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EWC Lunchtime Talks

Come to one of our occasional lunchtime talks on topical issues involving foreign, comparative or international law. Designed to foster interest in and discussion of alternative perspectives to a range of legal, political or historical themes, these events provide an informal setting in which to exchange ideas beyond the constraints of a rigid syllabus. The talks are open to all. No registration. No reading assignments. No exams.

Upcoming Talks:

Lunchtime Talks - Fall 2016

Contested Marine Claims in the South & East China Seas: The Story Continues
Professor Günther Handl
September 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM, WH 212

Past Talks:

Fall 2016
The Brexit - A Constitutional, Economic and Political Divorce
Professor Jörg Fedtke
September 21, 2016

Spring 2016
Berlin Summer Program 2016
Mediating Political Conflict
Professor Jörg Fedtke
March 22, 2016

The European Refugee Crisis
Professor Jörg Fedtke
February 29, 2016

International Career Opportunities
Professor Robert Sloan, LSU, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation
February 16, 2016

Fall 2015
U.S. Law in Context
International Solutions for Spent Nuclear Fuel

Professor Robert Sloan, LSU, former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation
September 25, 2015

U.S. Law in Context
Does International Law matter? - The Case of the German Air Transport Tax

Uwe Erling, LL.M (Tulane), Noerr LLP Munich/Germany
September 21, 2015

U.S. Law in Context
Contested Maritime Claims in the South & East China Seas: An International Legal Perspective

Professor Günther Handl
September 16, 2015

Spring 2014
An Unprecedented Canadian Journey: Murder, Comparative Law Constructs,
and the Case of The Queen v. Abraham Froesse-Friessen

Brian Manarin (MAG), Assistant Crown Attorney (Windsor, Ontario)
April 4, 2014

Berlin Summer Program 2014
Talk with 2013 Alumni at DAT DOG
March 14, 2014

Berlin Summer Program 2014
Movie Afternoon: Lola Rennt
March 13, 2014

Berlin Summer Program 2014
Program Information
Chana Lewis and Professor Jörg Fedtke
March 11, 2014

Introducing China
Doing Business in China

Hao Jiang
January 27, 2014

Fall 2013
International Careers Coffee: International Commerce/Business
Professor Robert Sloan (LSU), former Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Entergy Corporation
November 22, 2013

Introducing China
Contract Law

Hao Jiang
November 6, 2013

International Careers Coffee: Development
Professor Colin Crawford, Professor Jörg Fedtke, Brandy Craig (CDO)
October 25, 2013

Introducing China
The Court System

Hao Jiang
October 23, 2013

Privacy in the Digital Space
Professor Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell (Madrid)
October 17, 2013

Introducing China
Constitutional Structures

Hao Jiang and Professor Jörg Fedtke
October 14, 2013

Introducing China
A First Glance

Hao Jiang and Professor Jörg Fedtke
September 25, 2013

Spring 2013
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Margarette May Macaulay
Former Justice, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
April 8, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
Intellectual Property

Elizabeth Townsend-Gard
April 12, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
International Public Law

Gunther Handl
March 13, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
International Human Rights

Adeno Addis
March 1, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
Maritime Law

Martin Davies
February 26, 2013

Student Talk on International Work Experience: Cambodia
Alexander Rotan
February 15, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
Comparative Approaches to Legal Sex

Saru Matambanadzo
February 1, 2013

Human Rights Protection in Brazil
Dr Marcia Bernardes (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)
Coleman Visiting Professor, Tulane Law School
January 29, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
Sex Discrimination in Employment

Joel Friedman
January 25, 2013

U.S. Law in Context
The European Union

Jörg Fedtke
January 18, 2013

Fall 2012
U.S. Law in Context
International Finance

Adam Feibelman
November 13, 2012

U.S. Law in Context
International Business Transactions

Claire Dickerson
November 6, 2012

U.S. Law in Context
Comparative Environmental Law

Oliver Houck
October 23, 2012 - 2:30 PM

U.S. Law in Context
Law and Development

Colin Crawford
October 16, 2012

U.S. Law in Context
Mixed Jurisdictions

Vernon Palmer
October 2, 2012

U.S. Law in Context
Civil Law and Common Law

Ron Scalise
September 18, 2012

U.S. Law in Context

Vernon Palmer
September 11, 2012

U.S. Law in Context
Introduction to the Series

Jörg Fedtke
August 28, 2012
Spring 2012
Payson Center for International Development
Energy Regulation and Sustainable Development
Yomayra Martino Soto (Universidad Iberoamericana Law School, Santo Domingo)
March 28, 2012

Human Rights Law Society
Human Rights in American Courts: A Litigator's Perspective
Denise Le Boeuf
March 26, 2012

