Event Archive



Intellectual Property, Privacy, & Internet Issues in Turkey

Thursday, April 30 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Room 185


Come hear Okan Can, a partner at a leading Turkish IP firm, talk about intellectual property practice in Turkey, touching copyrights, trademark, patents, and designs, the scope of personal data protection including in digital health, the internet laws and their impact on free speech on online platforms in Turkey.

Okan Can is a Partner of Deris Attorney-At-Law Partnership, providing legal representation and services in contentious or noncontentious matters for patent, trademarks,  unfair competition, copyright, trade names, domain names, mass media, advertising, image rights and privacy. He is registered with the Istanbul Bar since 2000.  Okan has been selected to be included in 2010 and 2013 editions of the peer-review Best Lawyers publication and is mentioned among 1000 World Leading Trademark Professionals according to World Trademark Review (WTR).He is a member of INTA,  AIPPI, as well as the AIPPI National Group of Turkey


Russia & Ukraine: A View from the Security Council

Monday, April 27 2015 12:45 PM

Room 280 B

Please join the Stanford Program on International and Comparative Law, the Stanford Center on International Conflict Negotiation, and the International Law Society for a lunch talk with Anna Makanju, SLS ’04, who will discuss the current situation in Russia & Ukraine, with an emphasis on her work as the Director for Russia Policy at the National Security Council.
Lunch will be provided! RSVP here by Sunday April 26th.


Careers in International Law in the Private Sector

Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Room 280A, 230

Please RSVP here for the lunch talk (12:45 pm, Room 280A) and RSVP here for the afternoon coffee chat (4:00 pm, Room 230) 

Come find out what it means to practice international law.  If you want your legal practice to have an international dimension to it, but aren’t quite sure what options are available, join us for lunch and/or an afternoon chat over coffee.  Learn about careers in international law from the perspective of a partner and an associate at a major Washington law firm.

MARK MCCONNELL, JD, MBA ’79, represents businesses and governments in international trade and investment disputes and policy matters. He is considered a leading international trade litigator in the United States, having headed legal teams in high-profile government-to-government disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the London Court of International Arbitration, in major actions before the agencies and courts of the United States, and in major disputes before Chinese government agencies. In addition to trade and investment disputes, Mark has significant experience in building public policy coalitions. He is a partner atHogan Lovells in Washington, DC.

ASHLEY STEINBERG, JD ’11, advises clients on compliance with economic sanctions against countries such as Iran, Cuba, Syria, Burma, and Zimbabwe. In addition, her practice includes international trade matters related to the PATRIOT Act (counterterrorist financing and anti-money laundering), WTO litigation and policy, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and customs law. She is an associate at HoganLovells in Washington, DC.

*Image copyright Hogan Lovells



Elena Daly: Restructuring Greek Debt

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Room 185

Elena Daly is an American Lawyer currently based in Paris.  She specializes in emerging market financial transactions, including sovereign debt management.  She has practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell and Cleary Gottlieb in London and New York, has served as general counsel at a major hedge fund at Citigroup, and has held other senior positions at other financial institutions.  She is co-author of “Sovereign Debt Management” (Oxford University Press 2014) and lectures often on related topics.

Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP here by Sunday April 12th.




Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6 pm

Munger 4 BBQ Pit


Annual International Law Dinner

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6 pm

Law Lounge

The annual International Law Dinner offers JD and Advanced Degree Students the opportunity to dine with SLS faculty engaged in international work and research. Come meet professors and fellow students engaged in private and public international legal work around the globe and learn more about opportunities to get involved with international law at Stanford.

Dinner will be served; attendance limited to the first 65 students to RSVP here: http://goo.gl/forms/2frWQzc6eS



International Law Summer Networking Event

Tuesday, October 2, 2014 at 6 pm

Law Lounge

Image Credit: Wine Folly

Join the ILS Board and other 2Ls, 3Ls, and Advanced Degree students to hear about opportunities to do internationally-focused work in the U.S. and abroad for your 1L and 2L summers. Wine, cheese, and beer from around the world will be provided.



The International Law Society, Advanced Degree Students Association, Stanford National Security and the Law Society, the Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Fund and The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program inIranian Studies at Stanford University
proudly present 
The Iran Hostage Crisis, Working at the State Department, 
The Arab Spring, and Iran’s Nuclear Dossier
Amb. John Limbert
Professor at the US Naval Academy, former hostage in Iran, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran


Friday, March 8 
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m
Room 290 (room change to accommodate wide interest)
Lunch will be served


About Amb. Limbert (bio): Amb. Limbert, Ph.D, joined the Foreign Service in 1973 and has held a number of overseas and headquarters-based posts.  These included Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the State Department (2000), Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2000-2003), and president of the American Foreign Service Association (2003-2005).  In November 2009, Amb. Limbert was appointed the first-ever U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran.  In 1979, he was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before it was overrun.  He was captured along with 51 other Americans and held for 444 days.  He holds the Department of State’s highest award—the the Distinguished Service Award—as well as the Award for Valor, which he received for his service during the hostage crisis.


The International Law Society, 
Stanford Constitutional Law Center, 
American Constitution Society,
and the 
Stanford Program in Law & Society
The Constitutional Rights of U.S. Citizens in America’s Colonieswith

Hon. Juan R. Torruella
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Monday, February 11 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Room 190
Lunch will be served
Please RSVP here:

Judge Torruella will present his views on the current status of United States territories under the Constitution, and how the rights of the United States citizens that reside in them are affected.

Judge Torruella is currently an active judge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, where he served as Chief Judge from 1994 to 2001. Judge Torruella’s judicial career began in 1974, following his nomination by President Ford to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, where he served as Chief Judge from 1982 until his nomination to the First Circuit by President Reagan in 1984.

Judge Torruella holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Boston University, an M.P.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia, and an M.St. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. His book length publications include, Global Intrigues: The Era of the Spanish-American War and the Rise of the United States to World Power (2007) and The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico: The Doctrine of Separate and Unequal (1985).  




The International Law Society and the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law

present Judge Ricardo Ramirez-Hernandez, on“International Trade Enforcement and the WTO Appeals Process”Thursday, January 17 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Room 280B
Food will be served


Judge Ricardo Ramirez is a member of the WTO Appellate Body, which is a standing body of seven members that hears appeals in disputes brought by WTO Members. The Appellate Body can uphold, modify or reverse the legal findings and conclusions of a panel, and Appellate Body Reports, once adopted by the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), must be accepted by the parties to the dispute.
Born in Mexico on 17 October 1968, Ricardo Ramírez holds the Chair of International Trade Law at the Mexican National University (UNAM) in Mexico City.  He was Head of the International Trade Practice for Latin America at the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke in Mexico City.  His practice has focused on issues related to NAFTA and trade across Latin America, including international trade dispute resolution. Prior to practicing with a law firm, Judge Ramírez was Deputy General Counsel for Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Economy in Mexico for more than a decade. Judge Ramírez also represented Mexico in complex international trade litigation and investment arbitration proceedings. Judge Ramírez holds an LL.M. degree in International Business Law from the Washington College of Law of the American University, and a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.


