Polish law students & practitioners invited to free webinar this Monday on LL.M. study at Georgia Law

Law students and lawyers in Poland are invited to take part in a free webinar regarding postgraduate study at the University of Georgia School of Law. It’s set for 16:00 CET on Monday, March 13, and will focus on our Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, a one-year offering for foreign-trained lawyers.

As detailed in this Education USA Poland Facebook post, our partner in this outreach effort, the free webinar will be hosted by Laura Tate Kagel, our Center’s Director of International Professional Education. This outreach follows on Dr. Kagel’s visit to Warsaw  last April.

Details on how to join the webinar here. Details about Georgia Law’s LL.M. degree here.

100 from around world to take part in IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference on March 2 and 3 at Georgia Law

Delighted to announce that about a hundred scholars and practitioners in international law and related fields will participate in IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference, to be hosted by the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, on March 2 and 3, 2017.

The call for papers issued last autumn produced a trove of proposals from around the world – from women, and a few men, at all stages of their careers. That’s allowed us to build a research forum comprising 16 breakout panels, each with 5 presenters and a moderator. As detailed below, participants will be coming here to Athens from all over North America and Europe, and from as far away as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and Kosovo. (Although panels are full, attendance registration is available here.)

Additional highlights will include the March 2 screening of 500 Years, a Sundance-selected Guatemala documentary by IntLawGrrls contributor Pamela Yates, as well as a plenary on Strategies to Promote Women’s Participation in Shaping International Law and Policy amid the Global Emergence of Antiglobalism. Joining in the plenary conversation will be jurist Patricia A. Wald, American Society of International Law President Lucinda A. Low, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations President Mary L. Dudziak, and former White House official Catherine Powell, as well as two of IntLawGrrls’ original editors,  Jaya Ramji-Nogales and moderator Beth Van Schaack.

Making all this possible are the many cosponsors who’ve helped support various events, or partial travel grants aiding participation by several very-early-career attendees: IntLawGrrls, of course, plus the University of Georgia School of Law (its Dean Rusk International Law Center, Georgia Women in Law Lead initiative, International Law Society, and Women Law Students Association), the University of Georgia (its Willson Center for Humanities & the Arts and Institute of Native American Studies), the Planethood Foundation, the American Society of International Law and its Women in International Law Interest Group, and a few who wish to remain anonymous.

We look forward to celebrating the blog’s birthday – it was launched exactly a decade ago, on March 3, 2007 – with old and new colleagues alike.

IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference

Film: Thursday, March 2, 2017
  7 p.m. Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue, Athens

ypA.1. Screening of “500 Years” and Discussion with Filmmakers
Pamela Yates, Co-founder and Creative Director, Skylight Pictures, Brooklyn, New York
Paco de Onís, Executive Director, Skylight Pictures, Brooklyn, New Yorkop
nraModerator: Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco

 

Research Forum: Friday, March 3, 2017
University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

B. 8:45-10:15 a.m.

B.2. The Practice of International Criminal Law
wcmMadeline Cameron Wardleworth, Solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Digital Allies: Is Female Access to International Justice Being Improved via Technology and Innovation?
fm Megan A. Fairlie, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Miami, Recorded Testimony and Fair Trial Concerns in International Criminal Justicelb
Beth S. Lyons, Defense Counsel, International Criminal Court and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, New Jersey, Treatment of the ICTR Acquitted: The “Achilles Heel” of International Criminal Justice
mcdy Yvonne McDermott, Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Bangor University, Wales, Borrowed Truths: Expert Evidence and Authority in International Criminal Trialscj
► Moderator: Jason A. Cade, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

B.3. Human Rights
Ali Aghahosseini Dehaghani, Ph.D. Candidate in Public International Law, University of Nantes, France, International Law-Making by International Judicial Bodies: Towards a More Effective Role for Women’s Participation
bkKaren E. Bravo, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & International Affairs and Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Interrogating Everyperson’s Roles in Today’s Slaveries
btTequila J. Brooks, Attorney and International Employment Policy Specialist, Washington, D.C., Sexism and Gender Stereotypes in International Guest Worker Programs: An Analysis of Two 2016 Petitions under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation
ddDeepa Das Acevedo, Sharswood Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, God’s Homes, Men’s Courts, Women’s Rights
juUrvashi Jain, LL.M. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Educational Rights of the Transgender Children in India
Natalie W. Romeri-Lewis, Senior Project Associate, The WomanStats romeriProject, Provo, Utah, and Adjunct Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, International and Comparative Domestic Violence Law: A 176-Country Study of Banning, Ignoring, and Sustaining Domestic Violence
Moderator: Jaya Ramji-Nogales, I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia

B.4. Women’s Leadership in Legal Institutions
djJosephine J. Dawuni, Assistant Professor of Political Science and founding Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law, Howard University, Washington, D.C., Matri-legal Feminism, International Law and the African Woman Judge
gnNienke Grossman, Associate Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland, Taking Stock of Women in International Legal Academia
gemMaryann E. Gallagher, Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, Engendering Justice: Women Prosecutors in International Courts
mcClaudia Martin, Professional Lecturer in Residence and Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., Article 8 of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Women: A Stepping Stone in Ensuring Gender Parity in International Organs and Tribunals
Samantha McLane, Budget and Operations Associate Director, Office of the rlChief Strategy Officer, Planned Psamanthamclane-portraitarenthood Federation of America, New York, New York, Breaking the Federal Judiciary Glass Ceiling: How Affirmative Action Can Accelerate Gender Parity in the Mexican Supreme Court
Moderator: Lori A. Ringhand, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

B.5. Issues in International Criminal Justice
ddvDieneke de Vos, Ph.D. Candidate in International Criminal Law and Gender, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, Complementarity’s Gender Deficits – Analyzing Interactions Between the ICC and National Accountability Processes for Sexual Violence Crimes
ecChristie J. Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C., Forced Contraception as a Means of Torture
mcathCatherine Moore, Coordinator of International Law Programs, University of Baltimore School of Law, Maryland, The Rise of “Effective” Head of State Immunity through Negative Norm Diffusion: The Case of Al-Bashir and South Africa
Jenica Marie Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, The Search for Justice and Clarity in International Crimes: An Argument for a Change in How We Understand and Prosecute Mass Violence
tjJennifer Trahan, Clinical Associate Professor, The Center for Global Affairs, New York University School of Professional Studies, New York, Highlights of the ICC Crime of Aggression and Its Relationship to Humanitarian Intervention
icc2013_autocorrectModerator: Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, and International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict

C. 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

C.6. International and Transnational Criminal Justice
Maya Ezgi Avci, J.S.D. Candidate, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois, Female Recruiters: Victims or Perpetrators?dy
Yvonne M. Dutton, Associate Professor of Law, Dean’s Fellow and Grimes Fellow, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Bridging the Legitimacy Divide: The International Criminal Court’s Public Perception Challengefmon
Monica Feltz, Executive Director, International Justice Project, Newark, New Jersey, Victim Participation at the ICC: the Darfur Situation
gengjJing Geng, Visiting Researcher, Michigan Law School, and Ph.D. Candidate in Law, Católica Global School of Law, Lisbon, Portugal, Theorizing the Victim-Agent: A Response to the “Ideal” Victim of Traffickingsm
Milena Sterio, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio, wlThe Karadzic Genocide Conviction: Inferences, Knowledge and Intent
Moderator: Lesley Wexler, Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign

C.7. Human Rights and Accountability across Levels and Regions
fsStephanie Farrior, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Applied Human Rights, Vermont Law School, Vermont, Extraterritorial Treaty Obligations: Human Rights and the Environment
karhoffKaren Hoffman, On-the-Ground Legal Advocate, Aldea–The People’s Justice Center, Reading, Pennsylvania, Redress for “Some Folks”: Pursuing Justice for Victims of Torture through Traditional Grounds of Jurisdiction
kaAnna Karapetyan, Legal Intern, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague, the Netherlands, A Recurring Phenomenon: The Prohibition of Torture and the Question of Judicial Corporal Punishment under International Human Rights Law
Hannah Williams, J.D. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, The International Right of Syrian Refugee Children to an Education: Turkey’s Legal Responsibility
ohModerator: Hari M. Osofsky, Robins Kaplan Professor, Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab, and Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

