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.

Spring 2017

Spring quarter events will take place from 12:30-1:20pm in William H. Gates Hall Room 133; Lunch served. All are welcome. No RSVP needed.

Upcoming Events

May 12 (Fri.) – Human Rights in Russia

Russian human rights lawyer Sergey Golubok, Esq., Double Bridge Law

Co-hosted by UW Law and the Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, Jackson School of International Studies.


Sergey Golubok is an attorney based in St. Petersburg, Russia. Before joining Russian Bar Sergei worked at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and with the international human rights non-governmental organisation in London. Dr. Golubok joined the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights as a staff lawyer dealing with primarily Russian cases (2008-2011). In 2011 he worked as a Legal Program Officer with REDRESS Trust in London developing global program on legal assistance for the victims of torture.

Since 2011 Dr. Golubok is a practicing lawyer in Russia. He has been successfully representing parties in criminal, civil, and administrative cases heard before the Russian courts, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court, and before courts in Belarus, European Court of Human Rights, Committee against Torture, and Human Rights Committee. In addition to representing applicants in the proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights, he also acts for the authors of communications lodged against various States (including Russia, Belarus, and Sri Lanka) with the UN human rights treaty bodies, such as the Human Rights Committee and the Committee against Torture, as well as the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council.

Dr. Golubok graduated from the St. Petersburg State University Law School with distinction. He was awarded LL.M. in International Human Rights Law by the University of Essex and Ph.D. in International Law by the St. Petersburg State University. He is a member of editorial board of Zakon law journal, a member of the Methodological Commission at the Board of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, an arbitrator with the Arbitration Court of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. Dr. Golubok writes extensively on topical issues of international human rights law and international criminal law in both English and Russian. He comments on legal issues of public significance for leading Russian periodicals and TV channels.

May 15 – Fighting Corruption around the World - Perspectives from Uganda and Ukraine

Sofiia Kovach & Fiona Okot
TRACE Fellows and LL.M. Candidates, Sustainable International Development Program, UW Law


Sofiia Kovach, born and raised in western Ukraine, holds a Master’s of Law degree from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and has successfully completed a law program in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Vienna. Her main sphere of expertise is anti-corruption practices in the public and business sectors. Prior to beginning the LL.M program, she served as a Capacity Building Expert at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine. At UNDP, a major part of her portfolio was providing capacity building and legal expertise to newly created anti-corruption institutions including the National Agency on Corruption Prevention (NACP) that is in charge of conflict of interest rules implementation, public officials’ asset declarations verification, political party funding, and Ukraine’s overall anti-corruption policy. Prior to joining the United Nations Development Program, Sofia worked as a litigation attorney for Transparency International Ukraine, which has filed suit against the Ukrainian Government for non-compliance with the new NACP. She has also worked for a private law firm that specializes in commercial law, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and anti-corruption compliance. Sofia is committed to returning to Ukraine and contributing the knowledge she gains at the University of Washington School of Law to combating and prevention of corruption and thus enhancing integrity and transparency in Ukraine.

Fiona Okot is a Ugandan born lawyer, currently working as a Senior Inspectorate Officer in the Inspectorate of Government (IG) in Uganda. She has eight years of experience in Ombudsman Work, Anti- Corruption work, Project Monitoring and Inspection of World Bank Funded Projects run by the Government of Uganda. As Senior Inspectorate Officer, Fiona has been involved in investigating and reporting on complaints addressed to the IG in Ombudsman capacity, as well as routine monitoring and inspections of various projects aimed at preventing the abuse or misuse of public funds. Fiona has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Makerere University, Uganda. Fiona has extensive pro bono experience in the area of access to justice for vulnerable persons and communities. She has been involved in para-legal training with the NGO Global Rights- Partners for Justice and worked to empower community trainers in areas of local governance, civic education, land disputes and domestic violence. Access to justice for the vulnerable populations is a personal issue for Fiona because she hails from the northern part of Uganda, which for a significant part of her formative years was affected by war and conflict. The hardships that affected Fiona’s people have to a great extent shaped her passion for good governance.

