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Headlines for the Week of October 12, 2009

Second Administrative Memo for LL.M. and Exchange students

Please click here for Administrative Memo 2.

CASCLE's Weekly Roundtable Discussion

Join CASCLE's weekly roundtable discussion on Tuesday from 12:45pm-2:00pm in room 547. The discussion 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. Pizza and refreshments will be provided! No prior knowledge of Chinese is required so please feel free to stop by!

Congo Crisis in Perspective: Roundtable discussion – Artists, Activists, and Researchers speak out. Wednesday, October 14, 6 – 8 pm at Grace Place Episcopal Church, 637 Dearborn Street in the Chicago Loop

The civil, regional, and global war in the Eastern Congo has been going on since 1996. During this period, more than 5.5 million people have been killed—more casualties than in any conflict since WWII. An estimated 1000 people die every day as a result of the conflict and associated issues like malnutrition and disease. Countless numbers of women and girls have been brutally and systematically raped and tortured. Yet, one has to search the media for any coverage at all. Reuters refers to the war in Congo as “the forgotten crisis.”

The Department of African American Studies, The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, the United African Organization, and the UNA–USA Greater Chicago Chapter present this roundtable discussion. For more information click here.

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.

Special Lecture: Nazi Obsession with Legalizing the Holocaust. Wednesday, November 4 at 3pm

Nationally known Nazi Holocaust scholar Harry Reicher, who is Scholar in Residence at Touro Law School and Adjunct Professor at University of Pennsylvania Law School, will speak at Chicago-Kent on November 4, 2009, at 3 pm in the Event Room. A reception follows at 4 pm. All faculties, staff and students, as well as the public, are invited. The title of his presentation is “The Nazi Obsession with Legalizing the Holocaust.”

The Nazi Holocaust represented the ultimate in sheer, brutal lawlessness. Yet the Nazi regime in Germany went to extraordinary lengths to legalize what it was doing, thereby creating the ultimate oxymoron, pseudo-legal terror. This presentation will examine the perversion of the country's legal system, in both its legislative and judicial aspects, and the conversion of both into savage instruments designed to discriminate against, ostracize, dehumanize, and ultimately eliminate certain classes of people, Jews first and foremost. This is a little-known dimension of the Holocaust, one that added another weapon to the armory trained by the Nazis against their victims, and that prompted the court in the trial of the Nazi lawyers and judges at Nuremberg to summarize, very powerfully: "The dagger of the assassin was concealed beneath the robe of the jurist."

Panel to Discuss Need for Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Rwanda, Congo and the Great Lakes Region in Africa

On Monday November 23 there will be a reception and panel discussion about Rwanda, the Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa with Filip Reyntjens, and Paul Rusesabagina, the President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation. Mr. Reyntjens will address the causes, outcomes, and extraordinary human toll of the successive wars in the Great Lakes Region of Africa since the early 1990s. Mr. Rusesabagina will talk about why Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to create a sustainable peace in the region.

There will be a brief reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the law school lobby and then the panel discussion in the auditorium from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m with Q&A afterward.

In preparation interested students may wish to review the books cited below.
The Great African War by Filip Reyntjens - Cambridge University Press

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina,,Author_1000068183,00.html

Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation

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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