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Events

For nearly 40 years, the Dean Rusk International Law Center 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. Recent efforts ranged from support of a lunchtime talk on foreign policy sponsored by our students’ International Law Society and led by former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, now Georgia Law’s Sanders Political Leadership Scholar, to a two-day experts’ conference on “Children and International Criminal Justice” keynoted by International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, with proceedings published in our Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

Events during the 2016-17 academic year are as follows:

Scheduled


Spring 2017


 

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 "International Law and 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 Crimesas part of the International Law Colloquium Series.

 

 



Past


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, sponosred 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 Román (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.

   

 
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 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 Onís. ‘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 Dondé 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.

 


2015-16 events