Global Mondays

The “Global Mondays” speaker series is a collaborative effort of UW Law and the Jackson School of International Studies, dedicated to increasing awareness and exchange of information related to global issues.

This weekly forum examines the intersection of law, policy and the role of legal professionals in our increasingly complex and interconnected world. Programming includes a variety of interdisciplinary events ranging from presentations by internationally recognized speakers, to student presentations on cross-border scholarship and research, to the exploration of international professional experiences.

Spring 2015: April Events

All events take place from 12:30-1:20pm in William H. Gates Hall Room 117 unless otherwise noted; Lunch served. All are welcome. No RSVP needed.

April 6 – Rule of Law Assistance in Indonesia

Hosted by the Ph.D. in Law Program and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

"The Anatomy of (Indonesian) Rule of Law Assistance"
Anna B. Bosch, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law

The site of donor-funded rule of law (RoL) assistance delivery is host to the relationship dynamics of a complex, multi-faceted group of actors. Through the lens of principal-agent theory, Ms. Bosch introduces four case studies of RoL assistance in Indonesia: their participants, parties and projects, and a multiplicity of local actors with self-interests. In addition to donor and recipient principals (including USAID), World Bank, the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office and Supreme Court), their respective agents, and hired contractors (Chemonics, The Asia Foundation), we also see BAPPENAS (Indonesia’s National Development Planning Agency), and “reform teams” established in the Indonesian Supreme Court and Attorney General’s Office. The ‘Samaritan’s dilemma’ and other agency problems of distorted incentives and information present themselves, resulting in moral hazard and adverse selection. Ms. Bosch will suggest that, in practice, RoL assistance actors take on multiple roles simultaneously, and that differences of opinions about various parties’ roles may be a contributing factor to friction / tension between local actors when it occurs. Ms. Bosch will share data collected as part of a larger dissertation study, titled: Local Actors in Donor-Funded Rule of Law Assistance in Indonesia: Owners, Partners, Agents?

Anna B. Bosch holds a degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She worked as a criminal prosecutor for King County, Washington for six years, prior to obtaining her LL.M. in Sustainable International Development at UW School of Law. During her Ph.D. studies at the UW School of Law, Ms. Bosch has given lectures for UW Law courses Law Reform in Transition Economies, and Theories and Tools for Combatting Corruption. She has worked as a researcher for The Asian Law Center at the UW School of Law and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the UW School of Law.

April 13 – Law, Culture & Society: Upcoming WInLJ Articles on Papua New Guinea and South Korea

Hosted by the Washington International Law Journal and UW Law Global Affairs

“Putting an End to Witch Hunts in Papua New Guinea: A Promising Potion of Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution”
Victoria Ainsworth,
J.D. Candidate 2015, UW Law; Chief Managing Editor, Washington International Law Journal

“Abandoned Babies: The Backlash of South Korea’s Special Adoption Act”
Sook Kim,
J.D. Candidate 2015, UW Law; Chief Translation Editor, Washington International Law Journal

“Putting an End to Witch Hunts in Papua New Guinea: A Promising Potion of Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution”
Widespread belief in mysticism, sorcery, and the occult are entrenched in the history and culture of Melanesian societies. The Sorcery Act of 1971, which outlawed black magic in Papua New Guinea, is illustrative of how indigenous beliefs of sorcery have permeated the infrastructure and laws of an entire society. By illegalizing black magic and allowing a convicted murderer to invoke the Act as a partial affirmative defense, the Sorcery Act fostered a brutal legacy of vigilantism and witch hunts in rural villages. As a result of a recent string of savage murders that were publicized by the media and condemned by the international community, Papua New Guinea repealed the Sorcery Act and reinstated the death penalty in June 2013. However, legislation addressing black magic will have little effect on the prevalence of sorcery-related violence. The root of the problem is buried not in a book of laws, but in the deepest layers of society; namely, lack of education and access to health care, the rise of HIV/AIDS, and gender discrimination. In addition to addressing these cultural problems, the Papua New Guinean government must itself investigate accusations of “witchcraft” and offer alternative, non-magical explanations for disease, misfortune, and other harms.

“Abandoned Babies: The Backlash of South Korea’s Special Adoption Act”
After the amendment to South Korea’s adoption law came into effect in August 2012, the number of abandoned babies has risen. The amendment (“Special Adoption Act”) created three conditions on birthparents who wish to place their child up for adoption. First, birthparents must wait at least seven days post-birth before consenting to place their child up for adoption. Second, birthparents must receive counseling on the various subsidies and resources to which they would have access, if they choose to raise the child themselves. Finally, birthparents must go through family court to place their child up for adoption, which becomes part of government records. The legislative intent was to keep children with their biological families, reduce the number of foreign adoptions, and encourage more domestic adoptions by making the adoption process more transparent and by making available necessary information. However, since the Act took effect, more infants are being abandoned, particular those born to unwed mothers. This comment examines South Korea’s Special Adoption Act in the context of the Korean culture and history, and suggests that perhaps the biggest weakness of the Act is that it attempts to keep children with their birthparents by making the adoption process more burdensome on the birthparents. Instead, perhaps the Act should resort to other more effective and permanent means, such as fighting the social stigma surrounding adoptions, children born out of wedlock, and single mothers.

April 20 – The Arctic and Environmental Justice Issues

UW Law and the UW Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies present:

“Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change and Development Projects on Sea Ice Ecosystems in Hudson Bay”

Joel P. Heath, 2014-15 UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies; Executive Director, The Arctic Eider Society

As the 2014-15 UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies, Dr. Heath's research project combines Inuit and scientific knowledge to address cumulative impacts of environmental change and hydroelectric developments on sea ice ecosystems in Hudson Bay. Community driven research programs provide capacity to assess hydrological changes affecting sea ice habitats, oceanography and wildlife, with a focus on increasing entrapments and mortality of marine birds and mammals. The project considers how increasing hydroelectric exports from eastern Canada to the U.S. provides new challenges as well as opportunities to address water management issues through policies which more closely match distribution with the natural timing of the hydrological cycle, mitigating impacts on sea ice and Inuit. It promotes establishing inter-jurisdictional stewardship for Hudson Bay by establishing a consortium of academics, government, communities and industry to assess cumulative impacts and address environmental justice issues in Hudson Bay.

Joel Heath served as project leader for Canada’s largest International Polar Year Training, Education and Outreach project establishing long term community-driven research programs in Hudson Bay. He is Director/Producer of the award winning feature film People of a Feather. Heath has a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Biological Sciences and broad interdisciplinary experience.

The Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies brings scholars, scientists, practitioners and leaders involved in Arctic affairs to UW to build new synergies with Canadian colleagues and reinforce relations. It is supported by the UW Office of Global Affairs, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Environment, and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between the U.S. and Canada, Ottawa. The Canadian Studies Center serves as the hosting unit for the Canada Fulbright Chair. The lecture is co-sponsored with UW Law Global Affairs, the Arctic Law and Policy Institute, and Environmental Law Initiatives.

April 27 – Business and Human Rights

Hosted by UW Law Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the the Law & Business Association

"Advancing Human Rights in a Business Context Around the World"
Mark Hodge, Executive Director, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights’ (GBI) is a not-for-profit organization led by a core group of 18 corporations from different industries, headquartered in diverse countries and with global operations. GBI is a recognized leader in increasing awareness and commitment among the global business community, consistent with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. GBI’s vision is that all corporations in all parts of the world respect the dignity and rights of the people they impact and interact with. In his presentation Mr. Hodge, GBI Executive Director, will share from GBI’s work to advance human rights in a business context through cross-industry peer learning, outreach and capacity building, and by informing policy.

April 30 (Thu.) – Law and Security Co-operation in Europe

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs

"Rule of Law Processes in the EU, Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe"

Professor Per Bergling, Principal Advisor on International Law, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (on leave from Umeå University, Sweden)

Per Bergling is a Professor Law at Umeå University, Sweden (on leave). He is an international law scholar and a leading European figure in law and development. Professor Bergling currently serves as the Principal Advisor on International Law for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among Bergling's responibilities with the Ministry are rule of law processes in the European Union, Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as well as a range of other matters related to International Law, International Justice and Human Rights. Previously, he has worked for international and regional organizations as expert advisor in the areas of international law and rule of law, including two years as Rule of Law Advisor with the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2003-04, Prof. Bergling served as UW Law's inaugural Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor in Asian Law.

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