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GW LAW BRIEFS: International Update

“Emerging India: Rights and Responsibilities”

A March conference hosted by the India Project, brought legal luminaries from India to GW Law to present addresses that were then analyzed and discussed by international law experts. The three topics were “Human Rights and the Environment in India;” “India and International Arbitration;” and “India’s Constitution and Individual Rights: Diverse Perspectives.” To view photos from the entire conference, visit

Indian Supreme Court Advocate F.S. Nariman, Dean Frederick M. Lawrence, and Hon. Ronen Sen, ambassador of India to the United States (right) Abhishek Manu Singhvi, member of India’s Parliament and senior advocate, Supreme Court of India, with Dean Frederick M. Lawrence

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Indian Member of Parliament Ram Jethmalani (center, beside Dean Frederick M. Lawrence) spoke about the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement at an Enrichment Lecture on Sept. 17.

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“Against Cosmopolitanism? The Question of Human Rights in Rawls’ Law of Peoples”

Professors Sean Murphy and Dinah Shelton speak with professor Peter Danchin (far left) of the University of Maryland Law School after Danchin delivered a talk for the International and Comparative Law Colloquium series at GW Law on March 9.

ASIL Annual Meeting: “International Law as Law”

Luke Wilson, JD ’09, with professor Ralph Steinhardt, International Court of Justice President Hisashi Owada, and ICJ Judge Thomas Buergenthal before they present the closing event, “Plenary Session: International Law as Law at the International Court of Justice,” during the annual ASIL meeting in Washington, D.C., in March. ICJ Judge Bruno Simma and ASIL President Lucy Reed, partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, were also part of the GW Law co-sponsored panel.

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GW Law students, alumni, and staff members join Imran Khan (center) for a photo before his speech.

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“Containing the Militancy in Northern Pakistan”

World-renowned cricketer and Pakistani politician Imran Khan visited GW Law in June to discuss his proposals for engaging militant movements in dialogue rather than armed confrontation, arguing that it is the only method that will help curb the increasing violence in northern Pakistan. Khan heads the Pakistani Movement for Justice party and served in Parliament from 2002-07. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Institute on Religion & Public Policy and the ABA Section of International Law.

Italian Justice Delivers Enrichment Lecture

Associate Dean Susan Karamanian, professor Francesca Bignami, Italian Constitutional Court Justice Sabino Cassese, and Dean Frederick M. Lawrence gather before Cassese’s lecture, “Is There a Global Administrative Law?” in April. Cassese also spoke a few days later to Bignami’s Comparative Law Seminar and Law of the European Union classes. Professor Bignami hosted at least one speaker per month for her Global Law Workshop Series, opening up the lectures to anyone who wanted to attend.

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“Judicial Interpretations in the Chinese Legal System”

Chinese criminal defense lawyer Chen Zerui discusses judicial interpretations of China’s Supreme People’s Court while professor Donald Clarke translates. The East Asia Law Society hosted the event in February and billed it as the ultimate insider’s view on practicing law in China.