Faculty on the Global Stage
Recent international activities involving New England Law faculty
American Society of International Law events
Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy, attended the American Society of International Law (ASIL) annual conference in Washington, DC. Laplante is co-chair of ASIL’s Transitional Justice-Rule of Law Interest Group. Conference highlights included an event featuring Claudia Paz y Paz, former attorney general of Guatemala, who brought charges against former president, General Rios Montt, which led to his genocide conviction. Laplante served as a trial monitor in that case, which provided background for her New England Law Research Paper, Memory Battles: Guatemala's Public Debates and the Genocide Trial of José Efraín Ríos Montt. The conference also hosted Pablo de Greiff, UN special rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.
ASIL conference attendees, including from left, conference co-chair Zina Miller, Pablo de Grief, Ruti Teitel (who wrote the book that gave the Transitional Justice field its name), Professsor Lisa Laplante, and conference co-chairs Monica Feltz and Marie-Claude Jean Baptiste.
U.S. Institute of Peace Discussions Regarding Colombia's Peace Process
Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy, participated in discussions at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington on Colombia’s Peace Process and Transitional Justice. The Colombian government and FARC rebels agreed to basic principles on the rights of victims to truth, justice, reparations, and guarantees of non-repetition, and Laplante joined other scholars and practitioners in examining lessons that might contribute to the creation of the national truth commission and other architectures as part of the peace process.
Teaching at an elite Chinese institution for legal instruction
Professor Siegel taught Current Topics in American Criminal Procedure as an international faculty member at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing. The elite research institution is the world’s largest institution for legal instruction. Students examined issues of search and seizure, 21st century technology and the Fourth Amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, the death penalty, and wrongful convictions. The course culminated with a mock trial in which students used American procedural protections in a Chinese setting. Siegel also participated as a commentator at the Third International Student Forum on Public Interest Law, held at CUPL’s Changping campus.
Professor David Siegel, at right, with CUPL students after a mock trial on the Beijing campus.
International “ChangeMakers” Group Visits New England Law | Boston
Twenty-five social entrepreneurs from 22 countries participated in “ChangeMakers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S.,” hosted by New England Law | Boston. Members of the international contingent shared concerns and insights with Professors Lisa Laplante and David Siegel, directors of the Center for International Law and Policy and Center for Law and Social Responsibility, respectively; Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project; and Jennifer Rubin ’16 of the law school’s CORI Initiative.
Professor David Siegel presents to delegation of “ChangeMakers”
Gender, Peace, and Security course and International Criminal Court meeting in the Netherlands
Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project, taught at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University in The Hague. The course brought together UN staff and members of international organizations from all over the world, including representatives from Afghanistan, Egypt, Nepal, the Philippines, and Uganda. During this trip, Professor Haynes also met with the legal counsel at the Appellate Division of the International Criminal Court, and with New England Law students clerking there.
Human Rights Inquiry in Geneva, Switzerland
Working on Transitional Justices issues in Colombia
Professor Lisa Laplante, director of the Center for International Law and Policy (CILP), participated in meetings organized by Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General. Colombia is negotiating peace terms with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a guerrilla group that has been active for 50 years. Laplante was invited to speak on reparations, a key issue as the nation is currently implementing a new reparations law.
“Colombia’s conflict is one of Latin America’s oldest, and it’s unusual for transitional justice issues to be discussed before conflicts are formally concluded,” Laplante noted. The Bogotá meetings featured Colombia’s former president, other international experts, and citizens affected by the conflict.
Presentations in China
Professor David Siegel presented a paper, “The Decentralized Evolution of a New U.S. Standard of Videotaped Interrogation,” at the Southwest University for Minorities in Chengdu. He was one of a select group of international scholars invited to a conference, “Criminal Interrogation Procedure: International Developments and Problems in China.” He also spoke to undergraduate law students at Xihua University in Chengdu and met with faculty to discuss changes in legal scholarship and publication practices.
Professor Siegel with colleagues in China.
Presentation to Turkish jurists
Rwanda reception and speakers
UN meeting in Geneva, Switzerland
New partnership established with London-based institute
Lithuanian delegation hosted
New England Law hosted a high-level delegation of Lithuanian Supreme Court justices and prosecutors who came to study New England Law’s human rights curriculum.
The delegation was welcomed by Professor Dina Haynes (bottom right).
Presentations in Uzbekistan
Participation in Uzbekistan conference
Justice Robert Cordy, a member of the law school’s adjunct faculty, participated in the 3rd Regional Dialogue Public Discussion in Charvaq, Uzbekistan. The event focused on the importance of defense lawyers as protectors of defendants' rights.
Professor Siegel, at right, shared insights with Uzbek attorneys and jurists.