Discussion with Senior Judges from Pakistan
Justice Tanvir Khan (Director General, Punjab Judicial Academy)
Justice Amir Hani Muslim (Supreme Court of Pakistan)
Helen Berrigan (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana)
February 13, 2012

International and Comparative Law at Tulane
Professor Colin Crawford (TLS)
Professor Jörg Fedtke (TLS)
February 7, 2012

Transitional Justice in Brazil
Dr Marcia Bernardes (Ponitifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)
January 23, 2012
Fall 2011
Why Study Comparative or European Law?
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
November 16, 2011

Student Talk on International Work Experience: China
Legal Transplants and the Judicial System

Hao Jiang (TLS)
November 8, 2011

International Job Opportunities
Robert D. Sloan (Entergy Corporation)
November 1, 2011

The Challenges of Implementing a New Constitution:
Bolivia's Ongoing Indigenous and Environmental Issues

Dr. Martin Mendoza-Botelho (Payson Center for International Development)
October 24, 2011

Germany and Europe's Financial Crisis
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
October 18, 2011

Distinguishing Yourself Through International Law Opportunities
Professor Matthew Wilson  (University of Wyoming College of Law)
September 21, 2011

Judicial Review in Germany
Professor Hein Kötz  (Max Planck Institute Hamburg)
September 20, 2011

Legal Aspects of Counterterrorism
Professor Amos Guiora  (S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah)
September 8, 2011
Spring 2011
Insights from Cairo
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
April 19, 2011

The Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Partnerships: Three Models in a Comparative Perspective
Professor Daniel Eduardo Bonilla Maldonado  (University of the Andes)
March 30, 2011

The EU and International Law: Uneasy Bedfellows?
Professor Takis Tridimas  (School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London)
March 28, 2011

Urban Indians and Cultural Rights: the Limits of Multicultural Liberalism
Professor Daniel Eduardo Bonilla Maldonado  (University of the Andes)
March 28, 2011

Student Talk on International Work Experience: India
Amber Johnson
Student Talk on Study Abroad: Germany
Jill Clayton
March 23, 2011

Amber Johnson spent the first half of her 2010 summer break as the only foreign intern working for Karanjawala & Co., a private Indian law firm in New Delhi. Karanjawala specializes in dispute resolution and criminal law. During her time there, she observed a mediation involving a criminal breach of trust, conducted research and drafted responses regarding Indian family law, and provided input on international arbitration. "More importantly," she says, "my experience there taught me so much not only about another legal system but an entirely different culture." This talk will provide insight into a very unusual internship and is highly recommended to students who are thinking about working abroad. Light refreshments will be provided.

Jill Clayton participated in the International Business Program at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. The Program is designed entirely for international students and, in her case, attracted 80 students from 24 different countries. Classes were taught in English by professors and practicing attorneys from all over the globe. Jill will speak about the reasons why she chose to study abroad, practical aspects such as accommodation and the cost of study, the selection of courses, the classroom experience, and - generally - life in a foreign city and society.

Constitutional Change in Iraq
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
February 23, 2011

Free Speech in China: Past, Present, and Future
Roy L Sturgeon, JD, MLS, LLM (Tulane Law School)
February 9, 2011

Indigenous Rights to Land: Awas Tingni v. Nicaragua (Inter-American Court of Human Rights)
Lottie Cunningham
(co-sponsored with the Payson Center for Development and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies)
February 8, 2011
Information  | Invitation 

Alumnus Talk on International Work Experience (Supreme Court of Israel)
Lance Simon (TLS '10)
January 26, 2011
Fall 2010
The new Supreme Court and the Appointment of Judges in the United Kingdom
Professor Jeffrey Jowell QC (Director, Bingham Center for the Rule of Law )
November 19, 2010

Transferring Legal Ideas between Societies - Opportunities and Pitfalls
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
Payson Center for International Development (Doctoral Student Research Colloquium)
November 12, 2010

Law has travelled the globe for centuries. Jörg Fedtke will discuss the phenomenon, found both in public and private law, from a number of perspectives. Who has borrowed what, from where, and why? What difficulties must be overcome for a legal transplant to succeed in a new social, economical, political, and cultural context, and what are the potential benefits of borrowing legal ideas? Are there differences between particular areas of the law, or is a human right as easily moved from one society to another as rules of contract or commercial law? Do we know enough about the phenomenon at all to meaningfully use it at as a tool for legal development? Or are we still at the stage of trial and error?

