posted Sep 13, 2016

Fall Event Roundup: International and Comparative Law Workshops and Conferences

The increasing globalization of the practice of law is in sharp focus this fall at the University of Washington School of Law. A host of events, from business and human rights, to developing legal systems in Asia, to the implications of Brexit address critical issues across the spectrum of international and comparative law. These events draw on the UW School of Law’s longstanding strengths and faculty scholarship, and highlight new initiatives such as the Global Business Law Institute.

Business and Human Rights Scholars' Conference, 9/16 – 9/17/2016

The role of corporations in addressing human rights has become an issue at the forefront of policy debates, and raises questions about the responsibilities companies have to prevent human rights abuses in their global operations. The UW School of Law, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Santa Clara Business School, the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance and the Business and Human Rights Journal will join forces to co-host the second annual Business and Human Rights Scholars' Conference. Scholars from all regions of the world will discuss their original research at the intersection of law, business, political science and human rights. This research workshop, which received over 100 proposals, allows attendees to discuss their works in progress and delve into cutting-edge topics, including human rights in global supply chains, human trafficking and the protection of indigenous people’s rights in connection with mining. Professor Anita Ramasastry, recently appointed to the United Nations working Group on Business and Human Rights, is the key convener at the UW.

Human Rights Abuses: Expose Cover-Ups, 10/14/2016

This conference will bring together key activists and litigators to share cases, strategies and successes in the fight against human rights abuses. Through panel discussions and presentations, attendees will explore cases near and far, including the U.S. government’s role in human rights, and how combined justice efforts can confront powerful interests. Vince Warren, executive director, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Almudena Bernabeu, director, Center for Justice and Accountability, will deliver the co-keynote address on expanding the concept of human rights and defeating cover-up attempts.

American Society of Comparative Law meeting, 10/27 – 10/29/2016

Countries in Asia are increasingly growing into major centers for comparative legal studies. In order to reach a global vision of comparative legal studies for the 21st century, American comparatists must engage with Asia’s academics and jurists. Looking to Asia and around the world, the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Society of Comparative Law will discuss innovations in civil procedure and mandatory mediation, examine how we view comparative law and compare non-Western development models.

2016 American Society of International Law Sixth Annual Research Forum, 11/10 – 11/12/2016

One of the best workshopping opportunities for both new and established international law scholars, the American Society of International Law’s sixth annual Research Forum will include expert-led discussions of more than 70 papers on a variety of international law topics. Held during the 2016 ASIL Midyear Meeting, the forum features leading scholarship as well as a half-day seminar on international trade law (eligible for Continuing Legal Education credits). The board of editors of the American Journal of International Law will also host a symposium with top scholars on the landscape of international law post-Obama. The research forum is co-chaired by Melissa J. Durkee, UW School of Law assistant professor.

Assessing Brexit, 10/28/2016

The initial economic shockwaves of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union may have dissipated, but uncertainty still lingers in global markets. Co-sponsored by Mitsubishi America, Assessing Brexit will analyze the causes and consequences of Brexit and examine the issues from historical, political, economic, financial, legal and transactional perspectives. This half-day event provides a panoramic view of the landmark development to enrich understanding and minimize business risk in this time of unpredictability. Speakers include experts from across the University of Washington and authorities in London and Brussels. Assessing Brexit is jointly organized by the UW School of Law Global Business Law Institute, Foster School of Business Global Business Center and Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies EU Center.

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