group is designed for those with some Spanish skills who wish to learn and improve their legal Spanish. Lunch will be provided.

 

 


September 11 From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the law school's Dean Rusk International Law Center will livestream a panel, hosted by the D.C.-based American Society of International Law, on "International Law and the Trump Administration: the Use of Force under International Law." Speakers include Jack Goldsmith, professor at Harvard Law School, former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, and former special counsel, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense, and Oona A. Hathaway, professor at Yale Law School, and former special counsel, Office of General Counsel for National Security Law, U.S. Department of Defense. Laura Dickinson, professor at George Washington University School of Law and former senior policy adviser, U.S. Department of State, will moderate.

Following the livestream (from 12:30-1:00 p.m.), the Center's Director, Kathleen A. Doty, will host a Q&A session on this issues raised by the panel.


September 18 "The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements," a conference featuring experts, including Georgia Law alums, from around the world. This daylong event will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Center, a cosponsor along with the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, which will publish the proceedings.

 


September 29 Join the Dean Rusk International Law Center for afternoon tea. This social hour will be an opportunity for internationally-minded students, faculty, and staff to gather as a community.

 

 

 


October 5 Join Faculty Services Librarian, T.J. Striepe, for a brown-bag information session that will prepare you to publish your writing. This session will cover the nuts and bolts of using ExpressO and Scholastica, and how to submit your writing to contests. Sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.

 

 


October 6 "Blood Antiquities: Cultural Heritage at Risk from Conflict, Looting and Illegal Transport," lunchtime presentation by Professor James K. Reap. A Georgia Law alumnus, his positions include: Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Master of Historic Preservation Program, College of Environment + Design, University of Georgia; member, U.S. Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee; Secretary General, Committee on Legal, Administrative and Financial Issues, International Council of Monuments and Sites; and board member, U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. Dean Rusk International Law Center presents.


October 10 "Guant?namo, Torture, and Terrorism." Rick Kammen, an Army veteran and capital defense specialist who is lead defense counsel in U.S. v. al-Nashiri, a case before a U.S. Military Commission at Guant?namo, will speak at this lunchtime event.

 

 


October 19-21 International Law Weekend, annual conference of the International Law Students Association and the American Branch of International Law Association, in New York City. This year's theme is "International Law in Changing Times." Center cosponsors.

 


October 22-23 "International Business Disputes in an Era of Receding Globalism," 6th annual conference of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS), in Atlanta. Center cosponsors.

 

 


October 26-28 American Society of International Law annual Midyear Meeting, in St. Louis. The Center is an academic partner of this century-old Washington, D.C.-based organization.

 


November 3 Join the Dean Rusk International Law for afternoon tea. This social hour will be an opportunity for internationally-minded students, faculty, and staff to gather as a community.

 

 


 

November 16 Center presentation to Georgia Law students on Summer Opportunities for Global Legal Practice, including Global Externships and summer study in Belgium and Europe.

 



Spring 2018



 

January 29 "A Canadian perspective on Global Trade." Consul General Nadia Theodore has made her career in the Trade Agreement and Negotiations Branch of Global Affairs Canada, holding leadership positions on several recent and major trade initiatives. She was named Consul General for the US Southeast in August 2017. Her states of accreditation include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. With over 10 years of trade policy experience, Ms. Theodore's appointment comes as Canada, Mexico and the United States have launched negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This will be an opportunity to hear from Ms. Theodore about the Canada-U.S. relationship, and how a modernized NAFTA will serve to move the Canada-U.S. relationship forward into the 21st century.Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


 

February 9 Coffee-hour celebration of the 109th birthday of our namesake, Dean Rusk, in the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations. We will also welcome Christine Keller, the Center's Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation, who will deliver remarks on the practice of international criminal law. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.

 

 

 


 

 

February 13 LL.M. Information Session. Join the Center at the Georgia Law Atlanta Campus for an information session about the LL.M. degree, a one-year graduate degree program for foreign-educated attorneys. Registration is requested.

 

 


 

February 26 Annual mixer for globally minded students, faculty, and staff, sponsored by the International Law Society, Georgia Law's student chapter of the worldwide International Law Students Association. Center cosponsors.

