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faculty members, and officials from UNHCR, Amnesty International, Turkish NGO MAZLUM- DER and Istanbul Chamber of Physicians were speakers at the conference. In two panels, we aimed to analyze international and national legal documents in relation to the legal statues and rights of refugees and asylum seekers compara- tively with their daily legal problems. Issues such as the Readmission Agreement signed between EU and Turkey, common legal problems faced by refugees and the access to health services were addressed by panelists.

Overall, ILS ILSA Executive Board is proud to say that it has been a very busy and productive year and that we have done our best to rejuvenate our Chapter. We would also like to express that we have always considered ourselves fortunate to be a part of ILS and ILSA.

helping incorporate international legal norms into that nation’s legal system. Most recently, Judge Tunheim has worked in Pakistan on the complex legal issues that arise in cases involving terror- ism.

Our next event was an International Career Fo- rum. During this presentation, students with an interest in a pursing a career in international law can learn more about the myriad of ways a legal scholar can work internationally, possible meth- ods to seek such an opportunity, and advice on how best to market yourself to international em- ployers.


University of Kansas School of Law Lawrence, Kansas USA Kasey Considine, President

The International Law Society Chapter at the University of Kansas School of Law kicked off our spring semester by welcoming Judge John “Jack” Tunheim. Judge Tunheim currently serves the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, but has extensive experience work- ing internationally, primarily in South Asia. He spoke during a noon forum on some of his inter- national work.

Judge Tunheim recounted his first experiences working internationally in the former Soviet Union. He was invited as part of a volunteer group, and exchanged ideas on the United States’ judiciary system with Soviet legal schol- ars. He next worked in Kosovo, shortly after the NATO bombing campaign, and helped to draft a new constitution. He has worked in Uzbekistan,

Last month our Jessup International Moot Court team traveled to Denver to compete in the re- gional competition. The team was excited, eager to participate, and enjoyed spirited competition with other teams in the region. One of our team members, Ashley Akers, took home a top oralist award. Even though we will not be advancing to internationals in Washington D.C., we had a won- derful experience and look forward to competing again next year.

Thanks in large part to a generous grant from ILSA, our chapter was able to host our annual Human Rights Lecture. Each year, the KU Law chapter invites a distinguished speaker to the University of Kansas to lecture on a thematic issue of international human rights. On March 25, we welcomed Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, our 2014 Human Rights Guest Lecturer. Dr. Zacharias is the Director of the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute at the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. The Institute adopts an international and interdisciplinary approach to the academic experience. Dr. Zacharias’s pre- sentation was titled “Defining Genocide: Legal and Moral Complexities.” Her lecture took an in- terdisciplinary approach, blending historical and philosophical discussions on genocide with the legal implications of prosecuting genocide. Track- ing targeted mass killings from the 1904 Herero

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