International Legal Studies Events: Fall 2013 archive


Thursday, August 8
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Milstein East B, Wasserstein Hall

Reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court

A talk with

Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator for Connecticut

Read more about Senator Blumenthal and the proposed legislation.

Presented by the Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession, in cooperation with the Human Rights Program, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, International Legal Studies, the Institute for Global Law and Policy, and the Harvard University Institute of Politics.


Thursday, September 12

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Wasserstein B010

Session for 1Ls about International Opportunities

Come hear about the range of opportunities for HLS students to explore international, foreign, and comparative law, as well as frameworks to spend time abroad.

Friday, September 13
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Wasserstein 5053

Spending the Semester Abroad:  A Question-and-Answer Session for Spring 2014 Applicants

The Semester Abroad Program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. With applications for study abroad in spring 2014 due on September 16, this session is designed especially for current applicants. Drop in with questions before submitting your application, and feel free to bring your lunch. 

Friday, September 20
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Wasserstein 4063

Information Session:  Semester Abroad in Switzerland

Meet Dean Christine Chappuis and Professor Thomas Kadner Graziano of the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, and learn more about studying abroad in Geneva next year.

Lunch will be served.

Friday, September 20
3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall

Children in the Cross-Fire:  Improving Responses to Alienation and High-Conflict Parental Separations

A panel discussion with:

Professor Nicholas Bala, Law Faculty, Queen's University
Professor Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
Judge Linda S. Fidnick, First Justice, Hampshire Probate and Family Court


Claire Houston, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Graduate Program, International Legal Studies, and the Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

 Monday, September 30
12 p.m.

Wasserstein 5053

Information Session:  Semester Abroad in South Africa

Meet Professor Minette Nortje of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and learn more about  studying abroad in South Africa next year.

Lunch will be served.


Wednesday, October 2

12 p.m.

2036 Milstein East A

Constitution vs. Contract:  The South African Story Thus Far

A talk with

Professor Minette Nortje, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lunch will be served.


Tuesday, October 8

12 p.m.

Austin 111

Winter Term Opportunities: Writing and Clinical Projects and International Travel Grants

Upper-year J.D. and LL.M. students at HLS can apply to participate in winter term writing or clinical projects.  Students who will be traveling abroad in furtherance of an approved winter term writing or clinical project are eligible to apply for Winter Term International Travel Grants.  Come find out more!

Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Wednesday, October 9

12 p.m. 

Austin 111

1L Job Search Strategies and Summer Funding Information Session

This session is co-sponsored by OPIA, International Legal Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Office of Student Financial Services and is designed to provide advice to 1Ls seeking summer public interest opportunities abroad. Topics for discussion include:

  • How to determine what kinds of jobs to pursue  
  • How to research employers
  • How to land a summer job
  • Application logistics, including timing
  • Summer funding programs, including the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship and Human Rights Program Summer Internships

Pizza provided.

Thursday, October 17
12 p.m

Wasserstein 5053

Information Session:  Semester Abroad in Australia

Come meet Professor Belinda Bennett of the University of Sydney Law School and learn more about studying abroad in Australia.

Lunch will be served.

Thursday, October 17
5 p.m.

Milstein West B

The Annual Harvard Program on Disability Open House with special guest speaker Justice Albie Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa, Human Rights Activist
Introduced by  Dean Martha Minow

Albie Sachs  served for 15 years as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has played a prominent role in the country’s transition to democracy.  An anti-apartheid and human rights activist, Justice Sachs was exiled for 23 years and survived an assassination attempt.
Come listen to Justice Sachs, meet the HPOD team & hear about our work.

Friday, October 18
12:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Milstein West

Law and International Development Society Symposium
Trade and Entrepreneurship: Linking Local Growth to Global Markets

This year’s LIDS Symposium aims to highlight the legal, political, and economic barriers facing new businesses and aspiring exporters in developing countries. The symposium begins with the underlying notion that independent and sustainable development cannot occur without the emergence of successful, exportable domestic industries. While approaches such as microfinance gained traction in the past decade, efforts to grow subsistence-level producers and informal businesses into more efficient medium-sized enterprises in developing countries have remained frustratingly slow. Through the rich experience of the speakers, the 2013 LIDS symposium aims to exchange valuable lessons from NGOs, government, academia, and groundbreaking fieldwork in the search for solutions that to lead the way forward in this critical area of development.
View the Symposium Page for more information.

Monday, October 21
12 p.m.

Wasserstein B015

Winter Term Research Strategies and the Use of Human Subjects

Students whose winter term projects will involve research and/or human subjects are strongly urged to attend this session with HLS research librarians, a representative from the HLS technology and security team, and a representative from the Harvard Committee on the Use of Human Subjects. All students interested in learning more about research guidelines for the use of human subjects are welcome.
Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Wednesday, October 23
12 p.m.

Wasserstein 3016

Where can Study Abroad Take You?

Information Session on Semester Abroad and the HLS-University of Cambridge Joint J.D.-LL.M. Degree

The Semester Abroad program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas.  The program offers students an educational experience not available at Harvard Law School – immersion in a foreign legal culture. 2L and 3L students can apply to study at one of ten exchange partner schools, or for an independent semester abroad at another accredited law school.

The HLS-University of Cambridge Joint Degree program offers students an incredible opportunity to spend a year engaged in research and coursework at one of the world's oldest and most distinguished universities. This program may be of particular benefit to students interested in public or private international law, British law or European Union law, or in pursuing an academic career.  Students who successfully complete program requirements earn a Harvard J.D. degree and a Cambridge LL.M. in a total of three-and-a-half years.

Come learn more about these programs from HLS students who have studied abroad.
Lunch will be served

Monday, October 28
12 p.m.

Wasserstein 3007

Information Session: Semester Abroad in France

Come meet Professor Mikhail Xifaras of Sciences Po, Paris and learn more about studying abroad in France.
Lunch will be served.


Monday, November 18

12 p.m.

2019 Milstein West B


Thursday, November 21

12 p.m.

2019 Milstein West B

Winter Term International Travel Pre-Departure Sessions

International Legal Studies will hold a one-hour briefing for students who will be abroad over winter term. The session is REQUIRED for students who receive winter term international travel grants and is open to others who wish to attend. The session will offer information about preparing for winter term projects as well as health, safety, and other travel considerations, and facilitate interaction among students who are going to particular regions and those who have spent time there.

In order to accommodate students' schedules, we will offer this single session on two different days. For more information or to determine which sessions will focus on particular regions, please e-mail Alicia Clemente at aclemente at

Students are welcome to bring their lunches - dessert and beverages will be served.



Tuesday, December 3

4 p.m.

Wasserstein 5053

Study Abroad Coffee Hour with Fall 2013 Exchange Students

Network with students from our partner schools in France, England, Switzerland, and Brazil and learn more about what it might be like to spend a semester abroad.

Students are welcome to bring their lunches - dessert and beverages will be served.

Last modified: January 16, 2014

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