C.8. Feminism/Theories
bdDafina Buçaj, Assistant Lecturer in International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Prishtina, Kosovo, Failure of International Law in Times of Crises: Have Women Played a Better Role in Being Problem-Solvers?hm
Mary Hansel, Deputy Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, From the Crisis Model to an International Law of the Everydayhg
Gina Heathcote, Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies & International Law and Chair of the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, England, Feminist Dialogues on International Lawsb
Bérénice K. Schramm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, London, England, A Future Case (of) Study(ies): Francophone Feminist Approaches to International Lawths
Sabrina Tremblay-Huet, Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, Law and literature as a nnfeminist method to explore scarcities of legalization in international law: The example of the law on tourism
Moderator: Naomi Norberg, Translator and Editor, Northmountain Translations, Pouilly sur Loire, France

C.9. Transnational Crime and Corporate Accountability
acornElizabeth Acorn, Ph.D. Candidate in Government, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, The National Enforcement of International Anti-Foreign Bribery Standards: Multilateralizing the American Model
lsSydney Lang, B.C.L./LL.B. Candidate, McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Colonial Violence and Corporate Illusions in the Canadian Mining Industry: Investigating Access to Justice and Legal Accountability in Canada
Lisa J. Laplante, Associate Professor, New England Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, Privatizing Human Rights Enforcement through Company Level Grievance Mechanisms
potTemitayo O. Peters, Associate, Palomar Law Group, Escondido, California, A Proposal: Using Mediation to Hold Transnational Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Violations
Reem Radhi, Ph.D. Candidate in Law, Durham Law School, England, Restorative Justice for Corporate Criminal Liability and Sentencing in the US and the UKbjosh
► Moderator: Joshua Barkan, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens

D. 12:15-1:45 p.m. Plenary Panel

D.10. Strategies to Promote Women’s Participation in Shaping International Law and Policy amid the Global Emergence of Antiglobalism
dmlMary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, at llEmory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, and President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Lucinda A. Low, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and President of the American Society of International Law, Washington, D.C.
powellCatherine Powell, Associate Professor of Law at Fordham Law School in New York, Adjunct Senior Fellow on Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and former State Department and White House official
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Patricia M. Wald, former Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and former member of the U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Boardvsb
Moderator: Beth Van Schaack, Visiting Scholar, Center for International Security & Cooperation, Stanford University, California, and former Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State

E. 2-3:30 p.m.

E.11. Culture and Transitional Justice Mechanisms
kmbKaitlin M. Ball, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Political Science & International Studies, University of Cambridge, England, Negotiable Space: Policing of Youth in Post-Conflict Northern Irelandbv
Victoria Barker, J.D. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Cultural Rights in Canada’s Residential Schools: 1939-2000
baylis_elenaElena Baylis, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, joint appointment with the university’s Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, Pennsylvania, Transnational Models and Rule of Law Initiativesfries
Mirka Fries, International Criminal Law Specialist, Berlin, Germany, Prosecuting Former Child Soldiers under International Criminal Law: Towards a System of kanjiJust Punishment
Azeezah Kanji, Director of Programming, Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto, Canada, The Al Mahdi Case at the International Criminal Court: Cultural oneill_peter_01_thumbProperty and Common Humanity in the “War on Terror”
Moderator: Peter D. O’Neill, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Georgia, Athens

E.12. International Economic Law and Dispute Settlement
Nguyet Thi Anh Le, Fulbright Scholar, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., The Jurisprudence of International Investment Arbitration Awards on State-Owned Enterprise (SOE): The Quest for the SOE Law Revisions in Developing Countries?mcm
Megan E. McCloskey, Ph.D. Candidate in Law, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, International Investment Law and Gender Equality: The Case for Gender-Sensitive Policy-Making
pmonaMona Pinchis, Visiting Researcher, Stanford Law School, California, and Ph.D. Candidate in Law at King’s College London, England, Fair and Equitable Treatment in the Charter for the International Trade Organization
rhHayley Roberts, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Bangor University, Wales, The South China Sea Arbitration: The Role of Negotiations in UNCLOS Dispute Settlement
Chie Sato, Associate Professor, School of Law, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, The Rule Making for the Protection of Marine Environment Based on the Law of the Sea
► Moderator: Harlan G. Cohen, Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

