UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series

 

Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University together with the USAID Fair Justice Project announces the start of the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series – a lecture series of the leading U.S. lawyers devoted to contemporary challenges and problems in the sphere of maintenance of the rule of law and justice. Lectures and other events are taking place at the Ukrainian Catholic University every month since May, 2015.

Project is implemented in cooperation with the Ukrainian Bar Association and European Business Association.
Informational partner of the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series – Tvoe Misto Portal www.tvoemisto.tv.

Project Coordiantor – Mariia Taras
Contacts: +380689767540, [email protected]

 

 

Thomas H. Speedy Rice, Professor of the Washington and Lee University (VA, USA)
Prof. Rice is an attorney with over 20 years of legal training and teaching experience ranging from international law to legal methodology to human rights. Has taught in universities in North America, Europe (Kosovo, Hungary, Italy, United Kingdom), the Middle East (Lebanon, Morocco) among other states. Has worked extensively with law faculties, international organizations, and lawyers’ organizations. Education: J.D., California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, 1986; B.A., Sociology, Furman University, Greenville, South Caroline, 1976. Fulbright scholar, University of Montenegro, Law Faculty, Podgorica, Serbia and Montenegro. Taught international human rights and ethics. Legal education consultant, National Center for State Courts, USAID Serbia Rule of Law Project, Belgrade. Principle duties were legal education support to Union University Law Faculty in administration, course development and workshops on teaching methods, moot court programs, and legal ethics. Professor and externship program director, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane Washington. Was the first full-time externship director with the responsibility for creating and implementing the Externship program in full compliance with ABA and AALS guidelines. Served as professor and director of the Trial Advocacy courses. Was Originator and Director of the James J. Gillespie Intramural Trial Competition. Originator and Director of the International Criminal Justice Law Clinic at the Gonzaga Center for Law and Justice.

Laurel Beeler, U.S. Federal Judge, Northern District of California
Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler has presided over and settled hundreds of cases in many subject areas, including intellectual property, civil rights, employment, and business disputes.Judge Beeler is one of four national judicial liaisons to the U.S. Department of Justice/Office of Defender Services Joint Electronic Technology Working Group. She chairs the Northern District’s Criminal Practice Committee. Judge Beeler was President of the Federal Bar Association, co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit, a board member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and a member of the Ninth Circuit’s Jury Trial Improvement Committee. In 2012, she was named one of The Recorder’s “2012 Women Leaders in Law.”. Judge Beeler graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor on the Washington Law Review. She received her A.B. with honors from Bowdoin College. Judge Beeler was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District, prosecuting complex white-collar cases with parallel civil components. She was the Office’s Professional Responsibility Officer and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. She was a law clerk to the Hon. Cecil F. Poole, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Civil Appeals Division Chief at the Ninth Circuit’s Office of Staff Attorneys. She trained as a mediator with the Northern District’s ADR Program, the Federal Judicial Center, and Harvard Law School. Judge Beeler teaches civil trial practice at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and taught Criminal Procedure at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. She led rule-of-law projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Jordan, the Philippines, and Ukraine.

Marcus Brand, UNDP Ukraine Democratic Governance and Local Development Advisor
Dr. Marcus Brand is Democratic Governance Advisor at UNDP Ukraine. As a consultant with UNDP’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) in Bangkok he was the lead advisor on Myanmar with regards to rule of law, constitutionalism and justice sector reform. He was also a visiting Lecturer, Fellowship of Open Society Europe – at the University of Yangon. Prior to that, he served as senior constitutional advisor and policy specialist in UNDP’s to Constitution Building Support Programme in Kathmandu, Nepal. In recent years, he has also led or participated in democratic governance related missions to Tunisia, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Fiji. He has also worked at UNDP’s headquarters in New York, focusing on support to new and restored democracies, and the linkages between human development and democratic governance in Central Asia.
Prior to his work with the United Nations, he worked for several years (1999-2006) with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including as Special Advisor to the Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw. For the ODIHR, he has served on a number of Election Observation and Assessment Missions. As an Advisor to the Head of Mission of the OSCE in Kosovo (1999-2000) he worked on the establishment of democratic institutions and elections in the post-war period.

