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Office of International Law and Policy
Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

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Headlines for the Week of April 23, 2007

Exam information for LL.M. and Exchange students

We have revised our policy regarding the use of computers for your exams and are pleased to be able to offer you the option of taking your exam on a laptop AND receiving extra time to complete the exam.  Students who do not have a laptop computer can still take their exams on a lab computer, however they will NOT be able to receive extra time for their exams.  This policy applies only to those exams for which the professor has given permission for students to use a computer.

It seems that an unusually high number of students this semester missed the deadline for registering to take exams on computer. Because of the administrative burden this is causing, we are opening registration back up temporarily. For those who missed the deadline, you may register to take exams on computer through this coming Monday, April 23, at 5:00pm. If you do not register by that time, you will be unable to take your exam on computer. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the "Register for exams on computer" link on the left-hand menu.

All ESL students (that is, those LLM or EXC students who did not receive their LLB in English) will be rescheduled to take all their exams in room 170. Each one of you will receive an email telling you exactly which date each of your exams will take place. Unless they have an exam conflict, students who are NOT ESL students will NOT have their exams rescheduled and will NOT receive anemail. 

Room 170 will therefore be populated both by EXC and LLMs taking exams on their laptops and by EXC and LLMs handwriting their exams. We will make every effort to separate the exam takers so that handwriters are not disturbed by laptop exam takers.

April 23-April 27: Distribution of Commencement Tickets

Please be advised that Ticket Distribution for Commencement will begin Monday, April 23, in the Office of Alumni Relations in Suite 310.  In order to pick-up your tickets, you MUST complete the two forms emailed to you previously (links appear below).  Tickets will NOT be distributed unless you have completed both forms.  Please also be prepared to show photo ID at time of pick-up.  Please note CAP AND GOWN order forms not submitted by Friday April 20, will be charged a $20 fee by Traditions USA, so please complete these forms immediately, if you have not already done so.

Each student will receive seven (7) tickets automatically at ticket pick-up, and a special commemorative ticket for each graduate!  For those who have requested additional tickets, your payment of $15 per ticket is due at pick-up. Check, credit card or cash (exact change, please) are acceptable methods of payment for the additional tickets.  If you will not need the additional tickets you had requested, or need a different number of them, simply mention so when picking up your tickets, and you will be charged accordingly.  All ticket sales are final, so please purchase only those you will need.

The hours for ticket pick-up are as follows:
Monday, April 23 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday, April 24 – 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 25 – 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday, April 26 – 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday, April 27 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

TWO MANDATORY FORMS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED:  - Traditions USA form for Cap and Gown - Student Information Form

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

Graduation information for LL.M. and Exchange students

Commencement for the Class of 2007 is Sunday, May 20, 2007 at 2:00 PM at the Arie Crown Theatre, located inside McCormick Place's Lakeside Center (east of Lake Shore Drive) at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony on the Lakeside Terrace.

All Graduates must meet on graduation day promptly at 11:45 AM in the Student Robing Area. Caps and gowns will be distributed at this time. You will also receive instructions on the commencement proceedings, including the processional. There will be refreshments provided for you.

Theatre doors will open to guests at 1:00 PM. Please note that if your guests arrive with you at 11:45 AM, they will not be seated until the guest doors open at approximately 1:00 PM. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (general admission). Likewise, all children over the age of two will need a ticket to the ceremony unless they will be sitting on an adult's lap. All strollers should be checked in the coat check as there will be no room for them in the theatre. Coat check will be provided outside the Theatre at no charge.

The ceremony should last approximately one hour and a half. A reception will immediately follow in a reception near the theatre. The ceremony and reception typically last a combined total of three hours.

May 20: Graduation party for LL.M. students from 5:30 to 8 pm

Come celebrate your graduation with the Office of International Law and Policy and your fellow LLM and Exchange student classmates! There will be party after graduation, May 20, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Location is to be announced; please check back for details. Please join us as we celebrate your time in Chicago!

“Sustainability and Democracy”

All over the US, from small towns to major cities, it looks like the tipping point has been passed and the long awaited Green movement has finally taken root. New and old alternative technology enthusiasts are founding innovative companies, reinventing our manufacturing sector, and just possibly regenerating our sorely compromised democracy in the process. By deliberately harnessing local market forces in service of the economic, social and political changes that the Greens have been championing for years, a new generation of leaders is redirecting our society toward sustainability and stewardship. But this welcome implementation of the old slogan “Think globally, Act locally” is threatened by trade agreements which contain provisions that restrict the ability of local communities to creatively manage growth and adapt to the challenges of global warming.

Click here to read more.

Chicago-Kent Semester Study Abroad Programs

*Some semester abroad programs for Fall 2007, are no longer available as the Application Deadline has passed, however some of our partners are still willing to accept our nominations so if you think you may want to study abroad in Fall 2007, see Dean Lazar as soon as possible. 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. Click here for more information.

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

The course offerings at CUFE include:

·       Introduction to the Chinese Legal System (mandatory)
·       Comparative Company Law
·       Comparative Intellectual Property Law
·       International Tax Law
·       Comparative Government Procurement Law
·       International Buisness Transactions: U.S., European and Chinese Perspectives

The program begins with an orientation program in August. The semester begins in September and ends in December.

Please click here for a fact sheet and more information about the CUFE program in Beijing.

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:

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:
Harry M. Rhea
(856) 220-8569

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:



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