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 or work with international scholars and other members of the legal community. Below is a sampling of recent international activity in Australia, Bosnia, Canada, Croatia, France, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Yemen. 

Kathleen Clarkprofessor of law, led a four-day legal ethics seminar for Russian law students in Moscow, Professional Responsibility & Ethics in the Global Legal Market. The seminar was sponsored by Moscow State University, two international law firms (DLA Piper and White & Case), and a nongovernment organization (NGO), PILNet. At the invitation of a leading anti-corruption group, Transparency International-Russia, Clark spoke to a Russian Labor Ministry roundtable about the law of whistleblowing. 

This summer, Clark shared her expertise on whistleblowing in her course, The Law of Whistleblowing in Comparative Perspective, which she taught at the Summer Institute for International Law & Policy in Utrecht. She also led a University of Amsterdam workshop about a bill pending in the Dutch parliament that would provide some protection for whistleblowers. At the workshop, she spoke alongside the member of Parliament who wrote the bill. Later in the summer, Clark traveled to Sarajevo, where she had been asked to evaluate a whistleblower protection bill then pending in the parliamentary assembly of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). After meeting with government officials and representatives of civil society, she drafted regulations for whistleblower protection and provided training for the staff of the BiH Anti-Corruption Agency. 

John Drobak, the George Alexander Madill Professor of Real Property & Equity Jurisprudence, worked with faculty in both law and economics at the University of Paris while he was on leave during the spring semester. He lectured on “Culture and the Rule of Law” at the Sorbonne campus and about “Law and the New Institutional Economics” at Nanterre. His article, “Réguler à Contretemps ou les Conséquences Imprévues de la Réponse des États à la Crise” (“Reactionary Regulation: The Unintended Consequences of Government’s Response to Crisis”) was published in La Semaine Juridique, Entreprise et Affairs, a Lexis/Nexis French legal journal. Drobak also taught a “Comparative Courts” course in the law school’s Utrecht program in January with professors from the Utrecht law faculty.  

Katherine Goldwasser, professor law and director of the Government Lawyering Clinic, and Kim Norwood, professor of law and African American studies, traveled to Turkey this summer with professors from several other universities for a 10-day trip organized and funded by the Niagara Foundation. Founded in Chicago in 1997, the Niagara Foundation offers intercultural trips that promote person-to-person contact between the people of the United States and Turkey. The foundation’s guiding principles are based on the philosophy of Fethullah Gulen.

“Gulen is a Muslim who believes in using Islam for the betterment of mankind by bringing people together,” she explains. “One of his main tenets is, ‘We all lose when one person fails.’” 

Norwood and Goldwasser learned about legal education in Turkey and dined in the homes of a number of Turkish hosts. The two shared information about Washington University’s offerings and observed that the Turkish universities they visited were at different stages of educational offerings, ranging from a school that had just started a graduate program in law to one that is devoted exclusively to law.  

Peter A. Joy, the Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law and director of the Criminal Justice Clinic, lectured at Hitotsubashi University and gave a presentation to a committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations in Tokyo on prosecutorial ethics. He was a keynote speaker at an international clinical conference in Brisbane, Australia, titled “International Comparisons: Clinical Legal Education Best Practices.” During summer 2012, Joy also participated in presentations to deans and law faculty on “Best Practices in Australian Clinical Legal Education” in Sydney, Australia. Joy is continuing his collaboration with faculty in Australia on a book project concerning best practices in clinical legal education, and he is continuing to work on legal ethics projects with faculty in Japan. 

Leila Nadya Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, was elected to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to attending a meeting for new Council members, she participated in conference calls on pressing international issues for students. Sadat was also appointed Special Adviser to Crimes Against Humanity International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and spent time during the summer helping members of Bensouda’s office develop strategy and legal argumentation in existing cases. 

On the international stage, Sadat attended the 11th meeting of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) Assembly of States Parties and presented the work of the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. She also spoke at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights in Lund, Sweden, on the 100th anniversary of Wallenberg’s birth and served as the Distinguished Discussant for the Annual Grotius Lecture for the American Society of International Law. Sadat taught a ten-day course in international criminal law at the international criminal court at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, one of Washington University’s partner schools, and intervened as a distinguished professor in a course at Universite de Paris II – College de Droit in Paris France. 

Sadat’s article, “Crimes Against Humanity in the Modern Age,” was published in the leading peer-reviewed international law journal in the United States, the American Journal of International Law, and Carolina Academic Press published the fourth edition of International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with coauthors Jordan Paust, M. Cherif Bassiouni, Jimmy Gurule, Michael Scharf, and Bruce Zagaris). 

Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service, presented on “Community-Based, Experiential Legal Education” at the Law and Access to Justice Conference at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, in December 2012. She also served on the conference planning committee. She presented “Answering the Clamor for Reform with Expanded Experiential and Required Clinical Education” at the Association of American Law Schools Clinical Education Conference in Puerto Rico in May 2013.  For the 12th summer, Tokarz coordinated international, public interest internships for 17 law students with NGOs, government offices, and courts in South Africa, Ghana, Chile, Panama, India, and China.  She also coordinated semester externships for four students during the regular academic year: two at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, one at Earthrights in Thailand, and one at the International Federation of Women Lawyers Legal Aid Programme in Ghana through the school’s International Justice & Conflict Resolution semester externship program. 

Other Faculty Around the World 

Annette Appell, professor of law and co-director of the Civil Justice Clinic, co-taught a course on The Legal Regulation of Childhood at the Summer Institute for International Law & Policy at Utrecht University, The Netherlands.  

Adrienne Davis, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, presented her scholarship at the Feminist Critical Analysis Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, last May. Davis’s participation was through a partnership with Washington University’s Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and several other universities. 

Gerrit De Geest, professor of law and director of the Center for Law, Innovation & Economic Growth, presented “Why the Legal System is Superior to the Income Tax at Reducing Income Inequality” at the Canadian Law and Economics Association Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. His essay “Understanding French, German, and Civil Law More Generally” was published as a chapter in Liber amicorum Boudewijn Bouckaert. Vrank en vrij (edited by J. De Mot, die Kiuere Publishing, 2012). 

Bruce La Pierre, professor of law and director of the Appellate Clinic, taught “Introduction to the American Legal System” in December 2012 at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Lisbon. He has taught this course and similar courses for seven years after he first visited the Catolica in 2005 as a Fulbright scholar, and he will teach in Lisbon again this year. He notes that the students in the Global Legal Studies program, who come from all over the world, always provide for rich, challenging discussions.  

David S. Law, professor of law and professor of political science, lectured on “Why Study the Japanese Supreme Court? A Foreign Perspective” at Meiji University. The lecture drew from his recent book, The Japanese Supreme Court and Judicial Review (Gendaijinbunsha, 2013), and included participation of the translator for the book, Professor Shin-ichi Nishikawa, and a number of Japanese judges. His research in Japan was supported by an International Affairs Fellowship awarded by the Council on Foreign Relations and sponsored by the Hitachi Corporation. Additionally, Law traveled to Yemen as an expert consultant on nation-building and constitution-making matters to the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for Yemen. 

Charles McManis, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law, lectured at Korea University and Seoul National University, as well as made a keynote presentation at the 3rd International IP Rights & Industrial Security Conference, sponsored by the Korea Financial Times. In June 2013, he presented a paper on “Copyright and Non-Negotiated Licenses” at the 32nd Annual Congress of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property held at Oxford University.