INTERNATIONAL ARBIRTATION IN PRACTICE

Please join the Columbia Society for International Law, Columbia International Arbitration Association, and Columbia Business Law Association for the…

INTERNATIONAL ARBIRTATION IN PRACTICE

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.
 
Panelists:
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INVESTIGATING THE RAB’A MASSACRE IN EGYPT: A TALK WITH HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER OMAR SHAKIR

Please join the Columbia Society for International Law, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Rightslink, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, the Human Rights Institute, Social Justice Initiatives, and the Columbia Middle East Institute for the…

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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Human Rights Internship Program (HRIP) Information Panel

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HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (HRIP) INFORMATION PANEL

Date: October 13th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: William June Warren Hall L107

The panel targets people who are interested in spending a fully-funded summer doing human rights work abroad. Last year’s HRIP recipients discussed their human rights summer internships abroad. Students talked about their diverse and engaging experiences across the globe as well as how they discovered and applied to the organizations they worked for. There is a wide representation of interest areas and geographic regions, and Cat Kirchhoff from Social Justice Initiative was there to answer any application questions. 
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Inside the Blackwater Trial

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INSIDE THE BLACKWATER TRIAL

Date: October 9th, 2014

Time: 12:10-1:10pm

Room: Jerome Greene Hall 105

On 16 September 2007, a convoy of Blackwater vehicles left the Green Zone in Iraq to assist a State Department official after a car bomb went off. Despite being ordered not to deploy, the unit’s team leader proceeded to Nisour Square nearby, where his men locked down the traffic circle. In the fifteen minutes that followed, Blackwater guards allegedly fired heavy weaponry indiscriminately on cars in the traffic jam, a girl’s school, a tanker truck, and unarmed civilians, some of whom had their hands up. Fourteen civilians were killed and more than twenty more were seriously injured. Upon return to base, four of the Blackwater guards immediately complained to their superior that they’d seen people “murdered out there.” Over the past months, four members of Blackwater’s Raven 23 unit stood trial for the Nisour Square incident in a Washington D.C. courthouse.

Professor James G. Stewart, a former war crimes prosecutor in Rwanda and The Hague and currently a faculty of law at the University of British Columbia, will offer his reflections on the trial. Together with his collaborator Sara Gray, they collectively sat through every day of the trial except one.

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Monday, March 31st: International Career Symposium

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INTERNATIONAL CAREER SYMPOSIUM
Monday, March 31st
and
Monday, April 7th

The 2014 Symposium brings together lawyers with exciting experience in different areas of international law. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about career paths and speak with lawyers in the private and public sectors.  The lawyers will discuss their work and career paths and answer questions in a series of two lunch panels.

Panels

Monday, March 31st | 12:10 pm – 1:10pm | JG 102B

Public International Law:
David Tolbert, President, International Center for Transitional Justice
Margaret Green-Rauenhorst, Senior Advisor, Emergency Operations, Catholic Relief Services
Larry D. Johnson, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School,  Former Deputy Legal Counsel of the UN

Monday, April 7th | 12:10 pm – 1:10 pm | JG 107
Alexander Kerr Meise, Foley Hoag LLP, International Litigation and Arbitration
Michael T. Cone, FisherBroyles, LLP, International Trade and Customs
Judge Delissa A. Ridgeway, United States Court of International Trade

International Career Symposium Flyer

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Wed, April 2 – “Human Rights and Federalism in the EU: When do Union Fundamental Rights Apply to Member States?” with Bernard Schima, Legal Adviser in the European Commission’s Legal Service

“Human Rights and Federalism in the EU – When do Union Fundamental Rights Apply to Member States?”
with Bernard Schima, Legal Adviser in the European Commission’s Legal Service

Date:          Wednesday,  April 2
Time:          12:10 – 1:10pm
Location:    WJ 600 (William and June Warren Hall)
RSVP:        jnasra@law.columbia.edu

Please RSVP to join our guest,  Bernard Schima, co-hosted by the European Legal Studies Center and the Columbia Society of International Law for this timely presentation and Q&A session.

A sandwich lunch will be served.

Bernard Schima has taught and published on a broad spectrum of European Law issues. Currently, he serves as Legal Adviser in the European Commission Legal Service, where has worked since 2003. From 1995 – 2003, he was a member of the chambers of Judge Peter Jann at the European Court of Justice.

Mr. Schima studied law in Vienna (magister iuris 1991, doctor iuris 1994) and Paris and at Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1994), and earned postdoctoral qualification to lecture in European law (Habilitation) at the University of Graz in 2004; he is an honorary professor of European Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (since 2010) and was an EU Fellow at Yale University (2013-2014).

Please RSVP to:  jnasra@law.columbia.edu

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CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series: Clifford Chance LLP

CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series

Clifford Chance LLP

Friday, April 11th

12:30 p.m.

31 West 52nd Street

Dress Code: Business

Our next luncheon will be held with Clifford Chance LLP at their New York office. In addition to lunch, there will be a brief panel discussion with Clifford Chance partners and associates and an extended opportunity to speak with the attorneys one-on-one about their international experience.

Clifford Chance was hailed the International Law Firm of the Year in 2010 and 2012 at the Chambers Europe Awards, and has achieved more tier 1 rankings than any other law firm. A few words from the firm are below:

We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Spots for the lunch will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference given to CSIL members. If you are interested in attending this lunch, please contact Gabi Lopez at gil2101@columbia.edu and include your name, class year, and CSIL membership status.

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Law Firm Luncheon Series: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (Arbitration Practice)

Law Firm Luncheon Series

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Friday, April 4th

1:00 p.m.

125 Broad Street

Dress Code: Business Formal

Please join lawyers from Sullivan & Cromwell for lunch and conversation. Lunch will be hosted by Joe Neuhaus, Columbia Law alumnus and head of S&C’s arbitration practice.

If you would like to attend this lunch, please RSVP by email to mccoym@sullcrom.com

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CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

CSIL Law Firm Luncheon Series

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Friday, March 28th

12:15 p.m.

919 Third Avenue, 35th Floor

Dress Code: Business

Our next luncheon will be held on Friday, March 28th with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP  at their New York office. In addition to lunch, there will be a brief panel discussion with Debevoise partners and associates and an extended opportunity to speak with the attorneys one-on-one about their international experience. We sincerely hope to see you there.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP maintains a tradition of excellence in a comprehensive, modern practice that spans the Americas, Europe and Asia.  Debevoise has a leading practices that often have a cross border focus due to the firm’s international approach to the practice of law. Debevoise places the highest value on collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation in order to provide clients with seamless representation across practice areas and across continents. It represents multinational, U.S. and non-U.S. industrial and commercial companies, private equity sponsors, financial institutions including insurance companies, investment companies, banks and broker-dealers, and individuals in a comprehensive range of assignments.

Spots for the lunch will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference given to CSIL members. If you are interested in attending this lunch, please contact Justin You Zhou at yz2562@columbia.edu by Tuesday, March 25th and include your name, class year, CSIL membership status and a question for the panelists .

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