Venture Capital and Its Exit Strategy in Greater China:
 a Legal Perspective

Wednesday, Nov 7th
12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Room 280A
Thai Food will be Served!
Please RSVP here http://t.cn/zl3Fa4R for catering purposes

The International Law Society 
the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association,  

present Kiobel and the Future of the Alien Tort Statute“What business does a case like this have in the courts of the United States?”
Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 12.45 to 2.00 p.m.
Room 185
Food will be served

On October 1st, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. Plaintiffs in the case are twelve Nigerian nationals who filed suit in U.S. District Court against three European oil companies alleging that the companies had aided and abetted the Nigerian military in killing and torturing civilians who protested oil exploration in Nigeria. The case has raised various issues including whether and under what circumstances the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) allows courts to recognize a cause of action for violations of the law of nations occurring outside of the U.S.

What are the stakes for the Kiobel plaintiffs and other foreign nationals who allege that they have been victims of human rights abuses overseas? Should corporations be immune from tort liability or may they be sued in the same manner as other private party defendants under the ATS? Is the U.S. exercising “legal colonialism” by trying international law cases in U.S. courts under U.S. law? Join professors Jenny Martinez and Allen Weiner for a discussion of these fascinating issues.


The International Law Society, the Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law, and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)presentJeh Johnson, General Counsel of the Department of Defense, on“The Role of Lawyers in National Security Policy-Making”Wednesday, October 3 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m.
Room 290
Food will be served

Jeh Johnson was appointed General Counsel of the Department of Defense on February 10, 2009, following nomination and confirmation by the U. S. Senate.  In this capacity, he serves as the chief legal officer of the Department of Defense and the legal adviser to the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Johnson’s legal career has been a mixture of private practice and distinguished public service.  Mr. Johnson began his career in public service as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he prosecuted public corruption cases.  From, 1989-1991, as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Johnson tried 12 cases and argued 11 appeals.

Mr. Johnson built upon his early career as an Assistant United States Attorney to become a successful trial lawyer in private practice at the New York City-based law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.  While at Paul Weiss, he personally tried some of the highest stakes commercial cases of modern times, for corporate clients such as Armstrong World Industries, Citigroup and Salomon Smith Barney.  In 2004,  Mr. Johnson was elected a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

In October 1998, President Clinton appointed Mr. Johnson to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force following nomination and confirmation by the Senate.  He served in that position for 27 months and returned to private law practice at Paul Weiss in January 2001.

While in private practice, Mr. Johnson was active in numerous civil and professional activities.  From 2001-2004, he chaired the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association, which rates and approves all the federal, state and local judges in New York City.  Mr. Johnson is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a director or trustee of Adelphi University, the Federal Bar Council, the New York Community Trust, the Fund for Modern Courts, the Legal Aid Society, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the New York City Bar Fund, Inc., the Vera Institute, the New York Hall of Science and the Film Society of Lincoln Theater.  He was also on the Board of Governors of the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia Law School.


The International Law Society


Colombia: From Near-Failed State to Emerging Global Player: An insider’s view on how Colombians changed their country


Wednesday, April 25 from 12.45 to 2.00 p.m.
Room 95
Food will be served

Once the home of drug trafficking, guerrilla warfare, and failed government, Colombia has emerged from its violent past into a major player in the global economy. Please join us to hear Colombian Ambassador Gabriel Silva share his insights from his 25 year career in public service
Gabriel Silva was appointed Ambassador of Colombia to the United States in August 2010 by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Throughout his career, Silva has been a leader in both the public and private sectors. His work in the public sector began in 1986, when he became Advisor on Political Affairs to President Virgilio Barco. Between 1990 and 1993, he served as an Advisor on International Politics to former President Cesar Gaviria. In 1994, he was named Ambassador of Colombia to the United States.

After serving as CEO of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia from 2002 to 2009, Silva returned to public service in 2009 by becoming Minister of Defense under former President Álvaro Uribe.

He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of the Andes in Bogotá. He completed his graduate studies in Economics and International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He was an honorary fellow of the Ford Foundation.



Wednesday, October 26-27, 2011, 7:30-9:00pm, Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residence
The Stanford Constitutional Law Center will host a conference on The Constitution and the World, October 27-28. Scholars, many with experience in the State Department or other government posts, will address the reach of constitutional rights outside U.S. territory, the potential effect of treaties on constitutional structure and rights, and the effect of globalization and international institutions on sovereignty.

Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:30-4:00pm, Room 180
Universalizing Universal Jurisdiction? Advancing Human Rights and Ending Impunity through Domestic Courts
Co-sponsors: International Law Society and the Stanford Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Event Details:
While the establishment of an international criminal court and formation of several ad-hoc tribunals in the last two decades has led to the prosecution of a handful of prominent human rights violators, “vast gaps,” according to Human Rights Watch, “persist in the ability to bring to justice persons accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture.” The bright hopes of the 1990s, when several European courts indicted Augusto Pinochet, delegates negotiated the creation of the ICC, and tribunals began to redress wrongs of conflict in Rwanda and the Balkans, have faded in the face of finite resources, rigid mandates, and the challenges of building political will and international consensus. As international tribunals increasingly downsize, can universal jurisdiction fill the gap? What role can domestic courts play in ending impunity, bringing war criminals to justice, and deterring human rights violators?

Join us for a lively discussion at Shakings featuring Lisa Hajjar, Associate Professor at UC Santa Barbara and author of “Universal Jurisdiction as Praxis: An Option to Pursue Legal Accountability for Supertower Torturers,” Veena Dubal, staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, and James Cavallaro, Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at SLS.

Friday, November 4, 2011, 12:45-2:00pm, Room 280B
Refugee Law 101 with Larry Yungk
Co-sponsor: Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Event Details: Join Larry Yungk for an introduction to the international law of refugees. Mr. Yungk will give an overview of the legal framework for refugees and discuss the process of resettlement. Mr. Yungk is the Senior Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Regional Office for the United States and the Caribbean. As the Senior Resettlement Officer in Washington, he helps to co-ordinate UNHCR’s global resettlement policies and programs with those of the US resettlement program. He has served as a trainer on resettlement for UNHCR staff in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Monday, November 7, 2011, 12:45-2:00pm, Room 280A
Boots on the Ground
Co-Sponsors: Stanford Law Veteran’s Organization, National Security and the Law Society
Event Details: Boots on the Ground is a panel of your fellow SLS students who have served in the military. This is your opportunity to find out about military life and being deployed to a combat zone. The panel will be moderated, but questions from the audience will have priority. Bring any questions, including hard or politically incorrect ones. Come support your fellow SLS students, learn more about their experiences, and get answers to all the questions you always wanted answered about the military but were afraid to ask. The panel for this year will be: Annie Hsieh, 3L, US Army; Gavriel Jacobs, 2L, US Marines; Kyle DeThomas, 2L, US Air Force; Sam Jacobson, 1L, US Marines; Phil Mazzara, 1L, US Navy.