E.13. Postwar/Cold War Policies and Legacies
aralIşıl Aral, Ph.D. Candidate in Public International Law, University of Manchester, England, The Myth of the Cold War: Is 1991 Really a Turning Point for the Neutrality of International Law Regarding Democratic Governance?
dkKathleen A. Doty, Director of Global Practice Preparation, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, and M.A. Candidate in Political Science & International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of nraGeorgia, Athens, Normalization of U.S.-Cuba Relations
Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San smithkristinFrancisco, Safeguarding Development: Environment, Gender Empowerment and Human Rights Protections in U.S. Foreign Aid
Kristin J. Smith, Fellow, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Humanitarian Intervention Policywl
Lesley Wexler, Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, U.N. Amendsdml
► Moderator: Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, at Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, and President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

E.14. Laws of War
carmichaelLeah Carmichael, Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens, The Bombing of Bakeries: The Role of Intentional Starvation in Armed Conflicts and the Lack of Accountability under International Lawcc
Chanel Chauvet, J.D. Candidate, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Syria’s Responsibility under International Law to Protect Children from Warfare Attacks on Hospitals and Healthcareandra
Andra le Roux-Kemp, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, School of Law, Hong Kong, The Normative Genesis of Security as an Individual and Public Goodpayne
Cymie Payne, Associate Professor, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, War, Peace, the Environment and International Lawsa
Ashika Singh, Forrester Fellow, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Identifying and Resolving Genuine Conflicts of International Law: A Case Study on Human Rights in Armed Conflict
smModerator: Milena Sterio, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Ohio

F. 3:45-5:15 p.m.

F.15. Transitional Justice
brodMarissa R. Brodney, J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Candidate for Master of Public Affairs degree, Princeton University coopWoodrow Wilson School, New Jersey, Implementing International Criminal Court-Ordered Collective Reparations: Unpacking Present Debates
Belinda Cooper, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, and Adjunct Professor at New York University Center for Global Affairs and Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, New York, Nuremberg’s Misunderstood Influence on Post-WWII Germany
Saskia Nauenberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, Colombia in Transition: Negotiating Accountability for Human Rights Violationsod
Diane Orentlicher, Professor of International Law, American University Washington College of Law, tsWashington, D.C., International Justice Delayed: A Case Study
Shana Tabak, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law & Global Studies, Georgia State University School of Law, Atlanta, Revisiting Gender within Colombia’s Peace Process
Moderator: Amy J. Ross, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, Athens

F.16. Laws and War and Counterterrorism
zaZohra Ahmed, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, New York, New York, U.S. Deployment of the Consent Exception as a Justification for Drone Strikes in Pakistan
blLaurie R. Blank, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, The Extent of Self-Defense against Terrorist Groups: For How Long and How Far?tk
Tetyana Krupiy, Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and Accountability: A “Transformer” Test for a Game-Changing Technology
marchIryna Marchuk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, How Has the Conflict in Ukraine Challenged the Foundation of International Law?
trueC. Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor, Syracuse University College of Law, New York, Addressing the ecConditions Conducive to Terrorism: The Role of “Civil Society” in International Security
Moderator: Christie J. Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.

F.17. International Environmental and Space Law
ebElizabeth Burleson, Burleson Institute, Cos Cob, Connecticut, Climate-Energy Sinks and Sources: Multilateral Paris Agreement and Dynamic Federalism
ggGwendolyn Gordon, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Environmental Personhood
ohHari M. Osofsky, Robins Kaplan Professor, Faculty Director of the Energy Transition Lab, and Director of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, The Paris soeteAgreement and Polycentric Climate Change Governance
Anemoon Soete, Ph.D. Candidate and Academic Teaching Assistant in European, Public and International Law, Ghent University, Belgium, Beyond Statehood: The steerHuman Security Paradigm
Cassandra Steer, Junior Wainwright Fellow, McGill University Faculty of Law, and Executive Director, Women in International Security Canada, Montréal, mjQuébec, Canada, What’s Wrong with the Colonization of Outer Space? A Feminist Analysis of Space Law
Moderator: Joseph S. Miller, Professor of Law and Director of the Georgia Law at Oxford Program, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens

