Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Upcoming Events

What: ILS brownbag lunch discussion with Michael Mullen, Senior Attorney at Havel & Holasek (Czech Republic)
When: Monday, October 17 at 12:40 p.m.
Where: TBA (see this week's docket)
Details: Michael Mullen (J.D. University of Iowa, 1996) will discuss his work as an attorney in the Czech Republic. He will give a short presentation, which will be followed by a question and answer session. This is a great opportunity to hear from an Iowa graduate practicing law internationally.

What: District Court Judge Robert Carolan on "Promoting the Rule of Law in Kosovo, a United Nations administered province of Serbia-Montenegro"
When: Thursday, October 20 at 12:40 p.m. (NOT Oct 14)
Where: Room 235
Details: Minnesota District Court Judge Robert Carolan (J.D. University of Iowa, 1970) will give a lecture about his work as an international judge handling war crimes arising out of the 1999 war in Kosovo and establishing the rule of law and judicial system in Kosovo.

Judge Carolan's background:

* Dakota County District (MN) Court Trial Judge (1987-present)
* Chairperson, Kosovo Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (2004-2005)
* International Judge, United Nations Mission in Kosovo (2002-2003)
* Dakota County Attorney (1979-1987)
* Assistant Dakota County Attorney (1974-1979)
* special assistant Minnesota Attorney General (1970-1974)
* adjunct faculty member, William Mitchell College of Law
* Education: St. Mary's College (1967); University of Iowa College of Law (1970)

For more information on Judge Carolan, check out the following links:

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Careers in International Law: Faculty Panel - (Minutes)

Professor Alexander Somek
• European Union Law

Professor Marcella David
• Fellowships
• United Nations
• State Department
• Academia
• You can get an international law career through a variety of ways.
• Law firm lawyers work on international issues: transactions, custody, copyrights, etc.
• Being a professor is great. Post tenure: lots of opportunities to travel and do exciting work
• Language is very important.
o Law school gives you 6 hours of undergraduate classes to be applied to your JD: take language classes.

Professor John Reitz
• Comparative Law and Administrative Law
• Lawyer, first; languages and foreign experience, second.
o How will you distinguish yourself?
• If you want an international career, it is attainable!
• Transitioning to international law: volunteering, international clients in law firms, international practices in law firms, etc.
• Apply for a grant, like a Fulbright and some great German academic/ work programs

Professor Acton
• Leads the annual spring semester study abroad program in London
o Externships with barristers
• Become a British solicitor; leverage your JD into a foreign country’s equivalent
• Human Rights organization
• International law firm, such as Kirkland & Ellis (American law firm)
o International Business Transactions Practice

Professor Steve Burton
• Legal Advisor in the State Department
o Legal departments in almost all government agencies have an international dimension.
o Half of federal government workers will be eligible for retirement in the next 5 years.
• International Commercial Arbitration
o Big law firms (in NY, for example) normally do it.

Professor Enrique Carrasco
• Worked in a big law firm (Arnold & Porter)
o These law firms offer excellent training.
o A great springboard to other opportunities
• Advice: be the best law student possible and become a great lawyer.
• World Bank
• International Monetary Fund
• Best NGOs are very competitive.
• Director of International Center for Finance and Development

Professor Adrien Wing
• International Human Rights
• Human Rights in the Muslim World
• Director of the Archachon, France study abroad program
o Post tutorial, one week program in Turkey.
• Advice:
o Mix of bar and international courses
o Get to know the international law professors on a personal and professional basis
o Study Abroad
o Join ILS or ICHR
o Summer or semester externships at a NGO
o Independent Study
o Tutorial
o Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems Journal
o Jessup Team
o American Society of International Lawyers- go to conventions.
o Research assistant
• Very time consuming practice

Others not in attendance:
• Professor Carlson: international commercial and environmental law
• Professor Sidel: Asia

• For summer after first year, do what you are most interested in. You can get great references from it. Having studied abroad can set you apart when interviewing with law firms or applying for a judicial clerkship.
• Wing: when you are applying for an international job, your resume may look suspicious if you had no international experience.
• Burton: at the State Department, if you had a lot of international experience, but didn’t do well at school, you won’t get the job.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

September News

Congratulations to Alison Guernsey, ILS’s new 1L Representative!

On Thursday, September 15, in Room 225 at 12:40pm, ILS will cosponsor a panel with the Iowa Campaign for Human Rights (ICHR) on “Working in Human Rights and Studying Abroad.” The panel will feature law students who have studied abroad in France, London, Madrid, Russia, etc. and worked in the area of human rights at home and abroad. This is a great way to learn about international legal opportunities available during law school.