Thursday, November 10, 2011 6:15-7:30pm, Law Lounge
International Law Summer/Career Job Dinner
Come look into career options for next summer with International Law Society and Student Law Association. Meet with 2Ls, 3Ls, Advanced Degree Students, and international law faculty to discuss what options are available to work abroad.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm, Room 190
Ambassador Eileen Donahoe on the Arab Spring
Event Details: Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe is the United States Representative to the UN Human Rights Council and a former affiliate at CISAC. Her PhD dissertation, “Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Moral Imperative Versus the Rule of Law,” focused on conflicting ethical and legal justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In an earlier publication, The Promise of Law for the Post-Mao Leadership in China, she examined the prospects for the development of the rule of law in China. Donahoe earned her PhD in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California Berkeley. She holds a JD from Stanford law school and an MA in East Asian studies from Stanford. She also earned an MA in theological studies from Harvard and spent a year studying Mandarin at Nankai University in Tianjin. After law school, Donahoe clerked for the Hon. William H. Orrick of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. She served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and practiced high-tech litigation at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA. She is a member of the California Bar.

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:45-2:00 pm, Room TBA
Litigation Before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with Professor James Cavallaro


The International Law Society, the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association,  and the Stanford Latino Law Students Association   present

The Future of US-Mexico Relations: How to make the best of living next to each other?

Thursday, March 1 from 12.45 to 2.00 p.m.
Room 95
Food will be served

Roberta Lajous is a visiting professor at Colegio de Mexico and former Mexican Ambassador to Austria, Cuba, and Bolivia. Ambassador Lajous joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. In the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs she has occupied the following positions: Deputy Director for Regional International Organizations (1979-1980) and for Multilateral Economic Relations (1980-1983). Director General for North America (1983-1986) and for Europe (1986-1988). In 2001, she was appointed Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. She has been published widely in International Affairs and was Chief Editor of the quarterly “Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior” (1999-2001). She is also the author of a book on the Foreign Policy of Porfirio Diaz published by the Mexican Senate. Ambassador Lajous was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary General of the U.N., Boutros Ghali, to prepare the International Women Conference (1995) and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Fundación de Apoyo Infantil (Save the Children) Mexico. She graduated from El Colegio de México in 1975 and received her M.A. from Stanford University in 1976.

Law and Society in Iran: Historical Overview &

Projections into the Future

February 15, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Room 290, Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8610

There has been heightened fascination with Iran since at least 1979. The 2009 contested presidential elections and the escalating bras de fer over the country’s nuclear programme have only fed this interest. Still, Iran and Iranians remain very much misunderstood outside of the territorial boundaries of Iran. The Stanford Program of Law & Society will be hosting a panel discussion on the Iranian legal system and the tectonic legal changes that have taken place in the country in modern history, in particular since the Persian Constitutional Revolution of 1906 to the present and the continuing ramifications arising from the friction between law, politics and society in the country.

Overview of the History of Iran’s Legal System: From the Persian Constitutional Revolution to the Present
Prof. Abbas Milani, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution

Legal Reform & Women’s Rights: Pre & Post Revolution
Mehrangiz Kar, an award winning human rights activist

Law, Modernity & Iran: Evolution, Devolution, Revolution
Prof. Farhad Ameli of Sorbonne University (Paris)

About the Speakers

Farhad Ameli: is Professor of Law at the Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris. He is a senior partner of Paris-based law firm BEA Avocats. Prof. Ameli has authored numerous textbooks and articles in the fields of, inter alia, ethics, international law, as well as the history of Iran’s legal system. He serves on the scientific board of Analytica Iranica.

Mehrangiz Kar: is an Iranian lawyer and activist specializing in women’s rights. She has received numerous awards for her human rights work and efforts in promoting women’s rights, including the Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize (2002). She has served as a fellow at, inter alia, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the American University in Washington DC, the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Columbia University. Most recently, she was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and was also based at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has been recognized as a Scholar at Risk.

Abbas Milani: is the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution. He previously served as an assistant professor in the faculty of law and political science at Tehran University and as a member of the board of directors of Tehran University’s Center for International Studies from 1979 to 1987. A prolific writer, his work has appeared in top journals, magazines and newspapers. He is a frequent commentator on national and international radio and television programs. He is the author of many books and scholarly publications, including, most recently, The Shah.

For more information, please contact Agnes Chong or Sasan Sam Shoamanesh.


Two Decades of Development in International Criminal Law:

Is the World Any Better Off?

with ICC Attorney Nicholas Koumjian

Wednesday, February 15 Room 85

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Food will be served

The development of international criminal law has rapidly expanded since the end of the Cold War, but what impact has it had on the world? Have prosecutions improved human rights practices and played a positive role in the conflict resolution process? Is the international criminal law apparatus unfairly targeting Africa and the Developing World? Please join us to discuss these fascinating topics with a practitioner who can offer perspective from both sides of an international criminal case.

Nicholas Koumjian is a lawyer specializing in international criminal law. For 20 years he was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. From 2000-2003 he worked in the office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where he tried the case of the Prosecutor vs. Milomir Stakic. From 2003-2005, he headed the UN-staffed Serious Crimes Unit in East Timor with jurisdiction over war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the territories independence referendum in 1999. Mr. Koumjian worked from 2005-2006 for the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  From 2006-2007 he headed a human rights program in Colombia funded by USAID. From 2007-2011, Mr. Koumjian was  Principal Trial Attorney for the office of the prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.

Mr. Koumjian is currently practicing before the International Criminal Court. He represents  Abdallah Banda and Salih Jerbo Darfur revolutionaries charged with an attack on peacekeepers  and victims from the situation in the Ivory Coast.  He also serves as the Reserve International Co-Prosecutor for the Cambodia tribunal, the  ECCC.


Please RSVP for this event at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdaZ0xEMTJmTlQzTDRaQVJ0bDdsNUE6MQ



Note that this great lunch talk tomorrow will be in Room 280A.  Thai food will be served.

