Calendar of Events

The following list of events has been scheduled. Dates, times, and locations of events will be announced as quickly as possible.
Please check the Law Weekly and the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute's website for updates.

Fall 2016

Tuesdays at Noon

Language at Lunch Program
12:00pm, Detjen Seminar Room, Seigle Hall 108E
Join the Harris Institute for Arabic, French, German, and Spanish conversation tables during the lunch hour. For specific dates and more information, click here.

Monday, September 12

International Criminal Law: A View from the Trenches - The Accidental Jurist 
12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 309, Trial Courtroom  
Public Lecture by Brenda Hollis, Former Chief Prosecutor of Special Court for Sierra Leone; sponsored by Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers (PILPSS) 

Wednesday, September 14

Political Corruption and Instability in Brazil (CFR Academic Conference Call) 
11 a.m., Seigle Hall, Room 108E, Detjen Seminar Room
Speaker: Matthew M. Taylor,Adjunct Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, CFR; Associate Professor, School of International Service, American University
Optional Background Readings: Moises Costa, "Will Temer End the Crisis in Brazil?: Life After Rousseff,", May 16, 2016; Danielle Renwick, "Rousseff's Impeachment: What's Next for Brazil?," Interview with Matthew M. Taylor,, April 28, 2016; Brazil, Latin America's Moment, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Wednesday, September 21

Screening of Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today with Sandra Schulberg
4:00 PM-6:00 PM, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 309, Trial Courtroom
Panel discussion with Sandra Schulberg, producer of the restoration & daughter of the director, Stuart Schulberg, and Professors Elizabeth Borgwardt, Larry May, and Leila Sadat at 5:30 immediately following film screening. 

September 29-30

The IMT at Nuremberg: A Lasting Legacy for the Future (International Humanitarian Law Dialogs)
The 10th Anniversary of the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs will be held in Nuremberg, Germany to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials! To join the Dialogs as part of the Washington University School of Law delegation, please contact Bethel Mandefro at the Harris Institute.

Wednesday, October 12

Foreign Policy in Campaign 2016 (CFR Academic Conference Call)
11 a.m., Seigle Hall 108E, Detjen Seminar Room
Speaker: James M. Lindsay, Senior Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair, CFR
Optional Background Readings: Francis Fukuyama, "American Political Decay or Renewal? The Meaning of the 2016 Election," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2016; Campaign 2016: The Candidates and the World, Council on Foreign Relations; James M. Lindsay, The Water's Edge, Blog, Council on Foreign Relations.

Thursday, October 20

Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedom
4:30 PM, Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 310, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
Rabbi Isserman Lecture by Arsalan Iftikhar, AB '99, JD '03, Washington University; International Human Rights Lawyer; Senior Editor, The Islamic Monthly; Founder,; Organized by Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers (PILPSS), Assembly Series, Co-sponsored by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Office of Residential Life.

Saturday, October 22

Washington University Climate Change Negotiations
Multiple Rooms, Anheuser-Busch Hall
The second annual Washington University Climate Change Negotiations (WUCCN) will be held at Washington University School of Law. The negotiations will simulate the annual UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's Conference of the Parties, with each participant taking on the role of the key negotiator from one of the 197 member parties of the UNFCCC. Organized by Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment, co-sponsored by the Harris Institute and more.

Saturday, October 29

Screening of Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity
3:30 p.m., Fordham University, New York City, New York
This film to be screened during International Law Weekend -New York, features a series of real life testimonies from survivors of crimes against humanity as well as expert in international criminal law to raise awareness and support for a global crimes against humanity convention.

Wednesday, November 9

U.S.-Russia Relations (CFR Academic Conference Call)
11 a.m., Seigle Hall 108E, Detjen Seminar Room
Speaker: Angela E. Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Optional Background Readings: Stephen Kotkin, "Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics: Putin Returns to the Historical Pattern," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2016; Fyodor Lukyanov, "Putin's Foreign Policy: The Quest to Restore Russia's Rightful Place," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2016; Timothy Frye, "Why IR Theory Gets Russia Wrong: Moscow's Predictably Unpredictable Politics,", May 23, 2016.

Thursday, November 17

The Future of U.S. -Cuba Relations (CFR Academic Conference Call)
1 p.m., Seigle Hall 108E, Detjen Seminar Room
Speaker: Susan Kaufman Purcell, Former Director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy, University of Miami
Optional Background Readings:: "Anthology: Cuba Libre? U.S.-Cuban Relations From Revolution to Rapprochement," Foreign Affairs, May 16, 2016;"Timeline: U.S.–Cuba Relations," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations; "Backgrounder: U.S.–Cuba Relations," Interactive, Council on Foreign Relations.

