Global Mondays

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.

All are welcome. No RSVP needed.

Fall 2012 Schedule

October 2012 Brochure

All events take place from 12:30-1:20pm in William H. Gates Hall Room 117 unless otherwise noted; Lunch served

October 1 – Global Mondays Introductory Event

Various student organizations and law school departments will introduce the Global Mondays Initiative, the Global Friendship Program, and the upcoming Fall events line-up.

October 8 – Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal hosts Student Research Update

Hosted by the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal

"Finding a Country to Call Home: A Framework for Evaluating Legislation to Reduce Statelessness in Southeast Asia"
Alec Paxton, J.D. Candidate 2013

October 15 – Global Spotlight on Legal Education in Egypt

Hosted by the Asian Law Center

"The Legal Clinic in Egypt: It's More than a Room with a Sign on the Door"
Stephen Rosenbaum, Visiting Senior Lecturer, UW School of Law

Egypt is in the throes of a Revolution, which presents an opportunity for the law to reinvent itself, or at least the legal profession and the educational establishment. This presentation will focus on changes taking place in Egytian law schools (and elsewhere in the Middle East)--and the challenges--in the name of Rule of Law or Curricular Reform.

Professor Rosenbaum served as Legal Education Advisor with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Cairo in 2011-12, collaborating with law schools in Egypt and Qatar to develop clinical legal education programs. He has been a Lecturer at UC, Berkeley School of Law since 1988, teaching professional skills and other courses in the Social Justice curriculum and has also taught at the Stanford, Golden Gate and University of San Francisco law schools. He is currently visiting at UW, teaching a human rights advocacy seminar and tutorial for LLM students on clinical education. Rosenbaum’s scholarship is in the areas of legal education, lay advocacy, international human rights and disability. He has made several visits to francophone Africa on State Department speaker specialist grants.

October 18 (Thu.) – Public Health and IP Rights in Thailand

Hosted by the Law, Technology & Arts Group, CASRIP, and the Asian Law Center

"TRIPS and Public Health: Thailand’s Compulsory Licenses over Patented Drugs for Chronic Diseases"
Dean Sadka Thanitcul, Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law, Thailand

Prof.Dr.Sakda Thanitcul is Professor of Law and Dean of the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law. He holds an LLB from Chulalongkorn University, an LLM and LLD in international law from Kyoto University, Japan, and an LLM and PhD in Asian Comparative Law from the University of Washington. Dr. Sakda was a member of the advisory team to the chief negotiator in the Japan–Thailand FTA negotiation during 2003–04 as well as a member of the advisory team to the chief negotiator in the United States–Thailand FTA negotiation during 2004–05. He has been a member of the Trade Competition Commission of the Thai Ministry of Commerce and was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hanover during March-May, 2006. Prof.Dr.Sakda co-teaches Comparative Competition Law.

October 22 – China, the U.S. and Human Rights

Hosted by the Chinese American Law Students Association, the International Law Society and the Visiting Scholars Program

"China-U.S. Disagreements over Human Rights and Their Implications"
Dr. Qian Xiangyang, Professor, Sichuan University; Visiting Scholar, UW School of Law

The lecture will introduce some of the major disagreements between China and the U.S. over human rights. Dr. Qian will analyze their implications for the problems of the international human rights law more generally, at a theoretical, political, philosophical and technical dimensions. He will suggest that theoretical inquiries can improve the law’s performance in practice and that a philosophical grounding is needed; that depoliticization will improve our understanding of what the rights are; and that human rights as a legal institution need further conceptual clarifications.

Qian Xiangyang is a professor at Sichuan University, where he teaches comparative law, philosophy, Chinese legal history, and Western legal history. He holds Ph.D. and LL.M. degrees from Edinburgh University and a BA in English from Sichuan University. Dr. Qian, who has served a scholar for Sino-US governmental dialogues on human rights, is interested in the studies of law within a multicultural context. The topic of his most recent book is globalization and legal theory.

