More than 100 students joined the International Law Society (ILS) and the International and Comparative Law Program for a week of events focused on international law. Sponsored by the International Law Society; the International and Comparative Law Program; East Asian Legal Studies Program; Learning at Lunch Series; Tsinghua University School of Law; and National Chengchi University College of Law, International Law Week featured a Triangle Debate, Triangle Symposium, International Law Open House, and J.D. – L.L.M. Social event.
“Our idea was to arrange a series of events to provide an opportunity for our students to explore the field of international law,” said second-year student and ILS President Ziyi He. “Students would observe and participate in academic discussions about international law and network with our LL.M. students who are lawyers in their countries.”
Professor Mark Graber ignited the Triangle Debate by asking: “Is international law part of our law?”
Professors Michael Van Alstine, Peter Danchin, and Maxwell Chibundu, all of whom have produced scholarship on issues relating to international law, participated in the panel.
The Triangle Symposium was jointly sponsored by Maryland Carey Law, Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing, China), and National Cheng-Chi University College of Law (Taipei, Taiwan). The goal of the Symposium was to create an independent forum for debate and scholarly exchange on current issues affecting the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China and to launch an annual forum among policy makers and academics.
The Symposium featured discussion among 12 professors from the three law schools about the role of international law in cross-strait relations and the sovereignty issues in the South China Sea.
The International Law Open House offered students an opportunity to talk with Maryland Carey Law professors about courses in international law, potential career paths, and learn about the Maryland Journal of International Law and opportunities to participate in the Jessup International Moot Court competition.
The International Law Week concluded with a J.D. – L.L.M. Social, at which students exchanged ideas and experiences with international colleagues from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Italy, China, and Costa Rica.
“It has been a wonderful year for the International Law Society,” said second-year student and ILS Vice President Maria Nazarova. “We had a successful International Law Week and received a number of positive comments from our students about how much they learned and benefited from our events. This was our goal, and we thank Maryland Carey Law faculty and our members for their support, participation, and enthusiasm.”
The International Law Society has recently been selected by the student body as the 2015-2016 Student Organization of the Year.