Institute for International Law and Public Policy

Institute Past Events
2002 - 2003


Distinguished Scholars-in-Residence

"Rediscovering International Law After September 11"

Professor Richard Falk, former Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Princeton University; Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara.

"The World Trading System: In Dire Need of Reform"

Dr. Sylvia Ostry, Distinguished Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto

"The United Nations and International Law in the Age of the Mega Power"

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and forner ad hoc judge, International Court of Justice

"The Role of Small States"

His Excellency Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Judge, International Criminal Court and former Samoan Ambassador to the United States; Chair, Alliance of Small Island States

"Justice Without Borders: Can the ICC Take Tyrants to Task?"

Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations


Current Developments in International Relations
"Legal Responses to Terrorism"

"Justice Without Borders: Can the ICC Take Tyrants to Task?"

A lively panel discussion, involving Ambassador and Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, President of the Assembly of States Party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, U.S. Department of State; and Professor Roger Clark, Board of Governors Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law (Camden), and Delegate from Western Samoa to the ICC negotiations, revealed widely divergent views on the promise and perils of the new International Criminal Court. The panel was moderated by Jerome Shestack, Wolf Block, Shorr and Solis-Cohen, and former President of the American Bar Association.

"What's New About Globalization?: Of Law and Territoriality"

Globalization is one of the most-discussed, but poorly-understood, phenomena of our times. Through a comparison of old and new constitutional law cases, Kal Raustiala, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University and Professor at UCLA Law School, addressed whether and how globalization affects the links between law and territory.

"The Politics of WTO Complainant Activities"

The WTO's Dispute Settlement system is among the most powerful in all of international law. But when and how do states decide to use this system, and when do they pursue trade disputes elsewhere? Professor Saadia M. Pekkanen, a political scientist at Middlebury College, presented a controversial thesis regarding the politics of initiating cases at the WTO.

"Negotiating Regional Bio-Issues in the Himalaya Region"

Judge Ananda M. Bhattarai, a Nepali judge and formerly Deputy Registrar at the Supreme Court of Nepal, discussed efforts to promote sustainable development in the Himalayan region. The talk focused, in particular, on the challenges of developing a Southern Asia regional approach on access and benefit sharing of biological resources.

"How the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime Works and Doesn't Work"

The arms inspection process in Iraq raises concerns at the top of the international legal and political agenda. Faculty and students discussed these issues with attorney Larry Johnson, who served as Legal Advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1997-2001 and as Principal Legal Officer, United Nations Office of Legal Counsel from 1987 to 1997.

"Aspects of the Law on the Use of Force: The View from 'Old Europe'"

The United Nations debate over the use of force in Iraq prompted a deep split between the United States and several of its traditional allies in Europe. What caused traditionally friendly nations to view international law and international relations so differently? Professor Marc Weller, Director of the European Center for Minority Issues and formerly Assistant Director of the Center of International Studies, University of Cambridge, outlined ways that "old Europe" understands international legal norms governing the use of force, and the larger institutional and normative issues at stake in the debate between the US and "old Europe."

The Following Lectures Build Upon our 2001-2002 Responses to Terrorism Series

"Reflections on Justice after September 11"

Justice in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, is not necessarily the same as it was before that date. To mark the one year anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the Institute hosted a community-wide discussion of the meaning of 'justice' from the perspective of those in the legal community who have been called upon to reevaluate, redefine, or reformulate their views. This participatory event, involved the entire law school community, combined moments of reflection with active discussion of our continued role in society.

"Civil Liberties and Justice"

Our country is built on certain fundamental freedoms guaranteed to its citizens by the Bill of Rights. Do the current responses to the events of September 11 result in an abridgement of those rights? And if so, is such an abridgement justified by the need to protect ourselves against terrorism? How can the U.S. government best balance between the sometimes conflicting demands of national security and civil liberties? Debating this issue: Dean Robert Reinstein, Professor David Kairys and Professor Jan Ting

"War with Iraq"

Will we or won't we? Should we or shouldn't we? How should or could it be done? Is it legal? Temple Law School Professors Rafael Porrata-Doria, Mark Rahdert and Henry Richardson discussed the international and domestic legal issues raised by the use of force against Iraq, including the President's authority to wage war without Congressional authorization; the legality of "pre-emptive" strikes on Iraq under domestic and international law, and the strategic, logistical, and military issues raised by the use of force.


Transnational Law Luncheons

"International Tribunals: Their Use and Limits"

Drawing on his experience as a Judge on the International Court of Justice, as a participant in international arbitrations, and a political leader, Sir Geoffrey Palmer discussed the strengths and limitations of international tribunals as a mechanism for international dispute resolution.

