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Headlines for the Week of February 22, 2010

Fourth administrative memo for LL.M. and exchange students.

Please click here for Administrative Memo 4.

February 22: Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon to speak about Universal Jurisdiction at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon will speak about Universal Jurisdiction: The Dilemma of International Justice on Monday February 22, 2010 at the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago located at 31 West Ohio Street. The event will begin with registration at 5:30pm, the presentation will be at 6:00pm.

Baltasar Garzon, Judge, Criminal Court of Spain, will converse with David J. Scheffer, the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law .

Universal jurisdiction – a principle in international law whereby states can claim criminal jurisdiction over persons whose alleged crimes were committed outside the boundaries of the prosecuting state, regardless of any relation with the prosecuting country – is a divisive subject within the international legal community that has both champions and detractors. Proponents of universal jurisdiction claim that certain crimes pose so grave a threat to the international community that states have a duty to prosecute those individuals deemed responsible. Opponents counter that the concept is a breach of state sovereignty, and that universal jurisdiction tribunals could quickly degenerate into politically-driven show trials that attempt to punish a state's enemies. Judge Baltasar Garzon will discuss the benefits, risks, and limits of universal jurisdiction.

Baltasar Garzon Real is a Spanish judge currently seated on the Criminal Court of Spain. He is examining magistrate of the Juzgado Central de Instruccion No. 5, which investigates the most important criminal cases in Spain that will be later judged by the Audiencia Nacional, or Central Criminal Court. Garzon rose to prominence as an international figure with his indictment of leaders of the former Chilean military junta, including the ailing dictator Augusto Pinochet, on charges of genocide, terrorism and torture. Garzon issued an international arrest warrant when he learned that Pinochet was in London for a medical check-up. While Garzon's request was ultimately denied by a political decision, the event marked an unprecedented use of universal jurisdiction in an attempt to try a former dictator for an international crime. Garzon is a graduate of the University of Seville.

For more information and to register for the event, click here: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/chicago_council_event_corporate_detail.php?eventid=2175

February 24: Presentation by Brill Chair Visiting Professor, Terri LeClercq

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 24 at 3:00 (Room 210) when Brill Chair Visiting Professor, Terri LeClercq, will make a special 90 minute presentation open to all Chicago-Kent foreign LL.M. and exchange students. Professor LeClercq will conduct an interactive session specially designed for all foreign students on editing and proofreading written work. Terri LeClercq is a prolific scholar and a nationally renowned authority on legal writing, research, and drafting. In addition, as a former director of University of Texas law international programs and a co-advisor of graduate legal studies & fellowships, Terri LeClercq has extensive experience with teaching and developing programs for foreign law students. This promises to be an interesting and informative session that will provide solid practical legal writing training. Snacks will be served.

February 26: Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, Study Abroad Information Session.

STUDY IN BEIJING FALL 2010! FREE LUNCH! Friday February 26 12 -1 room 370. Come meet Daniel Mitterhoff, the Director of the Beijing Autumn Semester Program in Comparative Business Law at the CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF FINANCE AND ECONOMICS (CUFE) Professor Mitterhoff will talk about his exciting program in Beijing and share some of his insights into practicing internationally while we all enjoy a (free) pizza lunch.

March 2 : Lecture by Professor Amos Guiora, “The Goldstone Report and Israel’s Right to Self Defense”

On Tuesday March 2 from 12-1:30pm in the 10th floor Event Room please come hear Professor Amos Guiora from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law speak about the defense of human rights in Israel, the evolution of the rules of war and international law, and the political and legal impact of the recent Goldstone report. Assistant Dean Lazar will moderate the discussion, which will also feature Professor Bart Brown. Professor Guiora is a widely-cited expert on the legal aspects of counterterrorism, terror financing, international law and morality in armed conflict, and he served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, and the Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip. Professor Guiora will be signing copies of his book: Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security (Oxford University Press, 2009) which will be available for sale after the talk. The event is free and open to the public; however RSVP’s are required. Please email Lauren Reinhalter at lreinhalter@kentlaw.edu and let her know if you would like a box lunch (Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian).

March 3: Centennial Lecture by Professor Jagdish Bhagwati on U.S. Trade Policy: Why the Drift Is Dangerous.

