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Southwestern Reporter

January/February 2008

Summer 2008 International Law Programs

Summer Programs

Southwestern will again offer students the opportunity to study law overseas this summer through its programs in London, England; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Guanajuato, Mexico. Each program features international law courses taught in English by leading experts and scholars, highlighted by visits to courts, law offices, and government agencies, and social events that explore local areas and culture.

In addition to the program descriptions below, brochures and application forms are available in W102 and online; brochures for the London program are also available in the Biederman Institute Office. Questions may be addressed to program directors Professor Silvia Faerman, Buenos Aires; Professor Austen Parrish, Vancouver; and Professor Lon Sobel, London.

London, England

London, England
The program in International Entertainment and Media Law will be held from June 22 to July 25 at the University of London. It will include two and three unit courses on international entertainment, media, art and sports law taught by U.S. and British faculty with extensive international experience; guest lectures by leading members of the British entertainment and media law bar; and field excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice; the legal, entertainment, media and cultural facilities of London; and several informal social events. With classes meeting four days a week, students also will have ample opportunity to explore London and other European cities on their own.

The University of London, the site of the program, is one of the oldest and largest universities in the United Kingdom. It is a "federation" of 19 separate colleges, plus many specialized Institutes, and several residence halls. All of Southwestern's courses will be taught in the Brunei Gallery, a comfortable, modern building located on the University of London campus in the heart of central London, across the street from the northwest corner of Russell Square in the Bloomsbury district, just one block north of the British Museum.

The program's academic offerings include: International Entertainment Law taught by Southwestern Professor Lon Sobel; International and Comparative Media Law, taught by Southwestern Professor Michael Epstein; International Sports Law, taught by Southwestern Associate Dean Christopher Cameron and Professor Simon Gardiner, adjunct professor of sports law at the Griffith University Law School in Australia; and International Art Law taught by Professor Henry Lydiate, a Barrister who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 25 years. He is currently a legal and business consultant, specializing in visual art and design, in addition to teaching at the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge; Birkbeck College, University of London; and the University of the Arts, London.

Tuition is $6,950 for five or six units, and includes housing, books and materials. Living accommodations will be provided at the University of London's College Hall from Saturday June 21 to Saturday, July 26. This private housing features private showers/toilets and includes breakfast. Located in the University of London/Russell Square/Bloomsbury district of London, there are a wide variety of eating establishments. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to London.

Buenos Aires, Argentina


The program in Buenos Aires, offering a rich array of activities in a cosmopolitan city unlike any other in Latin America, will be held from May 25 to June 27. This year's course offerings are: Corruption and White Collar Crime, taught by Professor Nicolas Dassen of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and Professor Guillermo Jorge of San Andrés University; International Business Transactions, taught by Professor Miguel de Dios, who has litigated many of Argentina's most important cases involving international financial operations, and Professor Alejandro Fiuza, a partner with the nos Aires firm of Marval, O'Farrell and Mairal and an expert in international business transactions; International Protection of Human Rights taught by UBA Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Vice Decana) Mónica Pinto, also professor of human rights and international law; Latin American Laws and Institutions taught by UBA Professor Macelo Alegre and Professor Martin Sigal, LL.M. Program Professor at the University of Palermo; Comparative Constitutional Law taught by Southwestern Dean Emeritus Leigh H. Taylor; and Globalization and the Transformation of Roles of Lawyers and Law in Latin America taught by Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth and visiting scholar Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Hewlett-Georgetown Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving and Georgetown University Law Center.

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, the program offers a limited number of judicial externships in the Argentine Supreme Court, appellate courts, criminal courts, and federal courts of first instance for students fluent in Spanish. The externship component runs from May 25 to July 8. Preference for positions at the Argentine Supreme Court will be given to students entering their final year of law school.

Tuition for the program in Argentina is $3,150 for four credits and $4,650 for six credits or the externships. There is also a materials fee of $75 per course. Living accommodations with an Argentine family can be arranged for a fee of $650 for the regular program and $750 for externships, which includes a private room with weekday breakfasts and dinners.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Now in its 16th year, the program in Vancouver, a scenic metropolitan area that is the economic, cultural, and educational center of British Columbia, will be held from May 25 to June 25 in collaboration with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Law Faculty.

