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Events: International, Comparative and Foreign Law

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Events at HLS

What Do Users Expect from Arbitration?
A talk with Professor Diego P. Fernández Arroyo, Sciences Po Law School
Friday, February 26 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association

Towards a Legal Framework for Smart Robots, Smart Homes and Smart Cities of the Future: Cybersecurity & Privacy Perspectives
A talk with Dr. Raj Sachdev, Maastricht University Faculty of Law
Friday, February 26 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology

Racial and Intersectional Critiques of National Security Law
See the link above for topics and speakers for each session
Daily, Monday, March 1 – Thursday, March 4 at 12 p.m. and Friday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard National Security Journal and the Lieber Institute at West Point

COVID-19 and the Law: The Impact of Social Disparities on Responses to COVID-19
A discussion with Ryan Knox, Senior Research Fellow, Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School; Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, Berkeley Law; Joelle Grogan,
Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University London; Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School; and Tess E. Wise, Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Amherst College
Wednesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics

Digital Witnesses: The Power of Looking
A discussion with Hannane Ferdjani, Nana Mgbechikwere Nwachukwu, and Dr. Allissa Richardson
Wednesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Fireside Chat with Dr. Anton Petrov
Wednesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Book talk:  Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf
A talk with the author, Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies
Wednesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World, the Human Rights , and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Book Talk:  The Peacemaker’s Code – Lessons on Diplomacy, Negotiation, and Strategy
A discussion with author Deepak Malhotra, Professor, Harvard Business School, and Max H. Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Friday, March 5 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Program on Negotiation

Fireside Chat with Dr. Laura Íñigo Álvarez
Thursday, March 11
at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Around the University

Use and Abuse of Thailand’s Lèse-Majesté Law: The Peculiarity of Thai Democracy
A discussion with Chiranuch Premchaiporn; Committee Member, Foundation for Community Educational Media, Thailand,  Co-founder, Prachatai, and Coordinator, Constitution Advocacy Alliance; Malavika Reddy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (moderator); and Jay Rosengard, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center

Global Food+ 2021: 40 Speed Talks at the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health, and Society
Researchers at Boston University, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts will present their recent research findings
See the program website for each session’s speakers and their topics
Friday, February 26 at 3 p.m. | Online; register here
Friday, March 5 at 1 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Democratic Resilience Against Political Violence
A conversation with Brazilian Congresswoman Talíria Petrone and Steven Levitsky, David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, Harvard University (moderator)
Presented in Portuguese with simultaneous English translation
Friday, February 26 at 4 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

The World is Watching: Activists and Academics on the Uyghur Genocide
A discussion with Rushan Abbas and Kamaltürk Yalqun, Uyghur activists, and Darren Byler and Rian Thum, academic experts on the Uyghur genocide
Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Harvard Human Rights Working Group

Civil Society and the State of Democracy in Nigeria
A talk with Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa
Monday, March 1 at 12 p.m. | Online; via Zoom
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the UMass Boston Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development

The Return of the Military?
A discussion with Wendy Hunter, Professor of Government, UT-Austin; Diego Vega, Ph.D. Candidate in Government, UT-Austin; John Polga-Hecimovich, Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, U.S. Naval Academy; Kristina Mani, Associate Professor of Politics, Oberlin College and Conservatory; David Pion-Berlin, Professor of Political Science, University of California Riverside; and Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University
Tuesday, March 2 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Post-conflict Participation: Civil-society Democratic Reactivation in Colombia
A talk with Jamie Shenk, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford
Tuesday, March 2 at 12 p.m. | Online; see the event link for information on how to attend
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Cold War Broadcasting and Its Lessons for Countering Russia’s Disinformation under Putin
A discussion with A. Ross Johnson, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Sarah Ann Oates, Professor and Senior Scholar, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland – College Park; Anna Mazurkiewicz, Associate Professor of History, University of Gdańsk; Mark Kramer, Program Director, Cold War Studies Program, Davis Center; and Jane Curry, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Santa Clara University
Tuesday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. | Livestreamed on YouTube; register here for instructions on accessing the livestream
Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Bangladesh at 50: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Visit the conference web site for speakers and agendas
Wednesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 4, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute

