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Crimes against Humanity in the Modern Age
Thursday, March 27, 2014
5:30 PM, Yates Common Room, Debevoise Hall
Leila Sadat

View the video here
Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor on Crimes against Humanity
Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
Director, Crimes against Humanity Initiative
Co-hosted by the International Law Society student organization, as part of a year-long speaker series, and with generous support from the International Law Students Association.


Governor Kunin, former Governor and U.S. Ambassador
November 2013

Madeleine May Kunin, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and Vermont's first and only female Governor, spoke about being an international role model for women in leadership and politics, and about her most recent book, The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family.
This event was co-hosted by the International Law Society student organization together with the Women's Law Group. 


Book Talk: “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here
October 2013
Karima Bennoune

Human Rights lawyer and author, Professor Karima Bennoune (University of California, Davis) discussed her book “YOUR FATWA DOES NOT APPLY HERE: UNTOLD STORIES FROM THE FIGHT AGAINST MUSLIM FUNDAMENTALISM” (WW Norton & Co. 2013)
This event was co-hosted by the International Law Society student organization as part of a year-long speaker series.


The Visible and Invisible World of International Claims Tribunals
August 2013
Lucy Reed

Global Head of International Arbitration for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Past President, American Society of International Law; served on post-Holocaust tribunal dealing with Swiss bank accounts and on Ethiopia-Eritrea Claims Commission
Co-hosted by the International Law Society student organization, Lucy Reed provided a guest lecture at the student organization's inaugural reception.


Renowned Filipino environmental lawyer Tony Oposa
July 2013

Renowned Filipino environmental lawyer Antonio A. “Tony” Oposa Jr. was in residence as Vermont Law School’s Distinguished International Environmental Scholar in Summer 2013.

He spoke to packed rooms in two presentations:

Litigating for the Environment. Oposa told the riveting story of the landmark case he brought that led the Philippine Supreme Court to recognize the principle of intergenerational equity—that the rights and interests of future generations should be taken into account in decisions today.

Shooting Stars and Dancing Fish. Oposa’s dynamic Hot Topics presentation brought the house down. The theme of his talk was CPR for the Planet—Conservation, Protection, and Restoration.


Drone Strikes, Targeted Killings Examined at Conference
March 2013

In March 2013, the International Law Society student organization partnered with the Federalist Society chapter at Vermont Law School to organize a conference on “Reaching Critical Mass: International and U.S. Law in the Wake of Modern Exigencies.” The conference explored issues in protecting against modern security threats while observing international law and protecting human rights.


Is There Still a War on Terror?
September 2012
Gabor Rona

Gabor Rona '78, the international legal director of Human Rights First, returned in September 2012 to Vermont Law School, per the invitation of the International Law Society student organization, where he spoke on "the most challenging legal topics of our time: human rights and counterterrorism." An overview of his remarks appears here.


A World of Change: Global Activism on LGBTI Issues
April 2012

"A World of Change: Global Activism on LGBTI Issues." Our speakers first came together just over twenty years ago to develop Amnesty International's work against human rights violations targeting people because of their sexual orientation. At this conference, they reflected on the early struggles in the movement, and discussed the development of international legal standards; strategies on using UN human rights mechanisms; lessons learned on building a movement across the global north and south; and current challenges for future advocacy.


UN Campaign to End Violence against Women
March 2012