International & Comparative Law @ Duke Law

Dear Colleagues and friends of Duke Law School,

The last year has been an exciting time of expansion for Duke Law’s activities in international and comparative law. First, I am excited to announce our new International Human Rights Law Clinic, which will launch in the Spring 2014 term under the direction of Jayne Huckerby, who joined the faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor of Law in July. Professor Huckerby’s extensive experience as a human rights advocate, teacher, and scholar will be a tremendous benefit to our students and the clinic’s service objectives.

The Law School’s research and teaching in international and comparative law continues apace. In March, Professor Joseph Blocher led a seminar on media rights in Ghana that included a fact-finding trip to Ghana and resulted in a report to policymakers and advocates on free press issues. Larry Helfer, with whom I co-direct Duke’s Center for International and Comparative Law (CICL), is continuing his scholarship on the evolution of subregional courts in Africa. He recently returned from a research trip where he and his co-authors interviewed key stakeholders involved with tribunals linked to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

In July, Duke Law hosted a conference on “The Role of Opinio Juris in Customary International Law” in Geneva, Switzerland.  Held in conjunction with the Duke-Geneva Summer Institute in Transnational Law, the conference featured leading American and European scholars and practitioners and members of the U.N. International Law Commission. The conference was organized by Duke Law professors Curtis Bradley and Mitu Gulati and was co-sponsored by CICL.

In August, a new class of international LLM students began their studies at Duke law. They hail from 38 countries around the world, including six countries represented for the first time: Bahrain, Morocco, Nepal, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Justice Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany presented the 2013-14 Bernstein Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by CICL, titled, "Adjudicating Inequalities: Some Observations from the Bench," at Duke Law in September. Justice Baer's engaging discussion of how critical legal theories can be applied to constitutional jurisprudence can be accessed on Duke Law’s YouTube channel.

Please take a moment to visit our International and Comparative Law website, which highlights the news, events, people, and programs that continue to enhance Duke Law’s global presence.

Best wishes,
Rachel Brewster
Professor of Law
Co-Director, Center for International & Comparative Law

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