Human Rights and the Military Coup in Myanmar
A discussion with Matthew Smith, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fortify Rights; Thinzar Shunlei Yi, Myanmar Human Rights Defender; Wai Nu, founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network and founder, Yangon Youth Leadership Center; and Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (moderator)
Wednesday, March 3 at 10 a.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Entry and Exit: How Membership in International Organizations Transforms International Cooperation
A talk with Christina L. Davis, Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Harvard University, and 2020-2021 Fellow, Radcliffe Institute
Wednesday, March 3 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Critical Issues Confronting China:  China’s Corrupt Meritocracy
A discussion with Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
Wednesday, March 3 at 12:30 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Between the White Lines: A Trans-Atlantic Discussion of Racism, Class and Sports
A discussion with Michael Bennett, Retired defensive end, New England Patriots, and author, Things that Make White People Uncomfortable; Lilian Thuram, retired football/soccer defender; Founder, Lilian Thuram Foundation, and author, La Pensée blanche; Elsa Dorlin, Professor of Political and Social Philosophy, Vincennes/St. Denis Paris 8 University; Yasser Munif, Associate Professor, Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies, Emerson College (moderator); and Maria Guramare, Harvard Women’s Basketball ’21 (translator for Lilian Thuram)
Thursday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; the Harvard Association of Black Varsity Athletes; the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; and the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities, Simmons University

The Dragon, the Eagle, and the Private Sector: Public-Private Collaboration in China and the United States
A discussion with Richard Zeckhauser, Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School; Jack Donahue, Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Karen Eggleston, senior fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; and Professor Yijia Jing, Fudan University
Friday, March 5 at 7 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

A Celebration of International Women’s Day with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
A discussion with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Melani Cammett, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University
Monday, March 8 at 10 a.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Institute of Politics, the Center for International Development, the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, and the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

International Women’s Day:  A Conversation on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
A discussion with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Senior Adjunct Professor of Law and Global Leadership and Associate Dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Monday, March 8 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School

The Carlos Ghosn Controversy and Japanese Corporate Governance
A talk with Curtis Milhaupt, William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law, and Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi Professor of Japanese Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; and Christina Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Professor of Government, and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Monday, March 8 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

International Women’s Day:  The Future of Diplomacy is Female
A conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Menat Bahnasy AB 2022, Institute of Politics Student President, and Aoibheann Thinnes MPP 2021, Co-chair of Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development
Monday, March 8 at 6 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Institute of Politics and the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Challenges to Social Welfare Provision During and After COVID-19
A discussion with Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, Tulane University; Jennifer Pribble, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Richmond; Merike Blofield, Director, GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies & Professor of Political Science, University of Hamburg; and Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University
Tuesday, March 9 at 12:00 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Globalization and the Pandemic: Reflections on Their Reciprocal Impact
A discussion with Suzanne Berger, John M. Deutch Institute Professor, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rafael Bivar de Marquese, Professor of History, Department of History, University of São Paulo, Brazil; Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy,  Harvard Kennedy School; and Charles S. Maier, Chair, Weatherhead Research Cluster on Global Transformations and Leverett Saltonstall Research Professor of History, Harvard University
Wednesday, March 10 at 12:00 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

The Honesty Agenda: Effective Assistance, Women’s Empowerment, and the SDGs in a Post-Covid World
A discussion with Alix Peterson Zwane, Chief Executive Officer, Global Innovation Fund
Friday, March 12 at 12 p.m. | Online; register here
Sponsored by the Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Deadlines and Announcements

  • Students interested in applying for the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the Court of Justice of the European Union for fall 2021 and spring 2022 should submit a CV/resume and statement of interest to International Legal Studies by Monday, March 15.
  • Registration is now open for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL), to be held online on March 24-27, 2021. All students may register for free, but members can also attend professional development and mentoring sessions during the conference.  HLS students, faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on ASIL membership. See our ASIL Opportunities page for more information.
  • Want to connect with a fellow student to learn more about how to approach international opportunities at HLS?  Contact an ILS Peer Advisor: you can ask a question via email or even set up a Zoom chat to learn more about their experiences.  Meet the ILS Peer Advisors here (HarvardKey required).

View an archive of past events at HLS