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ILSA Chapter Happenings

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Last year we held two major events, which we plan to hold again this year: Human Rights Day and Human Trafficking Awareness Day. To make this event more interactive with students, NESL ILS elects students who do not have a position on the Executive Board to plan and coordinate the event. We elect two co-chairs and a secretary for each event, who are responsible for working to- gether to organize activities, obtaining speakers, and hold a panel on any topic of their choice under these two categories. For the upcoming year, we plan to work closely with both teams to create topics that engage in intellectual and stimulating discussions. With over 60 students who attended each event, and speakers from all over the nation, Human Rights Day and Human Trafficking Aware- ness Day are our most anticipated events of the year.

Overall, NESL ILS is proud to say it has had a suc- cessful year, and looks forward to another event- ful year. With the many intriguing events planned for the upcoming months, including International Trivia Night and a Film Forum in the spring.


Notre Dame Law School Notre Dame, Indiana USA Matthew Arth, Vice President

The Notre Dame Chapter has had a particularly active year. Last October, the Society began the year by inviting Jack Rosshirt to speak about his years of experience working as counsel for Amo- co in international petroleum transactions around the globe. He traveled to over 60 countries during his career, and particularly spent time discussing the unique challenges Amoco faced when it oper- ated in the Iranian market.

The Chapter kept its commitment to service by spending a day volunteering at a Habitat for Hu- manity build in Mishawaka, Indiana. The society members caulked, nailed, and painted alongside members of the Saint Joseph’s County chapter of Habitat. All involved agreed that it was a great event and the society will be participating again this year.

Next up was a lecture in February from Notre Dame’s own Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell en- titled “Secret Memos, Secret Courts, and CIA Drones.” The presentation was particularly poi- gnant at the time as controversy swirled over the nomination of John O. Brennan to head the Cen- tral Intelligence Agency and the media dissected the agency’s use of drones in countries like Yemen and Pakistan. Professor O’Connell has written ex- tensively about drone use in international conflicts and its often turbulent intersection with interna- tional law. A packed auditorium certainly appreci- ated her insights, and we’ll be looking forward to another presentation by Professor O’Connell later this year.

In March, we heard from Dr. Brian Endless of Loy- ola University Chicago on “Genocide, Politics and the Law: Rwanda 19 Years Later.” As an expert witness for the defense on the Rwandan geno- cide in three federal cases brought in the United States, most recently in the Munyenyezi case, he discussed his experiences with testifying in these cases and the politics that come into play in geno- cides.

In April, the Chapter hosted a panel on the Inter- national Responsibility to Protect Syria. Panelists included Muna Jondy, an immigration attorney and co-founder of the Syrian American organiza- tion United for a Free Syria (UFS), Jennifer Thuma, Associate General Counsel for the Indianapolis Airport Authority, an active member of the Syrian American Council, and an expert on international human trafficking issues, and Kenan Rahmani, a law student at Notre Dame and a Syrian Ameri-

ILSA Quarterly » volume 22 » issue 1 » October 2013


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