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2015-2016 events

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 2016-2017 academic year; events in the 2015-2016 academic year are described below.

Fall 2015

August 21: Mini-conference between faculty at Georgia Law and the University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs

September 13-20: Visiting Scholar Dr. Daniel Blum, postdoctoral researcher at theVienna University of Economics and Business, in residence at the Center. During his visit, Dr. Blum consulted with Professor Emeritus Walter Hellerstein on issues of international taxation and gave a faculty presentation of his paper, “Taxation of Non-Residents: Concepts and Limitations.”

September 24: Mixer for internationally interested members of law school community; Center cosponsored with Georgia Society for International & Comparative Law

September 28-October 2: Faculty exchange visit by Professor Ziv Bohrer, Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, who taught a 1-unit course, Selected Issues in International Criminal Law, and presented to the faculty a paper in the same field.

October 12: Center assisted Georgia Society of International & Comparative Law in sponsoring talk by former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, the law school’s Fall 2015 Sanders Political Leadership Scholar.

October 19-21: Security & Strategic Trade Management Academy, training for foreign officials, funded by U.S. Department of State. Dean Rusk International Law Center cosponsored with university’s School of Public & International Affairs.

Semester’s Main Event: October 26: Rededication of the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations in its new home in the renovated Dean Rusk International Law Center, a UN70 event. Dr. Kannan Rajarathinam (LLM 1988), Head of Office, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Basra, Iraq, will speak on “The United Nations at 70: Pursuing Peace in the 21st Century,” to be published in the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law. Additional remarks by Professor Harlan G. Cohen; Dorinda G. Dallmeyer (JD 1984), Director, Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, University of Georgia and former Rusk Center Associate Director, as well as former Sohn student; and Ken Dious (JD 1973), Dious & Associates, Athens, Georgia, former Rusk student. Live-streamed at, and subsequently archived at Additional cosponsors: American Bar Association Section of International Law, American Branch of the International Law Association, American Society of International Law, Asian Law Students Association, Davenport-Benham Chapter of the Black Law Students Association, Georgia Society of International & Comparative Law, Hispanic Law Students Association, Jewish Law Students Association, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team, and Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team.

November 11: Law School Summer Study Abroad and Externships Information Session

November 18: Presentation by Catherine Matto, Assistant Director for U.S. Scholars, Fulbright Program, on international research and exchange opportunities for law school faculty and staff

November 18-20: Visit of Professor Jan Wouters, Jean Monnet Chair and head of Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium; included guest lecture in Global Governance class taught by Professor Harlan Cohen.

Spring 2016

January 27: Inaugural meeting of the Faculty Division of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council

February 9: Coffee-hour celebration of the 107h birthday of our namesake, Dean Rusk, in the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations

February 12: Center hosted and cosponsored “Cuba and the South: A Shared History,” a Global Georgia Initiative panel, with the university’s Willson Center for the Humanities & Arts. Panelists: Associate Dean Diane Marie Amann (“Dean Rusk and Cuba”), Kathleen A. Doty, our Center’s Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation (“Future of Guantánamo”), and Alexander Stephens, Ph.D. candidate in university’s History Department (“Marielitos in Atlanta Prisons”).

February 22: Center cosponsored law faculty workshop presentation by University of Florida Law Professor Wentong Zheng, an expert on international trade & business, antitrust, and international intellectual property.

February 29: "Crossing Borders: Adventures in International Legal Research",  a workshop by Anne Burnett, Foreign and International Law Librarian at Georgia Law’s Alexander Campbell King Library

March 16: LL.M. professional development trip to Atlanta, organized by Dr. Laura Tate Kagel, our Center’s Director of International Professional Education. Featuring presentations at the Supreme Court of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, plus presentations at Troutman Sanders LLP.

March 19: Inaugural meeting of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council (Alumni/ae Division, Faculty Division, and Counselors)




Spring 2016

April 20: Lecture on “Tomb Raiders and Terrorist Financing: Cutting off the Islamic State’s Illicit Traffic in ‘Blood Antiquities’” by Tess Davis (JD 2009), Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition in Washington, D.C., member of the Alumni/ae Division of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council, and Vice Chair of the American Society of International Law Cultural Heritage & the Arts Interest Group, delivered a University of Georgia Signature Lecture; Dean Rusk International Law Center cosponsored with the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts; University of Georgia departments of anthropology, political science and sociology; the Office of the Vice President for Instruction; and the Georgia Museum of Art.

May 2: Lecture on law and emerging security challenges such as missile proliferation, chemical and biological warfare, and cybersecurity, by Mallory Stewart, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Emerging Security Challenges & Defense Policy, U.S. Department of State, at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American Society of International Law, with which the Center is affiliated as an Academic Partner. Cosponsored with ASIL's Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Interest Group, chaired by Kathleen A. Doty, our Center’s Associate Director for Global Practice Preparation.