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Human Trafficking Institute poster Human Trafficking: Criminal and Civil Approached to Forced Labor, Peonage, and Involuntary Servitude

March 13, 2018




Saul Friedlander

Keynote address to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Vanderbilt Holocaust Lecture Series

Saul Friedlander is a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Israeli/American historian and currently professor emeritus of history at UCLA. Professor Friedlander, a historian and a memoir writer, will explore how these disparate genres intersect and, more importantly, where these disciplines of knowing can lead us to a faithful and enduring memory of the Holocaust in the twenty-first century and beyond.

September 26, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium



The Fight for Kurdish Independence

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, who is the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the U.S., discussed the Kurdish Independence Referendum at Vanderbilt Law School Sept. 27, just two days after the referendum passed with 92 percent of the vote on Sept. 25

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Making International Refugee Law Relevant Again poster “Making International Refugee Law Relevant Again:  How to Move Beyond Crisis Thinking,” a talk by James C. Hathaway of Michigan Law School

October 2, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Renaissance Room


2017 National Security Symposium

Reflections on U.S. National and Homeland Security with Jeh Johnson, former Secretary of Homeland Security

October 6, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Langford Auditorium



Making Trade Policy

Join the Federalist Society, International Law Society, and the International Legal Studies Program as we host a conversation between Clete Willems, former chief counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and Professor Tim Meyer about the process of creating trade policy. Mr. Willems will discuss his experience representing the United States at the World Trade Organization and contemporary issues in international trade law.

October 20, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Moore Room


A lecture by Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School on her new book, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World

January 25, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Covington Room

Co-authored by Scott J. Shapiro, The Internationalists tells the story of the Peace Pact by placing it in the long history of international law from the seventeenth century through the present, tracing this rich history through a fascinating and diverse array of lawyers, politicians and intellectuals—Hugo Grotius, Nishi Amane, Salmon Levinson, James Shotwell, Sumner Welles, Carl Schmitt, Hersch Lauterpacht, and Sayyid Qutb. It tells of a centuries-long struggle of ideas over the role of war in a just world order. It details the brutal world of conflict the Peace Pact helped extinguish, and the subsequent era where tariffs and sanctions take the place of tanks and gunships.

Faculty Works-in-Progress Roundtable

January 26, 2018
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Bass Berry Sims Room

Genocide Prevention Response Simulation

January 27, 2018, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
January 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Participants in this interactive experience will meet in one of six groups, which will in turn assemble in plenary sessions designed to develop appropriate responses to an impending mass atrocity. The scenario is quite realistic and exposes groups to detailed information relevant to an evolving potential mass atrocity situation in Zimbabwe. Groups will debate available options for dealing with a set of real world challenges based on shifting and often incomplete information.  Participants will be exposed to the difficulties of making judgements about impending genocides and a structured decision-making process for generating better policy and legal judgments.


Social Justice, Gender and Legal Change in Asylum Law, a Lecture by Professor Debbie Anker, Harvard Law School

February 12, 2018
12:10-1:00 p.m.
Flynn Auditorium


Faculty Lunch Workshop: Andrew Woods, University of Kentucky College of Law

February 14, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Alexander Room

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