OUR FIRST YEAR: BUILDING AN INSTITUTE

The decision to establish the Institute for Global Legal Studies was made in the spring of 1999. The 1999-2000 academic year was reserved for planning. During this time the Director and a faculty advisory board of 16 colleagues met periodically to hash out the goals and activities of the Institute. The Director also liaised with other departments of Washington University, other local community organizations involved in international law, and a variety of other international centers and institutes in the United States and overseas.

During the same period, the physical facilities were planned, built, and furnished. Funding was secured, a Charter
Richard Dicker
Richard Dicker, Associate Counsel for Human Rights Watch, speaks to students.
was drafted and approved, and budgets were prepared. Four outstanding individuals were appointed to a new International Council. The inaugural colloquium on the United Nations and Human Rights, to be held November 17-18, 2000, was planned. Preparations began for the first in the series of major international conferences. It will be held on November 1-3, 2001, and the subject is constitutional courts. (See the separate articles on the International Council, the kickoff event, and the constitutional courts conference.)

Although 1999-2000 was reserved for planning, the Institute in October 1999 did co-sponsor a conference on comparative criminal law reform in Istanbul (with Marmara University and other institutions). In March 2000, the Institute hosted a delegation of twelve Turkish law deans, who exchanged ideas with students and faculty on a range of legal education issues. The Institute also brought in a delegation of six German Marshall fellows from six different European countries, including the then director of Hungarian national television news and a member of the French Conseil d’État. We also hosted a delegation of distinguished scholars from the Indian Law Society Law College, including Vaijayanti G. Joshi, the principal of the college; Satyaranjan Purushottam Sathe, the former principal of the college and now the honorary director of the College's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; and Sathya Narayan, the Joint Director of the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies. They discussed judicial activism in India, with particular emphasis on public interest litigation.

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Delegation of Turkish law deans and professors convenes after discussing comparative legal education with students.

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SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt addresses a securities conference at the School of Law.
The School of Law also held two major conferences with significant international components. A March 24 securities regulation conference, featuring SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, contained a segment on the federal regulatory role in a global securities market. One week later, a conference on patent law and policy, featuring the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, contained a segment on international and comparative issues of intellectual property.

A number of interesting standalone speakers also gave presentations at the School of Law this past year, most of them as guests of the Institute.



Professor Thomas Franck of the New York University School of Law spoke on the implementation of international treaties in a federal system. Mary Kay Magistad, National Public Radio's China correspondent, conducted a question-and-answer session with students on international human rights in China. Justice Vojtech Cepl of the Czech Constitutional Court, a former professor at Charles University in Prague, was a scholar in residence for one week. Joined by Professor Emeritus Eric Stein of the University of Michigan, he gave a presentation on "Law and Lawyers in the Transition in Central Europe."

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German Marshall Fellows from six nations discuss legal and political issues with law school faculty and students.
Professor Michael Byers of Duke Law School, former counsel to the NGO interveners in the Pinochet litigation in England, gave two presentations - one on the Pinochet case and the other on customary international law. Giselle Byrnes, an historian at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, spoke on the subject of the Waitangi Tribunal, which adjudicates Maori claims for compensation for land unjustly taken from them at any time since English colonization. Another New Zealander, Professor Roger Clark of Rutgers University at Camden, spoke on the Amistad Case. Peter Mirfield, a Tutor and Fellow in Law at Jesus College, Oxford, discussed an English statute that constricts the accused's right to silence in police stations and in court. Richard Dicker, the associate counsel for Human Rights Watch, spoke on several issues of human rights protection. Victoria Thomas, a British barrister, gave a talk on the protection of children in the United Kingdom. Attorney David Detjen, a distinguished international lawyer and a partner in Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green, discussed negotiation strategies. Paul Saulski, a Fellow at the Taiwan Ministry of Education, spoke on studying and working in Taiwan and the PRC. Kevin O'Malley, of the O'Malley Law Firm, described the work of the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI), with specific reference to the project's work in documenting Kosovar refugee stories for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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Justice Vojtech Cepl of the Czech Constitutional Court meets with students.