Global Connections - Volume 1, Issue 2
As the end of another academic year approaches, we in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs review the year’s successes and look forward to this summer's events. I hope you will be able to join us here in New York for our Dispute Resolution Program or our Summer Institute. Or perhaps we will see you in Germany for the launch of the Fordham Law European Alumni Chapter in July. Even if you’re not able to attend any of these events, I hope you will enjoy reading all the good news in this latest issue of Global Connections. If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us. With best wishes for a productive and enjoyable summer!
Toni M. Fine
Fordham Law Goes South of the Border
Dinners were held in three cities—Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and São Paulo—where the Law School is in the process of establishing regional alumni chapters. In Sao Paulo, more than fifty alumni and friends traveled from all over Brazil to join Dean Treanor along with Professor Tanya Hernandez, Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs Toni M. Fine, and Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations Michael Schiumo. In attendance were various friends and alumni of the Law School—including LL.M. alumni, Summer Institute participants, visiting scholars and research fellows, and participants from the International Judicial Research and Training program.
"Reuniting with so many alumni from our various programs is energizing," said Assistant Dean Fine. "It is exciting to see the enthusiasm that exists for Fordham around the world."
While in Brazil, Dean Treanor signed a historic memorandum of understanding with officials from the Escola Paulista de Magistratura in São Paulo. The memorandum recognizes the importance of globalization in legal practice, the rise of Brazil as a major economic power, and the importance of U.S. law. It commits both institutions to encouraging academic cooperation through research and study and through the exchange of information and materials. Specifically, Fordham Law hopes to develop a course with the Escola Paulista de Magistratura for justices and judges from São Paulo State. This course would be taught at Fordham Law and would be part of the Law School’s International Judicial Research and Training program.
In Mexico City, Dean Treanor appeared on Canal Judicial, Mexico's Supreme Court television channel, to discuss the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court and why her presence on the Court is important.
The Dean also gave lectures at Universidad Panamericana and University of San Andres, spoke with leaders of Universidad Católica in Buenos Aires, and met with the dean and the head of international programs at the law school of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo.
Say Hello to the 2010 LL.M. ClassJavier Edwards
Degree Pursuing: Banking, Corporate & Finance Law
Previous Degrees Earned: First law degree from University of Chile (Santiago), Certificate in Trade Finance and International Business Transactions from University of Barcelona, LL.M. in European Union Law from Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Current Position: Executive Director, Legal Services Department, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), S.A. New York Branch
Why he chose Fordham: Javier knows that legal education, like any industry in New York, is competitive. After doing extensive research on his options, his decision came down to Fordham having the most complete education. He says the course listings are more interesting than at other law schools, and the reputation of the faculty is well known.
His not-so-secret other life: Javier is a distinguished literary critic and writer. His pieces have appeared in over a half dozen publications, including Chile's El Mercurio. He's also currently working on a novel.
Similarities between being a critic and a lawyer: "Literature and law, in many ways, are connected," Javier says. "It's all fundamentally about language."
Katia Fach Gómez
Degree Pursuing: International Business & Trade Law
Background: Katia's father is German, and her mother is Spanish. She was raised in Germany and received her first law degree in Spain at the Universidad Zaragoza, where she has been teaching law for almost ten years. She is now a full professor there. Katia is studying at Fordham Law under a full scholarship by Caja Madrid.
How she found out about Fordham: While attending Columbia Law as a visiting scholar in environmental and international trade law, Katia worked with Professor Alejandro Garro, whom Dean Fine had invited to speak at Fordham Law.
Contrasting Spanish and U.S. legal education: Katia notices differences in the way classes are conducted. In Spain, the professor does most of the talking, whereas in the States, professors expect more participation from the students. As Katia puts it, "Students [in the U.S.] are more active—more engaged—because the system forces them to be."
Summer plans: Katia was chosen as a Leitner Intern and will spend ten weeks working in New York and Ecuador with Steven Donziger, the lead U.S. attorney for 30,000 Ecuadoreans who claim oil drilling by Texaco polluted portions of the country's Amazon Basin.
Meet Our International Faculty
Dominique Carreau holds the William Hughes Mulligan Chair in International Legal Studies and is a self-proclaimed "New York addict." This is his second time visiting Fordham Law; he was a first-time Mulligan Chair holder in Fall 2000.
