The University Record, September 30, 1998

Law School establishes Center for International and Comparative Law

By Catherine Cureton
Law School

The Law School has established a Center for International and Comparative Law. Located in the Law School Reading Room, the Center serves faculty and students with interests in international law, including international economic law and foreign and comparative law. In addition, the Center supports the activities of visiting international faculty and graduate students. It also coordinates established Law School programs in South Africa and Cambodia, and in refugee studies.

"The new Center for International and Comparative Law is a great boon to the Law School's already strong international program," says Prof. Jose Alvarez, the Center's faculty director. "It improves our ability to offer high quality courses in many aspects of international law--25 this year--as well as to bring highly regarded scholars and leaders to the School to lecture, meet with faculty and students, and do research in our library, which has one of the best collections in international law in the country."

The Center provides support for the School's ongoing faculty exchanges with the University of Tokyo and Cambridge, and is planning additional exchanges with the University of Toronto, Munich and a number of law departments within the People's Republic of China. The Center also assists students who study abroad for a semester, including established exchange opportunties in Leiden, Paris, Freiburg, Leuven and London. The School's highly regarded and selective graduate degree programs, open to approximately 40 students from around the world annually, are also part of the Center.

The Center has a select board of international legal scholars and practitioners, incluidng Aharon Barak--justice of the Supreme Court of Jerusalem; Giorgio Bernini, chair of Arbitration and International Commercial Law and director, Department of Law and Economics, University of Bologna; Emilio Cardenas, former president of the United Nations Security Council and ambassador-at-large for Argentina;

Tim Dickinson, past chair of the American Bar Association section on international law; Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, European University Institute, San Dominico di Fiesole (Italy); Susan Essernan, assistant U.S. secretary of commerce, recently nominated as deputy U.S. trade representative; Wolfgang Fikentscher, University of Munich faculty of law;

Jochen Frowein, Max-Planck-Institute, Heidelberg; Koichiro Fujikura, Waseda University (Tokyo) faculty of law; John Jackson, the U-M's Hessel E. Yntema Professor Emeritus of Law, currently on the faculty at Georgetown Law Center; Jane Olson, founder and co-chair, Human Rights Watch/California; Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Volkerrecht, Europarecht & Schweizerisch, Saint Gallen (Switzerland);

Elizabeth Rindskopf, former Central Intelligence Agency general counsel, Washington, D.C., now with the office of Bryan Cave; James F. Sams, president and CEO, American Development Services Corp.; Henry Schermers, professor of human rights, University of Leiden; Gare Smith, deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of State; and Yoichi Yamakawa, Koga & Partners, Tokyo.

 


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