Recent Events

April 7-8, 2015
State Oppression, Violence Against Minorities, and the Possibilities for Remedial Secession and Independence: An International Conference

March 25, 2015
Drivers of Corruption and Institutional Responses: Are Current Anti-Corruption Instruments Effective?

March 19, 2015
Why Denial Violates the Genocide Convention: The Genocides of Armenians, Native Americans, and Tutsis in Rwanda

February 23, 2015
"The Extraterritorial Application of Access to Justice Rights: On the Availability of Israeli Courts to Palestinian Plaintiffs"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted Professor Michael Karayanni from Hebrew University Faculty of Law.

February 19, 2015
"Crimes Against Humanity and North Korea: Lessons from the UN Commission of Inquiry"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted the Honorable Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia and chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights in North Korea, along with Commission member, Sonja Biserko.

February 12, 2015
Live from L: The Role of the Law in the Fight Against ISIL: Use of Force, Sanctions, and Foreign Terrorist Fighters

February 11, 2015
Book Discussion: We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Program

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted Professor Bernadette Atuahene of Chicago Kent to discuss her new book.

November 27, 2014
GW Law in Tokyo—Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

October 30, 2014
Litigating International Investment Disputes

October 29, 2014
Cyber Contractors and the Law of Armed Conflict

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted a panel that grappled with a range of issues posed by the growing use of contractors in cyber-conflict, including the applicability of international humanitarian law and the question of when such contractors can be deemed to be "directly participating in hostilities."

October 27, 2014
Unpacking the African Backlash to the International Criminal Court

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted a discussion with GW Law Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar Joe Oloka-Onyango.

October 23, 2014
Strengthening Compliance with International Humanitarian Law

September 22, 2014
International Law and LGBT Rights

Joe Oloka-Onyango, lead petitioner on the constitutional challenge to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and Professor Ralph Steinhardt discussed LGBT rights in the context of international law.

August 28, 2014
Russia and Ukraine: What is the Role of International Law?

Professors Sean D. Murphy, Dinah L. Shelton, and Michael J. Matheson discussed the role of international law regarding Russia and Ukraine.

April 9, 2014
"Treaty Survival"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted this panel on the effectiveness of treaties over time, with particular emphasis on the adaptability of treaties to present-day challenges.

April 7, 2014
"The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: Reflections on the First Five Years"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted Rt. Hon. Lord Mance, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

March 24, 2014
"The TTIP: Perspectives from the USTR and the Delegation of the EU to the United States"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted a panel discussion about recent negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.

March 10, 2014
"Live from L: The Geneva Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons: The Role of the Office of the Legal Adviser"

The ABA Section of International Law, in cosponsorship with the American Society of International Law and the ASIL Academic Partner GW Law, presented the 4th annual "Live from L" webcast with the Office of the Legal Adviser.

February 18, 2014
"European Exceptionalism?"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted Georg Nolte, professor of public international law at Humboldt University, fellow at Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs, and member of the International Law Commission.

February 6, 2014
"A Systems Based Approach to Third Party Funding Litigation"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosts Victoria Shannon, Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University.

Friday, January 10, 2014
"The Economic Impact of the Venture Capital Industry"

C-LEAF and The International and Comparative Law Program hosted Tamir Agmon, professor at Gothenburg University in Sweden.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
"Advocacy Before International Tribunals"

The International Law in Domestic Courts Journal presented "Advocacy Before International Tribunals," featuring Judge Charles Brower, of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal; Professor Tom Buergenthal; Professor Sean Murphy; Professor Dinah Shelton; and Tom Snider, of Greenberg Traurig.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The International Fight Against Corruption: Are the OECD and UN Conventions Achieving their Objectives? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
"Women, Business, and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality"

The International and Comparative Law Program hosted a presentation and panel discussion of the World Bank–IFC report, Women, Business, and the Law 2014: Removing Restrictions to Enhance Gender Equality.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Discussion on Human Rights and the West Bank

The International and Comparative Law program hosted Israeli Judge (Ret.) Amnon Straschnov, former Military Advocate General of the Israeli Defense Forces, holding the rank of Brigadier-General; President of the Military Courts in the West-Bank; and Chief Military Prosecutor. 

October 11, 2013
Discussion of Paul Blustein's Off Balance

The International and Comparative Law Program and The Center for International Governance and Innovation held a discussion with Paul Blustein on his most recent book Off Balance, which addresses the failings of international economic institutions in the global financial crisis that erupted in 2008.

October 9, 2013
"Does the World Need More Crimes Against Humanity Legislation?"

This event celebrated the release of the International Human Rights Clinic's new report, Comparative Law Study and Analyses of National Legislation Relating to Crimes Against Humanity and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.

September 26, 2013
"Courts and International Commercial Arbitration: Is the United States Becoming an Outlier?"

September 19, 2013 
"Seeking Justice in the Hague"

September 9, 2013
"War Termination Powers: The President, Congress, and the Conflict Against Al Qaeda"

GW Law's International and Comparative Law Program and its National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law Program presented a colloquium featuring David Simon, Special Counsel to the General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense.

