International Presentations, Faculty Exchanges Reflect Law School’s Global Reach

Washington University law faculty members are expanding the school’s global reach as they teach, study, and research abroad. Below is a sampling of recent international activity.

Professor Bruce La Pierre spent a semester teaching and lecturing at leading law schools in China and at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (UCP) in Lisbon, Portugal. He has previously taught in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and at the law school’s Summer Institute for Global Justice (now the Summer Institute for International Law & Policy) in The Netherlands.

Most recently, La Pierre was a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai, where he taught a constitutional law class and lectured on federalism. His lecture focused on “The Supreme Court’s Next ‘Big’ Case: President Obama’s Health Care Legislation and the Federal System of Government in the United States.”

Using Fudan as his base, he then lectured and met with students, faculty, and deans at seven other law schools: Renmin University in China’s School of Law in Beijing; Shantou University Law School; Xiamen University Law School; Nanjing Normal University Law School; Zhejiang University’s Guanghua Law School in Hangzhou; East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai; and Jiao Tong University’s KoGuan Law School of Shanghai.

La Pierre then left China and traveled to UCP, where he taught a two-week intensive course, Introduction to Anglo-American Law. This was his seventh time teaching the course at UCP since he first visited as a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. Along with four other European law schools, UCP is a partner in the law school’s Transnational Law Program. In 2011 and 2012, UCP Professor Goncalo Matias taught a popular Intersession course at Washington University, Transnational Migration and Citizenship.

La Pierre’s time in China led to another exchange opportunity in January 2012, when Fudan’s Professor Chen Li came to Washington University to teach an Intersession course, International Arbitration.

La Pierre also recently collaborated with Senior Lecturer Leigh Greenhaw, alumna Miriam Schaeffer, LLM ’01, and the university's Office of International Programs to arrange a visit to St. Louis for a delegation from Brazil. The group consisted of 25 law students and professors from the University of the Sinos Valley (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos or USINOS), an outstanding private university in southern Brazil. La Pierre and Greenhaw took the students through a prisoner civil rights case that LaPierre and his students in the Appellate Clinic had successfully argued in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Kaden v. Slykuis, 651 F.3d 966 (*th Cir. 2011). In the process, the group drew out similarities and differences between U.S. and Brazilian federalism, court systems and procedure. At St. Louis City Circuit Court, alumnus Judge David Mason arranged for the group to observe jury voir dire; at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, alumna Jean Hamilton spoke on jury trials and federal courts. U.S. constitutional federalism came alive in its historical contours when the group visited the Old Courthouse, site of the original Dred Scott trial, and participated in a re-enactment. 

La Pierre and Greenhaw offered students instruction on the U.S. court system and then arranged for the group to visit the St. Louis City Circuit Court, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. They participated in a re-enactment of the Dred Scott trial at the Old Courthouse.

John Drobak, the George Alexander Madill Professor of Real Property & Equity Jurisprudence, was recently invited to visit the University of Paris. He delivered three lectures at the Sorbonne and Nanterre, drawing on chapters from his book manuscript, Courts, Cooperation, and Legitimacy. He also taught a short graduate course at the Nanterre campus on Law and the New Institutional Economics.

Drobak delivered a lecture on “Reactionary Regulation: The Unintended Consequences of Government’s Response to Crisis” at a conference in Lyon, France, held to mark the formal opening of the new year of the Lyon Bar Association. Drobak spoke at the opening plenary session of the conference, along with the director of the French SEC, to an audience of about 250 lawyers and business leaders. The conference was held in the former trading hall of the Lyon Bourse. Drobak’s lecture will be published in French later this year.

Additionally, Drobak presented a paper on “Thrainn Eggertsson and the Problem of Knowledge: The Effectiveness of Conveying Information in the Electoral and Financial Markets” at a conference at the University of Iceland. The conference was held in honor of the retirement of Thrainn Eggertsson. Drobak was the first academic speaker at the conference, following an introduction delivered by the President of Iceland.

In March 2012, Leila Nadya Sadat , the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, met with ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz to discuss the relationship between the crime of aggression and crimes against humanity, and shared her books on the subject with them. During the summer of 2012, Sadat is directing and teaching in the law school’s Summer Institute for International Law & Policy, which she founded eight years ago. She also will lecture at the International Criminal Court, and she will travel to Arusha, Tanzania, to meet with Washington University law students doing internships at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) as part of the law school’s International Justice & Conflict Resolution Practicum. Sadat also will lecture at the ICTR.

Previously she served as the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair—an honor held by only two other U.S. law professors—gave more than 16 lectures, appeared on French national television as an expert in the Dominique Strauss Kahn affaire, and taught two courses. Sadat also met with representatives of two law schools, and she is negotiating an exchange agreement with the University of Cergy Pontoise and a joint degree program and exchange program with the University of Paris I-Sorbonne. In addition, Sadat lectured in several other European cities, including Uppsala, London, Brussels, and The Hague. She also delivered a lecture at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden, in honor of Wallenberg’s 100th birthday. Her address was about accountability for atrocity crimes.

Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service and director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program, spent the spring semester visiting our sister schools in Australia, Israel, and Italy, where she explored possible partnerships with ADR faculty. While residing in Rome, she collaborated with the law faculty at Roma Tre University and the ADR Center of Italy. In Israel, she met with clinicians from across the country at the annual colloquium of Israeli clinical faculty. She will be presenting a paper on "University-Community Partnerships and Community-Based Teaching, Learning, and Service Programs: Advancing Shared Social Justice Goals and Providing Clinical Education for All Law Graduates" at the 10th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom in July 2012. She will be presenting a paper on "Community-Based Teaching, Learning, and Service Programs" at the Conference on Law and Access to Justice at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, in December 2012. She is serving on the conference planning committee.