"Towards a Corruption Free Uganda- Evaluating Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Agency: Challenges and Prospects"
Uganda is a land locked country in East Africa that has unfortunately become famous for having one of the longest service Presidents despite periodically held elections every five years. This, coupled with almost 20 years of armed conflict in the Northern part of Uganda (1986-2006) that contribute to the high levels of poverty, are the largest contributors to the high level of corruption that is a prominent problem in the public and political discourse of Uganda today. As a public officer, having worked for over 8 years with the National Anti-Corruption Agency of Uganda, this presentation will take stock of the efforts being made by the Agency in Uganda, the challenges it faces and what lies ahead if Uganda is to adequately tackle the problem of corruption.

"Why Public Officials Have to Disclose Their Assets and Potential Conflict of Interests: Ukraine’s Example"
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe that gained its independence only twenty-five years ago. While fighting Russian troops in the East, Ukraine also tries to win another battle – against corruption. During the presentation I will try to explain how transparent disclosure of public officials’ assets plays a crucial role in both prevention and investigation of corruption crimes, what countries have the best examples of asset disclosure requirements, and what circumstances public officials face for non-disclosure of their assets and acting in spite of conflict of interests.


Prior Events

April 3 – Dr. Andy David, The Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, on Technological Innovations and Entrepreneurship in Israel

UW Law is honored to host Dr. Andy David, Israel's Consul General to the Pacific Northwest

Dr. Andy David began his appointment as Israel's Consul General to the Pacific Northwest in August 2012. In his last position he served as a policy advisor to the Foreign Minister.

Since initiating his diplomatic career in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1998, he has held domestic positions including: Central Asian Countries Coordinator, the Euro-Asia Department, (1999); Political Counselor and head of the Euro-Asia section in Israel's Agency for International Cooperation (2002-2004), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Deputy Spokesman (2008-2011). His overseas appointments include the positions of Deputy Head of Mission in Azerbaijan (1999 - 2001); Deputy Head of Mission in Hong-Kong (2001-2002), and Deputy Consul General in Chicago and the Midwest (2004-2008).

Dr. David has lectured at many universities in Israel and the US, and pioneered a new cooperation initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the field of Homeland Security together with different agencies at the federal, state and local levels in the US.

Dr. David was born in Romania and immigrated at the age of two with his family to Israel. He earned three degrees at Jerusalem's Hebrew University: Doctor of Dental Medicine; Master of Science; and Bachelor of Medical Science, graduating magna cum laude. He then went on to lecture, instruct, research and practice for the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University and was also a Medical Advisor for DENX Medical Device Company in Israel. Dr. David spent three years in the Israel Air Force and at RAFAEL, the Ministry of Defense's Armament Development Authority. He is a graduate of the Executive Combating Terrorism program at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

April 10 – Judge Marco A. Hernandez, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

UW Law welcomes back the honorable Marco A. Hernandez (JD '86) to discuss his unpredictable path to the bench and about working over the years and as a judge at the intersection of the local and the global.

Marco Antonio Hernandez is a United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. A native of Arizona, he previously served as a Circuit Court judge in Washington County from 1995 until 2011, including as presiding judge for three years. He was nominated for a federal judgeship under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, and confirmed as judge in February 2011.

Hernandez moved to Oregon alone at the age of 17, supporting himself as a dishwasher, janitor and teacher’s aide while attending night classes at a local community college. He transferred to Western Oregon State College where he was awarded the Delmer Dewey Award as the most outstanding male student in his class. After graduating from the University of Washington School of Law (JD ’86), Hernandez worked for Oregon Legal Services representing farm workers before becoming a deputy District Attorney and state court judge. He has served on the state bench for 15 years.