F.18. International and Transnational Prosecution of Sexual Violence Crimes
maikeMaike Isaac, Associate Scholar at the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, The Prosecution of Sexual Violence against Men in Armed Conflict under International Criminal Law: dkravPast Omissions and Future Prospects for the Enhancement of the Visibility of Male Victimhood
Daniela Kravetz, International Criminal Lawyer, The Hague, the Netherlands, Challenging Impunity for mblSexual Violence during Chile’s Military Past
Mélissa Beaulieu Lussier, Avocate, Montréal, Québec, Canada, Prosecuting Sexual Violence against Child Soldiers and the Expressive Value of Sex Crime Prosecution: A Feminist Perspectivess
Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., A Critique of Modes of Liability as Applied to Sexual Violence Crimes
gem Moderator: Maryann E. Gallagher, Lecturer, Department of International Affairs, School of Public & International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens

National Jurist magazine features Georgia Law LL.M. alum Tobias Henke

henkecompThe new edition of the magazine National Jurist features a recent stellar graduate: Tobias Henke, who earned his Georgia Law LL.M., or Master of Laws, degree in 2015.

Henke, who earned his undergraduate law degree from Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is now back in Frankfurt, practicing as an Associate in the Capital Markets Group of the international law firm Taylor Wessing.

As described on p. 34 of National Jurist’s Fall 2016 issue, he landed the position based on a interview at the International Student Interview Program in New York City – the University of Georgia School of Law belongs to a select group of law schools that participate in this annual LL.M. careers event.

Henke told the magazine that he applied here based on the recommendation from a law firm where Henke had clerked, Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe:

henketobias_sep2016‘Since I always wanted to go back to the U.S., I decided to apply for an LL.M. program. My former boss at Orrick was, by coincidence, an alumnus of [University of Georgia] and spoke highly of this school. Because I really liked Atlanta, it was obvious for me to come back to Georgia.’

Georgia’s a draw for Germans, the magazine reported:

The state of Georgia is home to more than 17,000 Germans and 450 German companies.

Henke cited an additional reason for preferring Georgia Law:

‘LL.M. students are always included in classes and viewed as equals.’

Details on our LL.M. curriculum and application process here.

Review: Human rights’ importance clear in Amazon “rubber barons” film

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It’s our pleasure today to publish this post, which Hannah Coleman (below right), a member of the Georgia Law Class of 2017, wrote during her spring semester course on International Human Rights Law. Reviewing the feature-length, black-and-white drama Embrace of the Serpent (2015), by Colombia filmmaker Ciro Guerra, Hannah writes:

colemanEmbrace of the Serpent opens with the image of an Amazonian shaman, Karamakate, dressed in the authentic dress of his people. The man peers out over the river and quickly stands up as if he senses something. Then, a long boat pulls in between the trees with two men on board. Karamakate urges the two men to turn around and leave, but the boat continues to move closer and closer. Then, Karamakate pulls out a weapon and threatens the strangers to leave this place immediately. The audience can sense Karamakate’s tension and distrust of these travellers. Regardless of his warnings, the men do not stop, and the boat pulls ashore.

One man, Manduca, appears to be a native of the Amazon, but he is dressed in what Karamakate describes as “white man clothes.” Manduca refers to the second man, a white scientist from Germany named Theo, as his travel partner, and describes Theo’s rapidly weakening state. Karamakate is resistant to the new men, but his interest is peaked when Theo tells him there are still members of his tribe alive in another part of the jungle. The three men eventually set out on a journey, to find a sacred healing plant that they believe will rid Theo of his illness, and to find Karamakate’s people.

The audience is unaware of exactly what time period the film is set in, but the director provides clues in the form of discussions about white rubber barons coming into the forest and forcing the indigenous people into slavery in order to capitalize on the forest’s rubber trees.

