The 43rd Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference
Apr
13
12:00 pm12:00

The 43rd Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Conference

  • Columbia Law School

The annual Friedmann Conference will honor Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States, whose keynote address will focus on his recent book The Court and the World. Panel talks will include a discussion on the role of the judiciary in constraining executive foreign policy, and an analysis of potential zones of convergence and divergence of US Law and international norms. 

Faculty Honors Award Reception Honoring Michael Doyle
Mar
29
6:30 pm18:30

Faculty Honors Award Reception Honoring Michael Doyle

  • JG Annex

Join us on Wednesday, March 29, 6:30pm - 9:00pm in JG Annex for our annual Faculty Honors Award Reception Honoring Michael Doyle. 

Michael Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy, which is a three-fold appointment in the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. He is a renowned scholar of global constitutionalism and areas relating to international affairs.

Doyle previously served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. His responsibilities included strategic planning (Millennium Development Goals), outreach to the international corporate sector (the Global Compact), and relations with Washington.

Doyle has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1992 and is the former chair of the Academic Council of the United Nations System. He has also been a senior fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Peace Institute since 1996. In 2001, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2009, to the American Philosophical Society; and in 2012, to the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He served as chair of the board of UNDEF (the UN Democracy Fund) from 2006-2013. On July 15, 2014 the University of Warwick conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his research and publications on Peace Theory.

This event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Charting a Path Towards an International Legal Career
Mar
27
6:30 pm18:30

Charting a Path Towards an International Legal Career

  • Faculty House

Please Join Paul, Weiss, together with the Columbia Society of International Law and the Columbia Business and Law Association, for a panel on Monday, March 27 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Faculty House. Private practice, government, and NGO lawyers will discuss options for building an international legal career.

All Columbia Law students, regardless of class year, are invited to attend, but we do ask that students RSVP to Allison Kobrick at AKobrick@paulweiss.com.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. 

Columbia and NYU Societies of International Law Mixer at Latitude
Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

Columbia and NYU Societies of International Law Mixer at Latitude

  • Latitude Bar and Grill

CSIL and the NYU International Law Society are holding a mixer for their respective members on Thursday March 23 at Latitude Bar & Grill from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  Get to know fellow law school classmates and peer institution counterparts interested in international legal issues over an open bar! We look forward to seeing you there! 

*Open Bar is limited and will be open to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis*

Issues of the Moment in International Law: A Joint Initiative of CSIL and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law
Mar
1
12:10 pm12:10

Issues of the Moment in International Law: A Joint Initiative of CSIL and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

  • Columbia Law School, William and June Warren Hall 417

We are thrilled to announce a new initiative being launched by CSIL, JTL and members of the International and Comparative Law faculty. We will be hosting a bi-weekly lunch series to discuss relevant issues in international law as they develop in the news. Students will then have the option to work with faculty members to publish short articles in JTL’s online companion, the Bulletin.

The United States, Yemen, and the Law
Jan
26
12:10 pm12:10

The United States, Yemen, and the Law

  • JG 102B

Please join CSIL and HRI on Thursday, January 26, 12:10pm - 1:10pm in JG 102B for a discussion with Scott Paul, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor at Oxfam, on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the operational and political challenges facing the humanitarian response, the roles of the United States and the United Nations in the conflict, and the particular legal issues that arise in Mr. Paul's work at Oxfam. We hope to see you there!

International Agreements and the U.S. State Department
Nov
29
12:10 pm12:10

International Agreements and the U.S. State Department

  • Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

Please join CSIL on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in JG 105, 12:10-1:10pm for a lunchtime discussion with Susan Biniaz, who will be speaking on her time at the Department of State, including her work on the Paris Agreement, the International Space Station Agreements, and dealing with Somali piracy. 

Susan Biniaz has been in the legal adviser’s office at the State Department since 1984. She has been the principal lawyer on the climate change negotiations since 1989. Biniaz has worked on legal issues related to the Middle East, diplomatic law, and outer space before turning to oceans, environmental, and scientific affairs, which has remained her specialization. After heading the legal Office for European Affairs, she headed the Oceans, Environment, and Science legal office for many years before becoming a deputy legal adviser. As deputy, she supervised the Treaty Office and issues related to the law of the sea, human rights, the Western Hemisphere, piracy off the coast of Somalia, law enforcement, and private international law.

**A non-pizza lunch will be provided**

This event has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. 

 

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Nov
17
12:10 pm12:10

CSIL Language Exchange Program: Opening Meeting

  • Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104

We are happy to commence the 2016 CSIL Language Exchange program! Through the exchange, students will be grouped and placed in touch with each other based on the language they'd like to practice and their level of fluency: groups will consists of both fluent speakers and students who are interested in practicing and improving that language. 

