Global Mondays

The “Global Mondays” speaker series is 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.

Fall 2014 Schedule: Leaders for the Global Common Good

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.

Fall 2014 Brochure (8x14)

Dec. 1 – International Human Rights and the Inter-American System

Hosted by the International Law Society, the Center for Human Rights and Justice, and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

"International Human Rights: Regional Protection through the Inter-American Human rights system"
Alejandra Gonza, Commissioner, Seattle Human Rights Commission; Legal Advisor, Due Process of Law Foundation

The states of the American continents have created a regional institution, the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes several structures for protecting human rights. The OAS Charter created substantive human rights norms and established two main institutions designed specifically for human rights protection and promotion: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gonza will provide an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and share from her experience working with its main bodies including successfully petitioning on behalf of clients who have been tortured.

Alejandra Gonza is a Commissioner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission and a legal adviser to the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, DC. She will teach the International Human Rights Clinic at UW Law starting winter. Ms. Gonza has been representing victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American human rights system. She also served as a senior staff attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (both of the Organization of American States). Ms. Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucumán in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain.

Earlier Lectures

Oct. 6 – Advancing Women Leaders and Women’s Rights – From Vietnam to Rwanda

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

"Empowering Young Women Leaders Around the World"
Megan McCloskey, Founding Director, Lotus Circle; LL.M. in Sustainable International Development Candidate 2015, UW School of Law

Megan is the founding director and CEO of Lotus Circle, a non-profit organization committed to making equal rights for women and girls real. Megan’s focus is on international program development and research assistance to promote better understanding of local conditions for women around the world, improve impact assessment of legal reforms intended to benefit women, and support evidence-based advocacy. She will highlight the status of women's rights and women's political participation and leadership in Viet Nam and in Rwanda. Rwanda has the highest percentage of women in parliament and a comprehensive public commitment to gender equality; Viet Nam serves as an interesting example of a long-term commitment to gender equality that is unfolding more slowly. Gender-based violence is an enduring problem in both countries but they have taken fairly different approaches to a response, both of which are still new and just beginning to be evaluated for efficacy.

Megan, who practiced law for more than ten years in Seattle, has been committed to increasing opportunities for women all her life. Megan has traveled extensively throughout Asia, and has spent time as a volunteer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Morocco. She has led delegations of women leaders to Viet Nam on behalf of the Center for Women and Democracy and Seattle International Foundation, and regularly supports delegations from Viet Nam visiting the U.S. In addition to serving on the boards of iLeap and PeaceTrees Vietnam, Megan has been the chair of the Future of the Law Institute in Seattle, and is a trustee of the King County Bar Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Center for Women and Democracy, UW Women’s Center, and Washington Women Lawyers. She holds a B.A. from Fairfield University, M.A. in International Studies from UW, and J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Oct. 13 – Legal Professionals in the Global Village

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

"A Policy Lawyer on Foreign Soil"
Jeffrey M. Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs, University of Washington

A graduate of UW Law (JD ’80), Jeffrey Riedinger has been serving as the UW Vice Provost for Global Affairs since 2013. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University, and served as professor and dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University prior to returning to UW.

As a law student, Riedinger worked closely with Professor Roy Prosterman, founder of the LL.M. Program in Sustainable International Development at UW Law. The two worked on issues of land tenure security and land reform, and in 1981 Riedinger helped Professor Prosterman establish the Rural Development Institute (now Landesa) and help extend land rights to the world’s poor.

Over the years, Vice Provost Riedinger has carried out research in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Middle East, and is an expert on the political economy of land reform, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. He has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress, the World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations. His publications include two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs.

Oct. 20 – Immigrant Communities, Social Justice and Multiculturalism

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs, Gates Public Service Law and the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project (IFAP)

"Think Global, Act Local – Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Communities in Seattle"
Sahar Fathi, Policy Analyst, City of Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

The City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs promotes a citywide culture that understands and values the contributions of immigrant and refugee communities. It partners with the Seattle Immigrant and Refugee Commission, other City departments, community organizations and members of the private sector to improve services for the Immigrant and Refugee communities and to ensure a consistent implementation of principles of social justice issues. Under Sahar’s lead, OIRA just launched the Refugee Women’s Institute, an innovative program designed to build understanding and trust between refugee communities in Seattle and the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The institute, the first of its kind in the nation, aims to build a grassroots network of refugee women leaders while increasing the cultural competency of the female officers who participate.

Sahar Fathi (JD ’08) is a policy analyst for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. She has served as a legislative aide to Councilmember Mike O'Brien on the Seattle City Council and as a legal clerk for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sahar earned a JD and a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington, and graduated cum laude from USC with a dual BA in French and International Relations. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange, and received a diploma in International and European Law from the Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France.

Sahar is a past president and co-founder of the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington, as well as the founder of its Legal Clinic - the first Middle Eastern Legal Clinic in the country. She is a past board member for the ACLU - Washington State Chapter, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the UNA - USA: Greater Seattle Chapter. She also served on the Race and Criminal Justice System Task Force from 2010-2011. Sahar is fluent in Farsi and French and has served as a mentor for UW Law students. She has been published in the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, and the Gonzaga Law Review.

Oct. 27 – Global Legal Skills

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs

“Optimistic Overconfidence in Adjudicated Cases: Evidence From U.S. and Mexico Courts”
Randall Kiser, DecisionSet®

Randall Kiser is the Principal Analyst at DecisionSet® in Palo Alto, California, and an international authority on legal decision making. His research and teaching integrate the fields of law, statistics, psychology and economics.

In this presentation, Mr. Kiser will describe the frequency, costs and predictors of litigation "decision errors" -- suboptimal decision making that occurs when attorneys and clients reject pre-trial settlement offers and obtain worse results at trial. After summarizing the results of 8,000 adjudicated cases in U.S. and Mexico courts, the presentation will explore possible causes of optimistic overconfidence and how to mitigate them.

Mr. Kiser is the author of two books on legal judgment, Beyond Right and Wrong: The Power of Effective Decision Making For Attorneys and Clients and How Leading Lawyers Think: Expert Insights Into Judgment and Advocacy. His work has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court briefs and is frequently featured in major legal publications like Bloomberg Law Reports, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and National Law Journal. His findings on legal decision-making errors, the New York Times reports, “raise provocative questions about how lawyers and clients make decisions.”

Mr. Kiser teaches legal judgment at the University of Washington School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, and U.C. Irvine’s Center for Corporate Legal Leadership. He also has qualified to testify as an expert witness and has conducted programs in the United States, Europe and South America for more than 3,000 legal professionals during the last three years.

Nov. 3 – Upcoming Washington International Law Journal Articles: Labor Law in China

Hosted by the Washington International Law Journal (formerly Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal) and the Asian Law Center

“New Formalities for Casual Labor: Addressing Unintended Consequences of the Labor Contract Law”
Daniel Cairns, J.D. Candidate 2015, University of Washington School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Washington International Law Journal

China’s Labor Contract Law (“LCL”) came into force on January 1, 2008. The first major piece of labor legislation since the 1994 Labor Law, the LCL expanded legal protection for workers by mandating labor contracts be in writing and delivered to all workers. Employers, however, have been taking advantage of a loophole in the LCL for so-called “dispatch workers,” who are formally employed by third party dispatch service agencies and thus not covered by such employment contracts. In response, LCL was amended and, together with recent regulations, drastically reduce the permissible scale and purpose of dispatch labor and impose tighter regulation for the dispatch industry. With reports of abuse of dispatch workers continuing to surface, the effects of the Amendments and the provisions on labor remain unclear. The Comment addresses China’s effort to intervene in employment arrangements via legislation, and at the end suggests reform in labor legislation based on individual contract should be secondary to expanding collective labor rights.

Daniel Cairns is a J.D. Candidate (class of 2015) at the University of Washington School of Law, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Washington International Law Journal (formerly Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal). Daniel holds an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Puget Sound. Daniel intends to practice in the field of labor and employment law.

Nov. 10 – International Law Making: Reflections on the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources

Hosted by the Visiting Scholars Program, Environmental Law Initiatives, and the Center for Law in Science and Global Health

“Core Issues in the Nagoya Protocol - A Masterpiece in Creative Ambiguity or A Worstpiece in Ambiguous Creativity”
Dr. Won Seog Park, Acting Chief Negotiator for the Korean Delegation to the Nagoya Protocol; Professor of Law, Chung-Ang University School of Law; Visiting Scholar, UW Law

Just after midnight on 29 October, 2010, the tenth Conference of Parties of Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD) adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Protocol, however, contains many ambiguous terms and phrases and its scope has been a controversial issue. Dr. Park will share insider insights from the concluding international negotiations, as well as reflect on key challenges with the interpretation and implementation of the Nagoya Protocol.

Dr. Won Seog Park is a professor at Chung-Ang University in Korea where he teaches and researches in the area of international trade and environmental law. He is the acting chief negotiator and senior policy advisor for the Korean delegation to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr. Park earned his SJD and two master degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law and did undergraduate and graduate work at Chung-Ang.

Nov. 17 – Special Lecture at 3:30pm by Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky

Seating is limited. Please register online by November 14.
Presented as part of the Asian Law Centre Lecture Series

“Trade with China: Past, Present, and Future”
The Hon. Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky

Amb. Barshefsky is WilmerHale's Senior International Partner. She joined the firm after serving as the US Trade Representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001, and acting as deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China's historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace.

She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a JD from the Columbus School of Law of the Catholic University of America. Her professional activities include the America-China Society, the Foreign Policy Association, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nov. 24 – Study Abroad Opportunities

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs

“Where Can Your Legal Education Take You?”

UW law students have many opportunities to study law in foreign countries during their studies, in preparation for a legal career in an increasingly globalized society. A panel of faculty members will introduce various summer- and quarter-based options available through the Law School and UW, and some key considerations. Confirmed faculty include Dean Hotchkiss, Dean Hicks, Professor Takenaka and Professor Spitzer.


Global Friendship Program

Every year, UW Law brings together students, scholars, and legal professionals from around the world. The Global Friendship Program aims to connect these foreign students, scholars, and professionals with American law students who seek to explore another legal system, share in cultural learning, and help newcomers to Seattle and the UW feel welcome. All individuals at the School of Law are invited to participate.

Global Friendship Program Interest Form

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Last updated 12/1/2014