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Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

Week of January 23, 2006
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Rule of Law on Trial

Posted January 18,2005: "Rule of Law on Trial" was literally the headline of the Bangkok Post as I arrived in Thailand on January 15. Angry over what many see as increasingly dictatorial behavior of the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra , crowds estimated at 8,000 -10,000 strong surged toward the Government House compound on Friday evening January 13th demanding that Thaksin resign. By 9:00 am Saturday, 40 protesters had been arrested for instigating civil disobedience, while hundreds of others peacefully dispersed, and the headlines stated "Demonstrators canít be sued if no force used" and "Protesters have right to peaceful assembly." My mission in Bangkok is to teach Thai lawyers and others about the American legal system and our democratic traditions, and it seemed I couldnít have found more fertile ground for the lessons on popular sovereignty and collective action that form the historical frame for the course. And with our own democracy threatened by an overreaching executive, perhaps there were lessons Thailand could teach us as well.

Foreign Service Exam - Deadline to apply is March 8, 2006

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American Society of International Law Fellowship Opportunity Ė deadline February 15, 2006

Application instructions and eligibility guidelines for the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program are available on the web site of The American Society of International Law at <<>>. Established in honor of Arthur C. Heltonís remarkable career advocating for refugees and his many contributions to international law, this program will assist students and young lawyers in need of modest sums (up to $1000) to pursue their first opportunities to engage in human rights work and research. The application deadline is February 15, 2006 and awards will be made by March 15, 2006. Please send all questions to


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