October 29 – Global Spotlight on Refugee Protections in Eastern Africa

Hosted by the Health Law LL.M. Program and The Center for Law in Science and Global Health

"The Refugee Protection regime in Ethiopia and the Work of UNHCR to Improve Health Services for Refugee Women"
Amasale Aberra, Health Law LL.M. Candidate 2013

In her talk, Ms. Amsale Aberra, former Legal Intern and Project Coordinator in a joint study project between United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health and Human Rights, will discuss the processes, findings and prospects of the UNHCR /JHU Project to develop screening Tools for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) among refugee women, to improve health programming, vis-à-vis the broader refugee protection system in Ethiopia.

November 5 – Global Spotlight on the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Hosted by the International Law Society

"The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda"
Sahar Fathi (J.D. 2008)

An alumna the University of Washington Law School (J.D. ’08), Sahar also holds a Masters in International Studies from the University of Washington and a dual Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in French and International Relations from the University of Southern California. She attended the Sorbonne Université in Paris, France on exchange from 2003-2004 and Université Jean-Moulin in Lyon, France in 2008. She is a member of the New York Bar and sits on the board of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and ACLU-Washington. Sahar is the founder of the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington, the first legal clinic primarily for people of Middle Eastern descent in the country. For the past several years, Sahar worked as a legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien where she lead policy staff on homelessness, immigrant and refugee issues, public safety, civil rights, energy and green jobs, and the city budget.

Sahar will share from her experience working for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

November 12 – Veterans Day Holiday

November 19 – Foreign Investment Issues in Mainland China and the Lawyer’s Role

Hosted by the Chinese American Law Students Association and the Visiting Scholars Program

Three visiting scholars, Juanfang Li, Alan (Zhengdong) Liang and David (Yingjun) Wan, PRC lawyers designated by Beijing Lawyer’s Association, will form a panel to introduce certain foreign investment issues in mainland China, such as catalog, vehicles and operation matters. They will also share their practice experiences in this field by introducing some real cases both in transaction and disputes settlement.

Juanfang has practiced in Jingtian & Gongcheng Attorneys at Law, one of the largest and most comprehensive law firms in China since 2005. Her main practice area includes foreign direct investment, M&A, corporate law, commercial contracts, public tender, IPO, etc. Her main practice industry is urban public transportation.

Alan has practiced for more than 5 years. As an expert in the field of international trade remedy, he represented clients both in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases, including the very first "Double Anti-" case on oriented silicon of P.R.C. After joining Beijing Grandway Law Offices, one of the top securities and investment law firms in China, Alan provides services for foreign investment and M&A business both to mutinational and prestigious local companies.

David is a senior partner of Beijing Guo & partners, one of leading firms in Beijing. He holds LL.M and studied in University of London; he is also a director of China Financial Education Development Foundation. David has practiced for 20 years in the fields of foreign investments, M&A and disputes settlement. He was selected by the International Arbitration Court for Sports as one of arbitration lawyers working for Olympic Games hosted in Beijing 2008. One of his represented case was recognized as the biggest property case since establishment of P.R.C.

November 26 – Current Topics in Comparative IP Law: A View from India

Hosted by by the Law, Technology & Arts Group and the Visiting Scholars Program

Intellectual Property Rights and Traditional Knowledge : The Indian Experience
Dr. Lakshmanan Pushpa Kumar, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Visiting Scholar, UW School of Law

India's Post-TRIPS Regime for Pharmaceutical Patents: Promoting Innovation and Access
Yogesh Pai, Assistant Professor, Ministry of HRD Chair on IPR, NLU, Jodhpur- India; Visiting Scholar, UW School of Law

IP Securitization : Understanding its concept and value in the Global World
Abhinandan Bassi, Associate Professor of Law at Rajiv Gandhi National University in Punjab, India; Visiting Scholar, UW School of Law

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