September 5, 2013
"The Legality of War Against Syria"

GW Law's International and Comparative Law Program presented a panel discussion featuring Andrew Bell of the Elliott School of International Affairs, Professor Sean Murphy, and Professor Michael Matheson.

April 15, 2013
"A Discussion on Universal Jurisdiction"

GW Law's International and Comparative Law Program hosted Irit Kohn, President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

March 19, 2013
“The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere”
Discussion of Professor Robert Cottrol's new book, featuring Commissioner Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Rapporteur on the Rights of Afro-descendants and Against Racial Discrimination, OAS; Judith Morrison, Inter-American Development Bank

March 18, 2013
“The Politics of Nation-Building”
Discussion of Professor Harris Mylonas' new text.

March 11, 2013
"Expanding the Institutional History of International Trade Law"
Featuring University of Oregon School of Law Professor Michael Fakhri.

January 24, 2013
"International Law in Obama's Second Term: Problems and Priorities"
GW partnered with the American Society of International Law to host a panel discussion with a focus on problems and priorities of the Second Obama administration.

December 10, 2012
"The World Bank at GW Law"
GW hosted a reception as part of the World Bank's Law, Justice and Development Forum with remarks by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto who Time Magazine chose in 1999 as one of the five leading Latin American innovators of the century and who Forbes Magazine has recognized as one of "15 innovators who will re-invent your future"

December 4, 2012
“The International Fight Against Corruption: What’s Working, What’s Not Working, and What Will Work?”
Sponsored by The George Washington University Law School and the Anti-Corruption Committee and North American Forum of the International Bar Association; in cooperation with the Anti-Corruption Committee of the American Bar Association.

November 29—December 1, 2012
"Re-Conceptualizing International Economic Law: Bridging the Public/Private Divide"
GW Law co-hosted the ASIL's International Economic Law Interest Group's Biennial Meeting, including GW Law Associate Dean Susan Karamanian, Professor Steven Charnovitz, and Professor Ralph Steinhardt, with the annual Shulman Foundation Lecture presented by the Hon. Donald C. Pogue, Chief Judge, United States Court of International Trade.

November 15, 2012
"US-Japan Trade Issue Roundtable" 
Featuring Professors Thomas Schoenbaum & Steve Charnovitz and experts from Japan.

November 5, 2012
"Religion-state Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality"
Featuring Professor Claudia Haupt of Columbia Law School.

October 31, 2012
“Litigating in Europe: A Comparative Perspective"
Featuring Alexander Gebert of Hogan Lovells, LLP, from Munich Germany.

October 1, 2012
"The United States and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea"

Featuring Michael Mattler the Minority Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

September 24—25, 2012
"Workshop on Weapons under International Human Rights Law with European Legal Scholars"

September 4, 2012
"The Selection of Judges and Arbitrators in International Dispute Resolution."
This colloquium featured Professor Chiara Girogetti of University of Richmond Law School.

April 2, 2012
"Legislative Borrowing"
ICL Colloquium featuring Professor Katerina Linos of Berkeley Law School. 

March 20, 2012
"Combating Human Trafficking: The U.S. Government's Response"
This discussion featured experts from the U.S. Department of Justice, International Justice Mission, USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

March 19, 2012
"Reassessing and Readdressing the Concept of Economic Sovereignty of States in International Law"
Featuring Surya Subedi, U.N. Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia and Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds.

March 12, 2012
International and Comparative Law Colloquium: "The European Ombudsman - A Model for International Administrative Justice?"
Presentation from Professor John Hopkins of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a 2012 New Zealand Fulbright Scholar at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

March 1, 2012
Judicial Process and the Protection of Rights: The U.S. Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights
GW Law was pleased to host this historic event in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser.

February 23, 2012
Live From L: "The Arab Spring and International Law"
The webcast featured speakers from the U.S. Department of State, African and Near Eastern Affairs, United Nations Affairs, Legislation and Foreign Assistance, Economic and Business Affairs, and was moderated by Professor Sean Murphy. The event was co-sponsored by The Section of International Law (ABA).

February 22, 2012
Shulman Foundation Lecture
With distinguishe guest Justice Unity Dow, formerly of the High Court of Botswana. Her lecture was titled, "A Conversation about Human Rights in the 21st Century."

February 6, 2012
International and Comparative Law Colloquium
The event featured Professor Pierre Hugues Verdier from the University of Virginia Law School. He spoke on "Why Regulate International Finance?"

February 1, 2012
International and Comparative Law Speaker
Professor David Scheffer of Northwestern University Law School, former U.S. Ambassador for War Crimes, spoke about his new book, "All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunal" (Princeton 2011).

January 26, 2012
International and Comparative Law Colloquium
Elizabeth Griffin, co-director of the GW Law-Oxford International Human Rights Summer Program spoke on “The Responsibility to Protect: Law? Aspiration? Or a Licence to Kill?"

