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Headlines for the Week of March 12, 2007

Babel in Bangkok ?

For anyone interested in the intersection of politics and media, Thailand today offers a cautionary tale, and while Thai state control of some print and broadcast media complicates easy comparison with the US,  the drama unfolding in this culturally gentle yet economically vibrant and dynamic Asian nation is one we ignore at our peril.  Though our political situation is surely quite different than Thailand’s, as we face an increasingly polarized and politicized media environment we can see from Thailand’s recent experience that control over access to and the content of mass media are critical elements of every nation’s “commanding heights.” For the rest of the story, click here.

Chicago-Kent Semester Study Abroad Programs

*For all semester abroad programs for Fall 2007, Application Deadline is March 23rd, 2007. Credits transfer as pass/fail instead of grades at your option. You must notify the registrar of your choice within 2 weeks of starting your semester abroad.

China Exchange - Fall Semester 2007

This year for the first time Chicago-Kent will be able to send JD students on exchange either to Chongqing or Beijing China.
South West University of Politics and Law – Chongqing China (Sichuan province)

·       Chinese Civil Law (Associate Professor Liao Zhigan);
·       Chinese Commercial Law (Associate Professor Li Yan);
·       Chinese Economy (Associate Professor Zheng Daxuan);
·       Introduction to Chinese Law (Associate Professor Zheng Daxuan) and
·       WTO and China (Wang Heng).

Semester starts September 1, 2007, end date is not certain at this point however all students will be finished in time to start the spring term at Chicago-Kent in January 2008.

Central University of Finance and Economics – Beijing, China
Courses yet to be determined
Semester dates tbd

 Interested in Peace?

Peace Negotiations Watch is a weekly publication detailing current events relating to conflict and peace processes in selected countries across the world. The next issue will be released Thursday, February 22, 2007. Peace Negotiations Watch can be found at http://www.publicinternationallaw.org/peace/. Peace Negotiations Watch is prepared by the Public International Law & Policy Group, in cooperation with the School of International Service at American University, and is made possible by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ploughshares Fund.

ILSA Spring Conference in Washington DC: March 29-31

As in 2006, the Spring Conference will be held during the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds of the Jessup Moot Court Competition. The ILSA Conference will also occur at the same time and location as the 101st annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. More information about the ILSA Spring Conference will follow in the coming days, including registration information. Check www.ILSA.org for information.

Study Abroad Info Session, March 7, 3-5 pm, Room 590

Come hear about study abroad options from Dean Lazar and students who have done it. Wednesday, March 21 is the deadline to apply for most Chicago-Kent study abroad programs (Bucerius, Augsburg (summer), Oslo, Copenhagen, New Zealand, etc) so come to this timely meeting and hear all about the programs. We will have a special guest speaker from Pepperdine University school of Law in London who will talk about that program as well.

International Student Organization Seeks Volunteers

The Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN) is currently looking for volunteers to fill vital roles within the organization.  Current openings include: Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal on Human Rights Law, Director of Delegations, Webmaster, and Membership Coordinator.  Descriptions of these positions are posted on their website at www.americanstudents.us under the Volunteer section.  If you would like to apply or are interested in other volunteer work within CASIN, contact the Staff Coordinator, Jamie Bay, at jamie@americanstudents.us.

Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law: Call for Papers

Council for American Students in International Negotiations, Inc.
Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, Volume 2

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law is a publication from the Council for American Students in International Negotiations, Inc. (CASIN) designed to address international human rights issues more broadly. The first volume of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law was ranked #8 among top international law reviews on ExpressO rankings. To access an online copy of the first volume, please visit the following webpage: http://www.americanstudents.us/IJHRL_Vol1_2006.pdf

We are interested in submissions exploring political, philosophical, and legal questions related to international human rights, in an effort to create a more thoughtful polity better able to make informed choices about ethical foreign policymaking.