 

 


 

March 6 GAR Live Atlanta, a day-long interactive symposium, will feature leading figures in international arbitration. Center is a supporting organization.

 


 

March 6 Third Annual Hendrix Lecture of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS), featuring Alexis Mourre, author and President of the International Chamber of Commerce Court of International Arbitration. Registration is required to attend. Center is a cooperating entity.

 

 

 

 


 

March 8 "Due Process and Ethics in International Arbitration: What Rules to Apply and How to Apply Them." Carita Wallgren-Lindholm, arbitrator and founding partner of the Finnish boutique law firm Lindholm Wallgren, will speak at this lunchtime event on issues in international arbitration. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.

 

 


March 20 "Thailand: Shifting Ground between the US and a Rising China." Benjamin Zawacki, a Bangkok-based human rights researcher and advocate, will present his recently-published book on Thailand's evolving foreign relations and their geo-political implications in Southeast Asia. After many post-World War II years as a key strategic ally of the United States, Thailand has begun a sharp pivot toward China. Consistent with US policy drift since the turn of the century and Thailand's deepening adoption of China's model of "authoritarian capitalism", the country is increasingly within the orbit of Beijing. Zawacki will describe the factors and forces behind this shift, and what it means for a Trump administration finding its way in Asia. Joining Zawacki in discussion is Ari Levine, University of Georgia History Professor and expert in China. Registration is strongly encouraged. Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the International Law Society.


 

 

March 24 Annual breakfast meeting of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council.

 

 


April 4 "Arms Sales in Conflict: Examining the Impact on Yemen," an event co-sponsored by the Center, will take place at the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting. The panel will examine why some states halt arms sales to countries in conflict, while others do not. Using Saudi Arabia's support for the Yemeni government as a case study, the panel will focus on why the United States has continued (and, in fact, increased) arms sales to Saudi Arabia while some European governments have halted such sales pending further review. Panelists include: Dafna H. Rand, Mercy Corps; Brittany Benowitz, American Bar Association; Rachel Stohl, Stimson Center; Daniel R. Mahanty, Center for Civilians in Conflict (TBC). The session will be moderated by Center Director, Kathleen A. Doty. The panel is presented jointly by the Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict; additional co-sponsors include CIVIC and the Stimson Center.


 

April 4-7 American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. The Center is an academic partner of this century-old organization.

 


 

April 17 "The Wealth of a Nation: A History of Trade Politics in America," a book launch by C. Donald Johnson, Center Director Emeritus. This event is open to the public and will take place in Room 285 of the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies from 4:00-5:00 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow. Co-sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center.

 

 


 

April 20 "What Democracy is the Value of International Law," a brown-bag lunchtime presentation by Piotr Uhma, Visiting Scholar at the Dean Rusk International Law Center. He will explore issues of democracy in international and domestic systems in the context of recent shifts in the international space, particularly in Poland.

 


 

 

The Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law will host an array of events in the 2017-2018 academic year. See here for events held during the 2015-2016 academic year; events in the 2016-2017 academic year are described below.

 

Fall 2016



August 19 The law school's year-long Georgia Women in Law Lead (Georgia WILL) initiative was launched with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the statute admitting women to the practice of law in the State of Georgia. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association.

 

 

 


 

September 7 "The President wants it; the Candidates all oppose it: What is the TPP?" A brown-bag lunch featuring Professor Harlan Cohen. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.

 

 


September 13 "The Whole World Is Watching: Foreign Policy and the U.S. Presidential Election" a lecture by former Ambassador Derek Shearer, the Stuart Chevalier Professor in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland from 1994 to 1997. Cosponsoring Ambassador's Shearer's visit are the University of Georgia School of International & Public Affairs (SPIA) and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.


 

September 23 Humanity's Common Heritage: The 2016 ICRC Commentary on the First Geneva Convention, featuring a public plenary keynoted by Jean-Marie Henckaerts (LLM 1990), the Legal Adviser leading the Commentaries project at the International Committee of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Closed expert sessions will complete the day. Center cosponsors with the ICRC and the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, which will publish the conference proceedings.


 

October 5 "Should I Clerk?,"presentation by Judge Adalberto Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Center cosponsors.

