Global Legal Studies Events

Fall 2018

September

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (room 7200). New Technologies and International Governance Series speaker Rebecca Crootof, Yale Law School, will present "International Cybertorts". Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Hosted by Professor BJ Ard. 
  • Thursday, September 13, 2018: Annual Mildred Fish Harnack Lecture and 70th anniversary celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Current Challenges and the Future of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights" by Navi Pillay, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 4pm, Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Human Rights Program, International Division, The Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum and Global Legal Studies Center. For planning purposes please register at eventbrite.
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018: 4pm-5pm in Elvehjem Museum of Art. Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan, will present "The Woman Behind the Abolition of Indian Indentured Labor in the British Empire." Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Gender and Women, The Center for South Asia, the Harvey Goldberg Center, and the Global Legal Studies Center. 
    Abstract: Kunti, a dalit ("untouchable" caste) woman, became the poster child for the nation-wide movement in India against the abolition of the system of indentured labor in 1917. The system, managed by the colonial government in India, had supplied approximatley 1.3 milion workers from India to plantations overseas in the aftermath of the abolition of Atlantic slavery in the 1830s. This presentation explores how a woman at the very bottom of the caste hierachy in India became the face of an empire-wide change. It will argue that Kunti's role in the movement illustrates how a gendered politics underwrote the construction of the "people" (or the demos) as the subject of a new kind of politics in large colonial India.
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (room 7200). New Technologies and International Governance Series speaker William Burns, American University, will present "The Paris Agreement and Climate Geoengineering Options." Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Hosted by Sumudu Atapattu.
    Abstract: In recent years, the feckless response of the world community to climate change has led to a steadily growing drumbeat for reserach into, and potential deployment of so-called "climate geoengineering options." While climate geoengineering approaches could potentially help us avoid passing critical climatic thresholds, many of them are also fraught with risk, and could produce winners and losers, emphasizing the need for just, equitable and effective governance architecture.

    Given the central role of the Paris Agreement in international cilmate policymaking, a pertinent question is how climate geoengineering approaches might be governed under the Agreement, if at all. The purpose of this presentation will be to assess the potential role of the Paris Agreement in Governing climate geoengineering research and/or deployment, including their potential role in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Agreement's Parties, as well as other aspects of the Agreement that might guide potential deployment by the Parties, including human rights and sustainable development provisions.
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018: 4-5pm in Lubar Commons (room 7200). "Beyond Policy: The Practical Realities of Russia-Ukraine-U.S. Commerical Transactions and Litigation." Max Chester, Foley & Lardner LLP. Hosted by Kathryn Hendley. Sponsored by Global Legal Studies and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.
    Abstract: Commercial entities operating across international borders face anumber of legal and cultural hurdles. American companies negotiating with partners in Russia or Ukraine not only need to navigate the laws of those countires, but they are also obliged to follow U.S. commerical law, including hte Federal Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Major on-the-ground differences in accepted business practices and commerical transaction represent potential pitfalls for clients working under a dual legal framework. Likewise, businesses in East Europe seek out commerical itigators familiar with U.S. law to pretect their interests here. In this talk, Chester discusses the complexities of representing U.S. clinets abroad and foreign clients in the U.S., the practicalites of protecing clients' legitimate intersts amid systemic corruption, and how the FCPA is being enforced in the current political envirnoment.

October

  • Monday, October 1, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Room 7205. South Asia Legal Studies Working Group. By invitation only. 
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018: Delegation from Giessen, Germany. Invitation Only. Room 7205. Co-sponsored by the International Division.
  • Thursday, October 11, 2018: 12th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop. Featuring Project Incubator Sessions and Short Paper Sessions. See the workshop webpage for the full program. Sponsored by GLS. 
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (room 7200). "Rights in an Era of Containment: Europe's Migrant Crisis and the End of Universalism." Human Rights Program Speaker Loren Landau, Wits University. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Hosted by Professors Gay Seidman and Alexandra Huneeus.
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (room 7200), “From Truman to Trump: The United Nations, Positivism and Populism,” Marcella David, Betty T. Ferguson Visiting Professor, Florida State University College of Law. Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Hosted by Professor Mark Sidel.

November

  • Monday, November 5, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Room 7205. South Asia Legal Studies Working Group. By invitation only. 
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018: 5:00pm, Lubar Commons, Screening of documentary "Dear Ambassador" (Querido Embaixador), followed by commebts by director, Luiz Fernando Goulart, sponsored by IRIS, LACIS, GLS, HRP, IEW and 70th anniversary celebration of the UDHR.
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Lubar Commons (room 7200). Pablo Rueda Saiz, UW-Madison Tinker Visiting professor, Lunch will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. Hosted by Professor Alexandra Huneeus. Title TBA.

December

  • Monday, December 3, 2018: 12pm-1pm in Room 7205. South Asia Legal Studies Working Group. By invitation only. 

Spring 2019

  • Friday, April 5, 2019: Annual Wisconsin International Law Journal Symposium. More details TBA.
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019: Wisconsin International Law Journal Workshop. More details TBA. 
  • April 11, 2019: New Technologies and International Governance Series Speaker Jennifer Merchant. Noon Lubar Commons (Room 7200). (GLS)

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