Feel free to RSVP here so that we can get an accurate head count:



Wednesday, February 8, 2012, from 12.45-2 p.m. Room 280B
The European Sovereign Debt Crisis–Why It’s Everyone’s Problem
Co-Sponsor: Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Event details: a conversation about Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. This conversation will be moderated by Prof Ken Scott, and will feature Prof Darrell Duffie from the GSB, and  Patrick Brown of Sullivan & Cromwell. These speakers will address the origins of the crisis, its ramifications for Europe and the rest of the world, and likely roads to resolution. After the conclusion of their presentation, questions will be welcomed.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:45-2:15pm, Room 280-B
Privacy and Social Networking in the U.S. vs. Europe with Professor Lothar Determann
Co-sponsor: The Stanford Law and Technology Association
Event details: Professor Determann discussed the implications that differences in privacy law in the U.S. and Europe have for social networking in the two regions.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 12:45-2:00pm, Room 190
Ambassador Eileen Donahoe on the Arab Spring
Co-sponsors: American Constitution Society and Women of Stanford Law
Event details: Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe is the United States Representative to the UN Human Rights Council and a former affiliate at CISAC. her PhD dissertation, “Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Moral Imperative Versus the Rule of Law”, focused on conflicting ethical and legal justifications for humanitarian military intervention. In an earlier publication, The Promise of Law for the Post-Mao Leadership in China, she examined the prospects for the development of the rule of law in China. Donahoe earned her PhD in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California Berkeley. She holds a JD from Stanford law school and an MA in East Asian studies from Stanford. She also earned an MA in theological studies from Harvard and spent a year studying Mandarin at Nankai University in Tianjin. After law school, Donahoe clerked for the Hon. William H. Orrick of the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. She served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and practiced high-tech litigation at Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, CA. She is a member of the California Bar.

Friday, November 4, 2011, 12:30-2:00pm, Room 280A
Brazil: Why Silicon Valley is Investing
Co-sponsor: The Advanced Degree Student Association
Event details: Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly in a number of areas. Come learn about what is drawing the world to invest in Brazil from a panel of Brazilian lawyers – two of whom are recent SLS grads. Come also learn about career opportunities in Brazil in an informal talk with the panel of Brazilian lawyers.
Speakers: Raphael de Cunto is a partner at Pinheiro Neto in Sao Paulo, where his areas of practice are telecom, media and technology. Jose Mauro Decoussau Machado is a partner at Pinheiro Neto, specializing in litigation involving intellectual property, trademarks and patent matters. He received his LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford Law School in 2009. Daniel Arbix is Corporate Counsel at Google, in Sao Paulo, and received his LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford Law School in 2010.

Friday, October 21, 2011, 12:45 – 2:00pm, Room 280B
Democracy & Terrorism with Yuval Shany and Mordechai Kremnitzer
Co-sponsors: Hillel, Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East (SALME), Stanford National Security and the Law Society
Event Details: Professors Mordechai Kremnizer and Yuval Shany of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of law and the Israel Democracy Institute will discuss the duty to investigate violations of international law occurring during counter-terrorism operations as well as other challenges facies democracies engaged in counter-terrorism activities.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 12:45-2:00pm, Room 290
An Introduction to Islamic Law
Co-sponsor: Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East (SALME)
Event Details: Come join David Ball, SLS alum and professor at Santa Clara Law for an interactive discussion of Islamic Law.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 12:45-2:00pm, Room 190
Legal & Political Challenges at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon with Christopher Rassi
Event Details: The STL, a hybrid court established by the UN Security Council based on a request by Lebanon to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and a string of other political assassinations in the country and based in The Hague, is the first international court to prosecute individuals for committing the crime of terrorism. Christopher Rassi, head of the Legal Advisory Team with the Officer of the Prosecutor, will address recent developments with the tribunal, including the Appeals Chamber’s definition of terrorism, the recently released indictment, cooperation with the Lebanese government, and potential trial in absentia.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 6:30pm, Café Sofia 2706 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto:  A small group dinner with Christopher Rassi Legal Adviser & Head of the Legal Advisory Team in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 4:00-5:00pm, Room 280B
Careers in Public International Law: A discussion with Christopher Rassi
Co-sponsor: Levin Center
Event Details: Join Christopher Rassi, Head of the Legal Advisory team at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague, for a discussion of career opportunities in the field of public international law. Mr. Rassi will share stories from his own career and answer questions from the audience. Light snacks will be provided.

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 12:45 – 2:00 pm, Room 280A
Closing Guantanamo: Where has the debate gone? with Shane Kadidal
Co-sponsors: American Constitution Society, International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford Association for Law in the Middle East, Stanford National Security and the Law Society, National Lawyers Guild
Event Details: Shane Kadidal of the Guántanamo Global Justice Initiative will be coming to Stanford to speak about the current state of Guantanamo. He will be focusing on why the discussion of closing Guantanamo has dissipated and what is going to happen to Guantanamo in the near future.

Friday, May 13, 2011: Has Technology Killed Tribalism? With Google General Counsel Kent Walker
Presented by ILS and SLATA
Over the past thirty years, governments have lost their ability to regulate the flow of information to their citizenry. While nation-states once controlled what their citizens heard, saw, and read, we now live in a world where information is becoming universally available. As we have seen in China and Egypt, new sources of information are influencing laws, trade, and culture around the world. As Google’s General Counsel, Kent Walker, engages with this global change on a daily basis. Mr. Walker discussed how evolving regulatory frameworks and innovative communication platforms, like Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and YouTube, are changing the ways cultures around the world interact, and how the internet both heightens and transcends the global clash of cultures.

Monday, May 9, 2011: International Food Policy with Wally Falcon (Program on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford)
Panel event focusing on the questions of where our food comes from now, where it will come from in the future, and what effects such issues might have on international trade policies and foreign affairs more generally.

April 28, 2011: Counterinsurgency and International Law: A discussion with Colonel McGee 
Hoover Institute Fellow Colonel J.P. McGee discussed his personal and professional experience with mounting a counter-insurgency campaign while balancing concerns of international law. Sponsored by: International Law Society, and Stanford National Security & the Law Society, and Stanford Law Veteran’s Organization

April 27, 2011: The “Guanajuato 8” and the Current Situation of Women’s Reproductive Rights in México
Verónica Cruz Sánchez, Director of Centro Las Libres and Human Rights Watch Human Rights Defender of 2006, presented to the Stanford community in April 2011 about her work as a women’s rights activist in México and the current situation of women’s reproductive rights in México’s central region. The talk will focus especially on the recent cases of eight Guanajuato women for whom Verónica advocated and who were recently freed from prison after having partially served 25-35 year sentences for alleged illegal abortions. This event will allow the community to dialogue with an inspiring and prominent women’s rights activist and to learn about the current situation of reproductive rights in México.

