In US and across globe, 105th International Women’s Day

about-iwdToday’s the 105th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Inspired by speeches at an International Conference of Working Women the year before, in 1911 Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland set aside a day in March to honor women’s demands for equality. Each year more countries joined in. The arrest of suffragist Sylvia Pankhurst during a London demonstration on March 8, 1914, fixed the 8th as IWD-Day. (credit for IWD image at top)

Further globalizing the Day was U.N. General Assembly Resolution 32/142. Adopted on Dec. 16, 1977 (the same day the Assembly also considered a Draft Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, a version of which it would adopt 2 years later), Resolution 32/142:

Invites all States to proclaim, in accordance with their historical and national traditions and customs, any day of the year as United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace …”

Most countries followed tradition and chose March 8, and paid note to annual U.N. themes (this year’s is #PledgeforParity).

The United States was a bit late to the party. Yet American observances increase every year, and last week, President Barack Obama proclaimed:

“I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. I also invite all Americans to visit to learn more about the generations of women who have left enduring imprints on our history.”

And so we will.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)


Become part of a 43-year tradition: Georgia Law Master of Laws (LLM)

2016Brochure_TNIn 1973, Edward de Jaegher of Brussels, Belgium, became the first foreign-trained lawyer to earn a Master of Laws, or LLM, degree at the University of Georgia School of Law.

The tradition launched 43 years ago today. Even as our current students complete their final semester of study, we continue to build next year’s LLM student body. We welcome inquiries and applications for the Class of 2017; details here.

Members of that class will join an alumni/ae base of more than 400 Georgia Law LLMs, who have ties to 75 countries, on every continent in the world. They include judges and law firm partners, leaders in governments and in intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, heads of corporate legal departments, and university professors. Here’s just two:

Oksana G. Wright (LLM’05; 1st law degree from St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Now an Associate at Fox Rothschild LLP in New York City, Oksana writes:

The International and Comparative Law program at UGA was my first exposure to U.S. law and the first stepping-stone of my legal career in the United States. At UGA, I received an opportunity to learn from top professors and fellow practitioners from all over the world. They contributed different views, perspectives, and experience to our discussions of relevant legal topics. This invaluable experience provided me with a competitive edge in my future legal career in New York where I deal with various international legal issues and work with individuals from different countries and backgrounds.

ObeidatOmar_jul15Omar Obeidat (LLM’97; 1st law degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan). A Partner and the Head of Intellectual Property at Al Tamimi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Omar writes:

I was fortunate to join the LLM program at UGA and was especially fortunate to have learned from distinguished professors particularly on intellectual property and copyright. Although I stayed for a short period at Georgia of little over 10 months, it is a period that stuck very well in my memory as a period filled with making good friends and enjoyable learning experience in a beautiful campus and well respected school of law.

Click here to join this tradition of excellence in international professional education.

Live at Leuven

News of the newest Dean Rusk International Law Center partnership, the Global Governance School, is now live at the website of our partner, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium. The site mirrors our own details on this intensive 3-week, 4-ABA-credits-eligible initiative, and also offers information on our great university city location.

We partners look forward to welcoming students in law and other fields, from the United States, Europe, and around the world, to this very special study abroad.


Honoring the Hon. Ural Glanville (JD’87), global public servant

glanville_2015Featured yesterday at CNN: a Georgia Law grad whose public service has spanned the globe.

He’s the Honorable Ural Glanville, who earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1987. Not only is he a long-time Judge on the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, but he’s also served as a top lawyer in the U.S. Army Reserve. (photo credit) CNN’s Octavio Blanco wrote that Judge Glanville

is the first African-American Army Reserve Judge Advocate to be promoted to the rank of General Officer.

His military posts have included: Brigadier General, Chief Judge (IMA) U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and Commanding General of the NATO Rule of Law Support Mission/Rule of Law Field Force in Afghanistan. He’s done tours there and in Kuwait, earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, and served as an adjunct professor  in the United States and in Europe.

The CNN article, Unlikely recruit becomes top legal adviser in the U.S. Army, details these achievements and the long road that Judge Glanville traveled – a road that, we’re honored to note, brought him to Athens for his undergraduate studies in history and his law degree.

Georgia Law’s 40-plus-year-old international law review taps board

gjiclDelighted to announce the new managing board of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, a student-edited review established in 1971 with the support of our Center’s namesake, then-professor Dean Rusk.

Published 3 times a year, GJICL features editions stemming from symposia –  like the recent one on children and international criminal justice – as well as single articles by international law professors, practitioners, and students.

Here’s the just-named leadership for the 2016-17 academic year:

Executive Board

Editor-in-Chief: Gregory W. Donaldson
Executive Managing Editor: Micah David Smith
Senior Managing Editor: Carson E. Masters
Executive Articles Editor: Andrew Zachery Ryan Smith
Senior Articles Editor: Jennifer Joyce Cross
Executive Notes Editor: Caitlin V. Hill
Senior Notes Editor: Brooke E. Hrouda
Executive Editors: Katherine L. Ekstrand and Louis Joe Potente
Executive Conference Editor: Jason T. Vuchinich

Managing Board

Articles Editors
Harold J. Bacon III, Kadan B. Canfield, Janis Katina Dabbs, Bradley Daniel Dumbacher, Faith A. Khalik, Alec Lawrence Manzer, Blake A. McLemore, Charmaine Amy Mech, Chloe L. Owens, and Olivia M. Scofield

Notes Editors
Robin Danielle Burnette, Mark D. Christopher, Kassidy Lenora Dean, Hayes Michael Dever Jr., Fabian J. Goffe, Gregory D. Mark, Edward Graham Newsome, and Calvin A. Webb

Submissions Editors
Reed Lofton Bennett, Thomas A. Giannotti, Morgan Melodie Johnson, Lee A. Mangum, Adam C. Smith, Christopher D. Stokes, and David R. Waldrep

Conference Editors
Elliot C. Kim and Brittany Marie Partridge

Congratulations to all!