March 7, 2014 – Sarah Weiner
One morning, while getting ready for work—at a leisurely, “island” pace that law school no longer affords—Vai Leka showed up on my doorstep wanting to go with me. My two-year-old neighbor was going through a stage of stealing her father’s shoes, and the photo I snapped of her, pencils in tow, ready for work, is one of my favorites from the two years I spent in Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Having researched women’s rights in developing countries during college, I arrived in Tonga keenly aware of its gender inequalities. However, as I settled in to my village, I of course realized that I knew little about the way men and women actually interacted in day-to-day life in the small archipelago. Women actively participated in town meetings, ran stores, and trekked into the capital for their coveted government jobs. Furthermore, my conversations with them revealed that the women in my village wanted the same thing as the men: a way to support their families and opportunities for their children to do the same.
One theme of Professor David Kennedy’s course at Harvard on Law and Economic Development is that development is about making hard choices—prioritizing certain … Read More »
March 7, 2014 – Sarah Weiner
This semester, a LIDS team supervised by Orrick LLP is completing a project for Qorax Energy, a renewable energy social impact firm focused on bringing international power engineering expertise to the Somaliland electricity market. I recently spoke with Christian Desrosiers, a co-founder of Qorax about his experience starting a social enterprise, the legal challenges he has faced, and how the LIDS team will be helping him this semester.
Can you briefly explain what led you to start Qorax Energy?
I had spent the year before starting Qorax working at a university in Somaliland and, for a short time, at Somaliland’s Ministry of National Planning & Development. In the course of my year there, I saw many challenges and opportunities but the most striking was the energy crisis. Somalilanders pay some of the highest prices for energy in the world, often more than ten times what consumers in the U.S. pay, and they also have incredibly high unemployment. I developed the idea for Qorax Energy with Nigel Carr and Abdishakur Mohamoud. Our mission is to reduce this high expenditure in Somaliland and other areas where electricity markets are inefficient. Together, we saw an opportunity to dramatically lower energy costs for … Read More »
Our guest, Mr. Hamilton, has had to postpone his talk due to an impending resolution to some urgent and exciting negotiations. We will post updated event information just as soon as we have a new date.
We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope you are able to attend during the rescheduled time and date!
LIDS to Celebrate International Women’s Day with Exhibit Featuring Inspirational Women Lawyers from Around the World
March 3, 2014 – Raj Banerjee
This March, Harvard Law School will celebrate International Women’s Day by featuring a series of portraits of inspirational women lawyers and policy makers from around the world. For two weeks beginning March 3, the law school’s Wasserstein Hall will host over sixty portraits of academics, judges, activists, public servants, corporate lawyers and businesswomen, all nominated by members of the law school community.
The portrait series, entitled Inspiring Change, Inspiring Us, grew out of a conversation between members of the Harvard Law &International Development Society (LIDS) and the Harvard Women’s Law Association (WLA) this past winter. Both organizations wanted to commemorate International Women’s Day—celebrated for decades on March 8 of each year—and were looking for ways to collaborate on campus. The idea for a portrait exhibition soon reached Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, who offered her unconditional support. In the weeks since then, the portrait series has brought the entire law school community together: dozens of students and faculty members nominated women to be featured in the exhibition; seventeen student organizations have agreed to sponsor portraits; and staff members from the law school’s Dean of Students Office, Communications Office, Facilities Maintenance Operations, Copy Center, and the Harvard Law School Library have invested their time and … Read More »
The Intersection of International Development and Dispute Resolution: Complex Negotiations and Crisis Management in Latin America
March 6, 5:00-6:30 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1019
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. Professional guides rank his practice at the top of its field and describe him as “a powerhouse at the forefront of Latin American international arbitration,” highlighting his leadership “from the front,” “great dynamism,” and “impressive advocacy.” Mr. Hamilton’s practice is based in Washington, DC and was previously based in the New York and Mexico City offices of the firm. Recent matters include 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, named decision of the decade. Publications include “Latin American Investment Protections,” “Latin Arbitration Law,” “Latin American Arbitral Institutions” and “Latin American Truth and Reconciliation.” Board member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, the U.S.-Mexico Foundation and the … Read More »