April 21, 2011: International Mixer - ADSA and ILS
The annual international mixer was a blast. Over 80 students came, danced and showed their appreciation for all of our LLM-SPILS-JSD-ADSA friends!!!

April 18, 2011: The International Criminal Court and National Courts: A Contentious Relationship
Discussion on the ICC and its relationship with domestic courts with Nidal Jurdi, an officer with the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and lecturer in International Relations and Organizations at the American University of Beirut.

April 12, 2011: Voices from Tahrir Square: First Hand Stories From a Revolution
A live video conference with everyday people who participated in the demonstrations in Tahrir Square during the revolution in Egypt.

March 28, 2011: The “Goldstone Report” and the Application of International Law to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, featuring former Justice Richard Goldstone
Event Details: The fascinating and scholarly debate on international law,is now available to watch online. The debate was introduced by former Justice Richard Goldstone, moderated by Professor Allen Weiner and featured Abraham Bell, Noura Erakat, Peter Berkowitz, and Victor Kattan.
Here is the link: http://www.law.stanford.edu/display/images/dynamic/events_media/20110328_GoldstoneReport-Debate.mov

March 28, 2011: Challenges in International Legal Reform: Rule of Law, Afghanistan and Careers at the State Department 
Event Details: Grey Maggiano is the Justice Program Manager, Afghanistan-Pakistan Office, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State. He is Afghanistan Rule of Law Program Manager for State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Bureau. In that capacity, he is responsible for oversight of U.S. assistance to the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. Since joining the State Department, Maggiano has also served as the Afghan Corrections Program Manager and Counternarcotics Public Information Coordinator for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Office. Prior to joining the State Department in 2007, Maggiano was a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) researching coca cultivation trends in Colombia and Peru. Maggiano graduated in 2006 from Georgetown University with a Master’s of Public Policy.

March 3, 2011: International Conflict Resolution and the International Court of Justice: with Judge Christopher Greenwood of the ICJ
Presented with the International Conflict Resolution Colloquium
Event Details: Judge Christopher Greenwood was elected to the ICJ in 2008 and was knighted in 2009 for his services to public international law. Prior to becoming a judge on the ICJ, he was a professor of International Law at the London School of Economics.

March 1, 2011: Stopping Atrocity Crimes: The Responsibility to Protect Doctrine
Presented by ILS, SHIRLA, STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, SUSU, SAID, Stanford in Government
Event Details: Edward C. Luck, as Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is charged with the conceptual, political, and operational development of the responsibility to protect. An Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, he also serves as Senior Vice President for Research and Programs at the International Peace Institute, an independent think tank based in New York. From 2001 to 2010, Dr. Luck was Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs and Director of the Center on International Organization, both of Columbia University.

February 15, 2011: LSRJ/ILS Bake Sale – Emerald Hill Children’s Home in Harare, Zimbabwe
Event Details: ALL the money we raise at the bake sale will be used to buy buns and yogurt for the children living at the Emerald Hill Children’s Home in Harare, Zimbabwe. The orphanage can usually only afford to give the children cold porridge for their lunch, and whenever money is donated for buns or yogurt, it is a HUGE treat for the children. By spending just 15 cents at the bake sale, you will be buying one bun for a child. And for every $30 that we raise, 100 children will get yogurt!

February 10, 2011: Can Terrorists be Tried in Civilian Courts: Some Lessons from the Shining Path Experience in Peru
Event Details: Gabriela Tarazona-Sevillano was a criminal affairs prosecuting attorney in Peru and has taught for many years in the United States. She is author of Sendero Luminoso and the Threat of Narcoterrorism and has recently returned from Peru where she conducted research on the trial of Sendero’s maximum leader and other members of the organization’s leadership group.

February 1, 2011: Earthquake on the ‘Arab Street’: Revolutions, Populism, and Rule of Law in the Arab World
Event Details: Come learn about the ground-breaking developments in Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon and their significance for the Arab people, the US and Rule of Law more broadly.  Join Dr. Joel Beinin and Dr. Lina Khatib as they help situate these movements in the larger political, social and legal framework of the Modern Middle East.

January 31, 2011: LLM Panel: European Firms and International Institutions
Event Details: Tony Lai, Mariya Sergeyeva, Stefan Buerge and Loic Coutelier talked about their experiences in IT and corporate M&A, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Commercial High Court and the International Court of Arbitration.

January 11th, 2010: The Shah and Roots of the Islamic Revolution in Iran
Event Details: Stanford’s Director of Iranian Studies, Dr. Abbas Milani, discussed his new book, ten years in the making, The Shah.

November 17th, 2010: Annual International Law Faculty Dinner
Event Details: Stanford international law faculty joined J.D. and advanced degree students for a night of dinner and discussion. Participating faculty included: Deborah Hensler, Lawrence Friedman, Erik Jensen, Jan Martinez, Chip Pitts, Rogelio Perez-Podomo, Alan Sykes, Sergio Stone, and Allen Weiner.

November 11th, 2010: Boots on the Ground – A Panel Discussion with Stanford Veterans 
Event Details: This Veterans’ Day, come hear your classmates discuss their experiences as service members.  Our panelists served across a range of disciplines, and deployed around the globe.  Moderated by former Department of Defense staffer Michael Sulmeyer, the panelists will discuss topics that include: the tactical implications of strategic policy, rule of law development on the ground, the laws of war at the tactical level, targeting, women in combat, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Panelists: Lucas Babbitt, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (2000-2010), SLS 2013, Stephenie Gosnell, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (2001-2008), SLS 2011, Tim Hsia, Captain, U.S. Army (2004-2010), SLS 2013, Gabe Ledeen, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (2004-2008), SLS 2012 

November 11th, 2010: U.S.-China Law Enforcement Cooperation – Lunchtime talk by Ronald Cheng
Event Details: Although a relatively new area in the U.S.-China relationship, law enforcement cooperation raises many of the same issues that arise in different aspects of the relationship. This talk will focus on cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the criminal area over the last ten years. (Please note that the speaker’s remarks represent his own views and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government or Department of Justice).

November 10th, 2010: 1L Public and Private International Law Summer Job Dinner
Event Details: The event included 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLM/JSD students who have worked at international NGOs, international criminal courts, and law firms overseas. 1Ls talked with other students about application processes, the jobs themselves, or any other questions they had about searching for a 1L summer job.

November 11th, 2010: Diwali TGIF 
Event Details: Diwali celebration co-sponsored with APILSA.

October 18th, 2010: Small Group Discussion with Claudio Rechden from the IFC
Event Details: Small group discussion about career paths in international organizations.

