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.

Upcoming November Events

Nov. 21 – Corporate Bankruptcies in China

"Politics of Corporate Bankruptcies and the Shape of Corporate Bankruptcy Law in China: Past, Present, and Future"
Zhizhou ("Leo") Wang, Asian Law Center Research Fellow, UW Law


In enacting the laws of corporate reorganization, lawmakers in the U.S. and China shared the same goal: to enable a financially troubled business to strike new deals with its creditors and other stakeholders so the falling business may thrive again. In the U.S., Chapter 11 is widely recognized as critical for effective corporate rescue. Its Chinese counterpart, Chapter 8 of the 2006 Enterprise Bankruptcy Act, however, has received a cold shoulder from its anticipated users for almost a decade. Recently, the use of Chapter 8 to tackle corporate failure has increased, and the chance of successful reorganization under the law appears high. Unfortunately, it is unclear to what degree Chapter 8's growing popularity serves the principal goal of lawmakers. This project examine the design and performance of Chinese corporate reorganization law and explains why doubts about the law exist and are perhaps growing. I tentatively argue that Chapter 8 may lose its current appeal.

Zhizhou ("Leo") Wang is a Research Fellow at the Asian Law Center of University of Washington School of Law. He is finalizing his S.J.D. dissertation and anticipated to graduate from University of Wisconsin Law School by the summer of 2017. Leo obtained his first law degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law and his LL.M. from Wisconsin Law School. Prior to starting his S.J.D. program, Leo clerked for Judge Fu Wang at Shanghai No.2 Intermediate Court and worked in the Shanghai office of Kaye Scholer LLP. Leo’s research interest centers on corporate restructuring, cross-broad bankruptcy, and comparative studies of secured transaction and insolvency law. Leo also considers himself a member of the law-and-society camp and has been writing about legal profession and legal education in the era of globalization.


Nov. 28 – Labor Standards in International Supply Chains

"Creating and Sustaining Ethical Supply Chains"
Margaret Levi, Director, Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Political Science, Stanford


Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science. Her most recent books are the coauthored In the Interest of Others (2013) and Labor Standards in International Supply Chains (2015).


Prior 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 – Enhancing the Legislative Process at the Korean National Assembly

"Urgent issues for further enhancement of the legal expertise: The National Assembly Research Service of the Republic of Korea for effective legislative process"
Jaewon Ryu, Legislative Researcher, ROK National Assembly; Visiting Scholar, UW Law


Jaewon Ryu is a legislative researcher for the Republic of Korea National Assembly, where he writes legal education publications for students, children and the general public. Mr. Ryu has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree of Law from Seoul National University. While visiting UW, he is examining public affairs and the way in which legal information is presented to the citizenry.


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 – Joint Global Monday and Social Justice Tuesday: Empowerment of South Sudanese Women and Communities

UW Law is honored to welcome Ms. Anyieth D’Awol, Founder of the ROOTS Project and of Citizens for Peace and Justice (CPJ) in South Sudan.

"Building Resilience: Using Art to Economically, Socially and Culturally Empower communities"

ROOTS of South Sudan is Committed to Helping the Women of South Sudan Craft a New Nation. It is a 501c3 founded in 2011 to empower South Sudanese women and youth through the preservation of traditional Sudanese arts & crafts. ROOTS of South Sudan raises funds and facilitates grant applications on behalf of The ROOTS PROJECT, a Sudanese NGO founded by Anyieth D’Awol. The funds are used to support its facility (located in Juba), the project's craft activities, equipment and learning materials and provide members with job skills, literacy and math training; and a safe environment for mothers and their young children to work and learn.

In January 2014, following the outbreak of conflict on 15 December 2013, Anyieth, with other civil society leaders joined hands to form Citizens for Peace and Justice (CPJ) to help address the conflict. CPJ is promoting a peaceful resolution to the conflict and advocating for a just and sustainable peace by addressing the root causes of the conflict and ensuring that there is accountability and justice for all victims. Since its formation, CPJ has published a series of public statements condemning the violence and achieved accreditation for South Sudanese civil society to participate at the peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CPJ is also working on a series of projects including advising on the peace process to ensure the settlement includes mechanisms for justice and accountability and the ‘Naming the Ones We Lost’ to name all the people killed since December 15th.

Anyieth D’Awol earned her LLB in Law from Sheffield Hallam University and LLM in Human Rights from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. She has worked as an independent researcher for the Clingendael Institute documenting HIV/AIDS in post-conflict South Sudan. In 2006-7 and 2008-9 Anyieth was a Human Rights Officer for the U.N. Mission in Sudan. In 2009 she founded the ROOTS PROJECT with the aim of providing a secure environment for women to pursue economic independence through traditional crafts. Anyieth is South Sudanese by birth and lives with her husband and daughter in Mozambique. She travels regularly to Juba for ROOTS and CPJ related work. She has lived in the US, Norway, Tanzania, China, England and South Sudan. Anyieth is also a US citizen.


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, panels and speakers include:

  • Comparing Comparative Law: Kichimoto Asaka (Tokyo), George Bermann (Columbia), Arif Jamal (Nat’l Univ. of Singapore); moderated by Clark Lombardi (Univ. of Washington)
  • Global Trends in Civil Procedure: Daniel Foote (Tokyo & UW), Jacqueline Nolan-Haley (Fordham), Margaret Woo (Northeastern); moderated by Dongsheng Zang (Univ. of Washington)
  • Refugee Law in the Context of Mass Migration: Catherine Dauvergne (UBC), Maryellen Fullerton (Brooklyn), Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA); moderated by Hannah Buxbaum (Indiana Univ. at Bloomington)
  • Comparing Development Models: Weitseng Chen (Nat’l Univ. of Singapore), Victor Ramraj (Univ. of Victoria), Arun Thiruvengadam (Azim Premji Univ.); moderated by John Haley (Washington Univ. in St. Louis & Univ. of Washington) and Jingwen Zhu (Renmin Univ. of China)
  • Younger Comparativists Panel - New Perspectives in Comparative Law: Timothy Webster (Case Western Reserve) with comments by Jacques deLisle (Pennsylvania); Joshua Karton (Queen's Univ.) with comments by Ralf Michaels (Duke); moderated by Ozan Varol (Lewis & Clark)

  • Oct. 31 – Legal Issues Surrounding Antarctica

    Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Harold S. Shefelman Professor of Law, UW Law

    Professor Thomas J. Schoenbaum is the Harold S. Shefelman Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Washington Asian Law Center and a research professor at George Washington University.

    Professor Schoenbaum will explore the legal issues and the legal regime that applies to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, with emphasis on environmental protection.


    Nov. 7 – 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.


    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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