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.

Winter 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.

February 2016 Brochure (8x11)

Upcoming February Events

Feb. 18 (Thu.) – Legislative Panel with the Parliament of Sweden Committee on Civil Affairs

“Legislating in Sweden's multiparty system: How does it really work, domestically and in relation to the EU”

Sweden is a representative and parliamentary system. The 349 members of the Riksdag (The Swedish Parliament) are elected every fourth year based on proportional representation. The Riksdag has fifteen parliamentary committees, and all the issues to be decided on by the Riksdag go through a “compulsory committee stage.”

The Committee on Civil Affairs prepares matters concerning the Marriage, Parental, Inheritance, Commercial, Land and Enforcement Codes and Acts.It also prepares matters concerning insurance contract law, company and association law, the law of torts, transport law, bankruptcy law, consumer policy, international private law, legislation on other matters having the nature of general private law, housing policy, water rights, land development planning, building and construction, physical planning, expropriation, the formation of property units and land survey.

Members of the committee:
- Hillevi Larsson, The Social Democratic Party,Head of delegation, Deputy member of Committee on Taxation
- Jessika Roswall, The Moderate Party, Member of The Riksdag Appeals Board Member of Judges Proposals Board, Deputy member of Committee on Industry, and Trade Deputy member of Committee on European Union Affairs
- Eva Sonidsson, The Social Democratic Party, Member of The Riksdag Board, Member of The Swedish Delegation to the Nordic Council, Deputy member of Nominations Committee, Deputy member of Committee on Education
- Ola Johansson, The Centre Party, Deputy member of The Swedish Delegation to the Nordic Council, Deputy member of Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Emma Hult, The Green Party, Deputy member of Committee on Cultural Affairs, Deputy member of Committee on Education
- Thomas Finnborg, The Moderate Party, Member of The Swedish Delegation to the Nordic Council, Deputy member of Committee on Health and Welfare
- Mikael Eskilandersson, The Sweden Democrats, Deputy member of Committee on Environment and Agriculture
- Robert Hannah, The Liberal Party, Deputy member of Committee on the Labour Market, Deputy member of Committee on Taxation, Deputy member of Committee on Justice
- Johanna Haraldsson, The Social Democratic Party, Deputy member of Committee on Social Insurance, Deputy member of Committee on the Labour Market
- Lise-Lotte (Lotta) Jonsson Fornarve, The Left Party, Deputy member of The Swedish Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Deputy member of Committee on Foreign Affairs, Deputy member of Committee on Education

Feb. 22 – Comparative Perspectives on Reproductive Rights

Diversity Week Event

"Medically assisted reproduction in France: Women's choice or State choice?"
The Hon. Frederique Dreifuss-Netter, Justice, Cour de Cassation of France


Based on binding ethical principles, such as Human dignity, or non commodification of Human body, medically assisted procreation is purely regarded in France as a treatment for heterosexual couples' infertility and has been regulated, since 1994, by strict rules, particularly those prohibiting surrogacy. The system is getting more and more controversial, and is challenged by the case Law of the European Court for Human Rights.

The Court of Cassation is one of two highest courts in the French judiciary and plays a fundamental role in interpreting legal rules and harmonizing case law. As a Justice with the First Chamber, Justice Dreifuss-Netter is in charge of most medical liability cases and cases related to bioethics (gestational motherhood, same sex marriage or adoption). Prior to joining the Court in 2009, she seved as a prominent law professor and scholar specializing in Bioethics and Health Law at the universities of Metz, Strasbourg, and Paris-Descartes, as well as directed the Health Law Research Center at Paris-Descartes University.

Justice Dreifuss-Netter is a member of the French National Ethics Committee, a member of the Ethical Board of the National Biomedicine Agency, and has been recognized as a Knight with the French National Order of the Legion of Honour -- an honor bestowed for a minimum 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity with "eminent merits."

Feb. 24 (Wed.) – Diversity Week Special Event: Cultural and Professional Dimensions of Legal Careers Overseas

6-8pm in Room 133. Food tastings from around the world

"Working Overseas: Which practice areas of law are the most conducive to working abroad?"

Please join colleagues currently studying with UW Law Graduate Programs as they share from their experiences and insights on legal practice in various countries around the world. The event will focus on legal career areas that present opportunities for American attorneys looking to work overseas, from commercial and business legal practice to development and public service work, and will highlight cultural awareness issues, customs, and tips on working in various legal systems.

The event runs as an open house from 6-8. Stop by the different stations to learn and to taste food from around the world.

Prior Events

Jan. 11 – Disputes in the South China Sea

Hosted by the International Law Society, Law and Business Association, and the Asian Law Center

“An International Law Analysis of China's Nine-Dash Line in the South China Sea”
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 be discussing his legal analysis of China's territorial claims to the South China Sea within the context of the regional claimants, international stakeholders, and the international law of the sea.

Jan. 14 (Thu.) – Special Panel on Comparative Constitutional Law

Room changed to Room 127

Sponsored by the Global Mondays Speaker Series – a collaboration of UW Law and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Washington International Law Journal; the UW Transpacific Roundtable on Comparative Constitutional Law; The UW Law School Asian Law Center

“Constitutional Change in Contemporary Asia: Processes and Substance”

  • Prof. Hendrianto Stefanus (Notre Dame), “Democratization through Incremental Constitutional Amendment: Indonesia’s Experience”
  • Prof. Nicholas Robinson (Yale University), “Heroic Judges and Grand Advocates: How India’s Legal Professionals Amended the Constitution through Reinterpretation”
  • Prof. Jiunn-rong Yeh (National Taiwan University), “Civil Constitutionalism in Contemporary Asia: The Case of Taiwan”
  • Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions in the world. This is true not only in terms of technological innovation and economic development, but in terms of constitutional innovation and legal development. In this panel, distinguished professors from National Taiwan University, Notre Dame and Yale will compare the different processes by which constitutional change has occurred recently in India, Indonesia and Taiwan. They will also discuss the impact these changes have had on people’s lives, and the implications of these developments for those who hope for see constitutional change in the U.S.

    Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Jan. 25 – 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. The session will introduce various summer- and quarter-based options available through the Law School and UW, and some key considerations.

    Feb.1 – Updates on IP in China

    Hosted by CASRIP and the Visiting Scholars Program

    “Latest Updates on Chinese Patent System and International Cooperation on Patent Prosecution ”
    Visiting Scholars Weilin Liu and Yongjian Zhang, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)

    The lecture will provide a brief overview of the development of China’s patent system and the latest progress and highlights of the ongoing amendments to China’s Patent Law. It will then discuss international cooperation on patent prosecution, including the current legal foundation and framework of international patent system, the common issues and challenges in patent prosecution, the global initiatives of cooperation in patent prosecution and prominent programs of that kind.

  • Weilin Liu works for China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) within the International Cooperation Division of the Patent Affairs Administration Department. Previously a patent examiner, he has worked for SIPO since 2007. Mr. Liu attended Tianjin University where he earned a Master’s degree in Optical Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.
  • Yongjian Zhang is a training manager for the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) in the area of patent information policy. Mr. Zhang has worked for SIPO since 2004 after graduating from Nanjing University of Technology where he received his Bachelors of Engineering.
  • Feb. 8 – Summer Programs Abroad with Santa Clara Law School

    Hosted by UW Law Global Affairs

    Santa Clara Law Summer Abroad Info Session
    Carly Koebel, Program Manager, Center for Global Law and Policy, Santa Clara University Law School

    For students considering a study abroad program over the summer break, Santa Clara offers ABA-approved programs in 11 countries, with internships in 31 locations worldwide.

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