Richard Hyde, Chief Investigator, Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, USA

Bernd Heinrich, Professor of the Law Faculty of the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen (Germany)

Delaine Swenson, Professor of the Law Faculty of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)
Delaine R. Swenson is a Professor of Law at Catholic University of Lublin and Director and founder of the Center for Advancing Legal Skills. Professor Swenson is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington D.C. He worked for over 10 years as a trial attorney in the United States specializing in taking criminal and civil cases to court, with an emphasis on jury trials. From 1997-99 he worked as the Rule of Law/Criminal Law Liaison for the American Bar Association’s Central Europe and Eurasia Law Initiative (CEELI) legal reform program in Poland. From 1999 to 2002 Professor Swenson managed CEELI’s legal reform programs in the five Central Asian Republics. In 2002 Professor Swenson served as a Senior Scholar with the United States Fulbright Program in Poland and since then has served as a Professor at KUL’s Chair of American and Comparative Law. He is a founder and Council Member of the Polish Rule of Law Institute Foundation. He continues to work on legal reform projects, and has consulted on projects for the OSCE, the United Nations, USAID and the State Department.

William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center (USA)
William Pomeranz is the Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dr. Pomeranz teaches at Georgetown University.
Dr. Pomeranz holds a B.A. from Haverford College, a M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a J.D. cum laude from American University, and a Ph.D. from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. Prior to joining the Kennan Institute, Dr. Pomeranz practiced international law in the United States and Russia. He advised clients on on U.S. anti-money laundering requirements, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.S. export controls, and homeland security. He also served as Program Officer for Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus at the National Endowment for Democracy from 1992-1999.

Gilbert Paul Carrasco, Professor of Law of the Willemate University (Oregon, USA)
Professor Carrasco had obtained juris doctor degree at the Santa Clara University (California) and LL.M. degree at the Georgetown University. In 1979 he joined California Bar, in 1980 – District of Columbia Bar and since 1983 he has a right to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1979-1988 he had worked as a legal counsel in the number of the organizations and state agencies including United States Department of Justice. In 1988-1998 he was a professor of Law in the number of the U.S. universities, including University of San-Diego and Oregon University. Since 1998 he is a professor of the Willemate University (Oregon). Also he taught law in Ukraine, Kuwait and China. Prof. Carrasco is an author of the number of publications devoted to the issues of the equality before the law, constitutional law and protection of migrants rights.

Martha Boersch, partner of Boersch Shapiro LLP, ex U.S. Federal Attorney (California, USA)
Martha Boersch is the U.S. attorney with many years of work experience in the United States Attorney’s Office. Martha had obtained a BA degree in Russian language and literature at the Oregon University and in 1983-1986 studied at the Law School of the University of Berkeley. After the gradutiona she has worked in the legal practice and in 1992 she srarted er work at the United States Attorney’s Office of Northern District of California. Martha took part in investigation of the case of former Ukrainian Prim-Minister Pavlo LAzarenko. After the resignation in 2004 for 7 years she was a partner of the Corporate Criminal Investigations practice at Jones Day. In 2013 together with David W. Shapiro she has founded Boersch Shapiro LLP.

Erika Szyszczak, Professor of Law of the University of Sussex (UK)
Prof Erika Szyszczak is a Professor of Law of the University of Sussex Law School. She has also held a Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Nottingham and taught at the London School of Economics and the University of Kent. Prof Szyszczak is a practising barrister at Littleton Chambers, member of the Middle Temple and an ADR Mediator. She has worked as a legal consultant for the European Commission and advised the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee on EU Law.

