THE DEAL WITH BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATIES: WHAT THE PARTIES THOUGHT THEY WOULD GET, WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GIVING UP TO GET IT, AND WHAT THEY GOT

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THE DEAL WITH BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATIES:

WHAT THE PARTIES THOUGHT THEY WOULD GET, WHAT THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GIVING UP TO GET IT, AND WHAT THEY GOT

with Professor O. Thomas Johnson 

Date: January 26th, 2015

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  502

Professor O. Thomas Johnson led a seminar style discussion on the current debate going on in academia and in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations over whether Bilateral Investment Treaties and Investor-State Dispute Settlement are more trouble than they are worth for both developed and developing countries.

Professor Johnson is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and a member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal.

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THE ONE AND THE MANY: THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN “GENOCIDE” AND “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY”

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THE ONE AND THE MANY: 

THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN “GENOCIDE” AND “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY”

Date: December 4th, 2014

Time: 4:30-6:00pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  107

The afternoon discussion is led by Philippe Sands, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at the University College of London. Professor Sands addresses the introduction of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ into the Nuremberg trial, the relative merits of both concepts in modern international law, and growing doubts as to the utility, effectiveness or desirability of the crime of ‘genocide’ as currently conceived.

Professor Sands’ teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law. As a practicing barrister, he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law.

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INTERNATIONAL ARBIRTATION IN AND HUMAN RIGHTS

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INTERNATIONAL ARBIRTATION IN AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Date: December 4th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  807

The discussion on issues involving investment arbitration and human rights is led by Filip Balcerzak, a European academic, practitioner, and frequent contributor to the Investment Arbitration Reporter. International investment law and human rights law developed along separate and distinct paths. Although they remain perceived as separate fields of international law, there are intersections between them. The talk and Q&A will examine those intersections, analyzing (i) in what situations human rights could become relevant for investment arbitration and (ii) whether there can be a place for human rights arguments in the course of arbitral proceedings based on investment treaties. For any questions or comments, please contact ml3534@columbia.edu via e-mail.
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CSIL 1L SUMMER JOBS PANEL

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CSIL 1L SUMMER JOBS PANEL

Date: November 19th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: JG 103

1Ls interested in working abroad this upcoming summer are invited to join CSIL for the Summer Jobs Panel. Students who worked abroad during their 1L summer in the public and private sectors will discuss searching for jobs, applying and interviewing for positions, and making the best of your summer experience. Panel members will also answer any questions you may have about 1L summer jobs.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL LAW THINKING FOR COMMON LAW LAWYERS

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CIVIL LAW THINKING FOR COMMON LAW LAWYERS

Speaker: Professor Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Date: November 13th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: JG 107

Common law and civil law represent the two major legal traditions most countries follow. Since they evolved differently, each legal tradition reveals a different way to understand, interpret, and apply legal rules. Harmonization efforts, at an international level and at a regional one, are attenuating to a certain extent legal traditions’ divergences but, at the same time, are arousing new legal concerns about the ability of uniform solutions to solve global problems and reconcile (in some regards) divergent legal traditions. Today’s legal profession is a global profession; international rules and comparative law are becoming common instruments that a lawyer has to be familiar with. Rules are adopted and applied in a context with social, cultural, economic and political factors. This talk devotes to contract law issues. In particular, three topics are briefly discussed: pre-contractual liability, standards and practices in drafting contracts, and penalty clauses.

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LIBYA AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

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LIBYA AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

Speaker: Professor Michael Doyle

Date: November 18th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: WH Levien Room

Evolving out of the failures to protect in Rwanda and Bosnia, Professor Doyle argues that Responsibility to Protect has become both a license to and leash against forcible intervention.

Professor Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy, a three-fold appointment in the School of International and Public Affairs, Department of Political Science, and Law School.

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JUDICIAL DIALOGUES ON THE JURISDICTIONAL IMMUNITIES OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

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JUDICIAL DIALOGUES ON THE JURISDICTIONAL IMMUNITIES OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Speaker: Professor August Reinisch

Moderator: Professor Lori Damrosch

Date: November 4th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall 101

Professor August Reinisch will discuss his work on the research project “International Law through the National Prism: the Impact of Judicial Dialogue”, which is part of the broader topic of international law in the domestic legal order. It focuses on the emergence of judicial dialogue between courts, a topic that is becoming increasingly important as national courts have increasingly started to interact, via – implicitly or explicitly – reviewing, discussing, or referring to decisions, with their counterparts in other countries in cases related to international law. At the same time, national courts are more than ever referring extensively to decisions of international courts, most notably, from a European perspective, the European Court of Human Rights. The aim of his project is to explain, structuralize, and evaluate this recent and not yet well-covered trend. The project is part of an international scientific cooperation under the umbrella of the European Science Foundation.