 


 

October 6 Annual mixer for globally minded students, faculty, and staff, sponsored by the International Law Society, Georgia Law's student chapter of the worldwide International Law Students Association. Center cosponsors.

 


 

October 9-11 Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS) annual conference, "International Arbitration in a Not So 'Flat' World: Practical Considerations for Counsel and Their Clients," in Atlanta. Center cosponsors.


October 13 "Reflections on Sentencing," lecture by Judge Lisa Godbey Wood (JD 1990), U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; Center cosponsors. Part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association.

 

 

 


October 19 UGA Law Atlanta Campus. "National Sovereignty vs. International Human Rights," lecture by Judge Navanethem Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2008-2014), former International Criminal Court Judge (ICC). Presented by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Center cosponsors. Part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association. Register here; email ruskintlaw@uga.edu for the UGA rate.

 


October 25 Sloane Perras (JD 2002), Chief Legal Officer, Krystal Company and On The Border presents on ethical challenges corporations face; Center cosponsors. Part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association.

 

 

 


October 27-29 New York City. International Law Weekend, annual conference of the American Branch of the International Law Association; Center cosponsors.

 

 


 

 

November 3-5 20th Annual South Eastern Model African Union, undergraduate student competition hosted at the University of Georgia by its African Studies Institute. Center cosponsors.

 

 

 


November 7 Ireland's Consul General, Shane Stephens, will present a talk on "Ireland, the European Union, and BREXIT." Presented by the Center, with the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, and the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).


 

November 17 Center presentation to Georgia Law students on Summer Opportunities for Global Legal Practice, including Global Externships and summer study in Belgium and Europe.

 

 


December 5 "The Legacy of Fidel Castro." University of Georgia scholars Kathleen A. Doty (law), Reinaldo Rom?n (history), Susan Thomas (musicology), and Tim Samples (business and law) will discuss the implications that Castro's death has for the island and the world. Presented by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute, Center co-sponsors.


 

Spring 2017



January 5 San Francisco, "Women's Leadership in Legal Academia," Georgia Law event at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. Part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by Georgia Law's Women Law Students Association and the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education.

 


January 20 Professor Duncan Hollis of Temple Law School will present a work in progress entitled "Constructing Norms for Global Cybersecurity" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


January 27 Professor Benedict Kingsbury of New York University Law School will present a work in progress entitled "Contested Megaregulation: Global Economic Ordering After TPP" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


February 1 From 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the law school's Dean Rusk International Law Center will livestream a panel, hosted by the D.C.-based American Society of International Law, on "International Law and the Trump Administration: The Future of International Agreements." Speakers include top State Department lawyers from the last two administrations: Catherine Amirfar, partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and the Department's Counselor on International Law from 2014 to 2016, and John B. Bellinger III, partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and the Department's Legal Adviser from 2005 to 2009.

Following the livestream (from 12:30-1:30 p.m.), Georgia Law Professors Harlan Cohen and Jason Cade will host a Q&A session on the legal issues raised by certain international-law-related executive actions this month, including "Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement" and the executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.


February 3 Professor Jonathan Todres of Georgia State University College of Law will present a work in progress entitled "Human Rights Education:Traversing Legal and Geographical Boundaries" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


February 4 Georgia Women Run will feature a diverse group of state and local officials, who will discuss the challenges and rewards of running for elected office. Confirmed participants include: Georgia State Representative Stacey Godfrey Evans (JD 2003), who will provide opening remarks; DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston; Georgia State Representative Dar'shun Kendrick (JD 2007); Judge Carla Wong McMillian, Georgia Court of Appeals; Chief Judge Kathy S. Palmer (JD 1979), of the Superior Court of the Middle Judicial Circuit of Georgia; Georgia State Representative Regina Quick (JD 1987); and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Columbus Consolidated Government.

Registration is required.


 

February 8 Johann Ebongom, a member of the Dean Rusk International Law School's L.L.M. Class of 2017, will give a presentation entitled "From Cameroon to Louisiana: Managing Cultural Diversity of the Rule of Law" at UGA Tate Center,12:20-1:20 p.m., in room 280, as part of the African Studies Institute's APERO 2017.

