Student to Present International Law Paper at Yale

Third-year law student Brett Rowan has been selected to present his paper on “The Price of ‘European’ Identity: The Negative Social and Economic Impact of Slovenian Migration Law” at the Yale Journal of International Law’s Sixth Annual Young Scholars’ Conference.

Rowan is one of only eight students nationwide and one of just four non-Yale students to participate in next month's conference presentations. The conference seeks to encourage scholarship in international law among current J.D. students and to give them an opportunity to receive feedback from distinguished professors in the field. The Yale Journal of International Law will select two papers presented at the conference for publication in an upcoming issue.

Rowan originally wrote the paper last semester for Professor Frances Foster’s seminar on Socialist Law in Transition.

“I’m very honored to have been selected and am thrilled that I’ll have the opportunity to receive feedback from some of the country’s top professors,” Rowan said. “Professor Foster has been extremely supportive in helping me revise and focus my paper. She also has helped me prepare for the questions and critiques I might receive. The Young Scholars Conference is such a unique opportunity, and ultimately I know it will be very beneficial.”

Rowan’s paper argues that Slovenia joined the European Union to create a new Western European identity and shed its socialist association and ties with the Balkans. He argues that the lessons from Slovenia caution both countries seeking accession to the EU and those who have recently joined that there are possible negative effects to EU membership.

At the law school, Rowan is an executive articles editor for the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. He published a note in Volume 7.1 of that publication on “Caution, Your Civil Liberties May Have Shifted During the Flight: Judicial Interpretations of the Warsaw Convention.” He was in the Civil Rights, Mediation & Community Justice Clinic last semester and has participated in the International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project.

Last summer, Rowan worked at the Law Offices of Richard S. Goldstein. The London-based firm specializes in nationality and consular law with a focus on business immigration law and processing with major European and Asian foreign embassies. During the previous summer, he studied international trade, European human rights, and the civil law tradition in Madrid, Spain.

By Janet Edwards