Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
11:30 AM
Russia: Legal, Political, and International Issues Post-Ukraine
The Cold War may be over, but U.S.-Russia relations are currently very icy. The Russian Federation, with its massive nuclear arsenal and Vladimir Putin's idiosyncratic leadership, has continued to assert its strength and relevance in the international system. An interdisciplinary panel will discuss the current state of the Russian Federation, including Western sanctions, falling oil prices, turbulent relations with the United States, military involvement in Ukraine, and Putin's domestic leadership. The panelists are Professor Paul Stephan from the Law School, Professor Yuri Urbanovich from UVA's Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, Professor Allen Lynch from UVA's Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics, and Richard Dean, a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Baker & McKenzie, specializing in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and guest lecturer at UVA Law School. Food will be provided.
Contact: Alexander Gorin
Sponsor: John Bassett Moore Society of International Law

Friday, April 3, 2015
09:00 AM
Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition Semifinals and Final Round
The Jean-Pictet Competition involves dozens of student teams from around the world working through a scenario of international armed conflict between fictitious countries. It requires participants to demonstrate not only their knowledge of international humanitarian law, but also their ability to apply the law in a wide range of situations. The semi-finals, to be held in the morning, and the final round, to be held in the afternoon, will be open to the public. Last year in Portugal, a team of three UVA law students won the competition. A full schedule will be announced during the opening ceremony on March 28, and details will be available at
Sponsor: Dean's Office

Caplin Auditorium
Monday, April 13, 2015
10:00 AM
2015 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law Lecture with Judge Joan E. Donoghue of the International Court of Justice
International Court of Justice Judge Joan E. Donoghue will deliver the lecture, "Inside the World Court: The Influence of Common Law and Civil Law Traditions." Donoghue has represented the United States on the International Court of Justice since September 2010. She previously served as the principal deputy legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State (2007-10), the senior career attorney at the agency. In that role she advised Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama on all aspects of international law.
Contact: Diddy Morris
Sponsor: Dean's Office

Caplin Pavilion
Monday, April 13, 2015
12:00 PM
Staking Their Claims: the United States, China and the Law of the Sea Treaty
Professor John Norton Moore will discuss why the U.S. is not currently a party United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which sets oceanic rules for military activities and territorial disputes, shipping, deep-sea mining and fishing. Professor John Setear will discuss China's eccentric interpretation of UNCLOS, and the territorial conflicts of the South China Sea. Lunch provided.
Contact: Nathaniel Freeman
Sponsor: John Bassett Moore Society of International Law; Virginia Environmental Law Forum

Sunday, May 31, 2015
National Security Law Institute
The 23rd National Security Law Institute will take place May 31 through June 12. The National Security Law Institute provides advanced training for professors of law and political science who teach or are preparing to teach graduate-level courses in national security law or related subjects requiring a detailed understanding of National Security Law. Applications are also invited from government attorneys in the national security community who are actively engaged in the practice of national security law or otherwise have a professional need for such training. The deadline for applications for the 2015 Institute is April 17. Contact Professor Robert Turner at the Center ( if you need additional information.

National Security Law Institute

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