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 2017

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 Events

Feb. 27 – Anti-Bribery Efforts Around the World: Where We Are Gaining—and Losing—Ground

UW Law is honored to welcome Alexandra Wrage, president and founder of TRACE.

Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC. Ms. Wrage has written several compliance guidebooks and is a guest blogger for Forbes. She speaks frequently on topics of transparency and good governance and the hidden costs of corruption.

Ms. Wrage is a former member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee. She served on the 2015 and 2017 B20 Taskforces on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to G20 leaders for consideration in their global economic policies. She has held numerous ABA committee positions and has participated in anti-bribery working groups with the OECD and UN Global Compact.

Ms. Wrage was named one of the 2016 "Maryland’s Top 100 Women" by The Daily Record, one of the "Canadians Changing the World" by the Toronto Globe & Mail and received the 2014 Women in Compliance "Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry." Prior to founding TRACE, Ms. Wrage was international counsel at Northrop Grumman. Ms. Wrage, a Canadian-American, studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University.


Rescheduled for Spring – 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.


Prior Events

Jan. 23 – John Cabeca, Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley

UW Law is honored to host Mr. John Cabeca, Director of the West Coast USPTO in Silicon Valley, to discuss USPTO’s global initiatives and programs.

As the Regional Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office, John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for establishing and leading the USPTO's west coast regional office located in Silicon Valley.

A veteran of the USTPO for over 26 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO's outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Over the years, he served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative's Office. At USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.


Jan. 30 – FIFA, Politics and Power

"FIFA as an International Power"
Salomé Stähli, LL.M. Candidate, Sustainable International Development Program, UW Law


Please join us for an inside look with Ms. Salomé Stähli at the governance and regulatory role of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and to examine the broader role and power that such international non-governmental bodies yield.

No other sports game unites the world like soccer. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is a non-governmental association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. The founders created the first FIFA statutes in order to unify the laws of the game and to set the foundation for all future soccer development. It has since developed to yield quite a significant power in international governance, advancing development and sustainability goals as part of its mission. Ms. Stähli will discuss FIFA's structure, governance and her work as a legal counsel, especially in the development department and the corporate social responsibility department.

Salomé Stähli is a candidate for an LL.M. Degree in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School of Law. She comes from Zurich, Switzerland, where she obtained her Master of Law degree at the University of Zurich in 2010. Prior to joining UW, She was a legal counsel for four years in the Corporate Legal Department at FIFA, the world governing body for soccer, where she mainly worked for the development of soccer in Africa, Asia and Oceania. Prior to that, she interned at W.G.Z., an international law firm in Lyon, France. She is passionate about environmental protection and is a volunteer group leader for an NGO dedicated to the preservation of forests in Switzerland.


Feb. 13 – A Spotlight on Culture and Politics in Gambia

"Culture and Politics in Gambia - From Efforts to Stop Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to the Current Political Turmoil"
Isatou Jallow, LL.M. Candidate, Sustainable International Development Program, UW Law


We are honored to welcome back Ms. Isatou Jallow to share her story and how she got into FGM activism, as well discuss the new FGM law that was adopted in Gambia in 2015. Ms. Jallow will also address briefly the current political situation in Gambia.

Isatou Jallow was born and raised in Gambia, West Africa. She moved to Seattle in 2012 as an asylee. She has a degree in Law and Political Science from Universite Mohamed V in Morocco, where she lived for five years prior to moving to the U.S. Isatou is an advocate for women’s rights and speaks openly about her beliefs. She dreams of and advocates for the complete eradication of the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). She was able to save her sister and cousin from FGM, and today FGM is no longer practiced in her family. Isatou works to convince immigrants living in the U.S. not to send their daughters home for FGM. Isatou has taken a position as a Commissioner on the City of Seattle’s Immigrant and Refugee Commission. She has delivered presentations about FGM and refugee access to health care at the invitation of UW Law, the UW School of Global Health, Seattle University School of Law, Somali Maternity Services, HealthRight International, Harborview Medical Center, and the Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project. Isatou has volunteered at Harborview, United Way of King County, Everything’s Possible, and the University of Washington Refugee Pipeline Project.

As an ancient cultural practice, FGM remains prevalent in some sub Saharan African countries and the Middle East. For example, 74.6% of women in Gambia alone have gone through FGM. In December 2015, the Gambian legislature committed to stopping this practice by passing a ban on FGM. While this ban may be reason for optimism, Gambia must recognize that a law alone is not enough to eradicate this practice; there is still potential for failure in the implementation of the law, as can be seen in countries that have attempted to ban FGM, but have struggled to prevent the continuation of illicit and underground practices of FGM. Ms. Jallow argues that Gambia’s enforcement approach should emphasize education and sensitize people about why FGM must cease, including the long and short-term detrimental effects on the female body and emotional well-being. These efforts must also acknowledge the religious and cultural history of the practice. Further, she recommends that the legal system use incarceration and fines as last resort or a last step in the enforcement process.


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