"Are Americans Really Overworked? European Social Policy and Why Employment Laws Matter"

Are there different forms of capitalism? What is the relationship between social policy and economic growth? Dean Irene Lynch Fannon, the University College Cork in Ireland presented an overview of European approaches to social policy and employment law, and discussed the strengths and drawbacks of contrasting U.S. approaches to these issues.

"Hegemony and International Law in the Era of Globalization: Is a General Theory Possible?"

Professor Achilles Skordas, an Institute Visiting Scholar and Professor at the University of Athens, discussed the challenges posed to international law, and any legal system, by the existence of a single power that may be able to evade the strictures of the law. This timely discussion focused on the issues raised by U.S. threats to wage war in Iraq.

"The International Lawyer as Scholar and Activist"

Professor Richard Falk presented a scholarly review of the long-standing debates over the relationships between scholarship and politics, teaching and advocacy, and the politics of the classroom. He then discussed how his views of these issues had been informed by his active engagement in many of the most important legal issues of out time, including debates of the legality of Vietnam and the legality of the use or threat to use nuclear weapons.

"Views from a UN Diplomat"

H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations, presented an off-the-record series of observations on many of the most pressing issues facing the international community, including the appropriate role of the United Nations in light of the rising tensions between the United States and Iraq, and the Middle East peace process.


Faculty Colloquia

"From Law Professor to Prime Minister to Practitioner. . ."

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice, discussed the personal motivations and political developments that drove his remarkable career in domestic and international politics, as well as the promise and difficulties of practicing international law at a private law firm.

"Present at the Creation: The Making of the International Criminal Court"

Judge T. Neroni Slade, an Institute Distinguished Diplomat-in-Residence and recently elected Judge on the International Criminal Court, discussed the challenges presented by the creation of a new international tribunal, as well as the appropriate role of judges in the resolution of politicized international disputes.

"Legal Framework for Assignment of Taxing Authority in the US and Nigeria"

Professor Abiola Sanni Olaitan, an Institute Visiting Research Fellow, presented a comparative study of the distribution of taxing authority among federal and local officials in Nigeria and the United States, and demonstrated the central importance of the ability to tax to legal and political reform in Nigeria.

"Can Licenses Create A Property Right?: The Legal Issues Raised by UCITA"

Professor Gao Fuping, an Institute Visiting Scholar, discussed the doctrinal and practical issues raised by the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, and the foundational questions of property law lurking in this seemingly technical statute.

"The Changing Human Rights Agenda"

Professor Richard Falk, an Institute Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, presented an overview of the shifts in human rights issues and discourse over the last decade, and contemplated the world wide implications of these trajectories.

"Comparative Class Actions"

Does the U.S. Class action system need to be reformed? Should other countries adopt similar procedural devices? Professor Antonio Gidi, an Institute Visiting Scholar and one of the world's leading experts in comparative civil procedure, discusses the desirability of creating class action vehicles in Latin American and other civil law jurisdictions.


Brown Bag Series

"Merging Disparate Legal Systems in Fashioning a New Legal Order: Lessons to be Learned from Africa"

Professor A. Kodzo Paaku Kludze, former Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law Camden, and newly appointed judge to the Ghana Supreme Court discussed the challenges facing many African countries such as Ghana in trying to merge their tribal justice systems with European style sytems of justice.

"International Legal Practice: Perspectives from Beijing"

What is it like to practice law abroad? What do international lawyers do all day? Tarry Mahoney, an attorney at Freshfields, Beijing and Professor in Temple's China Program, outlined the rewards and frustrations of practicing international law for a global law firm.

"Reflections on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda"

Temple Law Professor and Associate Dean JoAnne Epps discussed her recent trip to Tanzania to train prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with Temple faculty.

"Lawyering in the Fallout of Sept. 11"

A panel discussion with Professors Nancy Morawetz (NYU School of Law), Sameer Ashar (University of Maryland School of Law), and Gemma Solimene (Fordham Law School) addressed the challenges in working with clients directly impacted by September 11th and its legal aftermath, including attorneys in immigration, community-based and pro bono practices. Joe Hohenstein, attorney at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, served as moderator.

"Recent Developments in Australian Labour Law and Policy"

John Howe, Lecturer in Law at the Faculty of Law, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, gave the view of labour law from downunder.

"Affirmative Action in Brazil"

Carlos Alberto Medeiros, a prominent journalist and lawyer from Brazil, discussed the state of affirmative action south of the border.

"On Pension and Social Security Reform, Its Legal Framework, and Related Issues in the P.R. China" Philip Y. Lin, Adjunct Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law

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