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Winter 2005 International Law Workshop Series

The International Law Workshop introduces today's most debated issues in international and comparative law. The Workshop is intended for non-specialists; you are encouraged to attend any or all of the sessions. Speakers will talk for 25 minutes, followed by discussion and questions. The Workshop is coordinated by Professors Daniel Halberstam, Rob Howse, Michael Barr, Steve Ratner and Assistant Dean Virginia Gordan.

The Workshop meets on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. in Hutchins Hall, Room 132, unless otherwise noted. To add your name to the e-mail list to be notified of upcoming Workshops, please contact Stephanie Wiederhold (e-mail: - Tel: 734.764.0535 - Fax: 734.763.9182).

Schedule for the Winter 2005 International Law Workshop

January 31
H.E Judge Bruno Simma
International Court of Justice; Affiliated Overseas Faculty, University of Michigan Law School
"Hic rhodus, hic salta: From LaGrand and Avena to Medellin - a rather depressive case study on non-implementation of international law by U.S. courts"

February 7
Anne Norton
Professor of Political Science, The University of Pennsylvania
"The School of Baghdad: Strauss, the Straussians, and American Empire"

February 14
Ayelet Shachar
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
"Religion and Gender: A Global Clash?"
Co-sponsored by The Center for Education of Women, University of Michigan

February 21
Alejandro Ferrer
Minister of Trade and Industry of Panama
"Trade Negotiations Strategy in the Context of a Social and Economic Development Plan: The Panamanian Case"

February 28 - NO ILW (Winter Recess)

March 7
Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani
Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; Former Singapore Ambassador to the U.N.; Former President of the Security Council; Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
"America and the World: Strengthening or Undermining International Law"

March 14
Daniel Bodansky
Woodruff Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Georgia; Climate Change Coordinator, U.S. State Department, 1999-2001
"Combating Climate Change: Where Do We Go from Here?"

March 21
Judge Koen Lenaerts
European Court of Justice
"The Future Role of the European Union in Global Affairs After the Constitution for Europe"

March 23 - Wednesday
4:00 p.m.
Room 120 HH
Justice Dorit Beinisch
The Supreme Court of Israel
"The Role of the Supreme Court in the Fight Against Terrorism"

March 28
William P. Alford
Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law; Vice Dean for Graduate Program & International Legal Studies; Director of East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
"But They Don't Do This in America: Lawyers, Rice-Roots Legal Workers, and the Struggle over Legal Professionalism in China"

April 4 - NO ILW

April 11
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Room 120 HH
"AGORA: Reading the Torture Memos"

Dino Kritsiotis
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
"The Relativities of Torture"

Brian Simpson
Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
"What Counts as Torture and Why Does it Matter?"

Steven R. Ratner
Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
"The Torture Memos: Making Lite of International Law?"

Phoebe C. Ellsworth
Frank Murray Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology, University of Michigan
"Why People Torture: The Person, The Situation and Institutional Norms"

James Boyd White
L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
"The Abuse of Reason"