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Special Events

Special Events

front cover of The Education of an Idealist, by Samantha Power
Harvard Law School Library Book Talk: The Education of an Idealist

Samantha Power (Dey Street Books, 2019)

Ambassador Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School.

Ambassador Power will be joined in discussion by:

  • Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
  • William P. Alford, Vice Dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program, and Chair, Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

Monday, September 23
12 p.m.
Milstein East AB, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School
A light lunch will be served

Co-sponsored by International Legal Studies


A talk by Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada

Save the date:
Tuesday, October 29
4 p.m.
Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

Information Sessions

Information Sessions

Semester Abroad in Switzerland

Come meet Jacques de Werra, Professor of Contract Law and Intellectual Property Law at the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, and learn more about studying law for a semester at HLS’ exchange partner schools in Geneva:  the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Tuesday, September 24
12 p.m.
WCC 3016
Lunch will be served


Winter Term Opportunities for 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M.s

HLS offers 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. students the opportunity to spend Winter Term pursuing independent clinicals or research and writing projects, in Cambridge or elsewhere. Many students use Winter Term as a time to explore international, comparative or foreign law, often traveling abroad to do so. Representatives from International Legal Studies, the Graduate Program, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects, and the HLS Registrar’s Office will discuss finding a clinical placement, developing a research and writing proposal, and applying for funding through the Winter Term International Travel Grant Program, as well as registration and deadlines.

Thursday, September 26
12 p.m.
Pound Hall, Room 101
Lunch will be served


Where Can International Legal Studies Take You? An Introduction for 1Ls

In this special session for 1Ls, come learn about the wide range of opportunities to engage with international, foreign and comparative law available during your time at HLS. We’ll discuss how you can build a meaningful and enriching program through courses, seminars and reading groups at HLS; studying abroad for a semester or a joint J.D./LL.M. degree; Winter Term projects and summer work in another country; and more.

Wednesday, October 2
12 p.m.
Pound Hall, Room 102
Lunch will be served


Semester Abroad and the HLS-University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program

Harvard Law School’s Semester Abroad Program offers  HLS J.D. students the opportunity to study law and live in a foreign country while receiving a semester of ungraded credit towards their degree, and the HLS-University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program allows students to spend their 3L year in the UK while earning both a Harvard J.D. and a Cambridge LL.M. in a total of 3.5 years.

Join International Legal Studies staff, and HLS students who have recently studied abroad, to learn more about opportunities, requirements and deadlines.

Tuesday, October 22
12 p.m.
WCC 3016
Lunch will be served


Winter Term International Travel Information Sessions

Health and safety, travel tips, and more.  Attendance is REQUIRED for all HLS students traveling abroad with Harvard funding or for HLS credit, and recommended for all students traveling abroad during Winter Term in January 2020.  This session will be offered twice; students only need to attend once.

Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21
12 p.m.
WCC, Milstein East B

Recent ILS Events

Recent ILS Events

Three recent Chayes International Public Service Fellows spoke about their summer work abroad at a panel discussion on “Establishing and Enforcing Norms.”

Watch the presentation

Dieter Grimm LL.M. ’65, a former justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, and a noted scholar, academic and public intellectual, spoke at HLS on “Courts under Political Pressure.”

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Stephen Gageler AC, LL.M. ’87, a justice of the High Court of Australia, returned to HLS to meet with faculty members, participate in classes, and speak on “Alternative Facts in the Courts.”

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