ILS Events - Spring 2010 Archive

Wednesday, January 20
12:00 p.m.
Pound 332

Semester Abroad at Sydney Law School: Information Session
Come find out how a semester abroad at Sydney Law School can expand your legal education! With a diverse curriculum, ranging from criminal law to commercial transactions to migration law, Sydney Law can provide HLS students the unique perspectives of a foreign legal culture and its scholars. Please join Professor Vivienne Bath to hear more about what Sydney Law has to offer. JD and SJD students are all welcome!

Lunch will be served.

More information on the HLS-Sydney exchange program is available here.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Wednesday, February 3
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lewis 202

Semester Abroad Question and Answer Session
Semester abroad can provide excellent opportunities for academic and personal development. With the February 15th deadline to submit applications for Fall Term 2010 quickly approaching, International Legal Studies is here to help! Please join us for an open question-and-answer session. Bring a lunch and your questions!

Dessert will be served.

For more information on semester abroad, please visit the International Legal Studies website:

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Friday, February 5
3:00 p.m.
Austin North

Justice Albie Sachs
of South Africa
The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law

Introduction by
Dean Martha Minow

Closing remarks by
Professor Frank Michelman

Please join us for a discussion with Albie Sachs who served for 15 years as a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has played a prominent role in the country’s struggle for justice.  An anti-apartheid activist, Justice Sachs was exiled for 23 years and survived an assassination attempt.  In his new book, The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, he describes his life and experience on the Court.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean, International Legal Studies, and the Office of Public Interest Advising

Monday, February 8
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Lewis 202

"Searching for a Human Rights Strategy in the Arab Region"

presentation by
Bahey El Din Hassan
Director, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

A well known lecturer, Mr. Hassan is also the author of numerous articles and papers exploring issues associated with human rights and democratic transformation in the Arab Region, as well as exploring the contextual challenges facing the human rights movement. Mr. Hassan is a Member of the Board of the EuroMed Human Rights Foundation (EMHRF) and recipient of both the Annual Award of "Human Rights Monitor" (presented by the Human Rights Watch, 1993) and the Annual Journalism Award of the Egyptian Press Syndicate (1987).

This event is open to the public. A light lunch  will be served, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP by e-mailing or by calling 617-495-9362.

Sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies, the Middle East Initiative at the Kennedy School of Government, and the Middle East Law Students Association

Wednesday, February 10
12:00 p.m.
Hauser 102

The Harvard European Law Association is pleased to announce the lecture
"A Geopolitical Role for the European Civil Code?"

Mauro Bussani
Full Professor of Private and Comparative Law, University of Trieste; Scientific Director, International Association of Legal Sciences (UNESCO)

with comments by
Professor Duncan Kennedy

This event is open to the entire Harvard community and to the general public.

Sponsored by the Institute for Global Law and Policy

Friday, February 12
12:00-2:00 p.m.
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies
38 Kirkland Street

Room 102

Israeli Law, Literature and Society Seminar Spring 2010
"LGBT Rights in Israel"

Aeyal Gross
Joseph Flom Global Health and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Law School

Janet Halley
Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Sessions are open to the public. For more information, please see

Sponsored by the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Harvard Center for Jewish Studies

Friday, February 19
12:00 p.m.
Morgan Courtroom, Austin Hall

"Perspectives on Criminal Law in the United Kingdom"

Julian Young and Judy Ramjeet

Please join us for a talk by London criminal defense attorneys Julian Young and Judy Ramjeet who have extensive experience in all types of criminal litigation and prison law. Recently they successfully defended Sean Hodgson who had spent 27 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies and Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)

Saturday, February 20
2:00-6:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

Legal Capacity Conference
This one day conference on UN CRPD Article 12 will present a variety of perspectives on the scope and operation of legal capacity by self-advocates with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities, academics, and other members of civil society from diverse regions of the globe.

All are welcome. For additional information, please e-mail

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability 

Friday, February 26
2:15-4:00 p.m.
Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall
27 Kirkland Street

The Seminar on French Politics, Culture and Society at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies cordially invites you to:

"Capital Punishment in France and the United States"

A forum featuring:

James Whitman
Yale Law School

Paul Friedland
Bowdoin College

Moshik Temkin
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Carol Steiker

Harvard Law School

Monday, March 22
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Pound 419

"The Changing Legal Landscape of Japan: Prospects for Asian Integration"

presented by

Keisuke Abe
Visiting Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies
Professor of Law, Seikei University


Yoshiaki Sato
Associate Professor of Law, Seikei University 

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at noon. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Wednesday, March 24
12:00 p.m.
Morgan Courtroom

Study Abroad Information Session

Study abroad can provide terrific opportunities for academic and personal development. Come hear more about some of the excellent opportunities available, and from HLS students who have recently returned from studying abroad.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by International Legal Studies

Thursday, March 25
12:00-12:50 p.m.
Hauser 102

"Global Practice: International Intellectual Property"

Intellectual property practice spans the globe.  IP lawyers work with international rules, businesses, and lawyers to best serve their domestic and global clients.  Come to this program to hear from lawyers who practice intellectual property law on a global stage.

Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Sponsored by the Office of Career Services

 Thursday, March 25
5:00 p.m.
Hauser 101

“The Dynamics of European Integration”


Professor Miguel Maduro

 Food will be served.

 Professor Maduro is a Professor of European Law and the Director of the Global Governance Program at the European University Institute. He is a former Advocate General for the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Sponsored by the Harvard European Law Association and International Legal Studies

 Monday, March 29
3:00 p.m.
Lewis 202

"Law, Development and Microfinance"

April Rinne (JD ’04) will discuss microfinance and social investment in the developing world, and her work as Director of WaterCredit using microfinance tools to address the global water/sanitation crisis.

Dessert will be served. 

Sponsored by the Harvard Law and International Development Society and International Legal Studies

Thursday, April 1
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Hauser 104

"Gas Geopolitics and Indigenous Self-Determination Rights in Bolivia"

a talk by

Bret Gustafson
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington University

As part of the A4HR series on Indigenous Rights and Extractive Industries, Professor Bret Gustafson will examine indigenous autonomy legislation in the southeastern Guarani region of Bolivia, a region that also contains the largest natural gas reserves of the country.

Dessert will be served.

Sponsored by Advocates for Human Rights

Friday, April 2
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Pound Hall, Room 419

"Criminal Justice Reforms in China: The Relevance of Taiwan"

Jerome A. Cohen
Founding Director of East Asian Legal Studies
Professor of Law, NYU School of Law
Of Counsel, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at noon. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Friday, April 9
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Pound Hall, Room 419

"China’s Policy of Promoting an 'Innovative Society' and Its Impact on Foreign Investment"

Sabine Stricker-Kellerer, LL.M. ’83
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Lunchtime talks begin promptly at noon. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

Summer International Travel Pre-Departure Information Sessions

The session will be offered at two different times:

Wednesday, April 14
12:00-1:30 p.m.
John Chipman Gray

Friday, April 16
3:00-4:30 p.m.
John Chipman Gray Room

For HLS students traveling abroad this summer, a pre-departure session will provide information about health, safety, and other travel considerations, as well as facilitate interaction among students who are going to particular regions and those who have spent time there.

Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) to review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release, which will be available at the pre-departure session, or online.

The session will also provide information about International SOS, the program that provides 24-hour worldwide emergency medical and security evacuation services. Students traveling abroad this summer on Harvard business who will be returning to HLS in the fall, are covered at no cost to themselves by International SOS. (Former students traveling on Harvard fellowships that support post-Commencement travel are also covered.) Prior to leaving the US, students need to obtain a membership card and log in to the I-SOS webpage to register their trip; for instructions about how to do so, please sign up to attend one of the pre-departure information sessions, or visit the Health and Safety section on the International Legal Studies travel website.

Drinks and dessert will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch to the 12:00 session.

For more information or to determine which sessions will focus on particular regions, e-mail Ben Cook.

Thursday, April 15
5:00–6:00 p.m.
Hark South

A discussion with

Domenico De Sole, LL.M. ’72
former CEO, Gucci Group; Chairman, Tom Ford International

on his experience in the fashion industry and the process of transitioning from law to business.

For more information, please see the event website.

RSVP at:

Sponsored by NEXO, the Association for Law & Business in Latin America at Harvard Law School

Thursday, April 15
5:00 p.m.
Lewis 302

"The Fundamental Rights Revolution in European Courts"

 Professor Mitchel Lasser
Cornell Law School

Professor Lasser will talk about his new book, Judicial Transformations: The Rights Revolution in the Courts of Europe (OUP, Sept. 2009), which analyzes some of the inter-court dynamics currently driving the explosive rise of fundamental rights in the domestic and supranational European judiciaries.

Food will be served.

Sponsored by the Harvard European Law Association (HELA)

Friday, April 16
Pound Hall and Austin Hall

Harvard African Law and Development Conference

The first ever Harvard African Law and Development Conference (“Conference”) will take place as part of the larger university-wide Africa Focus month in April. The Conference will be an interdisciplinary gathering of judges, legal scholars, economists, and international organization representatives to discuss the role of law in Africa’s development. Participants include Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Dr. Sonia Sachs; Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice-President of World Bank, Africa Region; Professor S K Date-Bah, Supreme Court Justice of Ghana; Judge Esther Kisaakye, Supreme Court Justice of Uganda; and Justice Gelaga King, President of the Special Court of Sierra Leone. The activities will include a reception on the 16th followed by eight panels, two workshops, and keynote speeches on the 17th and the 18th.

Please register at:

Sponsored by the Harvard African Law Association

Saturday, April 24
2:30 p.m.
Somerville Theater

A screening of the documentary

"War Don Don"

about the Special Court of Sierra Leone trial of rebel leader Issa Sesay 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director / Producer Rebecca Richman Cohen ‘07.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the screening, see: and

Monday, May 10
1:00 p.m.
Pound 419

"International Evidence Collection: Recent Developments in China, Japan and Korea"


Young-Hill Liew
Visiting Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies; Partner, Yulchon Attorneys at Law

Note: This Lunchtime Talk will be at 1pm. You are invited to bring your lunch.

Sponsored by East Asian Legal Studies

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