The director skillfully focuses the audience’s attention on the impact the colonization is having on the indigenous people by concentrating on the journey of the men. Each time the men pull onto a riverbank to collect supplies, take a break, or camp for the evening, they meet someone different. With each interaction, the audience gains more insight into the horrors the indigenous people are facing due to the rubber barons, and we learn more about why Karamakate distrusts everyone. At one point, the three men arrive at a mission. This part was particularly interesting and disturbing because these people were stripped of their culture and forced into European practices. The mission consists only of young boys who are wearing white robes and not allowed to speak their native language. It was extremely sad to see all of these boys, taken from their parents at a young age, and forced to forget about their past.

After a while, a second story is skillfully woven into the movie’s plot. This story takes place several years later and involves Karamakate and another white man named Evan. Evan is following the diaries of Theo in order to find the same sacred plant Theo needed to cure his sickness. This second story is even more gut wrenchingly sad than the first, because Evan finds Karamakate in the same place that Theo and Manduca found him, only many years have passed, and Karamakate is still alone. It is clear that Karamakate’s memory is fading as he cannot tell Evan any details about his first trip with Theo and Manduca. But he agrees to help Evan find his way to the sacred plant.

boatAs these two follow the same pathway that Karamakate took many years before with Theo and Manduca, the audience is horrified to discover the lasting impact that the colonization has had on the Amazonian cultures. The most disturbing part of this story occurred when the two men arrived at the mission. They discover that this tribe of people has gone mad from engaging in cannibalism and likely inbreeding given their segregation from others. There are no Europeans left at the mission, so the tribe has taken some of the traditional Christian practices and interpreted them. This includes one man claiming to be Jesus Christ and tribe members forced to commit suicide. This portion of the film left a very powerful image of the horrors that entail when a group of people come into a community, strip them of their history, provide new practices, and then leave them confused and alone.

Until this movie, I had no knowledge about the European invasions of the Amazon to collect rubber, and the impact that this colonization had on the numerous cultures in that part of the world. The film demonstrates the impact on the indigenous people through Karamakate. He is the last remaining member of his tribe. Now, Karamakate has resolved himself to live in solitude where he is engrossed in loneliness. The impact of his solitude is really felt when the movie enters into the second story where Karamakate is the only man, living in the same place, alone, struggling to remember his past, and believing he is merely a shadow of his former self that walks the earth detached from his body. I can imagine many tribes in this region felt a very similar impact on their cultures during this invasion of their land. As their people are killed off, their traditions begin fading with their memories.

In my opinion, the most impactful statement of the whole movie was the dedication at the very end. While these images of death, destruction, and the loss of entire cultures, the director chose to end the film by dedicating the work to the song of those cultures and the songs we will never know. Those words have resonated with my since I saw the film. I am struck with such sadness that entire tribes have been forgotten; it is almost as if they never existed.

I am left thinking about how many times this phenomenon has occurred. Where the world calls for an item, such as rubber, so people invade, kill, and destroy everything in their wake in order to satisfy a desire. This being my first human rights class and my first international law class, this film demonstrated to me, once again, the importance of human rights and the uniting of nations to assure that people are not being stripped of their rights. I always knew that issues like this existed, but I never fully grasped the gravity of some of these events. It is interesting, sometimes it takes a movie based on true events to cause people, like me, to realize how history has a way of repeating itself. If we do not take care and protect people, we will continue to witness travesties such as the ones described in Embrace of the Serpent.

Summer 2016 GEOs: Georgia Law students ready to take on the world

GEO blog post photoThis summer, ten law students will benefit from international placements through the Global Externship Overseas, or GEO, administered by Georgia Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center.

These students have been awarded funding to enable them to earn legal training in law firms, in-house legal departments, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations around the world. Practice areas span a range, including refugee law, property law, criminal law, corporate law, and cultural heritage law.

2016 GEO participants include several rising 3Ls, who are headed to Europe and Asia:

► Bradley Dumbacher – GÖRG, Cologne, Germany
► Shirley Kathryn Griffis – Maples Teesdale, London, United Kingdom
► Brenny B. Nguyen – Boat People SOS, Bangkok, Thailand
► Jianan Zhang – Lenovo & Han Kun Law, Beijing, China

Numerous rising 2Ls also will be working ’round the world:

► Megan Alpert – GÖRG, Cologne, Germany
► Victoria Barker – DLA Piper, St. Petersburg, Russia
► Decker McMorris – Tosetto, Weigmann e Associati, Milan, Italy
► Claire Provano – Studio Legale Associato Rossini, Turin, Italy
► Carson Stepanek – Tosetto, Weigmann e Associati, Milan, Italy
► Hannah Mojdeh Williams – Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We congratulate them all on their GEO acceptance, and wish them an enriching summer. Can’t wait to hear travel notes!

