PUBLISHED:October 22, 2010

Duke Law celebrates International Week

Duke Law School held its 10th International Week celebration from Oct. 25-29. The annual festivities recognize the contributions of the Law School's current international students to the Duke community as well as the work of alumni around the world.

In addition to traditional events like the International Food Fiesta and the Cultural Extravaganza and Fashion Show, International Week included panel discussions that showcased the knowledge of current LLM students and a lecture by an international human rights expert.

On Tuesday, four current LLM students who are experienced prosecutors in their home countries discussed the role their respective offices play in prosecuting high-level corruption in public life. The participating students were Nir Shnaiderman (Israel), Tsung-Hao Chen (Taiwan), Ryohei Oda (Japan), and Jae Bin Cho (Korea). Prof. Lisa Griffin moderated the discussion.

A separate panel of 2L and 3L students discussed their summer work experiences in international public interest placements and international private law firms on Wednesday.

Finally, David Kinley, chair of human rights law at the University of Sydney, discussed his paper “Too Big to Fail? Making Global Finance Pay for Human Rights” on Thursday. Kinley's paper develops arguments as to how global finance can be made part of the solution to greater human rights protection, not just part of the problem.

The full schedule for International Week 2010 was as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 26
Croissants et Café
9:30 a.m. | Star Commons
Sponsored by the Office of International Studies

Prosecutorial Independence and High-Profile Cases: A Comparative Discussion
12:15 p.m. | Room 3037 (Lunch Provided)
Sponsored by the Office of International Studies, International Law Society, and Asian Law Students Association

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Student Panel: Finding International Public Interest Opportunities for Summer Work
12:15 p.m. | Room 4055 (Lunch Provided)
Sponsored by the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono and the Career and Professional Development Center

International Food Fiesta & Wine/Beer Tasting
5:30 p.m. | Star Commons
Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs

Thursday, Oct. 28
Too Big to Fail? Making Global Finance Pay for Human Rights
Presented by David Kinley, Chair in Human Rights Law, The University of Sydney
12:15 p.m. | Room 3037 (Lunch Provided)
Sponsored by the Center for International & Comparative Law

Cultural Extravaganza & Fashion Show
5:30 p.m. Reception / 6:00 p.m. Program | 3rd Floor Mezzanine & Room 3041
Sponsored by the International Law Society and the Office of International Studies