"What I find unique about this program is the variety of practical opportunities offered to foreign attorneys. Through the Judicial Observation Seminar, I was able to do an externship with a federal judge and get a close look at the American legal system."
During her work in the International and Graduate Programs office for nearly 13 years, Dorothy Schlesselman has not only been a key player in improving and expanding the programs, she also has been able to fulfill her passion of learning from and helping people from around the world.
Kieran McCartan, senior lecturer in criminology at the University of the West of England, is the Spring 2013 Robina Visiting Scholar at the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. McCartan gave a lecture, "Community Engagement around Sexual Offending: Understandings and Responses," as part of the "Robina in Conversation" lecture series.
As the United States Government debates domestic policy changes to address national concerns about gun violence, students at the University of Minnesota are urging the United Nations to address the human rights violations committed with firearms.
Human Rights Educators USA, a newly established network that joins the global movement to build a culture of respect for human rights through education and research, officially opened for membership on International Human Rights Day, December 10.
On Nov. 2, 2012, Human Rights Center Senior Fellow Marsha Freeman (’76) participated in a panel on women's cultural rights sponsored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Freeman was also recently featured in a Minnesota Women's Press article.
Maren Stoddard joined the Law School in October 2012 as international programs assistant, from her most recent position as a program coordinator with the University. She completed a B.A. in Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, including a year at Sweden's Mora People's College studying Swedish language and culture, then was an English teaching assistant for three years in Tsuruga City, Japan. Recently she completed an M.A. in Educational Policy and Administration at the University. She is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Minnesota branch of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research.
In March, the U.S. News rankings were released, and the Law School has remained at No. 19 overall, tied with Washington University in St. Louis.
The University of Minnesota has received a $1.25 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED), to create a human rights law school partnership between the University and four law schools in Medellín, Colombia. The partnership aims to strengthen the capacities of the Medellín schools to teach, research and provide clinical legal representation toward the promotion of international human rights and the rule of law.
The Law School's Annual Report lists the many generous donors who supported the Law School in fiscal year 2011-12. Thank you to all of our generous alumni and friends for the impact they make each year on the Law School and on the lives of our students.
This spring Law School 1L and 2L students were offered the opportunity to receive travel funding to participate in the 2013-14 semester exchange program at Sweden's Uppsala University. A generous grant from the Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation provided travel expenses for up to five Law School students. For more information, contact Khary Hornsby (’05) at 612-624-9968 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law School's Human Rights Center is hosting the 2013 Human Rights and Law Speakers Series, presented by scholars in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. The presentations focus on a variety of human rights law issues, including legal assistance, children's rights, women's rights, health, police monitoring, and migration. The presentations are free and open to the public. Click here for information on the last two presentations this spring.
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.
The Law School's Minnesota Journal of International Law presented its symposium, entitled "The Future of Warfare: The Law of Tomorrow's Battlefields," on February 5. Journal members chose this year's topic because of its current relevance in international law. The symposium featured panels on robotics, cyber warfare, and the privatization of war. Panelists, top experts in each field from around the world, came together to provide diverse scholarly perspectives and encourage debate, discussion, and an examination of the issues facing militaries of today as well as of tomorrow.