The 2020-2021 Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series features an outstanding line-up of judges, lawyers, authors, and academics with expertise in public interest law and policy. The year-long, interdisciplinary series brings to Washington University nationally and internationally prominent experts in such areas as civil rights, racial justice, capital punishment, international human rights, government public service, and pro bono private practice. This popular series is now in its twenty-second year. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. All events will be on Zoom unless otherwise noted. Most talks provide 1.0 hour of Continuing Legal Education credit unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414.

See below for the upcoming speakers for the 2020-2021 season.

Spring 2021

Chiara Giorgetti | Professor, Richmond School of Law

“New Directions in International Arbitration & Mediation in 2021”

This event is the keynote address for the 2021 International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Symposium, presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Washington University School of Law Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, and International Law Society; Washington University Institute for Public Health Center for Human Rights, Gender, and Migration; and U.S. Arbitration & Mediation. MCLE 1.5

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Olympia Bekou | Professor and Head of School, University of Nottingham

“Roadmap to Accountability: Overcoming Barriers to Justice in Liberia”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, and International Law Society, and the Washington University Institute for Public Health Center for Human Rights, Gender, and Migration. MCLE 1.0.

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Fall 2020

Susan Appleton | Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law;
Adam Liptak | Journalist, New York Times;
Greg Magarian | Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law

“Constitution Day: 2019-20 Supreme Court Review”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series. In conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; the Weidenbaum Center for Economy, Government & Public Policy; US Arbitration & Mediation; and the American Constitution Society. MCLE 1.0

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Travis Crum | Professor WashULaw;
Gilda Daniels | Professor Baltimore School of Law;
Elizabeth Katz | Professor WashULaw

“Race, Sex, and Voting Rights: Past, Present, and Future”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series. In conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; the Weidenbaum Center for Economy, Government & Public Policy; US Arbitration & Mediation; and the American Constitution Society. MCLE 1.0

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Richard Lazarus | Howard & Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School;
Maxine Lipeles | Founder and Former Director, Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, WashULaw

“Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, In conjunction with Washington University Climate Change Program; Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; Energy & Environmental Law Society; and Weidenbaum Center for Economy, Government & Public Policy. MCLE 1.0

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Michele Bratcher Goodwin | Chancellor’s Professor, UC Irvine School of Law;
Mary Ziegler | Stearns Weaver Miller Professor, Florida State College of Law;
Susan Appleton |Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor, WashULaw (moderator)

“Policing the Womb: The Law and Politics of Abortion and Reproductive Justice“

This event is presented by the Washington University Pubic Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department MCLE 1.0.

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Daniel Harawa | Assistant Professor of Practice and Director, Appellate Clinic, WashULaw;
Peter Joy | Henry Hitchcock Professor of Law and Director, Criminal Justice Clinic, WashULaw; and
Kim Gardner | Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis;

Peggie Smith | Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law, WashULaw, moderator

“The Death of Breonna Taylor“

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series. MCLE 1.0

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Leila Sadat | James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law;
Judit Rius Sanjuan | JD, United Nations Development Programme

“Using Law to Enhance Innovation and Global Access to Medicines, Vaccines, and Health Technologies“

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with Global Health Week, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Center for Health Economics and Policy, and International Law Society. MCLE 1.0

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Professor Steven S. Smith | Former Director, Weidenbaum Center, Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science Faculty Research Fellow, Weidenbaum Center

“The 2020 Elections and the Next Turn in American Governance”

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Questions? Contact Melinda Warren 314-935-5652.

Cosponsored with Washington University’s School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series and the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Professor Patricia Viseur Sellers | London School of Economics

“Peace as the Deal-Breaker”

The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute celebrates twenty years of academic excellence in November 2020. The Institute was founded in 2000 as the Washington University School of Law “Institute for Global Legal Studies.” It was renamed in 2002 in honor and recognition of Whitney R. Harris’ lifelong achievements in the field of international justice, and his support of legal education and research. The Harris Institute enhances the intellectual vibrancy of Washington University School of Law and the University and fosters collaboration, dialogue, and exchange among colleagues at home and abroad who are engaged in international or comparative work. The Institute uses a combination of education and research to increase global knowledge and understanding, promote the rule of law, and address problems that require international cooperation and international solutions.

The World Peace Through Law Award is bestowed upon an individual who, by his or her work and writings, has considerably advanced the rule of law and thereby contributed to world peace. Established in 2006, the Award recognizes individuals who have achieved great distinction in the field of international law and international relations.

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