New Events – Nov. 12, 2012


Event –  “Putin’s Kiss” – Monday, November 12 | 6:30 pm | LL102

Join the Human Rights Law Society and International Law Society for a screening of Putin’s Kiss, a disturbing true story about the current state of civil rights in modern-day Russia. The film will be followed by a discussion with Nadia Diuk, Russia expert and Vice President of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Please join the ILS Board and current and past GW Law students as we share best practices for getting great internship opportunities in the field of international law!

ILS Career Panel: Summer Opportunities in International Law at Home and Abroad – This Monday, Nov. 12th!!

Interested in learning more about international law?  Feeling like you should start looking into summer opportunities?  Then come to hear a panel of your fellow GW Law students share their recent summer opportunities in international law.  Alums will also be in attendance to speak about their experiences and provide tips on finding internships and/or study abroad programs, both here in DC and across the world!

Some of the opportunities that will be discussed include:  Foreign clerkships, State Department internships, GW Study abroad programs in Munich and Oxford, International Trade Commission clerkships, and Department of Justice Office of International Affairs.

See you Monday, November 12th in the SCC from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.! Cookies and Coffee provided!


Volunteers Needed – Int’l Economic Law Interest Group Meeting: Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Attention Students! The International Law Society has been asked to recruit 3 to 4 student volunteers for the International Economic Law Interest Group meeting to be held at the Law School on November 29, November 30 and December 1 (ending at noon). This will be a great opportunity for GW Law students to meet leaders in this field, both from law firms and the academy. If you are interested, please reply to this email with your contact information and availability, and any questions you may have.


Offisight Event: World Bank & IFC: Launch of Doing Business 2013 Report 

Join the American Bar Association Section of International Law for a discussion with the World Bank on the recent World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) flagship report: Doing Business. The panelists will discuss what the reports measure; the Doing Business indicators; what is new in this year’s latest report; which regions have the most business-friendly environment; and which economies are showing the most improvements. Special Counsel from Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP will share how the make use of the report to inform their daily business.

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Hope to see you at one of these great events!


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 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 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 (

To sign up for the orientation session, contact Sonia Desai (


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.