International Law Week


Thurs., March 12th:  Professor Ralph Steinhardt and Dean Susan Karamanian, will host an “Intro to International Law” course preview in LL101 from 5:30PM-7:00PM. This is a great opportunity for students who may be interested in enrolling in International Law next semester to learn more about the content of the course!
Thurs., March 19th:  Professor Gregory Stanton of George Mason University will speak on “Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocide of Armenians, Native Americans, & Tutsis in Rwanda.”  The event will take place in the Faculty Conference Center on Thursday, March 19th from 4-6PM.  Space is limited. Please RSVP to See attached flyer for more information.
Thurs., March 19th: The International Law Society’s Thirsty Thursday Takeover! ILS will also host an international trivia game with prizes! Get a team together and head over to the Student Conference Center at 4pm. Alcohol will be available via a ticket distribution system to those over 21 with a valid, government issued ID.
Fri., March 20th:  You are cordially invited to the International Law Society’s Annual Embassy Gala on Friday, March 20th from 7-10PM.  See the details in the post below.

International Law Society Embassy Gala

You are cordially invited to the International Law Society’s Annual Embassy Gala. This year, the Gala will take place at the Embassy of Ecuador, which is located at 2535 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009 on Friday, March 20th 7:00-10:00PM. ​Tickets are $20 for ILS members, and $25 for non-members. The cost of admission includes light appetizers, non-alcoholic refreshments, and [pending CADE approval] alcoholic beverages, which will be served via the ticket distribution method to individuals 21 and older with a valid, government-issued ID.

Tickets may be purchased here:

A valid, government-issued ID corresponding with the online purchase name will serve as your admission ticket.

Upcoming Events

Please join Dean Susan Karamanian, Professor Ralph Steinhardt and students to learn more about the Oxford Summer Program on International Human Rights Law. The info session will be held this Thursday, January 29th at 4PM in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room (Lerner 101).
2. Int’l Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Assoc. of DC: How to Get a Job in Int’l Law
Please join the International Law Forum of the Women’s Bar Association of DC and our co-sponsors on Monday, February 9 from 6-8PM at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP for an exciting panel discussion on How to Get a Job in International Law. Please see the attached flyer for details and be sure to register ASAP here! Panelists include:
  • Marcia Wiss, Of Counsel, Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Christie Edwards, Director of International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
  • Janie Chuang, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
  • Kathryn O’Neal, Senior International Attorney, Millennium Challenge Corporation

WBA Intl Jobs Flyer 02-09-15

3. Capitol Hill Days: US Investment in International Family Planning
The event will take place Friday, April 10 – Tuesday, April 14, at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, DC. This weekend consists of informational sessions and interactive advocacy training focused on the pressing need for U.S. investment in international family planning, leading up to lobby visits on Capitol Hill.
The program is free to attend, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For more information, you can contact  Christina Ospina at Please find a flyer and the registration form attached.
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Pre-Release Screening of “To Light a Candle” followed by Panel Discussion with Director, Maziar Bahari

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This Saturday night at 7:00PM in the Marvin Center Amphitheater, there is a pre-screening for Maziar Bahari’s new film To Light a Candle.

Background on the Film:

A powerful new documentary film telling the story of the Baha’is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution.  Using interviews, personal stories, and archival footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk – the film, entitled To Light a Candle, highlights the constructive resilience of Iran’s Baha’i community. When faced with systematic exclusion by the Iranian regime of Baha’i youth from higher education, this community utilized Baha’i academics, dismissed from their teaching positions on the basis of their religion, to put in place an informal arrangement known as the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE). BIHE allows Baha’i youth to have access to university-level courses.

The film vividly documents that the threat of arrest and imprisonment is a daily reality for Iran’s Baha’is, as academics barred from pursuing their professions attempt to educate young people in private homes.

Trailer of the Film may be found at:

About the Filmmaker:

The film was made by acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. He was Newsweek’s Iran reporter from 1998 to 2011 and has produced a number of other documentary films about Iran.

In September 2014, the movie Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.  Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari and his experiences.

Following the film will be a panel discussion where the audience can ask questions. Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran will be the moderator for the panel. Included on the panel is Maziar Bahari, the film producer and the subject of Jon Stewart’s new film, Rosewater. Also on the panel will be Roya Boroumand, executive director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, and Parva Fattahi, BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education) graduate and Immigration Attorney.