CASIN is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization providing young Americans unprecedented access to the international policymaking process by sending delegations to meetings of various United Nations bodies, the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other international negotiations. CASIN (formerly the Independent Student Coalition for the International Criminal Court) takes a well-rounded approach to the study of international relations. The Office of Education Programs and Publications deliver scholastic research covering the International Criminal Court (ICC), human rights issues, children and women’s issues, health issues, disarmament and development issues, and nuclear non-proliferation issues.

We invite paper and book review submissions from students, young professionals, academics and journalists. All papers must meet the submission requirements below.

Contact Information:
Editor-in-Chief
Harry M. Rhea
(856) 220-8569
harry@americanstudents.us

Submission Requirements:
1) Manuscripts must be submitted in English and sent directly by electronic mail in MSWord format along with a 150 word abstract.
2) Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged, and authors of papers selected for publication will be notified within eight weeks of receipt of the manuscript.
3) Deadline for manuscript submissions is May 31, 2007.

Format Requirements:
1) Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced throughout, including footnotes, tables and indented quotes.
2) Manuscripts should normally range from 20-25 pages, in length.
3) The journal adheres to the footnote style of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

Rotary World Peace Fellowships

The Rotary World Peace Fellowships train professionals in conflict resolution and mediation strategies to foster policies and create settings that ensure peace worldwide. The master's level degree program is aimed at mid-career professionals in government, nongovernmental organizations and private corporations. Program alumni have found high-ranking positions for organizations such as USAID, the United Nations, Interpol and the World Bank. Rotary, one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations has partnered with seven leading universities around the globe to develop the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Rotary requests your help to seek out qualified candidates for our Rotary Centers. For more information, please visit: http://www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/amb_scho/centers/index.html.

All students are invited to join the Chicago Bar Association Chorus

Sing accessible music in a collegial setting with director Becky Patterson, a great person and a noted choral teacher.  All skill levels are welcome. After some warm-ups and vocal exercises, we sing.  About halfway through we break for refreshments, followed by more singing.  The first rehearsal was on January 17, but we continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.  Rehearsals are from 6 - 8 p.m. at the CBA building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, in Corboy Hall on the second floor.  The Chorus’ next venture is Faure’s Requiem, to be performed with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, May 10, 2007, at St. James Cathedral.  Come to our rehearsals and try us out.  We know you’ll be hooked after the first hour.  To get started, email or call one of the committee co-chairpersons with your contact information:  Jennifer Widmer at jawidmer@juno.com or (312) 759-2155, or Mark Burkland at mark.burkland@hklaw.com or (312) 578-6557.

Study global trade this summer in Geneva, Switzerland

In 2007, the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) will be offering its first Summer Program on WTO Studies. This will be a four week course, commencing with a one-week  introduction to the world trading system, followed by one week on trade and agriculture, followed by one week on trade in services, and concluded with one week on contingency protection (i.e. subsidies,  countervailing measures, antidumping and safeguards). For more information:  www.heisummer.ch  

Donate Your Used Legal Textbooks

The Circle of Legal Studies, Jatinangor City, Indonesia is seeking donations of law books. As the nation is in transition to democracy, the group would like to participate in promoting equality before the law in their country. The Circle for Legal Studies meets to discuss and explore various issues in Law; however, there is a shortage of Law books in Indonesia.

If interested or for further information, e-mail the Circle for Legal Studies Jatinangor at cls_jatinangor@yahoo.com or write Cricle for Legal Studies, PMII Jalan Jatinangor, Warung Kalda, Jatinangor- Sumedang, Indonesia 45363.

Donated text books can be brought to the Office of International Law and Policy, Suite 320B. A $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of shipping.

International Internship Program

The ABA Section of International Law offers an International Internship Website. Moeller & Co. is an Argentine law firm specialized and dedicated to provide legal advise for intellectual and industrial property matters throughout Latin America, which includes Mexico and Central America. Moeller & Co. would be delighted to have 2L and recent graduates from Chicago-Kent. This internship provides placements in law firms oversears for the summer. See the link for application information.

 

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