October 6th, 2010: Saving Israeli Democracy – Key Challenges and Possible Solutions
Event Details: Tamar Hermann, Senior Fellow, Israeli Democracy Institute. Professor is a political scientist specializing in public opinion, civil society and grassroots politics, foreign policy-making and Israeli politics.

October 5th, 2010: JD/LLM Buddy Dinner
Event Details: Dinner with JDs and their LLM/ASD student buddies.

May 27th, 2010: At the Core of the Conflict: Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Event Details: Ir Amim (“City of Nations” or “City of Peoples”) is an Israeli non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in order to actively engage in those issues impacting on Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem and on the political future of the city.

May 24th, 2010: Boots on the Ground
Event Details: Classmates discussed their experiences leading Soldiers and Marines in combat and around the globe, across a range of disciplines from intelligence to engineering and infantry.  The panelists will discuss topics that include: the tactical implications of strategic policy, rule of law development on the ground, the laws of war at the tactical level,  interrogation techniques, cyberwarfare, women in combat, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

May 20th, 2010: Islamic Law and the Constitution of Afghanistan
Event Details: Hamid is the ALEP post-doctoral fellow in Afghanistan. Hamid joins ALEP from private practice in Denver, where he also taught Islamic Law as an adjunct professor at the Univ. of Colorado Law School.

May 17th, 2010: ILS Team Dinner
Event Details: Annual ILS Board dinner – transition discussion with 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 board members.

May 6th, 2010: Bake Sale
Event Details: Bake sale co-sponsored with Law Students for Reproductive Justice to fund clean birth kits.

April 24th, 2010: Red Cross Symposium
Event Details: Public seminar to understand the causes, consequences and ramifications of recent mass migrations in Haiti and around the world.  Speakers from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), renowned universities and civil organizations will give you new perspectives on human rights;     international relations and the displacement of vulnerable people.

April 22nd, 2010: Post-Conflict International Human Rights: Bright Spots, Shadows, Dilemmas
Event Details: José Zalaquett presented, w/ commentaries by Prof James Campbell (History, Stanford) and Prof Terry Karl (PoliSci, Stanford)

April 22nd, 2010: Body Scanners and Privacy
Event Details: Chip Pitts is an SLS Lecturer in Law and a Visiting Levin Center Fellow.  From within the public and private sectors, Mr. Pitts has engaged with civil liberties issues for over two decades. Formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, he served as Chief Legal Officer of Nokia Inc. where he had global responsibility for the company’s ethics, human rights, and corporate citizenship work. Mr. Pitts is currently the President of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a non-profit civil liberties advocacy organization, and has also served as an officer and/or director of a number of nonprofit organizations, including as Chair of Amnesty International USA. Mr. Pitts has helped generate grassroots action to preserve and protect human rights and civil liberties in the post-9/11 framework. A former delegate of the United States government and various NGOs to United Nations human rights bodies and conferences, Pitts emphasizes the link between domestic and global human rights.  He has received awards for his pro bono human rights work from local, state, and national bar associations and other groups.

April 7th, 2010: Free Speech and Privacy on the Internet

March 2nd, 2010: Lunch with Laurant Cohen-Tanugi
Event Details: Small group lunch w/LCT discussing implications of the Lisbon Treaty.

March 2nd, 2010: Democracy Promotion
Event Details: Lecture on status of Democracy Promotion and info on CDDRL.

February 25th, 2010: International Mixer
Event Details: Mixer at GCC

February 24th, 2010: Spies, Energy, and the New World of the 21st Century
Event Details: Lecture on energy and terrorism

February 18th, 2010: Lisbon Treaty
Event Details: Lecture on Lisbon Treaty and implications for US interests in the EU

February 5th, 2010: Dui Hua Foundation

February 4th, 2010: Broadcasting Dialogue Between the Int’l Criminal Court and Regional Govt’s
Event Details: International Radio for Justice (IRFJ) is designed to encourage dialogue between people in regions where the International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating the most serious crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes) and the national and international authorities responsible for rendering justice to them. Wanda Hall is Founder and Director of IRFJ. She has worked in Russia, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic

January 21st, 2010: Can a Constitution ever be anything but national law?
Event Details: Discussion on regions where the ICC is investigating.

November 19th, 2009: International Implications of the Patriot Act
Event Details:  Formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, Chip Pitts served as Chief Legal Officer of Nokia Inc. where he had global responsibility for the company’s ethics, human rights, and corporate citizenship work. Mr. Pitts is currently the President of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a non-profit civil liberties advocacy organization, and has also served as an officer and/or director of a number of nonprofit organizations, including Chair of Amnesty International USA.

November 17th, 2009: International Law Internships Dinner
Event Details: The International Law Society, Stanford International Human Rights Law Association, Advanced Degree Student Association, and Office of Career Services are hosted a 1L summer job dinner.   The event will include 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLM/JSD students who have worked at international NGOs, international criminal courts, and law firms overseas. Come ask about application processes, the jobs themselves, or any other questions you may have about searching for a 1L summer job.

November 5th, 2009: Battling Human Trafficking
Event Details:  Larry Martin, of the International Justice Mission, will discuss the problem of human trafficking, and efforts being taken to secure justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.  Larry Martin is the Senior Vice President of Education of the International Justice Mission (IJM).  IJM lawyers, investigators, and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.

November 4th, 2010: International Law Faculty Dinner
Event Details: Professors coming: Don Emmerson, Senior Fellow, FSI Paul Goldstein, Erik Jensen, CDDRL/SLS (Rule of Law) Jan Martinez, SLS (International Trade/ADR) Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies Program/Hoover Fellow Alan Sykes, SLS Gi-Wook Shin, Chair of Korean Studies, Senior Fellow at FSI Helen Stacy, FSI/SLS (Int’l Human Rights) Sergio Stone, Int’l Law Librarian SLS Beth van Schaack, Visiting Scholar, FSI (Int’l Law Prof, Santa Clara) Michael Wara; SLS/FSI Allen Weiner; SLS/FSI Daphne Barak-Erez, SLS (visiting from Tel Aviv).

October 28th, 2009: Project Kashmir
Event Details: Project Kashmir is a film intended to promote dialogue about Kasmir, conflict resolution and multi-faith understanding. Since its world premiere at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, it has screened at countless college campuses and festivals internationally. Project Kashmir was recently selected by the US Department of State to screen as part of the American Documentary Showcase. The film screening and discussion are sponsored by the International Law Society and the Advanced Degree Student Association.

October 14th, 2009: Recycling Chinese Capital Back into the World
Event Details: Howard Chao will speak about one of the important business trends of our time (which translates into an important area of legal practice as well), the recycling of Chinese capital back to the rest of world.  China is the largest creditor nation in the world, and is also becoming one of the most important equity investors.  Chinese companies are becoming very active with M&A, both in the West but also the developing world.