A distinguished scholar in international economic law, Professor Carreau brings a wealth of expertise from professional practice and academia. He is the former dean of the University of Paris X (Nanterre) Law School and practiced international business law and securities law for more than 30 years with Shearman & Sterling. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Sorbonne, where he was the International Law Chair from 1979 – 2007.
At Fordham Law, Professor Carreau teaches International Trade Law and International Investment Law. Since he began teaching more than thirty years ago, he has seen LL.M. programs explode in popularity. "They're no longer just a curiosity," he says.
He also notes the differences between the U.S. and European legal education systems. In Paris, for instance, it was not unusual for him to have upwards of 400 students in a class. At Fordham, his classes are small enough that he can really get to know his students.
Pablo Palazzi not only visited Fordham Law as a professor—teaching Comparative IP & IT—but also attended as a student. He graduated from the Law School with an LL.M in 2000. Before that in 1995, he received his law degree from Catholic University in Argentina.
Professor Palazzi currently works at Allende & Brea in Buenos Aires, where he heads the intellectual property and information technology department. He has advised a variety of international companies on all aspects of electronic commerce, trademark, patents, trade secrets, data protection, and outsourcing agreements.
Professor Palazzi is glad to have played dual roles as both teacher and student at Fordham Law. "They were terrific experiences," he says. "Working with foreign and U.S. students—either as another student or as a teacher—broadens your perspective about the law."
He has written widely on issues involving information law, privacy and data protection, credit reporting law, computer crimes, unfair competition law, freedom of information law, and search engine law. He co-authored the Data Protection Bill of the City of Buenos Aires, the draft Arbitration Rules for domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Argentina, and he has been actively involved in the passage of the computer crimes law (law 26.388). He has collaborated representing the Ministry of Economy in the drafting of the digital signature bill and the data protection act of Argentina and its regulations. He has also written six books exploring technology law subjects.
Professor Palazzi learned about Fordham Law in 1998 when Professor Whitmore Gray visited Buenos Aires and encouraged him to apply. He also read the IP and IT research of Professor Joel Reidenberg. "I became interested in studying and later developing data protection law in my country," Professor Palazzi says.
In addition to his legal interests, Professor Palazzi is an industrial property agent and a computer programmer. He also maintains two blogs about law and technology.
Dean Fine's World TravelsWhere has Dean Fine travelled this past year to give lectures or classes?
An Eventful Semester
LL.M. Teaching Fellows Program
Fordham Law has established a Teaching Fellow Program for graduates of the School's LL.M. program. The program will allow a select group of recent LL.M. graduates to teach a semester-long course at the Law School.
Learn more about the Teaching Fellow program.
Fordham Competition Law InstituteIn 2006, FCLI established a training center for antitrust/competition law officials, judges, and policymakers from around the world. The training center offers unique summer training programs taught by a globally diverse faculty composed of competition authority staff, judges, and academics with experience in competition law enforcement. These highly successful programs are open to participants from newer competition regimes as well as more experienced jurisdictions.
Professor Barry Hawk, who taught at Fordham Law from 1968-1990, recently returned to the Law School as Director of FCLI. Even while Professor Hawk was practicing antitrust law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (from 1990-2009), he was never far from his work with FCLI, with which he has been intimately involved since its inception in the 1970s. He's happy to be back at Fordham "on the third floor, where [he's] always been," and Fordham is glad to have him back.
Learn more about the FCLI Summer Programs.
Visiting Foreign Scholars and Research FellowsFordham Law’s program for Foreign Scholars and Research Fellows has hosted more than 50 international legal professionals within the past six months. The Law School hosts a seminar series where these visitors—judges, law professors, and other prominent legal practitioners—can share their research with colleagues. Recent presentations including the following:
International Visitor Leadership ProgramIn support of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program—an exchange program designed to reflect the participants' professional interests and support U.S. foreign policy goals—Fordham Law has hosted delegations from a range of countries around the world: Cameroon (judges, lawyers, and NGO leaders), Jerusalem (law professors from Al Quds University), Argentina (judges and court personnel), Vietnam (government officials, professors, and attorneys), and China (government officials, attorneys, and law professors). In addition, Fordham hosted three multi-regional groups: one whose focus was on intellectual property law; one group of journalists; and one group of women from 14 countries studying women’s access to justice.