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International Law Workshop

The International Law Workshop hosts prominent practitioners, jurists, policy makers, academics, and government officials to discuss topics that will capture the attention of a general law student audience. It is intended to introduce today's most debated issues in international and comparative law and to provide a forum to discuss critical global challenges as they relate to law and policy. Students, as well as faculty, are welcome. Speakers generally talk for 25 minutes, followed by discussion and questions. The Workshop is coordinated by Assistant Dean for International Affairs Roopal Shah and members of the Law School faculty. It is open to members of the University community.

Winter 2014 Schedule

Monday, January 27, 2014
4:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 116 Hutchins Hall

"Transnational Culture Wars" (flash webcast)

Professor J. Christopher McCrudden
Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queens University Belfast; William W. Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School

Thursday, January 30, 2014
11:50 - 12:50 p.m., Room 1020 South Hall

"Thoughts on How Mandela Became Mandela" (flash webcast)

Professor Karthigasen Govender
Former Commissioner on the South African Human Rights Commission; Professor of Law, University of Kwazulu-Natal; Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
11:50 - 12:50 p.m., Room 116 Hutchins Hall
"The Law of Being Japanese"

Professor Hisashi Harata
Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law 

Monday, March 24, 2014
4:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 116 Hutchins Hall

"Building the Global Movement for Legal Empowerment"

Vivek Maru
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Namati (Innovations in Legal Empowerment), Washington, DC

Monday, March 31, 2014
4:15 - 5:15 p.m., Room 1225 South Hall

"A Year of Service (Abroad) as a Rite of Passage"

Harris Wofford
Co-Founder of the Peace Corps;
Senior Advisor to the Franklin Project of the Aspen Institute, Washington, DC



Bruno Simma
Bruno Simma, former International Court of Justice Judge and Professor of Law at Michigan Law, spoke about "Conflicts Over Natural Resources Before the International Court of Justice" in 2010.
Sharon Hom
Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China, spoke at an ILW event in 2009. Her topic was "U.S.-China Relations and International Human Rights."
Emilio J. Cárdenas
Emilio J. Cárdenas, former Argentine ambassador to the U.N., presented "Latin America: The Political Landscape Facing the New U.S. President" during his 2009 ILW visit.
Katarina Mathernova
Katarina Mathernova, LL.M. '89, discussed social justice, solidarity and economic development in Europe during her 2008 ILW visit. She was director of regional policy for the European Commission.
Eleanor Sharpston
European Court of Justice Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston presented "Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union" during a 2008 ILW event.
Lucy Reed
Lucy Reed presented "The Visible and Invisible World of International Claims Tribunals" in fall 2010. She is partner and co-head of the International Arbitration Group, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York.
Christine M. Chinkin
Christine M. Chinkin, William W. Cook Global Law Professor and professor of international law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, presented "U.N. Women: Fragmentation or 'Delivering as One'" in 2011.
Susan D. Page
Susan D. Page, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, presented "The Role of Law and Conflict Resolution in Nation Building in South Sudan" in February 2012.
Wolfgang Schomburg
Wolfgang Schomburg, honorary professor at Durham Law School and former judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, spoke in April 2012.
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