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2016 Journal of International Law Symposium: Societies in Transition

Thursday, October 20, 5:30pm to 7:30pm — Fitts Auditorium

Friday, October 21, 10:00am to 4:00pm — Silverman 245A

University of Pennsylvania Law School

The University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of International Law invites you to this year’s Symposium, titled Societies in Transition. The Symposium will focus on the legal challenges countries face during regime changes, recovery efforts after conflicts, and other transitional events. The Symposium will have panels on: Trade and Investment Challenges, Transitional Justice, Migrants and Refugees, and Recommendations for U.S. Involvement in Transitioning Countries.

Students, alumni, faculty, and community members will come together to critically examine the issues facing transitioning countries. Beyond simply providing a forum for discussing and understanding these timely issues, we want your help in examining the complex issues and brainstorm solutions too. Rather than the traditional lecture style Symposium, this Symposium is encouraging a collaborative effort by fielding questions from our audience and analyzing the issues that matter most to you, our audience.

This program has been approved for 5.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $200.00 ($100.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 • FITTS AUDITORIUM

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM: Welcome / Introduction

Rangita de Silva de Alwis: Associate Dean for International Programs, Penn Law

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM: Investment and Trade Challenges

Rambod Behboodi: Counsellor, World Trade Organization

Zack Sweebe: 3L, Penn Law

Sarah Kramer: 3L, Penn Law

6:45 PM – 7:30 PM: Reception Outside of Fitts Auditorium

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 • SILVERMAN 245A

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Breakfast / Introduction

Jack Tanenbaum: 3L, Penn Law

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Transitional Justice

Stephenie Foster: Senior Advisor and Counselor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

Catherine Newcombe: Regional Director for Eurasia for the Office of Overseas Development, Assistance, and Training at the US Department of Justice

Amanda Nasinyama: LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Migrants and Refugees

Karen Hoffmann: Berks Family Detention Advocate

Caitlin Barrett: 3L, Penn Law

Maria Hera: 3L, Penn Law

Allison Kowalski: 3L, Penn Law

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Latest Developments to the ILO Engagement on Issues Related to Migrants and Refugees

Vinicius Pinheiro: Special Representative, Director at the International Labour Organization Office, United Nations

Caitlin Barrett: 3L, Penn Law

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Recommendations for U.S. Involvement

Roundtable Discussion

4:00 PM: Reception – Great Hall

 

SPEAKER BIOS

Investment and Trade Challenges

Rambod Behboodi: Counsellor at the World Trade Organization

Rambod Behboodi is currently a counsellor at the World Trade Organization in Switzerland. He has previously worked in both private, public and academic sectors including as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University where he specialized in international trade and economic regulation. He has served as General Counsel and Executive Director of the Department of Finance Canada, where he advised on many issues including international trade, money laundering, and international financial institutions. He is also the author of Industrial Subsidies and Friction in World Trade, a book on international trade, and numerous other articles on international law and economic regulation.

 

Transitional Justice

Stephenie Foster: Senior Advisor and Counselor Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues

Stephenie Foster currently serves as a Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State where she is responsible for various regional and functional issues. She previously served at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since 1997, she has participated in numerous international programs in the public and private sectors focused on increasing civic engagement skills, democratic governance, and project management. She has authored two manuals for Vital Voices, and was formerly a litigation partner at Steefel, Levitt & Weiss and a Professorial Lecturer at the Women & Politics Institute at American University.

 

Migrants and Refugees

Karen Hoffmann: Berks Family Detention Advocate

Karen Hoffmann is currently an On-The-Ground Advocate at the Berks Family Detention Center, representing families fleeing violence in Central America. She also serves as a coordinator for the NGO Advocates Abroad, which connects lawyers from around the world with refugees in Greece and Turkey. Before law school, she worked as a freelance journalist in Latin America covering human rights and the environment. She holds a JD from Temple Law and a BA in biology and writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Latest Developments to the ILO Engagement on Issues Related to Migrants and Refugees

Vinicius Pinheiro: Special Representative to the UN and Director at the International Labour Organization Office for the United Nations

Vinicius Pinheiro currently serves as Special Representative to the United Nations and the Director at the International Labour Organization Office for the United Nations where he works to achieve social protection and resolve youth employment and migration issues. He previously served as Executive Secretary of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group where he assisted in the ILO’s adoption of nationally-defined social protection floors. Prior to working with the ILO, Pinheiro served as the National Secretary for Social Security of Brazil where he was responsible for designing and implementing the Brazilian Pension reform, including efforts to increase coverage and strengthen social protections.

The Journal of International Law would like to especially thank Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean for International Programs, for all of her help putting the Symposium together.

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