Fall 2019

September 2019

  • September 19 | noon – 1 p.m.  |  Law 7200 - Lubar Commons. “The Russian Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg.” Jeffrey Kahn from Southern Methodist University's Law School.  Lunch will be served on a first-come basis. Co-sponsored by Global Legal Studies and CREECA.
    This is part of the Constitution Day Series. See the Constitution Day webpage for more events: https://constitution.wisc.edu/

  • September 20, 2019: "The Mass Killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia: Questions of Responsibility" Noon – 1:30 p.m. Ingraham Hall, Room 206.
    Lecture by Geoffrey Robinson, Professor of History, University of California- Los Angeles.
    Long ignored or deliberately misrepresented, the mass killing of some 500,000 Indonesian communists and leftists in 1965-66 has recently become the focus of serious historical inquiry. Among those who have undertaken this work is historian Geoffrey Robinson whose new book, The Killing Season, challenges conventional narratives that portray the violence of 1965-66 as arising spontaneously from religious, cultural, and social conflicts. Robinson argues instead that the violence was the product of a deliberate campaign led by the Indonesian Army, and explores the principal dynamics of that campaign. He also details the pivotal role played by the United States, Britain, and other major powers in facilitating the violence. The paper concludes with reflections on the significance of this history for the more than 50 years of silence and inaction that has followed, and for the pressing current problem of impunity for the perpetrators of those crimes.

    Co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Department of History.

October 2019

  • October 3 | 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.| Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center."The Dance of Feminism with Human Rights: Reflections on three decades of Global Women's Human Rights Organizing," Annual Soffa Lecture by Professor Charlotte Bunch, Rutgers University (https://womens-studies.rutgers.edu/faculty/core-faculty/117-charlotte-bunch). Reception after the lecture. Sponsored by The J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor Fund, The Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the International Division.

  • October 7 | noon – 1 p.m.| Law 7200 - Lubar Commons. "Racial Capitalism, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene" Carmen Gonzalez, Seattle University School of Law.  Lunch will be served on a first come first served basis. Hosted by Sumudu Atapattu. Sponsored by GLS.

  • October 8 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.| Law 7200 - Lubar Commons. "Borrowing the German Advantage in Civil Procedure - but without the German System?" Professor Fowkes (University of Münster, Germany). |
    Lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hosted by Heinz Klug. Sponsored by GLS.

    A generation ago, in ‘The German Advantage’, John Langbein urged US lawyers to accept that their way of doing civil procedure, in the common law tradition, was in many ways inferior to the approach of a continental system like Germany. The most common reply has been that whatever advantages the German system may have, it does not fit common law tradition and so cannot, or at least should not, be borrowed. But even as this criticism was being made, the common law world moved, to a substantial degree, to borrow the German advantage. As is widely noted, judicial control has greatly increased; as is much less noted, I argue that common law civil process has also become effectively as episodic as its continental counterpart. So what, given this, should we make of the legal cultural critique? On the one hand, the fact that the mother jurisdiction of England and Wales has since 1998 gone even further down the German route than the US has made this argument harder to make. But there is a deeper concern. Over the last 150 or so years, the common law world has greatly reduced its traditional checks on judges: the jury is seldom used, party control has been fettered, and most cases are now resolved during pre-trial outside the public immediacy and formal record of the traditionally open common law court. Simultaneously, the powers of judges have increased. And yet, at the same time, common law countries (notably including the US) have retained much of their traditional suspicion of the mechanisms the continental world uses to control judges, such as the hierarchical, bureaucratic judiciary and the strict approach to legal doctrine emphasized in continental legal education. The common law world urgently needs to consider these, or find equivalents – or accept the grand irony that it is now the common law world, more than the continental, that has come to concentrate power in judges operating behind closed doors in the name of efficiency. 

  • October 17 | 8:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Law 7200 - Lubar Commons 13th Annual South Asia Legal Studies Workshop 
    The South Asia Legal Studies Workshop features discussion of a short pre-circulated proposal or paper on any aspect of the study of law and South Asia that attendees are expected to read in advance. There will be no formal presentations at the workshop. Program and registration is available on the workshop’s webpage: https://law.wisc.edu/gls/sa_pre-conference_workshops.html

  • November 19, 2019: "For Sama" Documentary Film Screening and Discussion 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Marquee Theater, Union South
    Screening of the documentary film "For Sama" a captivating and honest testament to the experiences of one woman and her community through the recent Syrian War. It tells the incredible story of Waad al-Kateab, a journalist/filmmaker who filmed her life for over five years during the conflict in Aleppo, Syria. Waad documented her personal journey as she married a doctor who operated the only functioning hospital in their besieged area, gave birth to a daughter (Sama), and continued filming the cataclysmic events unfolding around her. At its core, this documentary serves as a love letter from a mother to her daughter, as Waad captures deeply moving scenes of love, laughter, loss, sacrifice and survival. (HRP)

    FOR SAMA has captured the attention of national and international audiences, winning the Golden Eye Documentary Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and multiple audience awards at both the Munich Film Festival and SXSW. This week the film will screen at the United Nations, where the filmmakers have been invited to participate.

    Followed by film commentary by UW Professors Nevine El Nossery and Sara McKinnon

December 2019

December 2 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Law 7200 - Lubar Commons. Hans-Jorg Albrecht, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Global Legal Studies speaker Hans-Jorg Albrecht will give a lecture related to his work related to Criminal Justice and the German Refugee Crisis. Lunch will be served on a first come basis. Sponsored by GLS and the Center for German & European Studies.

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