The 41ST ANNUAL WOLFGANG FRIEDMANN CONFERENCE

The Columbia Society of International Law invites you to attend the 41st Wolfgang Friedmann Conference Honoring Lori Damrosch on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  Information on the panelists and timeline is below, with additional context for the discussions at far bottom:

Friedmann Conference

Lunch Discussion: Travel Controls in Constitutional and International Law, Parts 1 and 2: Spring Break in Cuba, Summer in the Middle East 

12:10-1:10pm|JG 103

Lori Damrosch, Hamilton Fish Professor of Law & Diplomacy at Columbia Law School and President of the American Society of International Law with introduction by Dean Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Panel #1: Federalism and US Treaty Obligations

1:20-2:40pm|JG Annex

Panelists:

Philip C. Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence and Director of Center for National Security, Columbia Law School

Donald Francis Donovan, Partner and Co-Head of the International Disputes Group, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Martin S. Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law and Co-Director of Leitner Center of International Law and Justice, Fordham Law School

Moderator: Gillian E. Metzger, Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

This panel will examine tensions between federalism and the U.S. treaty power. Can treaties authorize Congress to legislate beyond the scope of its enumerated powers? To what extent does Bond limit Congress’s authority to pass implementing legislation pursuant to a valid treaty? To what extent does the system of federalism impose constitutional constraints on U.S. compliance with its treaties? The panelists will discuss the questions based on recent cases Medellin v. Texas and Bond v. United States.

Panel #2: Comparative Perspectives: Economic Sanctions vs. Military Intervention in the Age of Globalization

2:50-4:10pm|JG Annex

Panelists: 

Augusto Maxwell, Partner and Chair of the Cuba Practice, Akerman LLP

Helen Mulvein, Legal Counsellor, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom

Ana Cristina Rodriguez Pineda, Minister Counsellor, the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the United Nations

Kimberly Prost, the Ombudsperson to the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee

Moderator: Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law, and Political Science, Columbia Law School

This panel discussion will analyze how different mechanisms for imposing sanctions operate. When could and should unilateral or bilateral sanctions be implemented? To what extent would the triggering criteria apply to multilateral sanctions under authorization by the United Nations Security Council? Do clear rules exist as to when the Security Council can or should use economic sanctions, as opposed to military force? The panelists will contribute a wealth of sanctions experience, as they have worked for, and with, a variety of different stakeholders.

SPONSORS: 

We are greatly thankful for our sponsors for making this conference possible. 

Allen & Overy LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP

Debevoise Plimpton LLP

Linklaters LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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A CONVERSATION WITH MS. JENNIFER LAKE AND MR. DAVID WEI

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A CONVERSATION WITH

MS. JENNIFER LAKE and MR. DAVID WEI

Date: March 12th, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: William June Warren Hall 600

Please join CSIL and United Nations Externship instructors Larry Johnson, former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Bruce Rashkow, former senior official with the State Department, UN Legal Office, and US Mission to the UN for an informal lunch discussion with Ms. Jennifer Lake, Legal Advisor for Independent Diplomat and Mr. David Wei, UN Representative for Independent Diplomat and international environmental lawyer. 
 
About Ms. Jennifer Lake
Jennifer Lake is Independent Diplomat’s (ID) Legal Advisor. She is responsible for legal advice on ID’s projects and maintaining ID’s pro bono legal relationships. She has previously served on the legal staff of the United Nations, the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. She represented the New Zealand Government in the Rainbow Warrior arbitration and also headed the division of the Crown Law Office responsible for both international law and Treaty of Waitangi issues. Educated in New Zealand, she started her career in private practice there.
About Mr. David Wei
David Wei is Independent Diplomat’s (ID) UN Representative. An international environmental lawyer, his work focuses on international negotiations on climate change and natural resources. Before joining ID, David was a staff lawyer at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London. At FIELD, he specialised in climate change advocacy and capacity-building, governance of transnational corporations and biosafety. David previously worked as a litigator at large law firms in New York and Toronto. He also helped to establish the Toronto office of Human Rights Watch (HRW), after completing an internship with HRW’s International Justice Program in New York. He enjoys teaching and was a lecturer at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. David holds an LLM in International Law from New York University, a JD and MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale. He is a member of the New York State Bar and speaks Mandarin.
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TRANSFORMATIVE CONSTITUTIONALISM AND THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION: LESSONS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

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TRANSFORMATIVE CONSTITUTIONALISM AND THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION: LESSONS FROM SOUTH AFRICA

Date:March 6th, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  102A

The right to education is a constitutional right in South Africa but many South Africans are unable to fully enjoy this right. Representing Columbia Law School, Mary Yang (CLS ‘16) has recently returned from Johannesburg, South Africa where she presented a paper on South African constitutional transformation. Prior to that, she served as a legal intern at the Legal Resources Center, a public interest law organization that actively litigates to secure social justice and fundamental human rights envisioned in the Constitution.

Join Mary and others for a conversation about transformative constitutionalism, how one public interest organization in South Africa’s Eastern Cape is using the constitution to address injustice, and what legal weapons and resources America’s emerging lawyers have to tackle inequality at home and abroad.