The first event of the Language Exchange Program will take place Thursday, November 17, at 12:10-1:10pm in JG 104, and will give participants a chance to get to know each other. There will be sandwiches and coffee and the members will split up into their language groups to practice over lunch.

This 2016-2017 CSIL Language Exchange Program event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Brazil & USA: Comparing Corporate Regimes - Arbitration in Corporate Matters
Nov
16
6:30 pm18:30

Brazil & USA: Comparing Corporate Regimes - Arbitration in Corporate Matters

  • Jerome Greene, Room 104

Please join CSIL on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:30 - 8:00 PM in JG 104 for the second lecture in a two-part series comparing the corporate regulatory regimes of Brazil and the United States. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets and the Steven Friedman Fund in Business Law.

Arbitration in Corporate Matters

Laws regarding arbitration of corporate disputes have evolved greatly over the past two decades in both the United States and Brazil. The United States has a long history of using arbitration to solve corporate disputes. Since Brazil’s 1996 arbitration law, arbitration has become the most popular option to resolve complex commercial disputes, such as those related to corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law.  In 2015, the Brazilian congress amended the Brazilian Arbitration Act, seen by some to ease international arbitration processes taking place in Brazil and increase transparency.  How will new developments in corporate arbitration proceedings impact Brazil and the United States?

PRESENTERS:

Nelson Eizirk

Former Commissioner, The Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM); Founding Partner, Carvalhosa e Eizirik Advogados; Professor of Corporate and Securities Law, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) 

Marcelo S. Barbosa

Chairman of the Advisory Board, Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro; Founding Partner, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro; Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Direito, Rio
 

Merritt B. Fox

Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law and the NASDAQ Professor for the Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School (CLS); Co-Director, Center for Law and Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School (CLS)

RSVPhttp://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-program-in-the-law-and-economics-of-capital-markets-11876158221

Refugees & the Right to Wage Earning Employment
Nov
15
12:10 pm12:10

Refugees & the Right to Wage Earning Employment

  • Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102A

Join CSIL and the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR) for a lunchtime panel discussion on the right of refugees to wage earning employment, taking place Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 12:10pm-1:10pm in JG 102A.  

The panel will consist of: 

  • Professor T. Alexander Aleinikoff, who is a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva from 2010-2015, Co-chair of Immigration Task Force for President Obama’s transition team, and, from 1994-1997, General Counsel, and Executive Associate Commissioner for Programs, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Professor Alienkoff is co-author of Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (7th ed. 2011) (with David A. Martin, Hiroshi Motomura, & Maryellen Fullerton) and author of the forthcoming The Arc of Protection, a book focusing on reforming the international refugee regime, among many other publications.
  • Professor Rose Cuison Villazor, who is a Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, and Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California at Davis School of Law. Professor Villiazor is co-editor with Gabriel “Jack” Chin, of the forthcoming Legislating a New America: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and Its Contributions to Law and Society (Cambridge University Press) and author of numerous other publications.
  • Laura Canali, who is Gender Based Violence Regional Advisor for the Middle East at the International Medical Corps, and previously worked at the American Refugee Committee and International Rescue Committee, among others. 
  • Kendall Collins, who is a 3L at Columbia Law School, and whose note on Rethinking the Employment Status of Refugees in the United States is forthcoming in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

*A non-pizza lunch will be served*

We hope to see you there!

This event has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Brazil & USA: Comparing Corporate Regimes - Insider Trading
Nov
14
6:30 pm18:30

Brazil & USA: Comparing Corporate Regimes - Insider Trading

  • Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

Please join CSIL on Monday, November 14, 2016 6:30 - 8:00 PM in JG 105 for the first lecture in a two-part series comparing the corporate regulatory regimes of Brazil and the United States. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets and the Steven Friedman Fund in Business Law.

Insider Trading

Both Brazil and the United States regulate insider trading, however the countries differ greatly on their enforcement patterns.  In Brazil, no one has ever gone to jail for insider trading.  In the United States, 39 people have entered federal prison since 2009, including Mathew Martoma, sentenced to 9 years in federal prison (SAC Capital Advisors), Raj Rajaratnam, sentenced to 11 years in federal prison (Galleon Group), and David Riley, sentenced to 6.5 years in federal prison (Foundry Networks).  Given recent economic turmoil in Brazil, will there be changes in enforcement of insider trading statues?

PRESENTERS:

Nelson Eizirk

Former Commissioner, The Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM); Founding Partner, Carvalhosa e Eizirik Advogados; Professor of Corporate and Securities Law, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) 

Marcelo S. Barbosa

Chairman of the Advisory Board, Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro; Founding Partner, Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro; Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Direito, Rio
 

Merritt B. Fox

Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law and the NASDAQ Professor for the Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School (CLS); Co-Director, Center for Law and Economic Studies and Co-Director of the Program in the Law and Economics of Capital Markets, Columbia Law School (CLS)

RSVPhttp://www.eventbrite.com/o/the-program-in-the-law-and-economics-of-capital-markets-11876158221

1L Summer Jobs Panel
Nov
7
12:10 pm12:10

1L Summer Jobs Panel

  • Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105

Join CSIL for the 1L Summer Jobs Panel, Monday November 7, 12:10pm-1:10pm in JG 105!

