Law School excels in its outreach to international students and attorneys

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Aug 29, 2014

William S. Richardson School of Law on UH Manoa campus
William S. Richardson School of Law on UH Manoa campus

Outreach to international students and lawyers by the UH William S. Richardson School of Law is evident in a number of important events happening this week and next.

Dean Avi Soifer points out that these programs are only a snapshot of the many international programs that the Law School both offers and hosts. Soifer noted that the gatherings "are indicative of how deeply Hawai‘i’s Law School is respected in the Pacific and Asia -- and how strong our partnerships are in those regions."

According to Spencer Kimura, ’96, Director of the LLM and Summer Programs that brings lawyers and law students from around the world to Hawaiʻi, says the LLM program alone has attracted Masters degree candidates from more than 40 countries.  Some examples of events:

  • On Friday, August 29, the Asian Law & Integration Center is hosting a roundtable discussion on "ASEAN 2015 Integration and Impacts for the CMLV (Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam) Member States." Speakers include Professors David Cohen and Diane Desierto from the Richardson faculty, and Professor Michael Ewing-Chow of the National University of Singapore Center for International Law.
  • Also on Friday, August 29 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 254 at the Law School, the Environmental Law Program and Pacific-Asian Legal Studies, along with the UH Political Science Department, are presenting a talk by Dr. Matthew Rimmer of the Australian National University College of Law. His topic: "The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Intellectual Property, Trade and the Pacific Rim."
  • On Tuesday, September 2, Richardson Law Professor John Barkai launches a 10-day mediation training for 40 members of the Thai Judiciary. Barkai also led sessions for Pacific Island judges in July as part of the Pacific Islands Legal Institute administered by the Ninth Circuit Pacific Islands Committee.
  • On Wednesday, September 3, 42 law students from two universities in Japan will visit the Law School as part of an ongoing exchange program with Waseda and Meijo universities. Professor Masayuki Tanamura, dean of the Graduate School of Law at Waseda, will accompany the group of 30 from Waseda, and Law Professor Masaki Enomoto will head the group of 12 from Meijo. Enomoto has been a visiting scholar at Richardson.
  • On Thursday and Friday, September 4 and 5, the Law School will host an academic symposium, "Law in the Mind/Minding the Law," that focuses on Japan and on the intersection of criminal justice, law and psychology. Richardson Law Professors Mark Levin and Justin Levinson will be joined by Visiting Scholar Syugo Hotta for opening remarks. Visiting Scholar Makoto Ibusuki, who currently serves as a member of the Japanese Ministry of Justice’s Expert Panel on Criminal Justice Reform, will be keynote speaker. His topic:  "Is Silence Golden, Is Speech Silver? Sociopolitical Analysis of the Recent Criminal Justice Reform Process in Japan."

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