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.

Spring 2013 Schedule

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

April 5 (Fri.) – Legal Education in a Comparative Perspective

Special Guest Speaker (12:30-1:20pm in Room 127)

"In Service to the Mexican People: Legal Education and the Role of the National University"
Dr. Maria Leoba Castañeda, Dean of Mexico’s National Autonomous University

April 8 – Law Through Global Eyes Lecture: A Global Perspective on Environmental Rights

Hosted by Green Law, the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy and UW Canadian Studies Center

"The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment"
David R. Boyd, Ph.D., J.D., Adjunct Professor, Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

The right to a healthy environment has been the subject of extensive philosophical debates that revolve around a key question, Should rights to clean air, water, and soil be entrenched in law, in the constitutions of democratic states? David Boyd answers this question by moving beyond theoretical debate to measure the practical effects of enshrining the right to a healthy environment in constitutions. His book offers an analysis of 193 constitutions and the laws and court decisions of more than 100 nations and shows how the constitutional right to a healthy environment has been incorporated in legislation and is being judicially enforced in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

David R. Boyd is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers. He is an Adjunct Professor in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, Associate Faculty in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, and was recently a Trudeau Scholar at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Boyd has advised many governments–from Canada to Sweden—on environmental issues. He is the former Executive Director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice), Canada’s leading public interest environmental law organization.

April 15 – Global Legal Advocacy: Food Security and Land Rights

Hosted by the Food Law Society and International Law Society

"Improving food security by strengthening smallholders’ rights to land"
Dr. Diana Fletschner, Senior Gender Expert and Director of Research, Landesa

Estimates from the UN indicate that in the past two years almost 870 million people were chronically undernourished – a number that they appropriately report as ‘unacceptably high’ and a problem that has motivated a large range of stakeholders around the world to fight hunger and malnutrition as a moral, economic, and security imperative. In this talk, Dr. Fletschner will provide a brief overview of the key drivers of food insecurity and explore an increasingly recognized path to addressing this problem: strengthening smallholders’ rights to land.

Diana Fletschner is Landesa’s Senior Gender Expert and Director of Research. Dr. Fletschner is a development economist with more than 15 years of experience teaching, conducting research, designing programs and tools, and monitoring and evaluating interventions with a special focus on rural women. She is currently involved in a broad range of projects on women’s access to and rights over land: leading quantitative research and field-informed desk research; assessing rural women’s access and rights to land; assessing the effectiveness of innovative approaches to secure women’s and girls’ rights to land; developing land and property rights tools that reflect women’s preferences and constraints; and training government representatives. Dr. Fletschner has conducted research and worked with NGOs in fourteen countries and is the author of "Rural Women’s Access to Capital: Intrahousehold Bargaining and Social Effects." She holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a MacArthur-Global Studies Fellow and received the Taylor Hibbard Doctoral Dissertation Award. She was an Assistant Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs and has taught a number of courses in microeconomic policy, quantitative methods, gender and international development at the University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and the National and Catholic Universities in Asunción, Paraguay. She received mentoring awards at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Washington.

April 22 – Global Spotlight on the Kenyan Elections and the International Criminal Court

Hosted by the International Law Society, the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the LL.M. Program in Sustainable International Development

"Revisiting the Rome Statute Through the 2013 Kenyan Elections"
The Hon. Lyna Sarapei, Barer Fellow and LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW Law; Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Kenya

It has been said that the 2013 Kenyan elections were a referendum on the legitimacy of the investigation by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court into the Situation in the Republic of Kenya. Asserting partial merit in that argument, Ms. Sarapai explores the key developments of this investigation against the aspirations of the Rome Statute with a view to highlight some opportunities for the Court to enhance its relevance to 21st Century peace and development.

