Upcoming Events and Announcements – Oct. 24, 2012

ILS Hosts Thirsty Thursday, October 25 from 4-6 p.m. in the SCC

Come join us for an Oktoberfest celebration and get your Halloween festivities rolling! Volunteers are needed for this event – if available, please send us an e-mail!

Other International Law Events This and Next Week:

Wednesday, October 24, noon, Great Room:  Justice Cesar Barrientos of the Supreme Court of Guatemala will speak about the criminal justice system and the protection of judges. Thanks to Professor Arturo Carrillo for his help in organizing this event.

Thursday,  October 25, 12 p.m. noon, Stockton 304: Eric Sigmund, Legal Advisor in International Humanitarian Law to the American Red Cross will speak about International Humanitarian Law in Syria:  Humanitarian Access and the Future of the Law of War. Hosted by the Human Rights Law Society.

Wednesday, October 31, 4-6 p.m., FCC:  GW Law alum Alexander Gebert of Hogan Lovells, LLP in Munich will speak about “Litigating in Europe:  A Comparative Perspective.”

Thursday, November 1, 1.30-7.00 p.m., Faculty Conference Center:  GW Law along with Sherman & Sterling and the International Chamber of Commerce host a symposium titled “Courts and International Commercial Arbitration:  Is the United States Becoming an Outlier?”  We have an all-star line up!  Please rsvp to Silena Davis at sdavis@law.gwu.edu. if you’d like to attend).

Wednesday, November 7, 4:00 pm in Jacob Burns Moot Court Room:   Professor Longwan Xiang of the Research Center for the Tokyo Trials, Shanghai Jia Tong University will speak about his father (GW LL.B. 1925 ) Xiang Zhejun, who was the Chinese prosecutor during the Tokyo Trials.

Thursday, November 15, 8 to 11.45 am, Stuart 101: Symposium titled Export Measures Affecting International Trade in Natural Resources, Energy Products and Food Supplies.”  Thanks to Professors Thomas Schoenbaum and Steve Charnovitz for their help in organizing the symposium. Please rsvp to Silena Davis at sdavis@law.gwu.edu if you’d like to attend.

 Opportunity – GW Transparency International Research Project

This year, GW law students are partnering with Transparency International’s Defense and Security Programme to research defense-related anti-corruption initiatives in a number of countries, the main question being: “What factors lead to anti-corruption reforms in the defense sector?” Teams of students will explore this question looking at countries around the world, including Afghanistan, Burundi, Chile, China, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, and Uruguay.

The Project is looking for law students and LLMs, especially those with knowledge of a second language, to conduct research and lead research teams for each country. Under the supervision of a TI staff member, the project will be moving toward joint publication of a paper, with substantive research and writing to be finished by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Each country team will manage itself and report back to the group at brief monthly project meetings. To join, add a line to your resume, get pro bono hours, and gain another area of expertise to talk about during your interviews, contact Liz Confalone (eaconfalone@law.gwu.edu).

To sign up for the orientation session, contact Sonia Desai (sdesai@law.gwu.edu).


ILS Event Reminders – Oct. 17, 2012

ILS HAPPY HOUR – Wednesday, October 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Come join us at Science Club (1136 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036) for a special opportunity to get to know the Board, get to know one another, and also meet some recent ILS alumni! First 30 members will receive a free beer! Specialty ILS cocktails will also be available at a reduced price! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Event – TODAY – MLSA Movie Screening: “Mohammad, Legacy of a Prophet

Date: Wednesday October 17th, 2012-

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Lerner Hall LL102 

Description: In response to recent events surrounding the controversial YouTube video depicting the prophet Muhammad, The Muslim Law Students Association and Karamah invite you to join a screening of the film, “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet”. Karamah, a local Muslim human rights and research organization, is screening this film followed by a discussion about recent events and understanding Islam.

Event – Approaches to Arbitration: Across the Ages

On Thursday,November 1, Young ICSID — in collaboration with Young ICCA, the ICDR Young & International, and the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum, along with the DC Bar’s International Dispute Resolution Committee — will a host an “inter-generational discussion … [to] give practical insights on the skills and tools necessary to excel in the arbitration world. Moderated by Jean Kalicki of Arnold & Porter, the panel will feature: Stephen Anway of Squire Sanders, Marsha Echols of Howard University,Kiera Gans of DLA Piper, Simon Greenberg of Clifford Chance, David Rivkin of Debevoise & Plimpton, Tomas Solis of Foley Hoag, Edna Sussman of Sussman ADR, and Albert Jan van den Berg of Hanotiau & van den Berg.