November 14, 2011
International Law Reception
This reception for the World Bank's Law, Justice, and Development Forum will featured President Sang Hyung Song of the International Criminal Court. Anne-Marie LeRoy, General Counsel to the World Bank, and other members from the World Bank and the IMF were present.

November 11-12, 2011
"Managing North American Security: Where Do We Go From Here?"
The conference was co-sponsored by GW Law and the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE).

November 8, 2011
"Judicial Independence: A Discussion with Iraqi Officials"
A discussion with Chief Justice Medhat Al Mahmood, President of the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council, Ghadhanfar Hamoud Jassim, Head of the Public Prosecution Office, and other Iraqi officials. Professor Stephen Saltzburg and Associate Dean Alan Morrison moderated the discussion.

November 7, 2011
"Elections and Government Formation in Iraq: An Analysis
of the Judiciary’s Role"
International and comparative law colloquium with Charles Trumbull and Julie Martin of the U.S. Department of State, Office of Legal Adviser, about their new article that was recently published in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

November 3, 2011
"Women, Business, and the Law Report 2012: Removing Barriers to Economic Inclusion"
A discussion with Rita Tamalho of The World Bank Group, Professor Lisa Fairfax of GW Law, and Krista Jacobs of the International center for Research on Women.

October 24, 2011
"New Approaches to Peace in the Middle East"
A discussion with Dr. Ghada Karmi of Exeter University and Issam Saliba of the Law Library of Congress. The event was co-sponsored by the International Council for Middle East Studies (ICMES).

October 7, 2011
"Religion in America: A Political History"
Denis Lacorne, Director of Research at the National Foundation of Political Science/Centre for International Studies and Research, and Professor at Science Po University in Paris, spole about his new book.

September 28, 2011
"Public International Law and the Regulation of Diplomatic Immunity in the Fight Against Corruption"
Kenneth Mwenda, professor of law at The University of Pretoria, South Africa, and senior counsel, legal vice-presidency of the World Bank spokw about his new book.

September 21, 2011
Islamic Finance Forum
Co-sponsored by GW Law and the U.S.-Qatar Business Council, the event featured Ghiath Shabsigh of the IMF, Stephen Lange Ranzini of the University Bank of of Ann Arbor and University Islamic Financial, Zamir Iqbal of the World Bank, Elias Sayegh of King and Spalding, and Jean-Francois Seznec of Georgetown University.

September 8, 2011
"Perspectives on International Law: A Briefing from The Hague"
Presentation by the Hon. Joan Donoghue of the International Court of Justice.

September 6, 2011
"The South China Sea: Increasing Maritime Jurisdictional Certainty or Complexity?"
International and comparative law colloquium with Clive Schofield, director of research and associate professor at the Australian Center for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong.

March 2223, 2011
"Toward Coherence in International Economic Law: Perspectives at the 50th Anniversary of the OECD". The Secretary General of the OECD Angel Gurría gave a keynote address with ASIL President David Caron presiding.

March 7, 2011
ICL Colloquium with Professor Claire Kelly of the Brooklyn Law School.

February 24, 2011
GW Law hosted the U.S. State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh as he and his colleagues participate in a webcast.

February 9, 2011
A decade after the development of the U.N. Trafficking Protocol, what progress have States Made in global efforts to combat human trafficking?  Panelists discussed the U.S. government's contributions to the counter-trafficking movement, including its work with other States to fulfill their international legal obligations under the Trafficking Protocol and other relevant treaties.

May 7, 2010
GW Law’s Third Annual Potomac Foreign Relations Roundtable (Professor Peter Raven-Hansen, convener)

April 13–17, 2010
ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, New York, NY.

April 5, 2010
International and Comparative Law Colloquium featured Professor Robert D. Sloane, Boston University School of Law

March 29, 2010
GW Law and the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, hosted a conference titled “The International Law Commission: What Should It Be Doing to Make A Difference?” Professor George Nolte, Humboldt University of Berlin, presented the 2010 Susan N. and Augustus DiZeriga Lecture at the conference luncheon.

March 26, 2010
GW Law and the Canadian Council on International Law hosted Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.

March 18, 2010
Judge Grenadier International Moot Court Competition Finals

March 17, 2010
The Hon. Shanka Sharma, Ambassador of Nepal to the United States, spoke on “Proposed Assignments of Economic Rights and Natural Resources in the New Constitution of Nepal.”

March 5, 2010
Comparative Constitutional Law Roundtable (Associate Professor David Fontana, convener)

February 4, 2010
International and Comparative Law Colloquium featured Professor Ryan Goodman, New York University School of Law.

January 25, 2010
“Armenia and Turkey Protocols: Reality and Myths,” sponsored by the Washington Foreign Law Society and the American Society of International Law

January 11, 2010
Professor Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School, an expert in comparative law and international law, presented “On the Evasion of Executive Term Limits.”

December, 2009
Professor Sean Murphy Argues Case Before International Court of Justice in The Hague.  Professor Murphy was one of four advocates that argued on behalf of the Republic of Kosovo in an advisory opinion proceeding.



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