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INTERNATIONAL ARBIRTATION IN PRACTICE

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INTERNATIONAL ARBIRTATION IN PRACTICE

Date: October 29th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall  101

This event is meant to introduce CLS students to the practice of international arbitration as well as what an attorney’s day-to-day life is like, and offer career advice in this fascinating and growing field. 

 
Our International Arbitration panelists have a range of experiences and will provide diverse perspectives on their career paths, what sort of work attorneys in the field of international arbitration do, and how international arbitration compares to other practice areas. They will also provide advice for students interested in pursuing careers in this field of law. 
 
Professor Aaron Simowitz. who teaches Transational Litigation and Arbitration, will provide an introduction to international arbitration before moderating the conversation with practitioners. There will be time at the end of the discussion to ask the speakers questions.
 
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INVESTIGATING THE RAB’A MASSACRE IN EGYPT: A TALK WITH HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER OMAR SHAKIR

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INVESTIGATING THE RAB’A MASSACRE IN EGYPT:

A TALK WITH HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER OMAR SHAKIR

Date: October 21st, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall 101

Omar Shakir will discuss his work with Human Rights Watch in Egypt over the last year, where he was a fellow and the lead researcher and author of “All According to Plan,” a 188-page report on the Rab’a massacre and the mass killings of protesters in Egypt in July and August 2013. The report concludes that the methodical killing of at least 817 demonstrators on August 14, 2013 in Rab’a Square ranks as one of the world’s largest killings of demonstrators in a single day on par with the Tiananmen Massacre. Over one year later, not a single person has been held accountable.

Omar will also discuss working as a human rights lawyer on serious abuses amidst a serious crackdown and in a climate of rampant impunity.

Omar is currently a Bertha Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he works on abuses in the name of national security in the US. He previously was a Fulbright scholar in Syria and is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Affairs, and Stanford University.

Also, please join Omar Shakir and Sarah Knuckey for a conversation to discuss working in the human rights field after law school. This conversation precedes Omar’s lunchtime talk.

Omar Shakir is a human rights lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights where he works on their Guantanamo Docket. He was previously a fellow with Human Rights Watch investigating abuses in Egypt, and was the lead researcher and author of “All According to Plan,” a 188-page report that documents the mass killings of protesters in Egypt in July and August 2013, including the Rab’a Massacre, where security forces gunned down at least 817 people in one of the world’s largest ever killings of demonstrators in a single day. He is a recent graduate of Stanford Law, and will also be giving a lunchtime talk about his work with HRW.

Omar’s Bio: http://ccrjustice.org/about-us/staff-board/shakir,-omar

Sarah Knuckey is the director of the CLS Human Rights Clinic and special adviser to the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. She has carried out fact-finding investigations and reported on human rights and armed conflict violations around the world including in Afghanistan, Brazil, the Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. Her work addresses issues such as unlawful killings, armed conflict, sexual violence, corporate accountability, extractive industries, and protest rights.

Sarah’s Bio: http://web.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/who-we-are/sarah-knuckey

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UNITED NATIONS DAY: Lunch Talk and Evening Cocktail Reception

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UNITED NATIONS DAY

Lunch Talk and Evening Cocktail Reception

Date: October 23rd, 2014

Lunch Event: Lawyering at the UN

Time: 12:10-1:10 PM
Location: JG 103
Professor Bruce Rashkow, formerly In-House Counsel to the UN, serving as the Director of the General Legal Division, will be discussing his career at the UN, and will be joined by Professor Ady Schonmann-Bethlehem, who will be discussing the role of a legal advisor to a Permanent Mission to the UN.

Evening Reception: Challenges and Rewards of Working at the UN

Time: 6:30 PM
Location: JG 101
Followed by a Cocktail Reception (Food & Drinks Included) in JG Lobby West 
Professor Larry Johnson, former Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs at the UN, is returning to CSIL’s UN Day event to speak about the challenges and rewards of working at the UN.   
 
Please contact Lydia Deutsch at ld2594@columbia.edu with any questions. 
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