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Headlines for the Week of September 21, 2009

Second Administrative Memo for LL.M. and Exchange students

Please click here for Administrative Memo 2:

Recent Issues in Space Law – lecture by Professor Matt Schaefer, University of Nebraska

Professor Matt Schaefer, Director of the Space and Telecommunications Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will speak in room 305 from 12 -1 pm on Thursday September 24, 2009 on Recent Issues in Space Law. Pizza and Soda will be served. At the end of the talk, Professor Shaefer will distribute informational materials describing the University of Nebraska's Space and Telecom LL.M. program.

Professor Schaefer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. He teaches international law at the University of Nebraska College of Law and has 12 years of teaching and research experience in international law, foreign affairs, national security and international trade areas. Professor Schaefer has also served in the National Security Council (White House) as a director in the International Economic Affairs Office and has worked as a consultant for state governors on foreign affairs matters.

Study Abroad info Session

Join us for the Study Abroad Info Sessions on Tuesday September 29, 12-1 pm, Room C35, and Wednesday September 30, 3-4 pm, Room 520.

CASCLE Weekly Roundtable Discussions

Join CASCLE's weekly roundtable discussions on Tuesday's from 12:45pm-2:00pm in room 545. Discussions will allow students to learn and/or improve Chinese and English by focusing on a variety of legal and cultural topics pertaining to the U.S. and China. This Tuesday, September 21st, CASCLE will provide pizza and refreshments to mark the beginning of this semester's weekly roundtable discussions. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required so please feel free to stop by!

Using a Credit Card to Make Tuition Payments: New Rules after November 5, 2009

Starting November 5, 2009, students will be required to make tuition payments through a new system called TouchNet/PayPath. More information can be found here:

Please note that there will be an additional service fee of 2.75% added to your tuition bill once the TouchNet system is implemented. To avoid this charge, you must pay your tuition in full BEFORE November 5, 2009. IIT will be using TouchNet/PayPath for student tuition accounts ONLY. IIT and the law school will continue to use the same credit card processors we have used in the past for all other credit card transactions. Therefore, service fees will NOT be added to general credit card transactions outside of student tuition account payments and we/IIT will continue to accept VISA, MC, Discover and American Express as we have done in the past.

Q: For Fall 2009, can I still use my Visa card to make payments to the Office of the Bursar for my tuition charges?
A: Yes. As long as your account balance is paid in full prior to November 5, 2009. Fall tuition payments made after this date will be made via TouchNet PayPath and will be assessed the 2.75% convenience fee.

Q: After November 5, 2009, how can I make payments to the Office of the Bursar without incurring the additional 2.75% charge?
A: Online electronic check payments will remain available at no additional charge. In addition, personal checks, money orders and cash payments will be accepted in person at the cashier’s office.

* Please note that service fees are not considered to as part of a student’s educational expenses, that is, service fees are not permitted to be added to a student’s budget for consideration of additional financial aid.

Q: Will I be able to use Visa for misc. payments made to the university such as parking services, book store purchases, etc.
A: The university will continue to accept visa payments for service not related to your student account. Please note that students electing to have their parking permit charged to their student account will not be able to use Visa cards to pay this fee.

International Humanitarian Law Workshop October 16, 17, 18 in Chicago

An International Humanitarian Law Workshop will take place the weekend of October 16, 17, 18 in Chicago. Applications for the free workshop, to be held at DePaul College of Law, are due September 14, 2009. Legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), law professors, and international law practitioners will lead a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises which will give participants a deeper understanding of international humanitarian law (IHL), focusing on its application to combatants and civilians. Topics will include: - Introduction to IHL - The Role of the ICRC - Means and Methods of Warfare - Protection of Civilians under IHL - Nonstate Actors - Direct Participation in Hostilities - Enforcement of IHL

The workshop is available to full- and part-time law students who are attending a U.S. law school and who have successfully completed at least one year of study. Participants must attend all sessions of the program and will receive a Certificate of Completion. The workshop and course materials are free for accepted applicants. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and food costs. Some meals may be provided by the program organizers or other program sponsors.

Applications are available at Registration is limited and competitive. Completed applications, including a statement of interest, must be received by IHRLI by email, fax or mail no later than Monday, September 14, 2009. Acceptance decisions will be made based on applicants’ relevant course and field experience and the statement of interest. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, September 25, 2009. For additional information, please contact:

International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI)
DePaul College of Law
25 E. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: (312) 362-5919, Fax: (312) 362-5923

International Law Weekend in NY – Oct 22-24, 2009

On October 22-24, 2009, the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association will hold the annual International Law Weekend in New York, bringing together hundreds of practitioners, members of the governmental and non-governmental sectors and students. The Weekend's theme is "Challenges to Transnational Governance". The economic, political, and social changes of the last decade have re-shaped international law and deeply affected its role and practice, along with the identity and attitude of its participants. This year's Weekend will address the challenges posed by these changes with an emphasis on the emergence of the notion of "transnational governance" and the issues related to it, including

  • Re-ordering, organizing, and monitoring: Is this what transnational governance is about?
  • Who is in charge of transnational governance? a discussion of the (sometimes new) role of international organizations, states, NGOs, regions, companies, private individuals, and others.
  • Governing what?: The contents and scope of transnational governance.
  • The impact of transnational governance on international trade, foreign investment, and dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • In the new context, what is the role of regulatory international law?

ILW is free for students and members of ABILA and ILSA. Online Registration for International Law Weekend 2009 is now open. Please visit to register.

German stipend supported summer program for 2010

There is a new stipend-supported summer program in Freiburg Germany for law students from the US, Canada and the UK. Detailed information is available at: The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer Law School offers the unique opportunity to receive intensive legal training at the University of Freiburg, which hosts one of the most prestigious law faculties in Germany. After the one-week seminar, you will spend about three weeks as an intern at a German law firm, court or other legal institution. The Law Summer School placements provide students with the opportunity to work in an international firm or organization, to learn about the daily life of a lawyer, consultant or judge, and to gain confidence in an international environment. Last but not least, the internships are a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.

The program will start on June 14, 2010 with a one-week seminar series on German and European law in Freiburg. After that, students start their individual internships at institutions of their choice.  Eligibility Requirements: To apply for a law internship you must be a law student enrolled at a university in the US or Canada at the time of the internship. Applicants must prove that they have student status at the time of the internship. German language skills are welcomed but are not necessary.  DAAD will provide a scholarship of ˆ650 for the duration of the Summer School. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive a lump sum for international travel expenses and a five-day travel card for German Railways. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance.


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