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.
Winter 2015 Schedule
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.
Winter 2015 Brochure (8x14)
March 2 – Gender Violence and Indigenous Communities in Australia and Post-war Liberia
Hosted by the Visiting Scholars Program and the LL.M. Program in Sustainable International Development
"The Rule of Law OR the Rule of Man?: Gender Violence and Indigenous Communities in Australia and Post-war Liberia"
Veronica P. Fynn, Visiting Scholar, UW Law
Undoubtedly, everyone (lawyers and laypersons) speaks of the phrase the “rule of law” as a significant political/legal jargon. But what does the maxim really mean? Is justice (moral and/or legal) dispensed equally to Indigenous women and children survivors of violence in post-war Liberia and Australia? Examining the emergence and contemporary status of colonial settler laws in post-war Liberia and Australia, this paper charts the experiences of Indigenous women and children with state/institutional, structural and personal/community violence.
Veronica Fynn holds a BSc (Ghana '00,) a BA (UBC '04), an MPH (Nottingham '06), and an LLM (York '09). Her current PhD research is focused on “Gender Violence and the Rule of Law: Indigenous Communities in Australia and Post-war Liberia”. A specialist in interdisciplinary learning with emphasis gender/social justice and equality, Veronica has conducted research studies and consulted on projects in at least a dozen countries in Africa, Europe, Euro-Asia and North America. She held sessional teaching position at the College of Law, Australian National University. From 2011 – 2014, she taught Public Health Law and Practice as an Adjunct Professor with the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. In 2008, she founded the Journal of Internal Displacement, the only scholastic platform solely committed to IDPs. Veronica has published two books, several book chapters and peer-review journal articles. In her spare time, when she's not blogging then she's either dancing, biking, or running half-marathons. Veronica is a born and bred Liberian war survivor.
March 9 – Upcoming Washington International Law Journal Articles: Criminal Justice in Japan
Hosted by the Washington International Law Journal and the Asian Law Center
"Patching Old Wineskins: Heightened Deference for Saiban-In Findings of fact is a Step in the Right Direction, but it is not Enough"
Caleb Jon Vandenbos, J.D. Candidate 2015, University of Washington School of Law; Symposium Editor, Washington International Law Journal
The successful introduction of the saiban-in seido—the Japanese lay assessor system—was a tremendous step towards creating meaningful exchange between the public and the judiciary and democratizing the criminal justice system in Japan. To preserve the quality of this exchange, however, saiban-in decisions must retain their force on appeal, and judges must conscientiously solicit and respect lay assessor input during deliberations. The fact is, however, that saiban-in findings of fact may be replaced on koso appeal. Koso appeals threaten to eviscerate lay participants’ contribution in the case being reviewed, and, over the long term, will discourage judges from taking lay assessors’ contributions seriously during jury deliberations. Although the Supreme Court of Japan affirmed the unique capacity of saiban-in panels to assess credibility and make factual determinations in a 2012 decision, the decision does not impose a higher standard of review for saiban-in trials. Even if it had, such standards are subject to erosion over time. To ensure the vitality of saiban-in contributions in the Japanese criminal justice system, the Supreme Court of Japan should eliminate the koso appeals courts’ ability to replace saiban-in findings of fact on appeal.
Caleb Jon Vandenbos is a student at the University of Washington School of Law on the Washington International Law Journal. He studied Asian history as an undergraduate, and spent five years in Japan and China studying and working. He will graduate with his JD in 2015 with a concentration track in International and Comparative Studies.
January 14 (Wed.) Special Event – Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
Professor Robert Chang Interviews Author Eric Liu
3:30pm in 138 William Gates Hall. Reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m.
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Hosted by the UW School of Law Asian Law Center, Center for Public Service Law, Center for Professional and Leadership Development, and the Diversity Committee; co-hosted by the Korematsu Center, Seattle University.
Please join us for a special opportunity to reflect on law and equality, diversity, and citizenship led by Professors Robert Chang and Eric Liu. Robert Chang is a Professor of Law at Seattle University and Executive Director of Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He is the author of “Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law and the Nation-State.” Eric Liu is a Senior Law Lecturer at UW Law and Founder of Citizen University. Professor Chang will interview Professor Liu on his recently published book: “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream,” touching on topics such as the Chinese immigrant experience, race and ethnic tensions, as well as recent issues in immigration policy and race-based police incidents. Finally, they will discuss leadership and civic engagement: what it means to be an American citizen.