December 12-13

Workshop on the Drafting of a Crimes Against Humanity Convention
By invitation only.  National University of Singapore, Singapore 
This workshop, being organized by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute in conjunction with the Center for International Law at the National University of Singapore, will gather together members of the International Law Commission and experts in the field of international criminal law and human rights law to discuss the core articles that are likely to be included in the Third Report on a crimes against humanity draft convention. 


Spring 2016

Fall 2015


  • 2015 CICL/LJ Symposium on Human Trafficking [more]
  • International Dispute Resolution: Protecting Your Client In The Global Economy [more]
  • No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka - Callum Macrae [more]
  • 8th Annual William C. Jones Lecture Series - Curtis J. Milhaupt [more]
  • LGBT Rights in International and Comparative Law: Progress and Contestation - Laurence (Larry) R. Helfer [more]
  • Justice for Sergei film screening with Professor Walke [more]
  • International Justice: Beginning of the End, or End of the Beginning? - Prosecutor Serge Brammertz [more]
  • International Human Rights Law in Action: Lessons from the Field - Professor Stephanie Farrior [more]
  • Global Perspectives on Colorism Conference more... 

CFR Academic Conference Calls:

  • U.S.–India Relations. Alyssa Ayres, Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • The Future of Cybersecurity. Robert K. Knake, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Countering Transnational Threats.  Michael R. Fenzel, 2015-2016 U.S. Army Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • The Role of the United Nations.  Esther Brimmer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Institutions, Council on Foreign Relations
  • International Trade Policy. Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • Improving Humanitarian Aid, David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee Religion and Global Affairs, Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University 
  • The Future of the Arctic, Lawson W. Brigham, Distinguished Professor of Geography and Arctic Policy, University of Alaska Fairbanks 
  • Peace Operations in Africa - Paul D. Williams, Associate Professor, George Washington University
  • Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan: Facing Future Defense Challenges, Speaker: Janine Davidson, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations 
  • U.S. Counterterrorism Policy, Speaker, Audrey Kurth Cronin, Distinguished Service Professor, George Mason University School
    of Public Policy. See more.
  • International Efforts to Combat Climate Change - Michael A. Levi, CFR Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and
    Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geo-economics Studies. See more.
  • Security and Democratic Governance in Nigeria, Speaker, John Campbell, CFR Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies. See more.
  • The Global Health Crisis of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Speaker, Thomas J. Bollyky, CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health,
    Economics, and Development. See more.

Fall 2014

  • 8th Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs [more]
  • Legal Globalization and Efficiency: Towards Standardization or Jurisdiversity: Prof. Bertrand du Marais [more]
  • Constitutional Implications of the Financial Crisis in Europe: Prof. Goncalo Matias [more]
  • Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished: Gautam Yadama and Mark Katzman [more]

CFR Academic Conference Calls:

  • The Future of Guantanamo Bay, Speaker, Matthew C. Waxman, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy. See more.
  • NAFTA at Twenty, Speaker, Shannon K. O'Neil, CFR Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society,
    Markets, and Democracy Program. See more.
  • U.S. – China Relations, Speaker, Elizabeth Economy, CFR C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies. See more.
  • Implications of Drones on U.S. Foreign Policy, Speakers, Sarah Kreps, CFR's Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow, and an
    associate professor of government at Cornell University and Micah Zenko, CFR's Douglas Dillion Fellow. See more.

Spring 2014

  • The Modern Challenges of International Law: Ambassador David Scheffer [more]
  • William C. Jones Lecture: Professor Madeline Zelin [more]
  • Rule of Law, Criminal Justice, and the U.S. in Afghanistan: Karen Hall, U.S. Department of State [more]
  • Expert Meeting on "Fulfilling the Dictates of Public Conscience:
    Moving Forward with a Convention on Crimes Against Humanity" [more

Fall 2013

  • 7th International Humanitarian Law Dialogs [more]
  • International Law Weekend (ILW) Midwest Conference [more]
  • Challenges of Global Governance (Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference
    Call): Stewart M. Patrick
  • 2013 World Peace Through Law Lecture: H.E. Sir Christopher Greenwood [more]
  • Holocaust memorial Lecture Speaker: Sarah Wagner
    "Srebrenica's Legacies of Loss and Remembrance" [more]
  • American Grand Strategy(Council on Foreign Relations Academic Conference
    Call): Richard N. Haass
  • Roundtable on "Sebrenica's Legacies of Loss and Remembrance
  • Seeds of Hope: Can the Women of Congo Dare to Dream of Peace and Justice:
    Fiona Lloyd-Davies [more