Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Next Event: The Afghan Overthrow with Lucy Morgan Edwards

Monday, November 14 · 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Moot Court Room

"In 2001, in the weeks around the World Trade Center attacks, a group of Afghan tribal leaders, commanders and senior Taliban regime figures met in Rome and Peshawar and agreed to work together under the banner of the ex King of Afghanistan with the objective of toppling the Taliban regime. The plan would be financed by two American Republican brothers who had made their fortune on the Chicago options exchange. They would be led by the famed Resistance leader of the anti-Soviet war period, Abdul Haq."

Lucy Morgan Edwards has written a new book which tells the story of the Afghan solution to the Taliban, why the West thwarted that plan and what it means for NATO as it seeks to stabilize and exit from Afghanistan today. She will be visiting the University of Maine School of Law to discuss Afghanistan: the history, its present situation, and its prospects for peace.

A light lunch will be provided.    

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lunch time chat tomorrow, Tuesday October 18th -

I hope everyone will join International Law Society tomorrow at lunch to hear Jim McCarthy, an Assistant U.S. Attorney here in the District of Maine, speak on cooperation between U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies. Mr. McCarthy is an excellent speaker (and storyteller), an experienced prosecutor, and well versed in international coordination. (Preview: This is one of the only times you will read the word "please" in a Department of Justice document.) There will also be yummy food from Stonyfield Cafe. So don't miss it! Moot Court Room, 12:10 PM.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ILS Meeting - all are welcome to attend! meeting moved to 10/6

International Law Society will be meeting next Thursday, 10/6 at noon in the Berman Lounge.  Agenda includes discussion of the promotion and logistics of the events we have planned for the remainder of the semester, plus the beginnings of feeling out ideas for next semester's events.  We've had a great turnout for our first three events this semester and would like to continue the trend.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Lunch Lecture this Thursday, September 22nd

Sixty-six years after their introduction at the Nuremberg Trials, the notion of “Crimes Against Humanity” remains one of the most controversial and challenging concepts in international jurisprudence. Join the International Law Society for lunch on Thursday, September 22nd for a talk by Eric Reeves on ongoing Crimes Against Humanity in
Darfur, Sudan and the proper role of the international community in ending these crimes. Eric Reeves is Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.  He has spent the past twelve years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally.  He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured in a range of academic settings, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan.

Professor Reeves will lecture in the Moot Court Room at noon on Thursday, September 22nd. The International Law Society will provide lunch.

Monday, August 22, 2011


The World Affairs Council of Maine
and the University of Maine School of Law
are pleased to present

Ten Years after 9/11: Maine and the World
Perspectives on Law and Foreign Policy

September 12, 2011
5:15 to 7:00 PM

Please join us for refreshments at 4:45 PM

Reception hosted by the International Law Society

The Moot Court Room,
University of Maine School of Law
246 Deering Street, Portland, ME


The two-part panel discussion will include:

Part One: Maine and the Law

  • Richard Murphy, First Assistant, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Portland;
  • Zachary Heiden, Legal Director, Maine Civil Liberties Union; 
  • Professor Malick Ghachem, Moderator, University of Maine School of Law;

Part Two: Foreign Policy and International Affairs

  • Edward Girardet, Journalist, Producer, and Author of Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan;
  • Professor Hayat Alvi, Professor, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI; and
  • Professor Charles Norchi, Moderator, University of Maine School of Law.

This program is free and open to the public.
Donations to support the work of the World Affairs Council are welcome.

New Officers

As the new school year approaches, your ILS ship will be guided by the able hands of:

President: Peter Lacy
Vice President: Ben Birney
Treasurer: Nicole Gray
Communications Director/Secretary: Jim Wade
Blog Director: Chris Rauscher
External Affairs Secretary: Kasey Ciolfi
Academic Secretary: Laura Shortill

Monday, March 21, 2011

Professor Rogoff's Report on Sixteenth Annual Franco-American Legal Seminar Paris, Le Mans, Rennes March 2011

Report on Sixteenth Annual Franco-American Legal Seminar
Paris, Le Mans, Rennes
March 2011

Introduction. This year’s Franco-American Legal Seminar took place in France from March 5 through March 13. Professors Charles Norchi, Martin Rogoff, and Sarah Schindler accompanied fifteen students from the University of Maine School of Law (Joel Biron, Ben Buxton, Amber Collins, Robin Campbell, Adéline Dauboin, Mike Dixon, Sarah Kellar, Sarah Lawson-Stopps, Meghan Ogren, John O’Hara, Kim Pacelli, Matt Peacock, Chris Raucher, Laura Rideout, and Alan Vaillancourt). Professor Dave Own assisted in planning the Seminar and working with students on their presentations. Students and faculty from the Faculté de Droit of the Université du Maine (Le Mans) and the Faculté de Droit of the University of Rennes 1 also participated. The visit was organized by Professors Myriam Rousille (Le Mans) and Béatrice Parance (Le Mans) and Jean-Éric Gicquel (Rennes) and Ludovic Ayrault (Rennes). Other French faculty participants were Professors Juliette Morel-Morager (Le Mans) and Chantal Cans (Le Mans). Crucial organizational support was provided by Laurence Lailler (Le Mans) and Nicole Vinal (University of Maine School of Law). The principal theme for this year’s Seminar was Environmental Catastrophes: Prevention and Response. A secondary theme for the Seminar was Franco-American Amity in Historical Perspective.

Saturday and Sunday. The American student group arrived in Paris on Saturday, March 5. Saturday and most of Sunday were free for sight-seeing. The Seminar began on Sunday evening with a dinner at le Procope restaurant. Le Procope is the oldest restaurant in Paris, established in 1686. It was frequented by such French literary luminaries as La Fontaine, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and Verlaine; and also by American representatives in France during the revolutionary period and immediately after (Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe). Le Procope is thus an historic place, with special significance as a symbol of Franco-American friendship and cooperation. The dinner took place in the Benjamin Franklin dining room, a beautiful venue dominated by an illuminated bust of Franklin. The dinner was attended by 38 persons: the professors and students named above (except Ludovic Ayrault, Dave Owen, and Béatrice Parance); Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusef (International Court of Justice); Ambassador Mark Miggiani (Maltese ambassador to France) and