The event will be held at the World Bank, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. The event will conclude with a reception from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Register at this link:https://icsid.worldbank.org/ICSID/FrontServlet?requestType=ICSIDNewsLettersRH&actionVal=ShowDocument&DocId=DCEVENTS17.

Event – Young Professionals (YP) Int’l Career Dinner Series

One night can launch your global career. Join the UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) for its International Career Dinner Series on Saturday, October 27th for a “deep dive” into internationally focused careers. Ranging from Careers in Peace and Security to Careers in International Development, YP has arranged a reception and seven topical dinners where you’ll have an opportunity to network with your peers and Washington’s top experts in your chosen field. 

UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) is a program of the United Nations Association of the United States of America that seeks to engage young professionals in discussions of international affairs, while also emphasizing the importance of multilateral cooperation and the UN.

Join this event on Facebook, but be sure to register soon—seating is limited and dinners sell out fast! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mohammad Shouman, Deputy Director of YP’s International Law Committee at mshouman@law.gwu.edu.

Opportunity – AU 3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are pleased to announce the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition.

The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The winning authors will present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners. In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the ASIL 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 3-6, 2013, and a one-year ASIL student membership.

Please find enclosed a poster that provides further details about the Competition. You can also learn more on the Competition website (www.WCLCenterforHR.org) for comprehensive rules, submission guidelines and award information. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST. You can direct any questions to TeachingIHL@wcl.american.edu or to 202-274-4180.

Opportunity – Summer Fellowship at Auschwitz

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. Tentative program dates for FASPE are May 26 – June 6, 2013.

Completed applications must be received by January 11, 2013.  Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit:  http://www.FASPE.info If you have any questions, please contact Thorin Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Opportunity – Event Planning Committee

If you would are interested in putting on future international law events on campus, please respond to this email letting us know! Please include your areas of interests if you have one. 

Event – Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue

Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue
Friday October 19, 10:00 a.m., Burns 415

Come hear Professor Lisa Martin from Catholic University Law School speak about cases in which states’ failures to protect victims of domestic violence have been challenged in international forums, in particular, the recent ground-breaking decision of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission criticizing the United States’ failure to protect child and adult victims in the Castle Rock decision.


ILS Halloween Happy Hour

Join ILS for a Halloween Happy hour spectacular on Wednesday, Oct. 24th @ the Science Club from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. There will be various specials, and the ILS happy hour drink will be $6. Cost at the door is $2 for non-members, free for members! Also, first 30 members to show up get a free beer!

Science Club

1136 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC

(202) 775-0747 ‎ · scienceclubdc.com

17 49 reviews $$
veggie burger · happy hour · video killers · john bowen · main floor
“Great place for a drink after work” -



We’ve also invited ILS alums, so this will be a great networking opportunity as well as an all-around good time! Look for the “GW International Law Society” sign in large block letters. And remember to bring your G-World.

Upcoming Events and Announcements – Oct. 9, 2012

EVENT TODAY – Discussion with the Honorable Fausto De Sanctis on Anti-Corruption

TODAY from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Stuart 403 GW Law alum Tim Bickham from Steptoe & Johnson will lead a discussion with one of Brazil’s leading anti-corruption judges, Judge Fausto De Sanctis.  This will be very informal.  We will have cookies and sodas so bring a lunch if you can make it.

Event – State Dep’t Private Int’l Law Advisory Committee

On Thursday and Friday, October 11-12, GW Law will be hosting the State Department Private Int’l Law Advisory Committee meeting in the FCC.  You are invited to attend  the sessions. As this is a working group, it would be appreciated if you could arrive at the start of the specific session you’d like to attend and stay until the end of the session to avoid disruptions.  Download the agenda here: ACPIL 2012 annual meeting agenda

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Event – MLSA Movie Screening: “Mohammad, Legacy of a Prophet

Date: Wednesday October 17th, 2012 – Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Lerner Hall LL102 

Description: In response to recent events surrounding the controversial YouTube video depicting the prophet Muhammad, The Muslim Law Students Association and Karamah invite you to join a screening of the film, “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet”. Karamah, a local Muslim human rights and research organization, is screening this film followed by a discussion about recent events and understanding Islam.