April 23rd, 2009: The Iraq Genocide: Al-Anfal Personal Perspectives and Legal Residue
Event Details: Michael A. Newton, professor at Vanderbilt Law School, is one of America’s leading experts on the Kurdish genocide, and served as international law advisor to the judges of the Iraqi High Tribunal. He will discuss the Anfal genocide trial, which began in 2006 and represents one of the most sophisticated cases ever brought to court in the region. Professor Newton will discuss the political and legal salience of the Anfal trial and highlight the perspectives of the victims in the context of Iraqi society.

April 14th, 2009: Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton: “The Coming War on Sovereignty”

April 10th, 2009: Intelligence, Leadership, and International Institutions
Event Details: Colonel Laura Potter will share her experiences as an intelligence professional who has led military personnel and civilians from the tactical to strategic levels and is currently at the forefront of Army policy. Her discussion will focus around her operational experiences in the intelligence community, and more broadly her leadership experiences working with other agencies and international institutions

April 2nd 2009: Doing Business in Afghanistan
Event Details: Malalai Wassil, a practicing lawyer and entrepreneur in Kabul, will give an overview of how business is done in Afghanistan with a particular emphasis on the country’s commercial laws.

April 1st, 2009: Torture and International Law: Reflections on the “Bush Program”
Event Details: Scott Horton is a professor of law at Columbia Law School and a Contributing Editor to Harper’s Magazine. His article, “Justice After Bush: Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration” was the cover story of Harper’s Dec. 2008 issue. Horton is a New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. A life-long human rights advocate, he served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association. Prof. Horton will discuss the implications for international law of what John Yoo has termed “the Bush Program” of interrogating detainees.

March 11th, 2009: Countering Piracy in the Gulf of Aden
Event Details:  Please join us for a discussion on the international law and policy frameworks that are being developed and implemented to counter piracy in the Horn of Africa. The event will feature James Kraska, a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and faculty member of the International Law Department, US Naval War College. Commander Kraska has extensive experience with maritime security issues, international maritime conventions, and the law of the sea; he has recently submitted an article on piracy in the Gulf of Aden for publication by the Stanford Journal of International Law.

March 9th, 2009: ”A Rough Road to Justice: The Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia”
Event Details: John D. Ciorciari, a long-time Senior Legal Advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, will present a discussion on the tribunal’s origins and basic features, providing a critique of the challenges and successes of the first three years of operations. He will focus on three primary areas: judicial, administrative, and public outreach.

February 18th, 2009: Dinner and discussion with former special envoy to Darfur
Event Details: Ambassador Williamson will discuss his experience as special enjoy to the conflict-ridden region as well as his posts as Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs and as Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He will focus his talk on U.S. and international efforts to prevent genocide. Richard Williamson became the Special Envoy to Sudan in January 7, 2008 and has recently left that post. Mr. Williamson is also a practicing partner in the law office of Winston and Strawn. Earlier in the Bush Administration, Williamson, who has broad foreign policy and negotiating experience, served as Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs and as Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.Previously, he served in senior foreign policy positions under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, including as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations at the Department of State, and an Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs in the White House.

Feburary 16th, 2009: Still Broken: A Recruit’s Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon
Event Details: Join us for a discussion with Alex Rossmiller, a former analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) who served in Iraq in 2004. Rossmiller will speak about the subject of his recent book, Still Broken: A Recruit’s Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon. “Hobbled by clueless superiors and their turf wars, as well as ignorance of Iraqi culture, DIA units, including Rossmiller’s, witnessed American forces repeatedly acting on poor or outdated intelligence. … Rossmiller gives a lively insider’s view of the petty and not-so-petty politics that affect the intelligence our leaders receive in their efforts to pacify Iraq; it is not a pretty picture.” Publisher’s Weekly (Feb. 12 2008)

February 16th, 2009: Mumbai Attacks: Non-State Actors and State Actions
Event Details: Amandeep Gill is a visiting fellow at CISAC. He is a member of the Indian Foreign Service and has served in the Indian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, the Indian Embassy in Tehran and the High Commission of India in Colombo. At headquarters in New Delhi, he has served twice in the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division of the Ministry of External Affairs from 1998 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2008 at critical junctures in India’s nuclear diplomacy. He was a member of the Indian delegation to the Conference on Disarmament during the negotiations on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He has also served as an expert on the UN Secretary General’s panels of experts on Small Arms and Light Weapons and on Missiles.

February 12th, 2009: Gaza and International Law
Event Details: We will be bringing Professor George Bisharat, JD/PhD, who teaches at Hastings Law School, to speak about the recent events in Gaza through the framework of international law. He will also address the conflict’s causes and potential political consequences.

February 10th, 2009: The UN’s Failure to Human Rights
Event Details: Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute.  Before joining Hudson she was an adjunct professor from 2002 to 2004 at Columbia University Law School.  In January 2003 she launched a major human rights website dedicated to enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. The site has attracted over 500,000 visitors from 96 countries. In 1996 Bayefsky began her tenure as a full professor in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto.  From 1996 to 1999 she was the director of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies.  From 1998 to 2004 she served as project director for the university’s Human Rights Treaty Study, a major international review of the U.N. human rights treaty system.  In 2001 she published a report in collaboration with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. She was the 1992 recipient of the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research, Canada’s annual premier human rights research fellowship, and she was a 1995-1996 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant in Peace and International Cooperation. She is a member of the International Law Association Committee on Human Rights Law and Practice and on the Governing Board of U.N. Watch, an ECOSOC-accredited NGO based in Geneva.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the series “Refugees and Human Rights”, published by Brill.

January 29th, 2009: Gaza: What is Really Happening and Why?
Event Details: National Security and Rule of Law expert Amichai Magen (Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School) and Counter-Terrorism and Strategic Defense expert Boaz Ganor (Founder of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and deputy dean of the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy) will speak about the current situation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. They will address a number of issues including: how the conflict reached this point, use of force and humanitarian issues, what is happening on the political/diplomatic fronts, the wider regional dynamics – particularly the role of Iran, and possible solutions/requisites for peace.

January 20th, 2009: Overcoming Challenges to the Rule of Law in Afghanistan
Event Details: Mohammad Haroon Mustasem is Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Kabul University & Lecturer in Law at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). He has been working with the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, a SLS student initiative and will speak on legal education and its role in the rule of law in Afghanistan.

January 15th, 2009: Community Oriented Police Reform in Indonesia
Event Details: Leopold Sudaryono is Senior Program Officer – Law Program, at the Asia Foundation Jakarta. He is responsible for planning, implementing and conducting evaluation the Foundation’s program/ policy on Human Rights, Police Reform, Prison Reform and for new program development on law reform sector. A lawyer by training and profession he has deep interest and insight on human rights and humanitarian law, legal aid, student movement and community development. He has obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Leicester, UK and completed Postgraduate Diploma on Transitional Justice at the University of Capetown, South Africa.

