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Week of February 18, 2002


March 6th: The Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines and their Destruction
GLAPI presents a discussion with Christopher Kirkey. Professor Kirkey (Ph.D. Brandeis University, 1993) who was appointed by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs as Mine Action Scholar-in-Residence in September of 1999. Professor Kirkey is engaged in a nation-wide speaking tour of colleges and universities to discuss the December 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and their destruction. Commonly referred to as the Ottawa Convention, Kirkey has given over 125 public lectures on the subject. He has spoken at many venues including Yale, Colby College, Duke, University of Washington, and DePaul University. Kirkey's most recent publication, "Washington's Response to the Ottawa Landmines Process," reviewed U.S. landmine policy under the Clinton Administration, and appeared in Canadian-American Public Policy. He is currently working on a text for Indiana University Press that seeks to evaluate the origins, negotiation, and implementation of the Ottawa Convention.

Professor Kirkey is an associate professor of political science at Bridgewater State College, MA. He also holds an appointment at the School of International and Public affairs at Columbia University.

The discussion will be held from 12:00-1:00 in Room 570. Drinks will be provided. Please RSVP by phone or e-mail to Dominika Mereczynski at, (312)906-5275.

March 22nd: Water's Future: All Bottled Up?
The Global Law and Policy Initiative will be co-sponsoring this event with the Canadian Consulate. The event will discuss the legal and political regimes that govern the extraction, use and sale of the Great Lakes' water in the U.S. and Canada, as well as how those regimes differ or conflict and how the conflicts may be resolved.

There will be a variety of speakers and discussions as well as a reception. The conference will begin at 8:15 and run for most of the day. The conference will be free of charge; however, if you would like to pre-order a lunch there will be a $10 fee.

For more information please contact Lydia Lazar at or visit the water conference web page at

You may register for the conference on-line at

March 26th: Internally Displaced Persons Conference
This conference, co-sponsored by the Global Law and Policy Initiative and PAX International, a Washington based NGO, will focus on the issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and whether they should be considered a special class of persons and thus afforded protection as refugees under international law. IDPs are people who have been forcibly uprooted from their homes but have not crossed international boundaries and so are not considered refugees.

For more information about this conference please contact Professor Bartram Brown at or visit the IDP web page at




For students interested in studying abroad, the International Law and Policy Development Office is here to help you answer your questions. Whether you want to participate in a Chicago-Kent exchange, an ABA approved exchange through a different institution, or design your own, we can help you work out the details.

You can stop by and look through our study abroad folder, make an appointment with Assistant Dean Lydia Lazar to talk about your plans, or send an e-mail to intllm with specific questions.

Some of the programs that Chicago-Kent is involved with include:

  • Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • University of Bern in Bern, Switzerland including the MILE program with the World Trade Institute.
  • Exchange through DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service.


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