Jan. 26 (room 127) – International Experiences and Career Paths: a Conversation with Justice González
Hosted by the Latino Law Students’ Association, Center for Professional & Leadership Development and UW Law Global Affairs
"The Importance of International & Diverse Perspectives in Law"
The Hon. Steve González, WA Supreme Court Justice
Please join us in welcoming WA Supreme Court Justice Steve González for a discussion about his career path, international experience and opportunities, and the importance of international & diverse perspectives in law. Steve González was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2012. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice González served for ten years as a trial judge on the King County Superior Court hearing criminal and civil cases. Prior to his election to the King County Superior Court, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor for the City of Seattle and an Associate in the Business Law Department at the Seattle law firm Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Justice González was part of the team that successfully prosecuted the international terrorism case U.S. v. Ressam. He also prosecuted organized crime cases and served as the Hate Crimes Prosecution Coordinator. After September 11, he lectured on international terrorism prosecution to U.S. Attorneys in Washington D.C..
Justice González earned his B.A. with Honors in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). Justice González studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and at Nanjing University in China. Before law school, he did graduate work in Economics at Hokkaido University on a scholarship from Rotary International. Justice González speaks Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.
Feb. 2 – Pursuing International Commercial Legal Practice
Hosted by the Law & Business Association, UW Law Global Affairs and the Center for Professional & Leadership Development
"Plotting a Course for an International Legal Practice"
Fraser Mendel, FM Legal Group PS
Fraser Mendel is a business and technology lawyer, who has been representing clients for 19 years in the United States, China, and other countries around the world. He worked as a lawyer based in Beijing, China for 12 years, is fluent in Mandarin, and continues to travel to China frequently. He first traveled to China in 1986 as a student, and spent 5 years in Taiwan studying, working as a journalist and ultimately conducting graduate research. Fraser writes and speaks frequently on international technology issues and cross-border transactions. After practicing for years at multi-national law firms, at the beginning of 2014 Fraser set up the FM Legal Group, a boutique law firm located here in Seattle (www.fmlegalgroup.com). Committed to building deeper and stronger international connections, Fraser is active as the Vice Chair of the Washington State China Relations Council, Chair-elect of the International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association and is on the Boards of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle and the Washington Council on International Trade.
Feb. 9 – Comparative Constitutionalism in the Baltic States
Hosted by the Visiting Scholars Program and UW Law Global Affairs
"Constitutional Legal Systems in the Baltic States (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia)"
Dr. Ieva Deviatnikovaite, Lecturer, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania; Visiting Scholar, UW Law
Ieva Deviatnikovaitė is a professor at Mykolas Romeris University’s Institute of Constitutional and Administrative Law. She holds an LL.M. and Ph.D. from Mykolas Romeris University, and a Master’s in Slavonic Literature from Vilnius University. Professor Deviatnikovaitė has served as a member of the Lithuanian government’s Communication Regulatory Agency and also the Ministry of Justice in matters related to public administration. She publishes widely on constituional law and admininstrative law. She is visiting UW Law as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a comparative research of US and EU Administrative Law.
In her presentation, Dr. Deviatnikovaitė wil provide an overview of the historical and political context of the adoption of the Baltic States’ Constitutions after Soviet Union collapse and an overview of the basic institutions of legal systems in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, such as the Constitutions' Composition; the Key Features of the Life of Three States; the Legislative Power; the Executive Power; the Status, the Role, and the Functions of the Presidents; the Judicial Power; and Local Authorities of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia. She will specifically highlight human rights aspects in Konstitucija, Saatversme, and Eesti Vabariigi Pohiseadus.
Feb. 23 – Diversity Week Panel: Social Justice and Global Health Issues
Hosted by UW Law Diversity Committee, the Student Health Law Organization, and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services
"Ebola: How Race and Socioeconomic Factors Affected the International Response"
Please join us for a special panel discussion of the handling of the Ebola breakout, both internationally and locally, focusing on access to health care and stereotyping and stigmatizing as hindrance to health care.
Panelists will include
- Hezron Krop Kangerep, Officer, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; 2014 Barer Fellows and candidates for the LL.M. in Sustainable International Development
- Jonathan Muwaganya, Senior State Attorney, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice, Uganda; 2014 Barer Fellows and candidates for the LL.M. in Sustainable International Development
- Moses Wanyonyi Wanjala (Kenya), Magistrate, Judicial Review and Constitutional & Human Rights Division at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, Kenya; 2014 Barer Fellows and candidates for the LL.M. in Sustainable International Development
- Dr. Meredith Li-Vollmer, Risk Communication Specialist, Public Health - Seattle & King County