Student Talk on International Work Experience (Turkey and Egypt)
(in collaboration with the International Law Society)
Nadja Tilstra and Stefanos Roulakis
November 10, 2010

Resettlement Legal Aid Project (RLAP) in Cairo, Egypt

Nadja Tilstra worked for the Resettlement Legal Aid Project (RLAP) in Cairo, Egypt, representing clients from Iraq, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea. Her clients were refugees who had fled their home countries because of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion. Because they had so few rights in Egypt and often faced further persecution, the refugees applied to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to be permanently relocated to another country. Nadja interviewed clients in order to write testimonies and emergency protection summaries documenting their experiences in their countries of origin, reasons for departure, and experiences in Egypt. The testimonies, which stated the refugee’s personal narrative and a legal argument in favor of resettlement, were submitted directly to the UNHCR or IOM (for qualifying Iraqis) to begin the process of resettlement. She also referred her clients to various local and international agencies in Cairo where they could access emergency protection, medical attention, and/or social services.

Rights of Minorities in Turkey

Stefanos Roulakis is a MS/JD student with the Tulane Law School and the Payson Center for International Development. He researched the rights of minorities in Turkey for Nemesis, a non-profit organization working for human rights in Europe. In particular, Stefanos focused on the rights of Turkey’s dwindling Syriac community, who, like other non-muslim minorities in Turkey, face discrimination based on language, culture, education as well as alienation of property. The Syriacs differ from other non-Muslim minorities in three respects which has contributed to the erosion of their rights. First, unlike other non-Muslim minorities, the Syriacs’ home is in the Southeast of the country, away from foreign embassies and news media, and in the thick of the Kurdish-Turkish conflict. Secondly, the Syriacs are a stateless people. Unlike other minority groups that have third states to advocate for their rights, no such state exists for the Syriacs. Finally, the Turkish government claims that the Syriacs are a 'minority of the state' and the conciliatory provisions of the treaty of Lausanne therefore do not apply to them, eroding an already tenuous rights paradigm which applies to other Turkish minority groups.

Both speakers will also talk about their experience in applying for their respective jobs. Refreshments will be provided.

Why Study Comparative Law?
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
November 3, 2010

Student Talk on International Work Experience (Cambodia and Indonesia)
(in collaboration with the International Law Society)
Sara Safriet and Richard L Kilpatrick
October 27, 2010

UN Office on Drugs and Crime (Indonesia)

While working at the United Nations this past summer, Sara Safriet surveyed the state of smuggled migrants through Indonesia en route to Australia. She was given full responsibility in designing the report, including identifying and contacting the relevant Indonesian governmental agencies and NGOs working on combating migrant smuggling in Indonesia. Safriet subsequently met and facilitated discussion with representatives from IOM, UNHCR, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, academics, and local NGOs. From these meetings, she compiled the latest statistics on migrants smuggled through Indonesia as well as information regarding their routes, reasons for attempting such a dangerous journey, and the Indonesian governmental and social response to smuggled migrants. Even though there is no direct law allowing for the prosecution of people smugglers, Safriet synthesized the relevant Indonesian legislation that could and should be used to prosecute the agents. She also outlined the international conventions still requiring the necessary supporting Indonesian criminal legislation in order to establish proper punishment of smugglers. Safriet concluded her report by detailing UNODC’s mandate on migrant smuggling and describing the areas in which the UNODC could and should work to support Indonesia in combating the smuggling of migrants.

The Documentation Center (Cambodia)

Richard L Kirkpatrick conducted research and drafted legal memoranda regarding procedural possibilities for improving judicial efficiency requested by and submitted to personnel at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a joint United Nations-Cambodian court which tries surviving leaders and those most responsible for crimes committed during the Khmer Rouge era. He interviewed victims and compiled donor reports for USAID, SIDA, and other international aid organizations concerning public reactions to the ECCC Case 001 (verdict finding Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch, former chairman of an infamous Khmer Rouge interrogation center, guilty of crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions). Kirkpatrick also contributed to donor reports regarding DC-Cam's Genocide Education Project and published law-related articles in DC-Cam's August 2010 edition of Searching for the Truth magazine.

Both speakers will also talk about their experience in applying for their respective jobs. Light refreshments will be provided.

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex - A Special Lecture on Terrorism in Germany
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
October 20, 2010

The European Union's External Relations after Lisbon
Professor Hubert Isak 
(University of Graz/Austria)
September 3, 2010
Spring 2010
Recent Constitutional Developments in the Andean Region
Professor Raul Sanchez Urribarri 
March, 11, 2010

The Legal, Historical and Humanitarian Situation in Haiti
Professor Vernon Valentine Palmer (EWC)
March 2, 2010

International Job Opportunities
Robert D. Sloan (Entergy Corporation)
February 23, 2010
Fall 2009
Comparative Law in Commercial Practice
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
November 24, 2009

The European Union and the Irish Referendum
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
October 13, 2009

Election Systems
Professor Jörg Fedtke (EWC)
October 5, 2009
Spring 2009
Practicing Tort Law in England and Wales
Warren Collins (Partner, Davies Arnold Cooper LLP, London)
February 9, 2009
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