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.

Fall 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.

October Events

Oct. 5 (Wed. in Room 127) – Advocating for Indigenous Rights in Mexico

Please join us for a Wednesday special lecture to launch the 2016-17 Global Mondays Lecture Series, as we are honored to welcome Ms. Bettina Cruz.

"Climate Change and Land Rights in Mexico"
Bettina Cruz, Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative


Bettina Cruz is a defender of indigenous land rights in Tehuantepec, Mexico. As a binnizá Indigenous woman and member of the Assembly of Istmo of Tehuantepec Indigenous Peoples in Defense of Land and Territory, Bettina works to counter the impact of private companies operating wind farms on indigenous lands. Bettina is also a member of the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Mexico. In response to her activism, the Mexican Federal Government launched criminal charges against Bettina in 2012. Bettina demonstrated inspiring resilience throughout the course of her trial, which brought threats, assault, and arbitrary detainment against her. These baseless charges were finally dismissed in February of 2015.


Oct. 10 – TBA


Oct. 17 – Sustainable International Development in Senegal

"Sustainable Development Work in Senegal - Putting Theory into Practice"
Randi Hedin, Esq., Part Time Lecturer, UW Law


Professor Hedin teaches the Global Development Law and Policy Workshop and is a 2014 graduate of the Sustainable International Development LL.M. Program at UW Law. She is a member of the national Board of Directors of buildOn, an NGO whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Prior to relocating to Seattle, Prof. Hedin was a corporate and securities lawyer on the East Coast for 20 years, including as a partner with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. She is the owner of GMP Proprietary Trading LLC and the Co-President, Secretary and Director of RPX Research Inc. where she oversees legal, accounting and tax matters. Prof. Hedin also serves as a Trustee at The Overlake School in Redmond, WA, and is Vice President of the Board and Chair of its Governance Committee. She is also a member of Global Washington. Prof. Hedin earned her B.A. a Barnard College and her J.D. at Brooklyn Law School.

Professor Hedin will discuss development work in Senegal through the lens of two NGOs committed to sustainability in their on-the ground work: buildOn, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education, and Heifer International, whose mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.


Oct. 24 – A Spotlight on the Crisis in Venezuela

"Venezuela: Crime and no Punishment. A Petro-State Country in a Cheap Oil Age who is facing major political and economic challenges"
Nathaly Cecchet-Aular, Esq., LL.M. candidate, UW Law


Nathaly Cecchet-Aular graduated from Santa Maria University in Caracas Venezuela in 1998 were she received her JD. She practiced law in her own firm for 2 years and in 2002 accepted the position of Attorney I with the Supreme Court of Administrative Affairs in Caracas, Venezuela. Due to the political situation in Venezuela, she moved to Seattle in 2004. In Seattle Nathaly held various positions, including as a bilingual emergency domestic violence shelter advocate. She is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree at the University of Washington School of Law as well as serving as legal extern for the Hon. Judge Veronica Galván, King County Superior Court. Nathaly also serves on the Washington International Law Journal, Student Bar Association, and the Latino Law Student Association.


Oct. 28-29 Special symposium - The American Society of Comparative Law Annual Meeting

Comparative Law For a New World: Engaging Asia and Beyond

8:30-5:00pm in 138 William H. Gates Hall. Details and registration

Countries in Asia are increasingly growing into major centers for comparative legal studies. In order to reach a global vision of comparative legal studies for the 21st century, American comparatists must engage with Asia’s academics and jurists. Looking to Asia and around the world, the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Society of Comparative Law will discuss innovations in civil procedure and mandatory mediation, examine how we view comparative law and compare non-Western development models.


Oct. 31 – TBA

Upcoming in November

Nov. 14 – Israel’s National Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunities

UW Law is honored to host Ms. Mariam Kabha, Israel’s National Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunities (EEOC) to discuss equality in the workplace.

Attorney Mariam Kabha was appointed in January 2016 as Israel's National Commissioner for Equal Employment Opportunities within the Economy Ministry. As the head of Israel's EEOC, Ms. Kabha focuses on mainstreaming equality and eliminating discrimination in the workplace on all grounds including gender, age, nationality, and sexual orientation; raising public awareness about what equality means; handling complaints concerning discrimination and litigating discrimination lawsuits against employers.

Prior to the appointment, Kabha held the position of Haifa and Northern District commissioner for equal employment opportunities. She also previously worked as Economy Ministry representative director on the board of Ashra – The Israel Foreign Trade Risks insurance Corporation Ltd., as a member of the steering committee for the Collective Impact initiative on the employment of Israeli Arabs, and as a member of the Haifa municipality forum on advancing the employment of women. Kabha graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Haifa, and is the highest ranking Arab woman in the civil service.


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