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Professor Tong Zhiwei, one of China's most well-known public intellectuals and a professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, visited the School of International Affairs to discuss China-Constitution-Politics. The event examined issues of Chinese constitutional law and politics and considered the current movement of government and popular sentiment. 

Is "Too Big to Fail" Still With Us?

Does legislation passed in the wake of the global financial crisis go too far or not far enough in curtailing the “too big to fail” treatment of large banks? What does the future hold for bankers, their lawyers and policymakers should another financial crisis occur?

The Possibility & Contours of State Multiplicity

The School of International Affairs and the Coalition for Peace and Ethics hosted a presentation and roundtable "The Possibilities and Contours of State Multiplicity: Preliminary Findings."  The event featured Jan-Hendril Passoth (Technische Universität Berlin), Nicholas Rowland (Penn State University) presenting their latest research work on state theory, and Larry Catá Backer (Penn State) as discussant.     

ADR as Public Policy

This year's annual Yearbook on Arbitration Symposium featured top Alternative Dispute Resolution scholars who covered arbitration and mediation influence on and interaction with public policy. The event featured a morning panel focused on arbitration and an afternoon panel covering mediation.

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Screenshot for The 9 Billion Keynote

The 2014 Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs Symposium brought together top scholars, government officials, and practitioners to discuss global resource scarcity and its impact on the world’s legal, agricultural and security environments.

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Jesse Choper

Scholar and professor Jesse H. Choper visited Penn State Law on November 14 to present “The Difference Between Conservative and Liberal Supreme Court Justices: the Roberts Court and Its Modern Predecessors.”

Treating Medical Errors: A Colloquium

Pediatric residents from Penn State's College of Medicine will join Penn State Law students for an interdisciplinary program combining elements of a medical malpractice trial with opportunities for collaboration and discussion. 


The Penn State School of International Affairs and the U.S. Army War College held an international relations simulation at the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, Pennsylvania on October 18 and 19. More than 40 students from the School of International Affairs and Penn State Law participated in the simulation.

Decade of Fear - Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone

Michelle Shephard, author and national security reporter for the Toronto Star, will discuss her book Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone.

Video screenshot from Inside the Third Circuit: Advocacy, Collegiality, and Decision Making

“Inside the Third Circuit: Advocacy, Collegiality, and Decision Making,” was a panel discussion on Monday, September 23. The Honorable Michael Chagares and Judge D. Brooks Smith, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, visited Penn State Law to share their thoughts on civility and professionalism. Professor John Lopatka moderated the discussion.


OutLaw and the Health Law Society sponsored this event to explore the various medical and legal issues that same-sex couples face when attempting to create a family. The event will focus on Alternative Reproductive Technology (ART).


Professor Larry Backer presents a lecture on his paper “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Japanese Strategic Diplomacy or Chinese Containment.” Access to the paper and PowerPoint presentation are available online.


This symposium assesses the nature of current U.S.-Iranian relations and explores how the two state’s strategic choices will affect the international order in the future. The launch point for the symposium is the forthcoming publication of Going to Tehran by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, from which a number of related issues may be examined, including how current interpretations of the NPT will impact its future viability as well as U.S. policy on threshold states, and the effect that an Israeli or U.S. strike on Iranian nuclear targets, absent Security Council authorization, will have on the way other rising non-Western powers perceive the current institutional and legal frameworks governing the use of force.


David C. Bennett, Professor of African Studies & Public Speaking for Strategic Leaders, United States Army War College, gave an informal seminar on “The U.S. in Sub-Saharan Africa — Reflections.”


Join Attorney Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen for an update on HIV/AIDS law and policy and a discussion of protections afforded individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Schalman-Bergen recently represented a 14 year-old boy denied admission to the Milton Hershey School because he was born HIV-positive. The case settled in September, and the school has since announced that it will treat applicants with HIV the same as others.


Tom Snider of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC spoke on "The Role of International Arbitral Tribunals in Post-Conflict Dispute Resolution." Drawing on his experience as counsel to the Government of Ethiopia before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, a tribunal established to adjudicate state-to-state claims for loss, damage, and injury arising from violations of international law during the 1998-2000 armed conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, Mr. Snider discussed the mechanics of such tribunals and the challenges of adjudicating claims before them.


Gregory McNeal is a scholar of national security with a particular interest in institutions and challenges associated with global security. He is an associate professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law and has also served as assistant director of the Institute for Global Security, co-director of a transnational counterterrorism program at the Department of Justice, and an advisor to the chief prosecutor of the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions.


Professor Sam Thompson, Director of the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, discusses his book “The Obama vs. Romney Debate on Economic Growth: A Citizen’s Guide to the Issues.”


This event provided attendees interested in estate planning with a review of the divergent state and federal laws on relationship recognition of same-sex couples. Tamara Kolz Griffin, practitioner of estate law and professor at Harvard Law School, outlined best practices for drafting key documents and explored opportunities for estate, tax and family planning for unmarried partners.


Former general James Dubik, the Gen. Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership at Penn State Law, presented “Iraq: Leadership Under Pressure,” an examination of civilian-military leadership during the 2007-08 surge in Iraq. During the surge, Gen. Dubik had command responsibility for training all Iraqi security forces, military and police, as well as responsibility for advising the ministers of defense and interior.


This program will be of interest to all law school and SIA faculty and students who are interested in the JAG Corps and the role of prosecutors and defense counsel in exercising independent professional judgment in an adjudicatory context that implicates often profound conflicts between national sec


Meet award-winning journalist, Nancy Mullane, author of Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption. Mullane shared a sneak-peek into the fascinating and problematic chasm she discovered between the rehabilitative goal of incarceration and the harsh reality of a society that makes finding jobs, neighbors, and acceptance difficult for those who have served their time.


Lisa Hook '83, president and CEO of Neustar, presented “The enormous opportunities and challenges of the Internet age—and why lawyers are essential to ensuring the stability of the global digital economy”. Hook received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award, in recognition of outstanding work in her field.


The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, as part of its 100th celebration, held a panel discussion that examined the evolution of the role of District Attorney and how it differs among jurisdictions.


Susan J. Abraham, professor of law at New York Law School, discussed The Ravi/Clementi Case.

In September 2010, Dharun Ravi used a webcam to spy on his roommate Tyler Clementi having sex with another man in a Rutgers University dorm. Clementi committed suicide a few days later. Abraham will discuss aspects of this case including hate crime, high-tech bullying on college campuses, and privacy.


Professor Sam Thompson, Director of the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, discusses his book.


Peter Van Buren is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for Hearts and Minds of Iraqi People. His talk is part of The School of International Affairs' Global Issues Colloquium, bringing leading thinkers, authors, and scholars to Penn State to discuss the latest research and trends in foreign relations, conflict resolution, food security, poverty, religion, terrorism, and nation building.


Dr. Orfield discussed Fisher v. University of Texas, a case centering on whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteen Amendment allows the University of Texas to use a student's race in undergraduate admissions decisions. The Supreme Court granted certiorari in the Fisher case in February 2012.