The panel will consist of upper year students who will discuss what they did during their 1L summer. Each panelist worked abroad in either the public or private sector, and their jobs had a component of international law. This is a great chance to learn about the various opportunities available during 1L summer, and 1Ls can get a general idea of the application process and its timeline. There will also be an opportunity for questions at the end.

*Roti Roll Lunch will be served*

 

Public Interest Career Symposium: Careers in International/ Human Rights Law
Oct
27
4:30 pm16:30

Public Interest Career Symposium: Careers in International/ Human Rights Law

  • JG 101

Interested in public interest and international law but not sure what "public interest lawyering" means in that context? Join CSIL, SPIN, EWOC and Rightslink for a public interest career symposium focusing on international and human rights law to learn.  Gain insight on the day-to-day work of practitioners in various areas of public international law and human rights law, the reasons practitioners pursue certain areas of practice, and practitioners' likes and dislikes of their current jobs. 

Rule of Law or Lawlessness in Putin’s Russia: How Does a U.S. Lawyer Fit in?
Oct
27
12:10 pm12:10

Rule of Law or Lawlessness in Putin’s Russia: How Does a U.S. Lawyer Fit in?

  • JG 546

Please join CSIL and the Harriman Institute for a talk with Glenn S. Kolleeny (Dentons Moscow) on corporate legal practice in Russia. Kolleeny is a partner resident in Dentons' Moscow office. He also works from the Dentons’ offices in St. Petersburg, Kiev, Baku, Tashkent, Astana and Almaty. Kolleeny coordinates Dentons' cooperation with firms in Tbilisi, Georgia and Minsk, Belarus. He concentrates on advising major foreign investors in their Russian and CIS investments with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, structured trade finance, and commodities’ trading. Currently Kolleeny is handling two of the largest restructurings in Russia.

 

UN Day 2016
Oct
20
6:30 pm18:30

UN Day 2016

In honor of the 71st anniversary of the United Nations, CSIL will convene a panel on the the United Nations and the accountability of international institutions.  The panel will be followed by a reception.

UN & International Affairs Careers for Lawyers
Oct
13
12:10 pm12:10

UN & International Affairs Careers for Lawyers

Join the Columbia Society of International Law for an event featuring Curtis J. Raynold, Former Secretary on the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.  Raynold has spent the majority of his career with the UN and will be speaking about the career opportunities available specifically to individuals with law degrees.  Interested JD and LLM students are encouraged to attend.

 

*non-pizza lunch will be provided*

Chevron's Oil Pollution in Ecuador: Enforcing Foreign Judgments
Sep
20
12:10 pm12:10

Chevron's Oil Pollution in Ecuador: Enforcing Foreign Judgments

Join CSIL for this event featuring two Ecuadorian activists - Carmen Zambrano and Humberto Piaguaje - who have been involved in ongoing litigation against Chevron for oil pollution in Lago Agrio.  The activists' legal team secured a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuadorian courts and has been trying to enforce that judgment abroad since 2011.  The 2nd Circuit came down against enforcement in Chevron Corp. v. Donziger this past year, on the grounds that the Ecuadorian judgment was fraudulently secured.  The activists' legal team is now seeking enforcement in Canada.

International Law Moot Courts Panel, JG104
Sep
16
12:10 pm12:10

International Law Moot Courts Panel, JG104

Join CSIL and representatives from CLS's Jessup, Vis, European Law, ICC, and IHL moot court teams for a lunchtime panel on the international law mooting opportunities available to students.  1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs are invited to attend.

CSIL-CIAA Happy Hour at Bier International
Aug
19
6:30 pm18:30

CSIL-CIAA Happy Hour at Bier International

Incoming 1Ls and LLMs, current CSIL members, and current CIAA members filled Bier International to enjoy drinks and snacks while learning more about the international programming available at Columbia and beyond.

CSIL's UN Tour
Aug
12
3:00 pm15:00

CSIL's UN Tour

Over 50 1Ls and LLMs joined CSIL for its annual group UN Tour.  1Ls and LLMs had the opportunity to ask current CSIL members about international programming at Columbia Law and the benefits of being in CSIL.

CSIL Faculty Honors Award Reception
Apr
20
7:30 pm19:30

CSIL Faculty Honors Award Reception

This past year, CSIL honored Benjamin Hoffman, a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow for the CLS Human Rights Clinic, for his outstanding and invaluable contributions to student education.  Benjamin's work and scholarship focus on the integration of community collaboration and empowerment in transnational human rights advocacy strategies and methodology.