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
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.)
|Richard Dicker, Associate Counsel for Human Rights Watch, speaks to students.
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.
|Delegation of Turkish law deans and professors convenes after discussing comparative legal education with students.
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.
|SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt addresses a securities conference at the School of Law.
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."
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.
|German Marshall Fellows from six nations discuss legal and political issues with law school faculty and students.
|Justice Vojtech Cepl of the Czech Constitutional Court meets with students.