Columbia University professor Jagdish Bhagwati has been named Chicago-Kent College of Law's Centennial Visitor for 2010. Professor Bhagwati will deliver the 2010 Centennial Lecture, "U.S. Trade Policy: Why the Drift Is Dangerous," at 3 p.m. on March 3 in the Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom at Chicago-Kent. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. A reception will follow the lecture.

Study Abroad Applications due by March 15

For information on Chicago-Kent's study abroad programs please visit the Study Abroad page of the International Portal.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations summer internship program in Washington, DC. Applications due March 15

Please visit the National Council on U.S.- Arab Relations website for a detailed outline of the program.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED:

The National Council Fellowships:
2010 Washington, D.C. Summer Internship Program

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' Washington, DC Summer Internship Program
provides undergraduate and graduate students a professional, academic, and career opportunity
internship in the Nation's Capital. The program combines professional work experiences with a parallel
two-month series of seminars. By design, the primary focus of the academic component of the program
centers on a sub-region of the Arab countries, the Middle East, and the Islamic world: Arabia and the
Gulf.

When: June 1- August 6, 2010

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The National Council's Summer Internship Program combines professional work experiences with a
parallel two-month series of seminars conducted throughout the week either over the noon hour or in the early evening hours. Our goals are: (1) to provide interns with firsthand experience behind-thescenes of the foreign policy analysis and advocacy process in Washington, D.C.; (2) to provide a strong academic component dealing with U.S. political, economic, and cultural relations with Arabia and the Gulf region; and (3) to introduce participants to career professionals in government, business, journalism, and NGOs as well as to highlight the wide range of career opportunities awaiting those who aspire to work in the area of U.S.-Arab relations.

As complements to the program, interns will also be exposed to D.C. in a less formal manner via films, cultural events, embassy and museum visits, off-the-record conversations with former diplomats, group dinners, and suggestions for exploring the sights of D.C. This will allow students not only to experience living and working in the city but also encourage them to appreciate all the cultural diversity and the exciting cultural and educational opportunities available in the Capital area.

Summer 2010 Program at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico City.

Courses are free for students coming from university partners. However, some programs may involve costs for transport, accommodation and/or other specific expenses. You can consult our offer on the following link:

http://www.ccm.itesm.mx/internacional/build.html#summer

For further information about Summer Programs, do not hesitate to contact: Sandra Sanchez Rodriguez E-mail: s.sanchez@itesm.mx

The deadlines to receive applications are:

1) Summer Programs: April 1st

2) August-December Semester: June 30th

Scholarship Possibilities for Studying at Leiden Law School, The Netherlands

On behalf of Leiden Law School we would like to draw your attention to the scholarships that you, your colleagues, students or other contacts may be eligible to apply for, should they consider to study on one of our international LLM. programme. Sources of funding include the University’s LExS programme, the Orange Tulip Scholarship China 2010, the Preasidium Libertatis Scholarship, the Orange Tulip Scholarship Taiwan 2010 and the GarantiBank scholarships for applicants from Turkey.

Details of the above and other scholarships can be found at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/beurzen-voor-internationale-studenten/ Information

The international LL.M. programmes offered by the Leiden Law School can be found at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/about/law-and-public-administration/law-for-international-students-and-professionals/

Please note: For many scholarships the deadline is 1 March 2010. The Law School also offers support for applicants who need help with their English. The university’s English language requirements stipulate submission of an official English test result of either IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Proficiency test.

Details of the entry level required can be found on http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/english-language-tests/

(Please note the entry requirement for our English taught master programmes is IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.)

1 April is the official closing date for completion of applications. For those who will need a visa and/or housing this is especially important in order to ensure that your legal documents are ready and housing is guaranteed for arrival. Last but not least, we would like to let you know that Leiden Law School is currently ranked fifth most popular Law programme in the world, on the well regarded LLM Guide for law students: http://www.llm-guide.com/most-popular-llm-programs

We thank you in advance for passing the above information on to interested parties. Yours sincerely, Els Lemaire Sheena Bruce Head – Office for International Education

Email address for correspondence: international@law.leidenuniv.nl

Using a Credit Card to Make Tuition Payments: New Rules went into effect in November, 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: www.enrollment.iit.edu/bursar/touchnet_announcement.html

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.

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: www.daad.org/page/law. 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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