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 Foreign Language Day - Sign Up!


Date: 03/04/2021
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Contact: Wiederhold,Stephanie L


Description: Second language skills are important for success as a lawyer in a global world. The Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL) is pleased to provide an opportunity for you to stretch either your Arabic, French, or Spanish skills during several simultaneous virtual lunch sessions.

The sessions described below will be hosted by Michigan Law's current S.J.D. and LL.M. students who are native/fluent speakers in each respective language. The students will speak for 30 minutes followed by discussion - all taking place in Arabic, French, or Spanish.

Sign up is required by March 1. Sign up here: (Zoom link will be provided after sign up.)

Thanks to CICL's award of a University of Michigan International Center Grant to support these sessions, the first 90 people to sign up will receive a $5 Starbucks Card egift to spend on their favorite beverages or treats!

All levels of speaking ability are welcome as well as all members of the Law School Community (students, faculty, administrators, staff and researchers)! Come challenge yourself in a friendly and informal, low-stakes environment and learn Arabic, French, or Spanish legal terms as well as brush up on other aspects of the language.

Arabic - Mohanad Salaimi (SJD student)

Session Title: Saudi Women Get Behind the Wheel to Drive

In September 2017, the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, issued a royal decree announcing the end of the women driving ban and allowing granting driving licenses to women in the kingdom. For the first time in history, women have been able to drive themselves legally through Saudi Arabia's streets. The lifting of the driving ban comes 28 years after Saudi women first took the streets of the capital, Riyadh, to protest for the right to drive. This historic shift was part of a social and legal reform that has been spearheaded by Saudi Arabia's young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aiming to allow many more women to join the workforce. However, while a welcome development, activists say the battle for women's rights in the ultra-conservative kingdom is far from over.

French - Hannah Van Dijcke (S.J.D. candidate) & Sébastien de Lasa (LL.M. student)

Session Title: Supreme Courts in Belgium and France

Belgium and France each know a complex supreme court system, which is fundamentally quite different from the U.S. system. They have three different supreme courts, operating next to each other, each with their own competencies. Come hear more about these courts from Hannah and Sebastien who obtained their first law degrees, respectively, in Belgium and France. They will talk about how these courts work (including how sometimes they don’t), how their disputes are argued, and the culture surrounding them – including real quarrels for power between them.

Spanish - Carlos Romero, Alain Perdomo & Genoveva Silva (LL.M. students)

Session Title: Regional Rise of Populism

Description: A discussion about the resurfacing of populist trends in Latin American politics, a comparison to the Trump administration, possible scenarios, future challenges, and consequences of this trend.