On Thursday, September 22 at 2:15pm the College of Law will be hosting a faculty panel to discuss some of the legal implications arising out the devastation along the Gulf Coast. Currently, the panel is comprised of Professor Wing, Professor Carrasco, Professor Yin, and Professor VanderVelde. Each professor will be addressing a different legal topic, and then we will open the floor up to questions and discussion.

If you need to contact a board member, here they are:
President: Victoria Kozyr (
Vice President: Britta Schnoor (
Secretary: Katie Verschelden (
Treasurer: Raymond Rinkol (
Publicity Chair: Brian Garfield (
UICHR Chair: Tyson Wray (
Symposium Chair: David Pendergast (
Newsletter EIC: Megan McMillan (
Newsletter Layout Ed.: Megan Dempsey (
Newsletter Copy Ed.: Anne De Geest (


Tuesday, April 12, 2005

ILS Panel on "War on Terror" Detainees (April 15, 2005 @ 1:30)

The Legality of Detaining Persons Captured in the War on Terror

A Panel Featuring:

Jordan Paust - - - Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center
Tung Yin - - - Professor of Law at the University of Iowa Boyd College of Law

Friday, April 15, 1:30-300 pm
Boyd Law Building, Levitt Auditorium

Refreshments will be provided

Sunday, April 10, 2005

ILS Board Election Results

Thanks to Alexander Domrin for a very intriguing presentation on Russia and Western efforts to export rule of law into Russian governance.

ILS Board elections followed and a new board for 2005-2006 was selected:

President: Victoria Kozyr
Vice President: Britta Schnoor
Secretary: Catherine Verschelden
Treasurer: Raymond Rinkol
Publicity Chair: Brian Garfield
UICHR Chair: Tyson Wray
Symposium Chair: David Pendergast
Newsletter EIC: Megan McMillan
Newsletter Layout Ed.: Megan Dempsey
Newsletter Copy Ed.: Anne De Geest

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated! Any comments on ideas or plans for next year are welcome.

Also, any postings or comments about Professor Domrin's brown bag lecture would be appreciated.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Reform at the U.N.?

I'm wondering if anyone else has had the chance to read Kofi Annan's report for reforming the U.N. (available at: It is quite a bold statement and includes some very substantive proposals to change not only the Security Council, but the Commission on Human Rights as well. Among the many proposals that I found most interesting and worthy of consideration would be expanding the permanent membership of the Council (to possibly include countries like Brazil, India, Egypt, and others....although granting of veto power will certainly be a contentious debate), and also elevating the Commission on Human Rights into a Human Rights Council (possibly on par with the Security Council). The Commission's membership would also be geared towards being more "merit-based", with 2/3 of the vote the General Assembly required for membership, rather than the current membership of the Commission which is largely dictated through block and regional voting mechanisms.

I'm currently sitting in an airport returning from Geneva where I attended the Commission for 2 weeks. While many people say that the Commission is somehow discredited because of recent memberships being granted to Sudan, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Libya, and other perceived pariah countries (at least where human rights are concerned), I'm not sure that closing the Commission off from such countries is the best idea. Although it does give a certain amount of cover for countries to hide behind (Cuba and China have been particularly effective at this it seems), there is something valuable in countries having a platform to at least be heard.

While geo-politics seemed to seep from every corner of the Commission's proceedings, it was nonetheless fascinating to see it all play out. During the high-level segment of the first few days, foreign ministers rose to defend their own country's human rights record, while also sometimes "naming and shaming" the record of others. Such speeches made for some high drama on the Commission floor, with Zimbabwe calling the U.K. "blood-thirsty war-mongers", Cuba railing on the U.S. as a global imperial power and the worst human rights violator out there, India and Pakistan exchanging very aggressive statements on the situation in Kashmir (a bit surprising considering the recent thaw in relations between the two countries), and Turkey and Greek-Cyprus sparring over the division of Cyprus.

So it seemed that many of the vestiges of the Cold War split between civil and political rights and economic, social, and cultural rights still lives on (the U.S. refusing to even really consider this latter category as human rights). It will be interesting to watch the next few years as the push for drafting an Optional Protocol to the ICESCR gathers steam. Will these countries that have steadfastly stood for the primacy of E, S, and Cultural rights step forward to embrace this enforcement mechanism? the early signs are not encouraging, as at last year's Commission it was some of these very same countries that tried to stall the debate on the Optional Protocol. It seems that this could be one of the defining issues in the next couple of years, where we'll really get to see who is serious about human rights, and who is using the rhetoric more for political expediency........any thoughts?

Monday, March 21, 2005

Brown Bag Lunch Event with Minn. Attorney: Practicing Int'l Law

Thursday (March 24, 2005) @ 12:40
Room 225