Lyna N. Sarapai is a UW School of Law LL.M. (SID) candidate ’13 and a Fellow of the Stan and Alta Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. In Kenya, Ms. Sarapai serves as Acting Senior Resident Magistrate and Deputy Registrar of the High Court of Kenya with special jurisdiction to handle Probate and Administration Causes and Children’s case in Maua, Meru County. Following completion of her LL.B. degree from Moi University and admittance to the Bar and Law Society of Kenya in 2009, Ms. Sarapai practiced criminal and civil defense, family law, commercial law and property law, and provided law reform consultancy on projects for the Communications Commission of Kenya, Ministry of Agriculture and Insurance Regulatory Authority. She is a member of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association (KMJA), the Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI) and Youth Member of the Red Cross Society in Kenya.

April 29 – Law Through Global Eyes Lecture: Disaster Relief and the Use of Military Forces in Japan

Hosted by the Asian Law Center and the Visiting Scholars Program

"Shadow over the JSDF's Domestic Disaster Support: Problems Caused by Civil-Military Gaps in Roles and Responsibilities"
Jun Ito, Ph.D. Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University and Visiting Scholar, UW Law

The Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF or SDF) are the "national defense organization" (like a de facto Military Organization) under the current Japanese Constitution, and also have their high-level capabilities and equipment for disaster support. Each year they have dealt with a wide range of natural and man-made disasters. The number of their domestic disaster relief operations has reached over 37,000 (including operations in the age of former organizations of SDF). In addition, SDF, making use of their abilities and experiences, sent troops for international humanitarian assistance into heavy disaster countries or areas (Ex. Sumatra (2004) and Haiti (2010)). Therefore, the SDF’s disaster support is highly valued as one of the most specialties by Japanese people. However, after the "Great East Japan Earthquake" (2011), some specialists and scholars point out that there were some lacks of efficiency and effectiveness in SDF’s disaster relief operations, as well as in the whole Japan disaster management system, in a complex disaster (earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accidents). Dr. Ito will give a detailed explanation about the law and system of SDF’s domestic disaster support, and discuss what problems actually happened in their disaster relief operations. In his discussion, it will be shown that problems or obstacles in operations were caused by gaps between civilians and "defense organization" in roles and responsibilities, rather than just by legal, institutional, and procedural issues.

Dr. Jun Ito is a researcher at Nagoya University’s Center for Asian Legal Exchange (CALE), where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Law. Currently a Visiting Scholar at UW Law, through our partnership with CALE, Dr. Ito is researching the roles and limitations of armed forces in natural disaster management in the United States and Japan.

May 6 – Current Topics in Comparative IP Law: A View from Germany

Hosted by by the Law, Technology & Arts Group, as part of Global IP Week

"Rushing To The Shadows: How Imitators Are Chasing Bavarian SMEs From Patents Towards Trade Secret Protection"
Prof. Dr. Christoph Ann, Technische Universität München, Germany; Visiting Professor, UW Law

Prof. Dr. Christoph Ann is a professor and chair for Corporate and Intellectual Property Law at Munich Technical University. He holds an LLB from FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg, an LL.M. from Duke University, and a Ph.D. from Universitat Bayreuth. Professor Ann has been a visiting professor at La Trobe University (Melbourne), Duke University, Andrassy University (Budapest), and Stetson University. While visiting UW Law in Spring Quarter, Professor Ann teaches an overview of European IP Law & Practice, as part of the IP Innovations course.

May 13 – Transnational Perspectives on Gender Equality in Society

Hosted by the International Law Society, Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Asian Law Center

"Differences and Similarities in the Movement for Gender Equality in Asia, the EU and the U.S."
Elisabeth Smith (2L) and Lauren Guicheteau (3L)

Elizabeth and Lauren traveled in March to Tokyo to represent the University of Washington School of Law at the Waseda Law School’s 2013 Transnational Program on Gender Equality in Society. The Program aimed to further the participants' understanding of gender issues from a global perspective, and culminated in a presentation competition in which each group presented a policy recommendation to promote gender equality in society. Elisabeth Smith’s team, which was selected as the winner of the competition, wrote a model law on paid parental leave and public childcare, while Lauren Guicheteau's team discussed changing the Japanese Koseki system to reduce discrimination against women and LGBTQ individuals.

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