Students may register for either two courses (4 units) or three courses (6 units). Students enrolling in any of the two-week courses may enroll in no more than one month-long course, but may enroll in the second two-week course. There are no course prerequisites. Courses include: Comparative Constitutional Law, taught by Professor Trevor W. Morrison, Cornell Law School; Comparative Cultural Property Law, taught by Professor Robert Patterson, former Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia where he teaches Corporations, International Trade, Cultural Property Law, and Cultural Heritage and Art Law; Comparative Sentencing Law and Policy, taught by Professor Dan Markel, Florida State University College of Law; International Criminal Law, taught by Professor Kristen Boon of Seton Hall Law School and Southwestern Professor Kenneth Williams; and International Environmental Law & Policy, taught by Southwestern Professor Austen Parrish and Professor Karin Mickelson, University of British Columbia.

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, a limited number of part-time, 144-hour externships are available to qualified applicants. Students who participate in the Externship Program will have the opportunity to work with either the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, or the Dr. Andrew R. Thompson Natural Resources Law Program (with Professors Richard Paisley and Shi-Ling Hsu). Other placements may be available with other legal organizations in Vancouver. The Externship Program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop legal and professional skills in the area of comparative and international law. The externship component runs from May 28 to June 29.

The cost for the program is $3,000 for four units and $4,500 for six units, plus a $75 materials fee for each course. Housing costs will be finalized in the spring; last year's fees ranged from $650 - $1,100. Vancouver offers an unending variety of captivating sights and activities. Among the many popular destinations within a few minutes of the city center are Stanley Park, one of North America's largest urban parks, and the continent's second largest Chinatown. There are also several cultural attractions within the university grounds, including the Museum of Anthropology and the Nitobe Japanese Gardens.

Guanajuato, Mexico


Southwestern's Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico, a colonial city defined by fountains and shady plazas surrounded by sidewalk cafes, is held in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and the Universidad de Guanajuato, Facultad de Derecho. The program, established in 1989, focuses on Mexican and international law and will be held from June 1 to July 29 with two-week, externships in Mexican Legal Systems and Social Development available to a limited number of students who participate in the course component from June 30 to July 12.

Participating students may enroll in two of the following three-unit courses: Overview of Mexican Business Law, taught by Professor William MacPherson of the University of New Mexico and founding Director of Summer Law Institute, and Professor Pedro Vasquez Nieto, of the Universidad de Guanajuato, a Notario specializing in Mexican business law and co-director of the Summer Law Institute; NAFTA and Trade in the Americas, taught by Professors A. Sedillo Lopez, Director of Summer Law Institute, Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the University of New Mexico School of Law, Professor Jorge A. Ramírez, Director of International Programs at Texas Tech, and Southwestern Professor Robert Lutz; Comparative Constitutional Law, taught by Texas Tech Professors Alison G. Myhra, Victoria Sutton and Robert H. Bean; International Business Transactions, taught by Professor Sergio Pareja, University of New Mexico; Political, Economic, and Social Issues' Impact on Mexican Law, taught by Professor Luís Felipe Guerrero Agripino, Dean and Professor of the Universidad de Guanajuato School of Law. (Note: a "Social Issues Course" will be taught in Spanish with English interpretation.)

Tuition for the program in Mexico is $3,000 ($3,500 for the externships). The institute does not provide housing, but can help students find inexpensive housing within walking distance of the school.

The Argentina, Vancouver, London and Mexico programs are ABA-approved. The application deadline is April 4, 2008, but earlier submission is advised. All programs are open to law students in good standing who will have completed one year of study prior to the start of the programs - please see Southwestern's Student Handbook for additional requirements and the program brochures (available in print or online) for more detailed information on venues and courses. More information will be available throughout the spring, including information sessions with past participants and the program directors.


