"The wide selection of courses, friendly and knowledgeable professors, and helpful staff are what make the Law School most appealing to me. And on top of an excellent education, the Twin Cities always offers something to do."
In April 2012, Edmon Marukyan, a 2009-10 LL.M. student and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Law School, began his independent and non-partisan campaign against four other candidates for the National Assembly (Parliament) in his district, Vanadzor, in the Republic of Armenia.
When Lindsey Greising (’12) arrived at Ba Futuru in Timor-Leste in October 2012, she was, in a way, coming home. She had done conflict-resolution research at the human rights and peace-building organization a few years earlier. Now she is back as a full-time, paid staff member.
Recently as counsel of record on behalf of the London-based Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB); legal scholars and experts Errol P. Mendes, David Petrasek, and John F. Sherman III; and the Law School's Human Rights Litigation and International Advocacy Clinic, Law School Professor and director of the Clinic Jennifer Green submitted an amici curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell).
Humphrey Fellow alumni (Class of 2009) Amy A. Avellano (left in photo), originally from the Philippines, and Elizabeth da Cunha Sussekind (right in photo), originally from Brazil, reunited in May at an anti-domestic violence campaign launch in Brazil. Read about their reunion for a human rights initiative in Avellano's "Brazil-Philippines Connection: Human Rights Work Transcends Space and Time."
A concentration in intellectual property (IP) and technology law became available to Law School students this fall, bringing the number of offerings in this interdisciplinary program to eight. Concentrations build on the standard curriculum through partnerships with other University programs. Students who complete concentration requirements are well-prepared to practice in a wide range of areas in their field of study and receive a special notation on their transcripts after graduation.
In August, the 2012-13 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows attended the unveiling of a bronze statue of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey on the Capitol Mall in St. Paul. Former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Walter F. Mondale (’56), Gov. Mark Dayton, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and former Gov. Arne Carlson spoke at the dedication.
Andrew Ashworth, the Vinerian Professor of English Law at Oxford University and one of the world's leading scholars on criminology, criminal justice, and philosophy of law, was in residence at the Law School in September as the Robina Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Khary D. Hornsby (’05), Director of International Programs at the Law School, participated in a U.S. Department of Commerce education services trade mission in Brazil in September 2012. The mission was led by U.S. Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez and was the largest education services trade mission in Rio de Janeiro. Sánchez (right in photo), Hornsby (left in photo), and other representatives introduced Brazilian students to educational programs and opportunities in the United States.
The University of Minnesota Law School announced today that the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice has chosen Kieran McCartan, senior lecturer in criminology at the University of the West of England, as the Robina Visiting Scholar for spring 2013. McCartan will be at the Law School April 1-28.
Applications are now being accepted for the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers Class of 2014. The application for is due April 1, 2013. Click here to learn how to apply.
International Education Week is an annual celebration during which University of Minnesota colleges, campuses, and student groups plan events and activities to highlight the University's support of international education. This year's events are being held November 12-16, 2012. For a list of events, dates, times and locations, visit http://global.umn.edu/global-u/iew/.
The 2012 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows' Cultural Presentations are an ongoing series in which each fellow gives a brief presentation on aspects of life, culture and contemporary issues of importance in his/her home country. The presentations are followed by questions and conversation with the fellows. Click here for information on the last two presentations this fall.
The Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice will hold its 2nd annual conference, "American Exceptionalism in Crime and Punishment: Diagnoses and Solutions," on April 25, 2013. The conference will bring scholars, legal practitioners, and policy-makers together to examine the phenomenon of American exceptionalism in criminal justice. The term "American exceptionalism" describes the tendency for U.S. policies to diverge sharply from other Western countries. Building on the research of speakers Nicola Lacey and David Soskice, both of Oxford University, the conference will examine the causes of American exceptionalism and will compare U.S. criminal justice policies with those in other developed nations. It will also aim to develop proposals for how the U.S. system might be reformed moving forward. This conference is free and open to the public.
On October 12, 2012, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong (Prime Minister) of the Tibetan Government in Exile, came to the Law School to address Chinese students and Tibetans on Sino-Tibet relations. The event was sponsored by the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota. (Photo courtesy of Tenzin Phuntsok.)
On May 18-19, 2012, nearly 35 human rights scholars from multiple disciplines across the nation and around the world gathered at the Law School to discuss the issues women face during and after situations of armed conflict, in "Gendering Conflict and Post-Conflict Terrains: New Challenges and Opportunities."