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December 1: Global Monday Lecture by Professor Alejandra Gonza on International Human Rights and the Inter-American System

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Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William Gates Hall, RM 117

The states of the American continents have created a regional institution, the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes several structures for protecting human rights. The OAS Charter created substantive human rights norms and established two main institutions designed specifically for human rights protection and promotion: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gonza will provide an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and share from her experience working with its main bodies including successfully petitioning on behalf of clients who have been tortured.

Alejandra Gonza is a Commissioner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission and a legal adviser to the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, DC. She will teach the International Human Rights Clinic at UW Law starting winter. Ms. Gonza has been representing victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American human rights system. She also served as a senior staff attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (both of the Organization of American States). Ms. Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucumán in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain.

December 2: A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law, Presenting the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary Publication and Honoring Our Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Asian Law Center

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a long standing tradition of research and scholarship on Asian and comparative law and by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. We are honored to host many senior legal career professionals, policy makers and eminent academics from around the world and to serve as a leading research center contributing to exciting scholarship on Asia. Please join President Young, Dean Testy, faculty and friends for A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law:

  • Introduction by Dean Testy and Welcome by President Young
  • Presenting the ALC 50th Anniversary Publication, Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law
  • Honoring our distinguished Visiting Scholars, click here.

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu.

December 4: Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia

Asian Law Center

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

School of Law and the Asian Law Center are pleased to announce two special panels on Thursday, December 4th. These panels are presented by some of the leading scholars in Asian comparative law.

3:30 – 4:20: Constitutionalism in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chaired by John O. Haley (Vanderbilt, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Swati Jhaveri (National University of Singapore): Constitutional Implications of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central
  • Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Academica Sinica, Taiwan): The Sunflower Student Movement and Democracy in Taiwan

4:30 – 5:20: Constitutional Law in Japan and Korea
Chaired by Daniel H. Foote (University of Tokyo, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Jonathan Kang (Yonsei University, Seoul): Good for the Gander: The Appropriation of Law Rhetoric by Korean Conservatives
  • Larry Repeta (Meiji University, Tokyo): Freedom of Thought and Conscience: Compulsory Flag-and-Anthem Rituals, and the Supreme Court of Japan
  • Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia): Criminalization of Revenge Porn in Japan

RSVP by December 1st.  Register online here.

January 7: Register for the Washington Policy Center’s Statewide Policy Conference – 2015 Solutions Summit

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Western Washington Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Eastern Washington Location: 3 Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

The conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders and consist of a breakfast speaker, then breakout sessions in the morning, featuring local and national experts, on the following policy topics:

  • Education Reform
  • Environment
  • Balancing the Budget without Raising Taxes
  • Health Care Reform
  • Improving the Small Business Climate
  • Transportation
More than 20 national and regional policy experts will be on hand for the conference. They include:
Congressman Doc Hastings
State Senator Michael Baumgartner, (R) – Spokane
State Senator Andy Hill, (R)-  Woodinville and chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Senator Curtis King , (R) – Yakima and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee
State Representative Ross Hunter, (D) – Medina and chair of the House Appropriations Committee
State Representative Reuven Carlyle, (D) – Seattle and chair of the House Finance Committee
Rob McKenna, former Attorney General
Avik Roy, Forbes Columnist
Howard Behar, former COO of Starbucks
Emily Goff , Transportation Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

Register online here.