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UN LUNCH SERIES–A CONVERSATION WITH MR. PETER MASON AND MS. DRAGICA MIKAVICA

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A CONVERSATION WITH MR. PETER MASON, Legal Advisor, UNICEF and MS. DRAGICA MIKAVICA, Program & Office Manager, Watchlist for Children in Armed Conflict 

Date: March 4th, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: W.C. Warren Hall 10th Floor Levien Room

Please join CSIL and United Nations Externship instructors Larry Johnson, former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Bruce Rashkow, former senior official with the State Department, UN Legal Office, and US Mission to the UN for an informal lunch discussion with Mr. Peter Mason, Legal Adviser to UNICEF and Ms. Dragica Mikavica, Program and Office Manager for Watchlist for Children in Armed Conflict. 
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GREEK DEMOCRACY AND SOVEREIGN DEBT RESTRUCTURING

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GREEK DEMOCRACY AND SOVEREIGN DEBT RESTRUCTURING

with Professor Tamara Lothian 

Date:March 5th, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall 105

The recent extension of the Greek bailout by the newly elected Greek government and the European Union seems to suggest that there are no real alternatives to the reigning program of austerity and structural reform, but there are in fact many alternatives and some of these alternatives hold out the promise of restructuring sovereign debt in ways that alleviate or contain the crisis without the denigration of sovereignty or the continuing collapse of the real economy. One of the main obstacles to identifying alternative approaches to major problems in global finance today is the absence of a way of thinking about different trajectories of reform. Lawyers have a crucial role to play in the development of this new way of thinking. Lawyers are architects of institutional innovation, rather than mere technicians acting in the service of market players and policy-makers.

In this talk, Professor Lothian, Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, Principal with International Strategies Group, and Research Fellow and Visiting Professor of Law at Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, considers some of the problems and possibilities raised by the Greek debt crisis, and suggests how a revised practice of legal analysis, recognizing hidden institutional variations and creating new institutional possibilities, can help inform both the practice of global law and the public debate about alternative futures. She calls this law “in the second dimension.”

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THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL CORRUPTION

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THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL CORRUPTION

Lunch Event and Evening Discussion

Date: February 26th, 2015

Lunch Event: Development Aid and the Fight Against Transnational Corruption

Time: 12:10-1:10 PM
Location: JG 102B
David Hawkes, Head of the Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency, will discuss the role of development aid in the fight against transnational corruption. A non-pizza lunch will be served. 

Evening Discussion: The Global Movement Against Transnational Corruption

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: JG 102B
Followed by a Cocktail Reception (Food & Drinks Included) in JG Lobby West 
David Hawkes will return to moderate a panel discussion on new developments in the global movement against transnational corruption. Panelists will include Thomas AltenbachGlobal Head of Litigation & Enforcement at Deutsche Bank, Joel Kirsh, Vice President and Associate General Counsel to the Siemens Corporation, Richard Messick, Former Chief Counsel of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Matthew C. Stephenson, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
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BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE: HUMAN RIGHTS, ARMED CONFLICT, AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

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BETWEEN WAR AND PEACE: HUMAN RIGHTS, ARMED CONFLICT, AND THE FOUNDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

with Guglielmo Verdirame, King’s College London 

Date:March 2nd, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  101

International courts, from the International Court of Justice to the European Court of Human Rights, have upheld the principle that international human rights law applies in wartime. Some domestic courts are now following suit. But is international human rights law capable of regulating armed conflict? And is there not a risk that it too might become a casualty of war?

Please join CSIL and HRI for this lunchtime talk with Guglielmo Verdirame, a professor of international law at the Department of War Studies and the School of Law at King’s College London and a barrister with 20 Essex Street chambers. Professor Verdirame has served as counsel and an adviser to governments and corporations on a wide range of issues of public international law, including human rights and the law of armed conflict, boundary disputes, immunity, and the law of the sea.  He is a visiting professor at Columbia Law School for the spring 2015 term.

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UN LUNCH SERIES–ROLE OF A LEGAL ADVISER TO A MISSION TO THE UN

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ROLE OF A LEGAL ADVISER TO A MISSION TO THE UN

Date: February 12th, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  546

Please join CSIL and United Nations Externship instructors Larry Johnson, former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Bruce Rashkow, former senior official with the State Department, UN Legal Office, and US Mission to the UN for an informal lunch discussion with Ms. Ana Christina Rodriguez, Legal Adviser of the Mission of Guatemala to the UN, and Mr. Mark Simonoff, Legal Adviser of the Mission of the United States to the UN.

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CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
 
Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: 1285 Avenue of the Americas
Dress Code: Business
 
CSIL is excited to announce a law firm lunch with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which will be held on Friday, March 6th at 12:30pm at the firm’s office (1285 Avenue of the Americas). The event will provide students with a unique opportunity to meet with attorneys and ask questions, in a smaller and more intimate environment than the law firm receptions.
“Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a firm of more than 800 lawyers who collaborate with clients to help them solve their most challenging legal problems and achieve their business goals. Widely recognized as having leading litigation and corporate capabilities, the firm has developed equally strong practices in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, finance, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The firm has an unwavering dedication to representing those in need, and its pro bono efforts continue to benefit individuals and society.
 
Paul, Weiss’s international reach – with offices in London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo – enables us to help our clients navigate an increasingly interconnected world economy. In addition to the high volume of work that we do in the United States for clients based in Europe and Asia, we are one of the leading U.S. firms providing advice to Canadian, Asian and South African companies.”
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CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series: Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
 
Date: Friday, February 27th
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza 
Dress Code: Business
 
Milbank is hosting the next lunch in the CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series. This event will provide students a unique opportunity to meet attorneys in the Project Finance and Capital Markets practice groups whose work is focused in Latin America. The panelists will share stories of their experiences working with international clients, and students will have the opportunity to ask them questions in a smaller and more intimate environment than the law firm receptions.
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