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Faculty on the Global Stage

Recent international activities involving New England Law faculty

American Society of International Law events

Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy, attended the American Society of International Law (ASIL) annual conference in Washington, DC. Laplante is co-chair of ASIL’s Transitional Justice-Rule of Law Interest Group. Conference highlights included an event featuring Claudia Paz y Paz, former attorney general of Guatemala, who brought charges against former president, General Rios Montt, which led to his genocide conviction. Laplante served as a trial monitor in that case, which provided background for her New England Law Research Paper, Memory Battles: Guatemala's Public Debates and the Genocide Trial of José Efraín Ríos Montt. The conference also hosted Pablo de Greiff, UN special rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Prof. Laplante and ASIL conference attendees

ASIL conference attendees, including from left, conference co-chair Zina Miller, Pablo de Grief, Ruti Teitel (who wrote the book that gave the Transitional Justice field its name), Professsor Lisa Laplante, and conference co-chairs Monica Feltz and Marie-Claude Jean Baptiste.

U.S. Institute of Peace Discussions Regarding Colombia's Peace Process

Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy, participated in discussions at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington on Colombia’s Peace Process and Transitional Justice.  The Colombian government and FARC rebels agreed to basic principles on the rights of victims to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-repetition, and Laplante joined other scholars and practitioners in examining lessons that might contribute to the creation of the national truth commission and other architectures as part of the peace process.

Teaching at an elite Chinese institution for legal instruction

Professor Siegel taught Current Topics in American Criminal Procedure as an international faculty member at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing. The elite research institution is the world’s largest institution for legal instruction.  Students examined issues of search and seizure, 21st century technology and the Fourth Amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions.  The course culminated with a mock trial in which students used American procedural protections in a Chinese setting.  Siegel also participated as a commentator at the Third International Student Forum on Public Interest Law, held at CUPL’s Changping campus.

Professor David Siegel, at right, with CUPL students after a mock trial on the Beijing campus.
Professor David Siegel, at right, with CUPL students after a mock trial on the Beijing campus.

International “ChangeMakers” Group Visits New England Law | Boston

Twenty-five social entrepreneurs from 22 countries participated in “ChangeMakers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.,” hosted by New England Law | Boston. Members of the international contingent shared concerns and insights with Professors Lisa Laplante and David Siegel, directors of the Center for International Law and Policy and Center for Law and Social Responsibility, respectively;  Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project; and Jennifer Rubin ’16 of the law school’s CORI Initiative.

Professor David Siegel presents to delegation of “ChangeMakers”
Professor David Siegel presents to delegation of “ChangeMakers”

Gender, Peace, and Security course and International Criminal Court meeting in the Netherlands

Professor Dina Francesca Haynes
Professor Dina Francesca Haynes

Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project, taught at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University in The Hague. The course brought together UN staff and members of international organizations from all over the world, including representatives from Afghanistan, Egypt, Nepal, the Philippines, and Uganda. During this trip, Professor Haynes also met with the legal counsel at the Appellate Division of the International Criminal Court, and with New England Law students clerking there.

 
 

Human Rights Inquiry in Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Lisa Laplante Professor Lisa Laplante
Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP), attended an Expert Group Meeting convened in Geneva, Switzerland, by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The meeting explored whether violations and/or denial of economic and social rights are being or could be used as early warning signs of future situations of conflict and unrest, and the kinds of preventative measures the human rights perspective could bring.
 
 
 
 

Working on Transitional Justices issues in Colombia

Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP), participated in meetings organized by Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General. Colombia is negotiating peace terms with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a guerrilla group that has been active for 50 years.  Laplante was invited to speak on reparations, a key issue as the nation is currently implementing a new reparations law.

“Colombia’s conflict is one of Latin America’s oldest, and it’s unusual for transitional justice issues to be discussed before conflicts are formally concluded,” Laplante noted. The Bogotá meetings featured Colombia’s former president, other international experts, and citizens affected by the conflict.

Presentations in China

Professor David Siegel presented a paper, “The Decentralized Evolution of a New U.S. Standard of Videotaped Interrogation,” at the Southwest University for Minorities in Chengdu.  He was one of a select group of international scholars invited to a conference, “Criminal Interrogation Procedure: International Developments and Problems in China.” He also spoke to undergraduate law students at Xihua University in Chengdu and met with faculty to discuss changes in legal scholarship and publication practices.
 

Professor Siegel with colleagues in China.
Professor Siegel with colleagues in China.

Presentation to Turkish jurists

Professor Charles Sorenson Professor Charles Sorenson
Professor Charles Sorenson participated in a Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Judicial Ethics (CJR) presentation to visiting Turkish jurists about judicial ethics in Massachusetts.

Rwanda reception and speakers

The Center for International Law and Policy (CILP) hosted an on campus reception for “Healing after Genocide: Stories from Rwanda,” which commemorated the tragedy’s 20th anniversary. The event was co-sponsored by the Coexist Project and the Rwanda Youth Healing Center, and featured as its guest commentators Soange Nyrsafari, executive director, Rwanda Youth Healing Center, and Adam Mazo, director, Coexist Learning Project and the Coexist film.

UN meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP), attended an invitation-only expert meeting in Geneva organized by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to discuss civil and criminal liability for corporate human rights abuses.

New partnership established with London-based institute

The Geneva meeting (above) led to a new CILP partnership with the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business.  Students will participate in research on current governmental requirements for compulsory social investment by extractive (mining, etc.) industries.

Lithuanian delegation hosted

New England Law hosted a high-level delegation of Lithuanian Supreme Court justices and prosecutors who came to study New England Law’s human rights curriculum.
 

The delegation was welcomed by Professor Dina Haynes (bottom right).
The delegation was welcomed by Professor Dina Haynes (bottom right).

Presentations in Uzbekistan

Professor David Siegel presented "Informal Judicial Training in the United States: How the Training of U.S. Lawyers, and U.S. Legal Culture, Affects U.S. Judges, was made in Tashkent. He also served as a trainer in Charvaq for Uzbek prosecutors on "The Role of the Prosecutor in Ensuring the Efficient and Just Judicial Process."

Participation in Uzbekistan conference

Justice Robert Cordy, a member of the law school’s adjunct faculty, participated in the 3rd Regional Dialogue Public Discussion in Charvaq, Uzbekistan. The event focused on the importance of defense lawyers as protectors of defendants' rights.

Professor Siegel shared insights with Uzbek attorneys and jurists.
Professor Siegel, at right, shared insights with Uzbek attorneys and jurists.