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News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law January 2014

AUWCL Co-hosts Meeting of UN Human Rights Treaty Body Chairs

American University Washington College of Law, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and the International Bar Association (IBA) will host the chairs of the ten UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and representatives from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for special consultations on the ongoing treaty body strengthening process. These private consultations will be held Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 at the law school, and an invitation-only reception will be held Jan. 31 at ASIL’s Tiller House. Generous support for the event was also provided by Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Dean Claudio Grossman was elected chair of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in May 2013 for a one-year term. He has served as the chair of the UN Committee against Torture since April 2008.

Annual Founders' Celebration Begins

The annual 2014 Founders' Celebration series of events and conferences kicked off in January. The celebration features events, seminars, panel discussions, expert forums, and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs covering diverse topics such as government transparency, family law, IP and federal policy, criminal justice, and more. The newly launched Founders 2014 App will serve as a mobile guide to this year's Celebration. MORE

Professor Testifies Before House Judiciary Subcommittee

Professor Peter Jaszi testified Tuesday before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on "The Scope of Fair Use." The hearing focused on the fair use doctrine, which permits limited unauthorized use of copyrighted material, and which is relied upon to create derivative and transformative works. MORE

Alumna's Organization Ensures Access to Education for D.C.’s Youth

Alumna Sarah Comeau ‘11 co-founded the School Justice Project, an organization that she built from the ground up to provide court-involved youth, ages 17-22, with special education legal representation. MORE

War Crimes Research Office Releases New Report

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) has launched a new report on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Obtaining Victim Status for Purposes of Participating in Proceedings at the International Criminal Court. MORE

Alumni Event Held in The Hague

Dean Claudio Grossman and the Alumni Chapter of The Hague hosted area alumni for dinner at Tampat Senang on Jan. 27. Grossman talked with alumni about possible externships for AUWCL students.

Attend the LL.M. Open House Feb. 19

Each year American University Washington College of Law offers current practitioners and recent JD or LLB graduates the opportunity to immerse themselves in one of our three LL.M. Programs -- International Legal Studies, Law and Government or Advocacy. During the open house held at the law school, attendees can speak one-on-one with faculty, alumni, and current students of the LL.M. Programs. Program directors and admissions staff will also be on hand to explain what these programs can offer. RSVP

Applications Being Accepted for Summer Abroad Programs

Applications are now being accepted for the law school's specialized summer programs abroad. Earn up to six credits this summer in diverse course topics from international business to human rights law in Europe, Asia, and South America. MORE

Faculty Scholarship Highlight: Professor Ann Shalleck

Professor Ann Shalleck, together with her co-authors AUWCL Professor Elliott Milstein and Professor Susan Bryant from the City University of New York School of Law, has put together a new book, Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy, due out this April. The book analyzes and distills the origins and application of clinical education over the last half century, as well as its importance to current work to reshape legal education. MORE

Register for Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights

The 15th Annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law will be held May 27-June 13 at the law school, and is an excellent opportunity to gain internationally recognized certification in Human Rights Studies, taught by world-renowned experts in the field. Registration is open to AUWCL students beginning April 8. MORE

Professor and Alumna Publish Joint Article

Professor Juan Mendez and alumna Catherine Cone ’13 have co-authored an article “Transitional Justice” published in the Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law. Their work has also been featured in the Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law.