April 17 – Youth Justice and Indigenous Communities in Australia

"Top End Injustices - a Snapshot of Indigenous Youth Justice in the Northern Territory of Australia"
Franky Bain, LL.M. Candidate, Sustainable International Development Program, UW Law


Please join UW Law and Ms. Franky Bain for a comparative look at youth justice and indigenous communities in the rural Northern Territory of Australia.

The Northern Territory (NT) is a very large, yet sparsely populated territory of Australia. With less than 250 000 people spread across more than 500 000 square miles, and a sizable proportion of the population living in remote communities, the justice system has some distinct features. Despite being only about 30% of the NT population, indigenous people account for over 80% of the adult prison population in the NT and over 90% of the youth detention population. This presentation will look at the Northern Territory youth justice system, as experienced by indigenous children and their representatives, including a discussion of the currently ongoing Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

Franky Bain is a criminal defense lawyer practicing for the past 4 years at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. She represented indigenous people charged with criminal offences in the NT Local and Supreme Courts as well as remote bush courts. Franky predominantly represented children, many of whom are in the care of the state. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Queensland and is enrolled in the Indigenous Rights concentration track of the Sustainable International Development LLM program. Franky hopes to utilize the degree to create better access to justice for indigenous youth.


April 24 – Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Washington Supreme Court, on Women in American Courts

"A Justice's Persepective on Women in American Coutrs: A Joyride through American Judicial History"
The Hon. Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Justice, Washington Supreme Court


Justice Gordon McCloud began her service on the Washington Supreme Court in January, 2013. She brought with her a wealth of appellate experience; she handled hundreds of cases before that Court and other appellate courts, including the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Her expertise, especially in appeals, was recognized by her peers; they have awarded her the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, for "extraordinary courage" in the practice of law. She is an invited member of the American Association of Appellate Lawyers and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, both of which limit membership to the most accomplished appellate lawyers.

In addition, she was an adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law, teaching classes on a variety of topics including appellate advocacy. She has also taught practicing lawyers and published articles on appellate advocacy, criminal defense, constitutional law, and post-conviction work.

She serves as vice-chair of the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission, as a member of the Supreme Court's Rules Committee, and as the liaison to the Supreme Court's Pattern Instructions Committee (on which she previously served as a lawyer-member). As a Justice, she speaks regularly at legal and community events throughout the state on topics ranging from ethics to indigent defense.

Justice Gordon McCloud graduated in the top two percent of her class from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1984. She clerked for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Warren Ferguson before beginning her practice. She has worked for a large law firm, for The Defender Association, and then in her own small firm since 1990.


May 1 – Human Trafficking

"Fighting Human Trafficking - A Local Response to a Global Problem"
Farshad M. Talebi, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General’s Office


ILO and the U.S. State Department estimate that there are at least 20.9 million adults and children who are victims of forced labor, bonded labor, and commercial sexual servitude at any given time. No state or country is free from human trafficking, including Washington. The commercial sexual exploitation of women, girls and boys throughout WA is extensive. There are also known cases of labor trafficking in WA. Mr. Talebi will discuss key efforts in Washington State to fight international and domestic human trafficking.

Farshad Talebi leads the newly created Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Unit in the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, which is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to prosecuting and preventing sex and labor trafficking through law enforcement and policy development. His experience includes drafting human trafficking legislation and legislative reports and developing policy work through the coordination of Washington State anti-trafficking efforts between law enforcement, prosecutors, state and federal agencies, and community based organization. He serves as the Convening Chair of the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Statewide Coordinating Committee, as Chair of the Coordination Committee, Washington State Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons, and as AGO Representative to the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WashACT).

As Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Talebi also handled the civil commitment of Sexual Violent Predators. Prior to joining the AGO, he served for six years as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, where he specialized in human trafficking and gang related cases, but also prosecuted a wide array of cases including violent crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, white collar crimes, and felony drug crimes. Mr. Talebi prosecuted some of Washington State’s first and highest profile human trafficking cases.



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