Wednesday, November 17, 2004


As exam time quickly approaches, we likely all could benefit from any help or advice available from fellow students who have taken our particular courses under the same professors. In light of this, and in attempt to be of some benefit to ILS members/perusers during exam season, this thread has been established as a forum for course/professor-specific questions regarding outlines, exams, advice, and study methods. It is also a thread under which you may post requests for outlines and missing notes, etc.

Small Print: As this is an open forum, you use any materials/advice at your own risk. It is not recommended that you subsitute another's outline for your own, but use it as a guide and comparison tool. Further, make sure any requests and/or comments do not violate your professor's instructions or law school ethics (as outlined in the student handbook).

Please enter your questions, requests, comments, and answers as comments to this post (not as new posts).

Monday, November 15, 2004

End-of-Semester General Meeting !

18th - THURSDAY - 12:40-1:40 Rm. 245
End-of-semester General Meeting with Elections and Pizza. We will be discussing the past semester and any new ideas for the coming Spring Semester. We will also be holding an election for the Vice-President/Director of Programming position, so we hope to see you at this important meeting !

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Internship Opportunity

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Internship
Message: I am a volunteer with the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights. Over the past year, we have developed an internship program for students to work with Terra de Direitos ("TDD"), an NGO in Brazil that provides legal services to Brazil's rural poor struggling for agrarian reform inthe Landless Workers Movement ("MST"). We currently have two interns participating in the 2004 internship. Because of your association withhuman rights clinics in law schools throughout the country, I am hoping that you could distribute broadly the 2005 RFK-TDD Human Rights Internship information and application and/or make the information available on your website. Links to the internship description andapplication are on the RFK website at Please write or call if you have any questions. Thank you.
Daniel Wasson Associate Attorney
Kazan, McClain, Abrams,Fernandez, Lyons & Farrise
171 12th Street, Third Floor
Oakland, CA 94607 Voice: (510) 465-7728 x1134 FAX: (510) 835-4913

Monday, November 08, 2004

GWB:2 and International Law

What impact does George Bush's re-election have on international law? Does it legitimize changes (if any) in international custom brought about by the Bush administration's approach to foreign policy and international law (i.e. preemption policies)? Are these changes permanent (Does the U.S. have such an impact on IL today?), or looking back, will they be viewed as deviations from accepted international law/custom?
Please share your thoughts on this topic.
(Note: This is not a professional publication or graded brief, therefore please feel free to state underdeveloped conclusions, ideas, questions, brainstorming, and observations)

Friday, November 05, 2004

Professor Reitz Discusses Law in Russia

ILS held a very informative and intriguing brown bag lecture today on Russian law. Professor Reitz conducted the discussion and shared his extensive knowledge on the history of progress of law in Russia, incorporating his insights as a scholar in comparative law. The lecture focused on the judiciary and the direction Russia is taking with regards to the independence of judges, the implementation of jury trials, and the recognition of judicial authority. Professor Reitz made many interesting comparative points as to the similarities between Russia's judiciary code/system and those of Western Europe (especially the Dutch code). The trend of Russian legislation and reform has slid the direction of Western European civil code structures, as opposed to U.S.-style systems (notwithstanding the money and resources the U.S. has plugged into Russia's governmental reforms generally).
Another interesting point made, begging for some hypotheses and further inquiry, is that the public opinion and social perception of the fairness and effectiveness of courts in Russia actually lags behind what the statistics say about court effectivenes. Many citizen complaints against various levels/sections of government are being heard, often securing victory. Many factors may play into this phenomenon, not the least of which is left-over skepticism from Soviet times regarding the impartiality of judges towards the establishment.

A special Thank You to Professor Reitz and the ILS staffers who organized the lecture...

Please feel free to post any thoughts you have (whether or not you were present) regarding the rule of law in Russia or related countries/regions.

Some interesting links on Russia: (Radio Free Europe - Russia Newsline) (Solomon is the scholar Prof. Reitz referenced)