UN affiliate CIFAL Atlanta: Our new International Judicial Training partner

Cifal AtlantaBeginning this year, Georgia Law’s annual International Judicial Training will be offered in partnership with CIFAL Atlanta, an affiliate of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, or UNITAR.

UNITAR_Vertical_Logo_35mm_Blue-Pantone279C-01-pngCIFAL Atlanta joins an International Judicial Training partnership forged in the late 1990s by Georgia Law’s 2016IJT_fullDSDean Rusk International Law Center and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia. For nearly 20 years, the trainings have provided provided a high-level learning experience to foreign judges. Included are seminars with distinguished Georgia Law faculty and visits to a variety of courts around the state.

As one of several training centers across the globe linked to UNITAR, CIFAL Atlanta works to build capacity among local governments and civil society leaders, with particular emphases on economic and infrastructure development, fair trade, and good governance.

The 2016 International Judicial Training, to be held November 27 to December 10, will advance Goal 16 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is

E_SDG_Icons-16“dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.”

Leaders of the new collaboration, which extends the trainings’ global outreach, include two Georgia Law graduates: Chris Young, CIFAL Executive Director, and Laura Tate Kagel, Director of International Professional Education at the Dean Rusk International Law Center. They work alongside Richard Reaves, Executive Director of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, who brings decades of experience in organizing continuing education seminars for judges. Reaves’ extensive contacts throughout Georgia create opportunities for informative exchanges between the international judges and their U.S. counterparts. In Kagel’s words:

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In Georgia Law’s James E. Butler Courtroom, Richard Reaves talks with foreign judges during an International Judicial Training

“The International Judicial Training is more than simply an educational program. It can lead to significant reforms in terms of effective administration of justice and stimulate cross-cultural relationships that can bear fruit for years to come.”

Providing an example of this is Fernando Cerqueira Norberto, Secretary-General of ENFAM, the governing body of Brazilian judicial colleges. According to Cerqueira, Brazilian judges’ longstanding participation in the International Judicial Training correlates to the adoption in his country of innovations such as small claims courts, mediation procedures, and drug courts.

Judges and court personnel from all countries are welcome to apply for the 2016 International Judicial Training; further details and registration are available here.

Former Nigeria prosecutor’s LLM year features US practice experience

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Among the many talented foreign-trained lawyers set to earn Georgia Law’s Master of Laws (LLM) degree this month is Gladys Ashiru, who arrived with considerable experience as a prosecutor in Nigeria. She’s enriched this experience this year: in addition to her academic studies and a professional development trip, Gladys has worked as a volunteer prosecutor here in Athens.

Having immigrated to the United States, Gladys chose to put her career back on track by pursuing an LLM at Georgia Law. She says she was impressed by the collegiality she encountered during a visit to campus, and swayed by LLM graduates who spoke glowingly of their experience here.

Gladys’ strong interest in criminal law prompted Laura Tate Kagel, our Center’s Director of International Professional Education, to connect her with the Athens-based Office of the District Attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit, whose staff includes a number of Georgia Law alums. Assistant District Attorney Paige Otwell (JD 88) became Gladys’ mentor and introduced her to District Attorney Ken Mauldin (JD 80). After Gladys enrolled in Mauldin’s Spring 2016 Trial Practice course, he offered her the opportunity to observe and help out in the D.A.’s office. With the semester now at an end, Gladys recounts:

“It was an amazing experience for me. The internship broadened my horizons and exposed me to perspectives different from mine, especially in areas relating to jury selection and trials.”

After commencement on May 21, Ashiru plans to take the Georgia and New York bar exams, and also hopes to contribute to legal reform in Nigeria. Although she says that Georgia Law was challenging, she also found it rewarding, and calls it

“the best choice I made!”