 


 

 

February 9 Coffee-hour celebration of the 108th birthday of our namesake, Dean Rusk, in the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations. Co-sponsored by the International Law Society.

 

 


 

February 10 Professor Neha Jain of the University of Minnesota Law School will present a work in progress entitled "Radical Dissents at International Criminal Courts" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 


February 14 Vietnam/War/Memory/Justice: A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizewinning novel The Sympathizer and the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

Joining him will be: Tiana S. Mykkeltvedt, Georgia Law alumna, member of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council, and partner at the Atlanta law firm Bondurant Mixson & Elmore; and Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at Georgia Law, who also serves as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor's Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict. Co-sponsored by the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Georgia, the Asian Law Students Association, and the International Law Society.

Registration is required.


February 23 A Conversation with Monica Allison-Ceruti, who earned her J.D. degree from Georgia Law in 1982 and now serves as Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel, at the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Sponsored by the Davenport-Benham Black Law Student Association and the Women Law Students Association, this event is part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative.

 


 

February 24 Professor Sergio Puig of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law will present a work in progress entitled "Blinding International Justice" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


 

March 2 Women Law Students Association presents the 35th Annual Edith House Lecture, featuring Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. Event is part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association.

 

 


March 2 Screening of "500 Years" and conversation with Director Pamela Yates and Producer Paco de On?s. '500 Years' tells a story of resistance in Guatemala, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population. This screening, which opens IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference, will take place just weeks after the documentary's premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, is part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative and the Global Georgia Initiative of the university's Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association and the International Law Society.


 

March 3 IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference Research Forum. Complementing events on March 2, this research forum, featuring presentations by international law scholars and practitioners from around the world, marks the first decade of IntLawGrrls, the pre-eminent international blog authored primarily by women, and is part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association and the International Law Society.


March 15 The Dean Rusk International Law Center will livestream a panel, hosted by the D.C.-based American Society of International Law, on "International Law and the Trump Administration: U.S. Participation in Global Trade Agreements." Speakers include Grant Aldonas, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Institute for International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center; former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Miriam Sapiro, Partner and Head of the Washington DC Office, Finsbury; former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and Acting U.S. Trade Representative

Following the livestream, Georgia Law Professor Harlan Cohen will host a brownbag Q&A session during the lunch hour on the legal issues raised by the panel.


 

March 15 Professor Javier Dond? Matute (LLM 1998) of the National Institute of Criminal Sciences, Mexico City, Mexico, and a Spring 2017 Georgia Law Visiting Scholar, will present a work in progress entitled "The Emerging System of Sources of International Criminal Law and International Criminal Responsibility" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.


 

March 17 Ertharin Cousin (JD 1982), Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Georgia Law students were invited to a breakfast roundtable discussion about the work of the World Food Programme and careers in international law, policy, and diplomacy. Part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative.

 


 

March 18 Annual breakfast meeting of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council.

 


 

March 24 Professor Melissa J. Durkee of University of Washington School of Law will present a work in progress entitled "The Global Norms Market" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


 

March 27 Georgia Law Atlanta Campus. Second Annual Hendrix Lecture of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society (AtlAS), featuring Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Geneva University Law School. Part of the law school's Georgia WILL (Georgia Women in Law Lead) initiative. Co-sponsored by the Women Law Students Association and the International Law Society.

Registration is required.

 

 

 


 

March 31 Professor Tendayi Achiume of UCLA Law will present a work in progress entitled "Governing Xenophobic Anxiety" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


 

April 7 Professor Saira Mohamed of UC Berkeley School of Law will present a work in progress entitled "Leadership Crimes" as part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 

 


 

April 20 The Dean Rusk International Law Center concludes its academic year with a reception celebrating students who have contributed or benefited from its initiatives, including the Global Externship, summer study abroad, Legal Spanish Study Group, Southeast Model African Union, Louis B. Sohn Professional Development fellowships and Jessup and Vis moot competitions. Nearly 50 are students who will earn their J.D. or LL.M. degrees in May 2017. Also thanked are the many Student Ambassadors, members of the 1L, 2L, 3L, and LL.M. classes who assist with administrative duties, events, and research.