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

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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

GW International Law Society LL.M. Mixer

The International Law Society will host a reception on Wednesday, November 12, to provide an opportunity for L.L.M. students to meet with practitioners and alumni. The event will be held at the Front Page (1333 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036) from 6-8 p.m. Pending CADE registration, alcohol will be served via tickets to individuals 21 and older with a valid, government issued ID. 


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.

Congratulations to our new E-Board members!

New E-Board Members
Please join us in congratulating and welcoming our new E-board members!

Irina Nossova – LLM Representative
Johannes Munter – 1L Representative
Dan Fiedler – 1L Representative


If you haven’t already, we are accepting dues for new members. It is $10, and this is a one time payment for your entire time here at GW.  You may drop off $10 or a check made out to GW Law SBA for $10 in the Intl Law Society Mailbox located in the records office. Deadline is Sept. 30th. 

These dues go a long way to help pay for club events and put you on the official list-serve for ILS.


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.

Announcing the 2014 GW ILS International Law Week and Annual Embassy Gala: Embassy of Greece

The International Law Society presents:


February 18th to February 21st.

Tuesday, February 18th: International Trade Law Panel, at 11:30am in the SCC

  • Please join ILS on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 11:30AM in the SCC (LIS 201) for a panel discussing the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Trans-Pacific Partnership, & the Agreements’ Implications for Lawyers.
  • Speakers will include Nathaniel Bolin, international trade attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Raymond Ahearn, retired congressional advisor on international trade and finance issues.
  • Refreshments from Corner Bakery will be served

Wednesday, Feb. 19th: IL Movie Night, at 8:00pm in LL102

  • Join ILS in a showing of “The Square”, a documentary about the Egyptian revolution and aftermath revolving around Tahrir Square – Watch the Trailer Here.
  • Showing will begin at 8:00pm on Wednesday, February 19th in LL102.  Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, February 20th: ILS Trivia Contest—Cowboy Diplomacy, starting at 12:00pm in the Hard Lounge

  • Test your knowledge of past and present instances of Cowboy Diplomacy on Thursday, February 20th during lunchtime.  These are questions about the most brazenly imperial, obviously hypocritical, and pointedly undiplomatic acts perpetrated by states and individuals over the past century!  We’re talking about countries that don’t understand borders, soldiers without orders, and dictators with hilarious facial hair.  And best of all…
  • Whoever answers the most questions correctly will win 2 free tickets to our ILS Gala at the Greek Embassy (see below)!  Not an international relations buff?  You still win candy and are guaranteed a great time!

Thursday, February 20th: Keynote Speaker Event: Regional Proliferation — Reinforcing Uniformity or Creating Fragmentation?, at 5:00 pm in Tasher Great Room

  • Please join ILS for a dialogue between:
    • Claudio Grossman, Dean of AU’s Washington College of Law (former President of Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and former Chair of UN’s Committee Against Torture & Human Rights Treaty Bodies), and
    • Dinah Shelton, GW Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law (also former President of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights).
  • A reception sponsored by the International & Comparative Law Department will follow the Keynote Event.

Friday, February 21st: ILS Gala hosted by the Embassy of Greece, at 7:00 pm


  • His Excellency Ambassador Christos P.  Panagopoulos invites GW ILS members, JD & LLM students, alumni, and faculty to enjoy a night at the Greek Embassy!  Traditional Greek hors d’oeuvres & drinks included.
  • Tickets cost $15 for ILS members and $20 for non-members.  You may purchase tickets online below, or in the Hard Lounge starting Thursday.
  • The Embassy is located at 2217 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 20008.  The event will start at 6:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm.

Purchase Gala tickets below:

GW ILS Student Member: $15.00 USD

GW Student Non-member: $20.00 USD

GW Alumni: $20.00 USD 

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