For the 11th year, Tokarz also coordinated summer internships for 12 law students with NGOs, government offices, and courts in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Rwanda  through the school’s Africa Public Interest Law & Conflict Resolution Initiative.  The Initiative, which she coordinates, has placed more than 125 law students for 10-week internships in southern Africa over the past decade.  Tokarz also supervised two students who interned with the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the spring semester through the school’s new international Justice & Conflict Resolution Field Placement program.

Jo Ellen Lewis, professor of practice and director of the Legal Practice Program, recently taught two courses at Aoyama Gakuin University School of Law in Tokyo.  She taught Introduction to American Law to undergraduate law students. That  course focused on an overview of the U.S. legal system as well as legal practice in the United States.  She also taught Special Topics in U.S. Law: Torts to graduate law students,  which focused on intentional torts and negligence, as well as current issues in tort reform.  In addition, the Waseda University Institute of Clinical Legal Education invited Lewis to deliver a presentation on “Clinical Legal Education: Training Future Practitioners.” The presentation focused on the clinical education programs at the law school and recent studies analyzing clinical education’s impact on the skills of new practicing attorneys. Lewis also hosted a reception for alumni who are practicing law in Tokyo. Alums from several classes attended.  

Other Faculty Around the World  

Adam Badawi, associate professor of law, will be teaching U.S. Corporate Law at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He will teach the summer course intensively over four days in the school’s Executive LLM program. The course is part of the law school’s alliance with the University of Queensland. In addition to faculty exchanges, the agreement allows students to study at both Washington University’s and UQ’s law schools. Upon completing the degree program, the U.S. graduates will earn a JD from Washington University and an LLM from UQ. Australian participants will enter the LLM program at Washington University after completing the UQ LLB program.

Dorsey D. Ellis Jr., dean emeritus and the William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus, also will be teaching at the Summer Institute. Ellis, who serves as the academic director for the law school's Transnational Law Program (TLP), will be offering a course in International and Comparative Antitrust Law. He has previously taught at the Summer Institute, as well as in Belgium, China, Korea, Italy (Trento), Oxford, Taiwan, and Tokyo, and as a Fulbright Fellow in Lisbon.


Peter A. Joy, vice dean, the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law, and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, visited the University of Northumbria Law School in the United Kingdom, where he met with faculty and law students and gave several talks. He delivered a schoolwide lecture titled, “Hired Gun? The Principle and Limits of Zealous Advocacy as a Measure of the Ethical Lawyer,” and he was the featured speaker at a university-wide discussion, “Collaboration between Disciplines in Clinical and Experiential Learning.” At Northumbria’s law school, he gave a faculty talk, “Clinical Legal Education and the Mainstream Law Curriculum,” and a talk to clinical faculty, “Identifying Best Practices for Student/Supervisor Interactions.” In addition, Joy also participated in one of the clinic law firm meetings. Since 2010, Joy has also been the Project Evaluator for an Australian Learning & Teaching Council funded Project, "Strengthening Australian Legal Education by Integrating Clinical Experiences: Identifying and Supporting Effective Practices." During summer 2012, Joy will travel to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, to interview stakeholders in the project, to attend a presentation of the project to the Council of Australian Law Deans in Sydney, and to participate in sessions devoted to the project at the Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference in Sydney.

C.J. Larkin, senior lecturer in law and administrative director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program, will travel to Tbilisi, Georgia, to deliver four days of lectures on commercial mediation at Free University Tbilisi. Her trip was organized through the Mentor/Advisor Exchange (MAX) program of the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is affiliated with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. As part of her visit, Larkin will meet with students and administrators at other law schools in Georgia about Washington University School of Law offerings. Larkin will also stopover in Istanbul, Turkey, to meet with representatives of law schools and law firms about potential placement opportunities.

Stephen H. Legomsky, the John S. Lehmann University Professor, has been on leave since October 2011, when he was appointed Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security. Legomsky manages an office of 160 government attorneys; advises the agency on immigration, asylum, international refugee, and citizenship decisions; and serves as part of the agency’s leadership team. In March 2012, he gave the keynote address at a naturalization ceremony in Miami, and in June 2012, he gave the keynote speech at the biennial conference of U.S. Immigration Professors. Before his appointment, he was a discussant at a comparative immigration law conference in the Azores, speaking on the application of criminal justice principles to immigration law.

Ronald Levin, the William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law, was the featured speaker at the International Workshop on Amendment of the Administrative Litigation Law in Shanghai. Levin summarized judicial review developments of the past decade in the United States, noting that the American system of judicial review is largely stable, but that it continues to evolve through case law. Visit here for more on Levin’s presentation in Shanghai.


Michael Peil, associate dean for international programs and TLP executive director, was a visiting scholar at partner school Utrecht University in the Netherlands during the spring semester. Peil researched European law and international organizations.  During his stay, he delivered a paper at a conference at Cambridge University on the role of individuals in the development of international law and lectured at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in Jena, Germany.


Neil Richards, professor of law, served as a visiting professor for the TLP at Utrecht University. Richards co-taught (with Remco Nehmelman) a course in Transnational Legal PerspectivesFreedom of Expression, making him the fourth Washington University faculty member to teach this course, developed by the law school and Utrecht as part of the TLP. Richards is also serving as a conference organizer for the Washington University-Cambridge International Privacy Law Conference at Clare College, University of Cambridge. Over the last year, he has presented papers in Europe drawn from his forthcoming book Intellectual Privacy (Oxford University Press, 2014) at the University of Cambridge and Durham University in England, and at the University of Mainz in Germany.


By Timothy J. Fox