Event: Can Multilateralism Make a Comeback in This Go-It-Alone World?

Posted on April 15th, by hlids in LIDS LIVE. No Comments



What: Can Multilateralism Make a Comeback in This Go-It-Alone World?

Who: Jennifer Hillman, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund, and WTO Appellate Body member

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, noon – 1:00 pm

Where: Milstein West A, Harvard Law School

Announcing the 2014-2015 LIDS Co-Presidents!

Posted on April 9th, by Becky Wolozin & Raj Banerjee in Uncategorized. No Comments

We are pleased to announce Sarah Weiner (HLS ’15) and Beth Nehrling (HLS ’15) as the incoming Co-Presidents of the Harvard International Law and Development Society for the academic year 2014-2015. Sarah and Beth are inspiring in their commitment to international development and their strong vision for LIDS going forward. Read about their vision for LIDS in the coming year below. We hope you will join us in congratulating Sarah and Beth!

Beth & Sarah’s Co-President Vision Statement: Institutionalizing LIDS

LIDS had a momentous 2013-2014 school year! Becky and Raj delivered on their promise to raise LIDS’s profile through our online presence, collaboration with our member schools, and events at HLS, such as the International Women’s Day Exhibition. LIDS embarked on an exciting initiative to connect with students at law schools around the world that are interested in development. And the Projects Team received a record number of proposals from organizations wanting to have an Orrick-LIDS team complete a project for them. Our goal for 2014-2015 is to build on that success and ensure that LIDS becomes institutionalized—both online as a space to debate law and development issues and at HLS and LIDS partner schools as a firmly established student organization.

To this … Read More »

White & Case, arbitration and Latin America, oh my!

Posted on April 9th, by Elizabeth Floyd in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

Come join LIDS for the following rescheduled event next Tuesday!

The Intersection of International Development and Dispute Resolution: Complex Negotiations and Crisis Management in Latin America

Tuesday, April 15, 5:00-6:30 PM

Langdell North

Jonathan C. Hamilton is Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration for White & Case and a leading authority on international arbitration and investment, complex negotiations and crisis management. He will be speaking about his experiences in resolving a number of recent complex disputes in Latin America, which include the recuperation of the Machu Picchu artifacts from Yale University to the Republic of Peru, renegotiation of the Ecuador international airport concession in the face of treaty denunciation, resolution of the first World Bank case registered by a Latin American state, and establishment of a claims mechanism for Argentine sovereign debt (which was named the most influential arbitration decision of the decade).

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law and International Development Society, Professor Jack Goldsmith, the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

LIDS Students Travel to Washington, D.C. to Discuss Careers in Development

Posted on April 9th, by Daniel Holman in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 9, 2014 – Daniel Holman

Last Friday, April 4, LIDS members traveled to Washington, D.C. for a day of meetings with law school alumni and others working in international development. The goal of the trip was to offer insights for students thinking about career options in development, whether as legal practitioners or in more cross-cutting roles. To provide an array of different perspectives, invited speakers included both lawyers and non-lawyers from a variety of institutions.

A first meeting with Jon Jacoby and Gawain Kripke from Oxfam and LIDS Advisory Board Member Katrin Kuhlmann of New Markets Lab offered views from the non-profit sector, with a focus on Oxfam’s work on Make Trade Fair and other campaigns aimed at channeling private sector behavior to benefit development.

At lunch, a series of meetings at Skadden LLP gave LIDS students the opportunity to hear from the firm’s D.C. Pro Bono Counsel and former Public Defender Don Salzman and Meghan Stewart, VP and Senior Counsel for LIDS/Orrick project client Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), about working for pro bono clients on development projects. Next, Skadden Counsel and former Chief Counsel of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sean Thornton and USAID … Read More »

Pre-Event Primer: Introduction to Panama Canal Crisis

Posted on April 6th, by Eusebius Luk in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

April 6, 2014 - Eusebius Luk

In anticipation of Mr. Jonathan C. Hamilton’s evening talk, The Intersection of International Development and Dispute Resolution: Complex Negotiations and Crisis Management in Latin America, at the Harvard Law School, this brief primer on the Panama Canal and its latest work stoppage crisis examines some relevant elements of this topic.

In response to rising demand for efficient global shipping routes, in 2006 then-Panamanian President Martin Torrijos proposed the Panama Canal expansion project, also referred to as the Third Set of Locks project. The $5 billion USD endeavor is expected to triple the canal’s capacity with the construction of two lock facilities and new access channels, and the widening of existing channels.

These changes are no doubt timely as South American ports prepare for expected increase in activity owing to the Pacific Alliance trade bloc becoming active. Indeed, while Panama is not among the four original members of the pact (Chile, Columbia, Mexico, and Peru), a substantial factor in its canal network’s future success may well depend on the outcome of the Pacific Alliance’s ambitions. Beyond the instant dispute is also the concern of smoothly integrating Panama into the Pacific Alliance in light of the country’s notoriety as a … Read More »