Language Discussion Groups

For GW ILS and GW law students alike, please take notice of the start this week of language discussion groups in Spanish and Arabic (students must be at least intermediate level – not for beginners).


Tuesday afternoons

12 noon – 1:00 p.m., Stuart 402

Discussion Leader:  Aziz Al-Alami, 2L  (from Saudi Arabia)


Wednesday afternoons

4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Lerner 301

Discussion Leader:  Roberto Fernandez, LL.M. (from Puerto Rico)

The sessions will meet weekly for the balance of the semester and there is no cost to students to participate.  Your discussion leader will typically select a short newspaper article or online piece to read each week that will serve as the focal point of discussion.  Legal terms will be covered in the discussions where relevant. Other language discussion groups are in the works and are likely to be offered in the near future or by the spring semester.

For students who have interest in studying a language at the beginners level, please consult the University’s online course catalogue for courses starting in the spring 2013 semester.  According to ABA rules, academic credit for language study may not be counted toward the JD or LL.M. course requirements for graduation, however, students may register for credit-bearing courses through the Dean of Students Office and the credits will be reflected on a transcript as credits in excess of the minimum necessary to graduate.  Students who pay full-time tuition will not pay additional fees, but students who pay by the credit hour would indeed be charged for enrollment in language courses.  Other language study options for beginners include courses offered by the USDA Graduate School and study via the Rosetta Stone methodology.

New Announcements for Oct. 3, 2012

Membership Dues – Deadline extended to Friday, October 5!

Because of multiple requests to the Board, ILS has decided to extend the deadline for dues to this coming Friday, October 5. Please note that after Friday, ILS e-mails will be sent to full members only. All new members will receive confirmation by this Sunday, October 7 of their membership. If you are interested in joining, please leave cash or checks in an envelope in our Treasurer’s student mailbox (Ariana Sarfarazi, 2L: ajsarfarazi@law.gwu.edu). The mailboxes are located on third floor Lerner. If you chose this option, please send an email directly to Ariana to let her know.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support of International Law on campus! Our presence would not be possible without you and we look forward to delivering a fantastic schedule of events in the coming months, including a happy hour and visit to the Organization of American States, to be announced in the coming days!


Event TODAY – Joint Degree Information Fair @ 3:30 in the SCC (Lisner 201)

For students interested in earning a joint degree, this event is designed to inform law students interested in a joint degree by providing an opportunity to meet with admissions representatives and advisers from other GW Divisions (Business School, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, Elliott School of International Affairs, School of  Public Health and Health Services). FREE SNACKS!


Event – Free Speech, Blasphemy, and the Anti-Muslim YouTube Video: A Conversation with Acclaimed Journalist Rebcca MacKinnon, Co-Founder, Global Voices Online, and Professor Dawn Nunziato 

The George Washington University Law School invites you to attend a Conversation with Acclaimed Journalist Rebecca MacKinnon and Professor Dawn Nunziato on Free Speech, Blasphemy, and the Anti-Muslim YouTube Video. Moderated by Professor Arturo Carrillo on Thursday October 4 @ 4:00 p.m. in the Jacob Burns Moot CourtRoom. Refreshments will be served.

A part of the Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series. Sponsored by The George Washington University Law School and Microsoft Corporation. For more information on the Global Internet Freedom and Human Rights Distinguished Speaker Series, please click here.

Reminder: Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: A Post-Argument Conversation with Counsel

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petrolium: A Post-Argument Conversation with Counsel  Tuesday, October 2, 3-4:30 p.m., Faculty Conference Center

Source: http://www.humanevents.com/

Do U.S. courts have jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Statute over aliens’ claims of human rights abuses against foreign corporations? 

Find out tomorrow, in: “Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum: A Post-Argument Conversation with Counsel.”  Hear GW’s own Professor Ralph Steinhardt, co-counsel for Petitioners and GW’s own Professor Bradford Clark, amicus curiae for Respondents, with lead Petitioners’ counsel Paul Hoffman of Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison.

Light reception to follow.  Click here to download the flyer for more information: Kiobel Case Flyer