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lectures involved three very relevant topics:The Middle East in Turmoil: Dilemma for the US, Cli- mate Change and Water Resource Law: A Loom- ing Adaptation Crisis, and US Privacy Laws and Practices: Impacts Home and Abroad.

The DU Chapter has many events planned for the rest of the semester, including a series of events that will be put on between now and April look- ing back at the events that led up to the Rwanda Genocide which took place 20 years ago this April. This series of events, entitled Rwanda Twenty Years Ago Today is a University of Denver initia- tive that seeks to examine and commemorate the Rwandan Genocide. This will be done both through a blog which will provide real-time, day- by-day account of the events leading up to the April 6, 1994 shooting down of a private jet carry- ing the Presidents of Rwanda and Burundi – the singular event which marks the start of the Rwan- dan Genocide – and a series of events.

Over the next six months – through the blog and other social media platforms – United Nations resolutions, propaganda, and media coverage of events on the ground 20 years ago to the day will be posted. From time to time, personal accounts and perspectives from people who witnessed the events leading up to the genocide will also be posted. The public is encouraged to leave com- ments and post on the blog any events or stories they have to contribute. The blog can be found at

The events will include panels and film screenings, which will provide multi-disciplinary perspectives on the events leading up to the genocide. The first event in this series will bring in Rwandans from the local community and abroad to comment on the events as they knew them prior to the geno- cide. In addition to this panel, video clips will be played to give the audience a better picture of what it was like in Rwanda 20 years ago today. Rwanda Twenty Years Ago Today events will be ad- vertised university- and community-wide. Partici- pation in this project comes from the University of

Denver’s Sturm College of Law, the Korbel School of International Studies, the Anthropology Depart- ment and others. For more information about this series of events, please also visit our Facebook at today.


University of Michigan Law School Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

Asa Smith, Vice President

The International Law Society of the University of Michigan Law School had one of its most excit- ing years last academic term and looks to follow up on that momentum going into the 2013-2014 academic year.

Under the capable leadership of its newly elected board, our Chapter is looking to expand our influ- ence within the law school, solidify our relation- ship with other groups and continue to bring in speakers of the highest quality.

Last year, the practice of bringing in speakers and then allowing for them to meet with small groups of students was proliferated to a massive extent. These “Coffee talks” were had with illustrious members of the international law community such as Jacquline Schroder (UN Secretariet Se- nior Officer), John Imle (Former head of Uncoal Corporation), and Morris Wolf (Attorney in Raoul Wallenberg Case). Further, we had speakers such as Wolf, Shayana Kadidal, (Senior Managing Attor- ney of the Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative), Andrew N. Keller (Chief Counsel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee) as well as professors at the law school and elsewhere in the university. Each event was successful in attendance and content, usually garnering over 50-75 attendees from the student community alone.

In addition to the academic events, our Chapter threw social events centered on international is-

ILSA Quarterly » volume 22 » issue 1 » October 2013


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