  • Chair-Elect, AALS Section on Litigation
  • Member, Executive Committee, AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Panel Moderator, "Capstone Session - Synthesizing Perspectives: Quick Takes, Questions and Answers," Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • Co-chair and Panel Moderator, "Moral and Economic Perspectives," Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • Interviewed, re: undocumented childcare workers, Larry Mantle's "Air Talk," KPCC-FM
  • Presenter, "Crystals in the Public Domain," PrawfsFest Conference, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • The "Right" to Injunctive Relief for Patent Infringement, 24 SANTA CLARA COMPUTER & HIGH TECHNOLOGY LAW JOURNAL 1 (2007)
  • Panelist, "Who is the Client?" California State Bar Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA
  • Panel Moderator, "Judicial and Practical Perspectives," Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • Participant, Working Group on Curricular Reform Meeting, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Legal Education, Palo Alto, CA
  • Panel Moderator, "Empirical Research Strategies for Understanding the Legal Profession: Examples from Current Research," Committee on Research Program Presentation, AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • Chair, AALS Committee on Research Meeting, AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • Chair, LSSSE National Advisory Board Meeting, AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 2008 Supplement (LexisNexis, 2007); available online via Lexis
  • ENTERTAINMENT LAW: LEGAL CONCEPTS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES, 2008 Supplement (Thomson-West, 2007); available online via Westlaw Entertainment Database
  • Transnational Legal Practice: 2006-07 Year-in-Review, 42 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (with L. Terry, C. Silver, E. Rosen, C. Needham and P. Ehrenhaft, forthcoming)
  • Lecturer, "Comparative Aspects of the Law of Arbitration and Transnational Litigation," USAID and University Technologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Interviewed, Monterrey, Mexico, local radio program focusing on Southwestern-Tecnologico cooperative programs
  • Alternate Member and Presenter, Proposals to Joint Editorial Board on International Projects of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), Washington, DC
  • Participant, American Bar Foundation's Fellows Research Advisory Council Meeting, regarding ABF's current research program and review various projects
  • Participant, India-U.S. Joint Working Group on Legal Services Meeting with U.S. Trade Representative, regarding meetings with representatives of Indian about liberalizing Indian legal services regulation, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Section on Graduate Programs (as Executive Committee member) AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • Participant, Virtual Law School Class, "International Trade Treaties" transmitted to 3,000 students throughout Latin America
  • Decorated, "Oficial" of the "Orden de Mayo" of the Argentine Republic pursuant to Presidential Decree, for pro bono work on behalf of Víctor Hugo Saldaño, an Argentine citizen on death row in Texas
  • Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner before the U.S. Supreme Court in Victor Hugo Saldaño v. State of Texas, brief filed for Government of the Argentine Republic
  • Panelist, "The Internationalization of Argentina's Understanding of Rights and Access to Justice," Global Conceptions of Access to Justice, Section on Comparative Law, AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY


  • Trail Smelter Déjà vu: Extraterritoriality, International Environmental Law and the Search for Solutions to Canadian-U.S. Transboundary Water Pollution Disputes, abridged and reprinted in WATER POLLUTION: POLICIES AND PERSPECTIVES (K. Kumari, ed., ICFAI Univ. Press, 2007)
  • Quoted, Teck pollution lawsuit 'two-edged sword,' The Globe and Mail (Canada)
  • Interviewed, "U.S. Supreme Court Expected to Make a Decision on Teck Cominco Case Soon," Canadian Press
  • Interviewed, "Teck Cominco's Chances of Supreme Court Hearing Have Diminished, Experts Say," Canadian Press
  • Interviewed several times on ABC Radio New Network; "Dateline Washington," Radio America Network; and Larry Mantle's "Air Talk," KPCC-FM on oral arguments before U.S. Supreme Court regarding habeas corpus for Guantanamo Bay detainees; U.S. Supreme Court decisions Gall and Kimbrough (regarding power of Federal District Judges to use sentencing discretion); U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments regarding lethal injection and 8th Amendment; and legal aspects of the indictment against former U.S. Congressman Mark J. Siljander on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, and obstruction of justice
  • See No Evil: Wrongful Convictions and the Prosecutorial Ethics of Offering Testimony by Jailhouse Informants and Dishonest Experts, 76 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 1413 (2007, Ethic and Evidence Symposium issue)
  • Comments on Forty Years of Demographic Changes in the Central District of California, 36 SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 215 (2007)
  • Panel Moderator, "Social and Cultural Perspectives," Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • Participant, Criminal Justice Magazine Board Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Participant, California Gender Responsive Strategies Commission Meeting, Fresno, CA
  • Quoted, "Ridges of doubt: Baltimore judge throws out fingerprint evidence in murder trial," Lawyers USA
  • Presenter, "Indigenous Peoples and Emerging Protections for Traditional Knowledge," Section on Law and Anthropology, AALS Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • Co-Chair and Panel Moderator, "Public and Private Law Perspectives," Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students, JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION (forthcoming)
  • Panelist, "Outside Looking In: The (Dis)enfranchisement of LGBT Law Students,"  AALS Annual Meeting,  New York, NY


  • Debtors have New Weapons Against Involuntary Bankruptcy in JOURNAL OF CORPORATE RENEWAL (December 2007)


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