November 28th, 2008: Questcope
Event Details: A discussion with Kate Brubacher, founder of Liberian Widows Initiative (LWI), a microfinance organization to aid women devastated by the Liberian Civil War. The discussion will focus on Brubacher’s experience in Ghana where she spent seven months documenting the stories of Liberian refugees, and her subsequent founding of LWI to provide small business loans and savings accounts to Liberian refugee women struggling to feed their families and send their children to school.

November 20th, 2008: Microfinance in Africa: The Liberia Widows Initiative
Event Details: A discussion with Kate Brubacher, founder of Liberian Widows Initiative (LWI), a microfinance organization to aid women devastated by the Liberian Civil War. The discussion will focus on Brubacher’s experience in Ghana where she spent seven months documenting the stories of Liberian refugees, and her subsequent founding of LWI to provide small business loans and savings accounts to Liberian refugee women struggling to feed their families and send their children to school.

November 17th, 2008: Former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar
Event Details: José María Aznar served as prime minister of Spain from 1996-2004, when he retired from office. Mr. Aznar has been called the “man who returned Spain to the forefront of the world stage.” As Spain’s head of government, Mr. Aznar tackled issues ranging from the economy to immigration to domestic and international terrorism. His government strongly supported the United States in the War on Terror and sent troops to both Afghanistan and Iraq.

October 29th, 2008: The Legal Battle Against Terrorism
Event Details: Nistana Darshan-Leitner, the founder and director of Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center), a Tel-Aviv based human rights institute, and one of Israel’s leading activist attorneys will speak about using lawsuits to bankrupt terrorist organizations.

October 29th, 2008: Education and Rule of Law in Afghanistan

October 13th, 2008: Poverty & Property in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities
Event Details: The International Law Society and Federalist Society jointly sponsor a discussion with Karol Boudreaux on rule of law and economic development challenges in Africa. Karol Boudreaux is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, lead researcher for Enterprise Africa!, a research project that is investigating enterprise-based solutions to poverty in Africa, and a member of the Working Group on Property Rights of the U.N.’s Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Professor Boudreaux will discuss her field work over the past three years, including work in Rwanda, South Africa, and Namibia

October 2nd, 2008: International Arbitration with President of the American International Law Society Lucy Reed
Event Details: Lucy Reed will give a talk about her career and her most recent experience as an arbitrator on the Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission in the Hague.

March 17th, 2008: Freeing Political Prisoners: Training Workshop by Jared Genser of Freedom Now
Event Details: Jared Genser, President of Freedom Now and an attorney with DLA Piper, will train students in Freedom Now’s approach to freeing prisoners of conscience through petitioning international bodies. Freedom now is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization that seeks to facilitate representation for arbitrarily detained individuals who have neither used nor advocated violence and whose detention violates fundamental principles of international law. Its mission is to free prisoners of conscience through focused legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts. This Training Workshop is co-sponsored by the Levin Center as part of its Skills Workshop Series and the International Law Society (ILS).

February 13th, 2008: One Voice Training

February 6th, 2008: European Union Competitiveness and Social Policy Lectur

October 15th, 2007: David Rivkin on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Event Details: David Rivkin, a veteran of the Department of Justice and the White House in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, speaks on reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Sponsored by the Federalist Society, National Security and the Law Society, and the International Law Society.

October 10th, 2007: ILS Reception
Event Details: The International Law Society (ILS) Reception seeks to introduce students interested in international law to SLS´ international law faculty. Dean Kramer will serve as the keynote speaker.

October 4th, 2007: Asylum Access Speaker
Event Details: Discussion of Asylum Access’s work in the Bay area and in their demonstration projects abroad.

September 11th, 2007: An Introduction to International Law with Professor Allen Weiner

September 5th, 2007: Jessup International Moot Court Competition Information Session
Event Details: The Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition is oldest and most prestigious international law moot court competition. Named after a US judge on the International Court of Justice, participants argue a case concerning public international law in a simulated ICJ argument. Past problems for argument have included international borders, expropriation, fisheries, attribution of state conduct, and diplomatic immunity among others. This year’s problem will focus on ensuring human rights while combating terrorism. Teams compete all over the world to reach the international final round in Washington, DC. More information can be found on their website at: http://www.ilsa.org/jessup/ The International Law Society will be holding tryouts for the 2008 competition. All 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to participate. The tryout competition will consist of two rounds: an application and a short oral argument. An informational meeting will be held on September 5 with applications distributed at that time. Applications are due to ILS by September 13. ILS will then choose 10 individuals from among the applicants to proceed to the oral argument round. Oral arguments will consist of 5 minutes of argument per individual on a single issue. ILS will prepare the question and provide all required materials. The oral arguments will be held on September 24 with the final 4 members of the team chosen by September 26.

April 5th, 2007: Litigating the Patriot Act: The Mayfield Case
Event Details: Elden Rosenthal ’72, recently won a $2M settlement and public apology from the federal government for his client Brandon Mayfield, who was wrongfully jailed for two weeks as a presumed terrorist in connection with the Madrid bombings. The settlement preserved Mayfield’s right to sue over the constitutionality of the PATRIOT Act which authorized his detention, and Rosenthal continues to litigate those issues. Bad fingerprint analysis, lying FBI agents, religious discrimination, wrongful detention — Mayfield v. USA remains the most prominent test case of the PATRIOT Act in the courts today. Elden Rosenthal will talk about the provisions of the PATRIOT Act which improperly impede Americans’ civil liberties, the ongoing Mayfield litigation, and his practice as a civil rights lawyer in Oregon.

April 5th, 2007: Redefining ‘National Group’ in the Genocide Convention: A Case Study of East Timor
Event Details: ”Redefining ‘National Group’ in the Genocide Convention: A Case Study of East Timor”. SPILS JSM student David Lisson will present his research regarding the group that was the target of the human rights abuses committed by Indonesian authorities in East Timor between 1975 and 1999. He has determined that they were targeted as a result of their attempts to exercise their right to self-determination and that the events show a need to reconsidered the definition of the “national groups” that receive protection under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. His research hopes to promote a better understanding of the crimes that occurred, of the definition of “national group”, and of the relationship between self-determination and genocide.

March 7th, 2007: Invisible Children – Conversation on Uganda
Event Details: The Black Law Students Association, the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association, and the International Law Society will be presenting the documentary “Invisible Children” along with a discussion with Professor Helen Stacy about the ongoing conflict in Uganda and the affect that it is having on young boys in the region.

At the Core of the Conflict:
and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict