Global Mondays

The “Global Mondays” Speaker Series is a collaborative effort of the University of Washington School of Law and the Henry M. 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 2016

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.

Upcoming Events

May 2 – The Rights of Children Globally and Locally

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs and the Visiting Scholars Program

"The Rights of the Child from a Global and Local Perspective"
Dr. Caroline Adolphsen, Aarhus University, Denmark; Visiting Scholar, UW Law


Dr. Caroline Adolphsen is a professor of law at Aarhus University in Denmark where she conducts research on welfare law and family law and teaches in the area of health law and children’s rights. Currently she chairs the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) “Hope for Children” Policy Center. Professor Adolphsen will talk about the Center's work, the special nature of children’s rights, and the challenges we are facing in that aspect.

May 9 – Disability Critique of Torts: A Global Lens

Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs

"Toward a Disability Critique of Torts"
Dr. Sagit Mor, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa; Israel Institute Teaching Fellow, University of Washington


The law plays a significant role in shaping the meaning of disability. Tort law, specifically personal injury law, is a central arena where the meaning of disability is produced, shaped, contested, and utilized: it assigns responsibility for disabling events; awards damages to the injured to cover disability related costs; and deals with the bodily, material, social, and legal implications of disablement. Yet, there seems to be a gap, if not a contradiction, between the social vision of disability rights, inclusion and equality, and tort law’s basic rationales. While tort law focuses on the circumstances of injury and individual responsibility and views disability as an inherent state of pain and suffering, the disability critique emphasizes social disablement through stigma, lack of access, and inadequate social services. This talk will examine a social construction critique and a disability-equality critique of tort through a global lens.

Sagit Mor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel. She is an Israel Institute Teaching Fellow visiting the University of Washington for the 2015-2016 academic year (affiliated with Law Societies and Justice program (LSJ) and the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies). Mor is the co-founder of the Collaborative Research Network of Disability Legal Studies at the Law and Society Association (LSA) and of IDSN, the Israeli Disability Studies Network , and is the Director of the Law and Health LL.M. Program at the Haifa Faculty of Law. Mor’s areas of interest include disability critique of law, law and society, law and social change, torts, bioethics, and health law.

Prior Events

April 4 – Globalization of Crime and Counter-terrorism Policing

Hosted by the Ph.D. in Law Program

“The Use of Intelligence in Indonesian Counter-terrorism Policing
Amira Paripurna, Ph.D. Candidate, UW Law

Amira Paripurna holds an LL.B from Faculty of Law, Airlangga University (Indonesia), LL.M from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and works as lecturer at Faculty of Law, Airlangga University. Her research interest is in the globalization of crime and its implication for law enforcement, criminal justice and national criminal law. Currently she is a Ph.D. candidate at UW Law and performs research about intelligence in Indonesian counter-terrorism policing.

Amira’s research explores the ways that Indonesian police and other counter-terror agencies collaborate and share information and seeks to identify their strategic, tactical, and operational procedures and mechanisms. It asks (1) What formal changes has Indonesia introduced in its policing structures post-Suharto and post Bali Bombings? (2) Does the restructuring that Indonesia has undertaken represent an adoption of ILP as a primary strategy? And (3) how do the Indonesian police, and intelligence agencies in fact implement collaboration and information sharing to counter terrorism? The results of the study show that despite efforts, attempts to implement intelligence led policing strategies in Indonesia are limited by the lack of information sharing mechanisms.

April 11 – Upcoming Washington International Law Journal Articles

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

“Trial by One's Peers: The Need to Expand Japan's Lay Judge System”
Harrison L.E. Owens,
J.D. Candidate 2016, UW Law; Executive Managing Editor , Washington International Law Journal

“Don't Count Your Nest Eggs Before they Vest: A Lack of Reform Could Leave a Generation of Retiring Israelis without a Future”
Tomer Vandsburger,
J.D. Candidate 2016, UW Law; Senior Comments Editor, Washington International Law Journal

“Trial by One's Peers: The Need to Expand Japan's Lay Judge System”
As a civil law-based country, Japan’s legal system has historically placed a strong emphasis on the formalistic application of code provisions to cases by professional judges without a jury. Within the criminal justice system, prosecutors have played a highly significant role in all cases. They exclusively make the decision to indict an alleged criminal, conduct investigation of crimes, initiate a criminal case, and they also control and supervise enforcement of a conviction. In addition, the Prosecutors Office of Japan has historically emphasized the need to obtain a high rate of convictions to maintain the Japanese public’s trust in, and high regard for, the Office. Critics have highlighted these factors as contributing to a criminal justice system that has displayed a disconcerting 99.8% conviction rate. Although this phenomenon may be partially explained by prosecutors’ careful screening of cases and exercising of their discretion not to indict, a notable lack of external checks on the power of prosecutors has rendered the criminal justice system subject to considerable criticism in recent times. This dynamic has raised concerns regarding the due process rights of defendants and led to long-standing calls for reforms. The 2009 adoption of a lay judge system in Japan, in which citizens participate in the decision-making process of certain criminal trials alongside professional judges, was directed at increasing the accountability of prosecutors and the transparency of the criminal justice process. Although the majority of cases heard under the lay judge system have not demonstrated significant reductions in the conviction rate, there have been indications that the lay judge system counter-balances several concerning aspects of the Japanese criminal justice system. This comment argues that Japan should expand the lay judge system beyond its current narrow scope to encompass either a greater variety of criminal cases or require that all criminal trials are heard by the lay judge system in order to more equally safeguard the due process rights of criminal defendants and decrease the expansive role played by Japanese prosecutors in the criminal trial process.

“Don't Count Your Nest Eggs Before they Vest: A Lack of Reform Could Leave a Generation of Retiring Israelis without a Future”
Israel’s pension system has changed drastically since the mid-1990s, when it faced an underfunding crisis. The transition to defined contribution plans permitted a wider range of investments and shifted the burden of income-replacement from the government to the individual pension plan participant. This shift required increased protections for pension plans, which led to the creation of the Capital Market Insurance and Savings Division (CMISD) to oversee and regulate pension management entities. In comparison to post-Soviet nations that experienced similar transitions from socialist to market economies, Israel’s pension system is significantly healthier and more regulated. However, the CMISD must enact measures to oversee the transition of funds from “old” to “new” pensions, reduce or eliminate the mandatory 30% investment in government bonds, and increase the accountability requirements for pension management entities and the organization itself.

April 15 (Fri.) – Special Panel on Sexual Violence and War Crimes

1:30pm in Room 133

Hosted by the Center for Global Studies at The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, UW

"Sexual Violence During War: Understanding and Proving International Sex Crimes"

  • Kim Thuy Seelinger, Director of the Sexual Violence Program, UC Berkeley Human Rights Center
  • Elisabeth Jean Wood, Professor of Political Science and International and Area Studies, Yale University

  • The Panel will examine gender, sexual violence and war crimes. Professor Elisabeth Wood (via Skype) is the author of "Forging Democracy From Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador" and co-editor of "Understanding and Proving International Sex Crimes," as well as numerous articles on rape and sexual violence during war. In addition to overseeing research for the Berkeley Human Rights Center, Kim Seelinger serves on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection, and was an expert commentator on the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict. She has done field work in Haiti, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya, Liberia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is a graduate of NYU Law School.

    April 19 (Tue.) – Religious Diversity and Civil Rights on Campus

    A joint Global Monday & Social Justice Tuesday hosted by the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law . Room 138

    "Why Universities Need A Definition of Anti-Semitism"
    Ken Marcus, President, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law


    Kenneth Marcus’ public service prior to forming the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law in 2011 includes serving as Staff Director at the United States Commission on Civil Rights and being delegated the authority of Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights and Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Marcus previously held the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair in Equality and Justice in America at the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College School of Public Affairs (2008-2011). Before entering public service, Mr. Marcus was a litigation partner in two major law firms, where he conducted complex commercial and constitutional litigation. He will speak on the legal rights of students who are affected by religious bias and discrimination on college campuses, the legal causes of action applicable, and how universities can promote the civil rights of all students by adopting definitions of antisemitism and other religious discrimination.

    CLE credit for attorneys is co-sponsored by the Cardozo Society of Washington State and StandWithUs Northwest.

    April 25 – The Human Impacts of Nuclear Weapons

    Film Screening and Panel Discussion; 3:30pm in Room 127

    Hosted by the Center for Human Rights and Justice and the National Security Law Association; co-sponsored by Keller Rohrback LLP

    Film showing of "Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1."

  • Rick Wayman, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
  • Sophie Bones, Republic of the Marshall Islands Legal Team & Keller Rohrback LLP
  • The film (55 min.) tells the story of the human impacts of nuclear weapons on the people of the Marshall Islands and the secret radiation experiments that were conducted on them during the time of U.S. nuclear testing in the islands (1946-58) and even afterwards. It is a catalyst for discussion about not only nuclear weapons and peace, but also racism, colonialism, and indigenous right. It also leads onto the four cases which will be the focus of discussion - one against the US in the 9th Circuit, and three at the international court of justice in The Hague against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. There will be a Q&A after the film with Rick Wayman, after which he and Sophie Bones will discuss the cases.

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