In conjunction with To Light a Candle, a new campaign, entitled “Education Is Not a Crime,” is being prepared for a global launch culminating in an international “Education is Not a Crime Day” on February 22, 2015. The campaign will feature voices of support from citizens around the world, and will tell a comprehensive story of the Baha’is in Iran, from the 19th century until today, focusing on persecution under the Islamic Republic and the emergence of BIHE.

George Washington University
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Amphitheater
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

RSVP & Invite your friends via Facebook!:

Co-Sponsored by: GWU’s Baha’i Association, IranWire, ABF, The George Washington University, GW Law’s International Law Society, GW Law’s Human Rights Law Society, and GW Law’s International and Comparative Law Department

1L Career Panel

The International Law Society will be hosting a 1L Career Panel in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 4th.

The 1L Career panel will feature four GW alum who are working in various fields of International Law, including panelists with backgrounds in International Human Rights, Environmental Law, and International Business and Trade.

This event, though focused on 1L’s and those interested in International Law, is open to all GW law students. We’ll be sending out reminders via email and Facebook throughout the week. Check out the attached poster for more info. Hope to see you there!

Panelists will include:

Paulina Rudnicka (ABA Rule of Law Initiative)

Nathaniel Bolin (Skadden Law Firm)

Scott Gilmore (The Center for Justice and Accountability)

Alicia Cate (US Department of State)

October – Early November Events

Thursday, October 16, 4 – 5:30 pm, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: Professor David Wirth, Boston College Law School, presents The International and Domestic Law of Climate Change: A Binding International Agreement Without the Senate or Congress?  Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 20, noon – 1:30 pm, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: Professor Federico Fabbrini, University of Tiburg Law School, presents Fundamental Rights in Europe: Challenges and Transformations in Comparative Perspectives.  Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, October 21, 6 – 8 pm, Strengthening Compliance with International Humanitarian Law, speakers include: Ambassador Valentin Zelweger, legal advisor to Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Professors Laura Dickinson and Sean Murphy, GW Law, Max Rettig, Office of Legal Adviser, US State Department, Chris Harland, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross.  This event will be located at the ASIL Headquarters; 2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Monday, October 27, 4 pm, Faculty Conference Center: Fulbright Scholar and GW Law Visiting Scholar Professor Joe Oloka-Onyango will present keynote address (title forthcoming).

Thursday, October 30, 4 pm, Jacob Burns Moot Court Room: panel discussion on Litigating International Investment Disputes featuring Professor Chiara Giorgetti, University of Richmond Law School, Jeremy Sharpe, Office of the Legal Advisor, US State Department, John Crook, GW Law, and Eloise Obadia, Derains & Gharavi.  Reception to follow in Kelly Lounge.

Monday, November 3 – 4, GW Law hosts State Department Private International Law Advisory Committee Meeting, including keynote luncheon address on November 3 by Sean Hagen, General Counsel, International Monetary Fund, in the Faculty Conference Center.


National Security Law Career Fair

Hosted by The George Washington University Law School National Security Law Association, The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law, and

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security

When: From 1 p.m. To 4 p.m., October 6, 2014
Where: The campus of The George Washington University Law School, Continental Ballroom on the third floor of the Marvin Center, at 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, (between H and I Streets NW.)
Who: All area law students and members of the National Security Law Community are invited (ID required)

Confirmed attendees include the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Inc., U.S. Marine Corps Officer Selection Office, U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General; U.S. Department of Justice representatives from the Office of Attorney Recruitment,  Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Division and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel; U.S. Department of Homeland Security representatives from the Office of the General Counsel, the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, the Transportation Safety Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

These representatives and many others from the National Security Community will be available to present information and answer questions regarding career paths in this field

Questions? Email Subject line: “NSLA Fair”

Welcome back to fall semester 2014!


Hello, ILS members — welcome back to the GW Law 2014 fall semester and another year of international law activities, scholarship and opportunities in and around GW and DC!

Just a reminder that our first general body meeting is coming up:

When: Wednesday, September 10th at 8:15pm

Where: L401

What: Come learn more about ILS and all the great events we have planned this year!

At the meeting, we will elect one 1L Representative and one LLM Representative.

Free pizza will be provided!

Dues ($10) will also be collected at this meeting.

ALSO: Be sure to join our Facebook group – and continue checking our blog for updates on meetings and for more information on international law topics.