Bohdan Vitvitsky, Advisor to Prosecutor-General of Ukraine, former U.S. federal prosecutor (USA)
Bohdan Vitvitsky is a well-known American lawyer, who for many years had been involved in the anti-corruption work in the USA. For more than 20 years Mr. Vitvitsky was a federal prosecutor of the New Jersey District. In 2007-2009 he was a legal advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv working on the implementation of anti-corruption program in Ukraine. Mr. Vitvitsky recently was a candidate for the position of the Director of National Anti-corruption Bureau in Ukraine and currently works as an Advisor to Prosecutor-General of Ukraine.

Wayne Jordash, Queen’s Counsel, managing partner at Global Rights Compliance (the United Kingdom)
Wayne Jordash is a British lawyer and has practiced for 20 years in the international human rights and humanitarian law fields. His clients include governments, international organizations (e.g., the UN and the Council of Europe), NGO’s, corporations and individuals. Over the last decade, he has appeared in most of the international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has extensive experience in advising on international law arising from conflict affected areas and other high-risk environments.

Cindy Wittke, Senior research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz (Germany)

Charles Szymanski, Prof., Dr., Vice-Dean for International Relations at the Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
Charles Szymanski is a professor of law at the Vytautas Magnus University. He also serves as a visiting professor at the University of Luxembourg and as an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University College of Law. He received his doctor of jurisprudence degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif (open to students with grades within the top 10% of the class). Prior to his relocation to Europe, Professor Szymanski was also a practicing attorney in the United States, and served as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He still maintains an AV “preeminent” rating by the Martindale attorney rating service in the U.S. His primary research areas include labor law, public international law and alternative dispute resolution, and is the author of numerous publications on these subjects. Professor Szymanski has also spoken widely in these fields, having been an invited speaker to conferences and seminars in the United States, Lithuania, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, Cyprus, Russia, Slovakia, Finland and Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

Video of the lecture of Reiko Callner, Executive Director at Washington State Judicial Conduct Commission (USA): “Preservation of integrity and independence in the judiciary”

Video of the lecture of Prof. Dr. Charles Szymanski, Vice-Dean for International Relations at the Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania): “Privatizing the Rule of Law: The Role of Arbitration and Mediation in Increasing Access to Justice”

Video of the lecture of Cindy Wittke, senior research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Konstanz (Germany): “Role of the Legal Profession’s Institutions, Standards and Honor Codes in Strengthening Rule of Law: An international law perspective”

Video of the lecture of Wayne Jordash, Queen’s Counsel, managing partner at Global Rights Compliance: “International Justice and Victims Dichotomy”

Video of the lecture of Bohdan Vitvitsky, Advisor to Prosecutor-General of Ukraine, former U.S. federal prosecutor (USA) “The Rule of Law: So Critically Important, Yet So Elusive?”

Video of the lecture of Martha Boersch, partner of Boersch Shapiro LLP, ex U.S. Federal Attorney (Californis, USA)
“Fighting Corruption: The Methods of Criminal Investigation of Complex Corruption Cases”

Video of the lecture of Prof. Gilbert Paul Carrasco, Professor of Law of the Willemate University (Oregon, USA)
“What is Equal Protection of the Laws?”

Video of the lecture of Dr. William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center “Reforming of the Ukrainian Procuracy?”

Video of the lecture of Pim Albers, Managing Partner of the Albers Consulting International “Rule of Law and reforming the judiciary: “should this be based on international standards or is an ‘a la carte solution’ required?”

Video of the lecture of Professor of Law of the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen (Germany) Bernd Heinrich “The prosecution of corruption under the rule of law – a German perspective” and lecture of Professor of the Law Faculty of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland) Delaine Swenson “The role of civil society in guaranteeing the rule of law”

Video of the lecture of Chief Investigator, Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, USA Richard Hyde ” Standards of judicial discipline: what works “.

Video of the lecture of the UNDP Advisor in Ukraine d-r Marcus Brand ” The Ukrainian constitutional reform process of 2015 – challenges of the process and substance from an outsider’s perspective”.

Video of the lecture of U.S. Federal Judge Laurel Beeler “Rule of Law in the U.S. Criminal Justice”.

Video of the lecture of Thomas H. Speedy Rice, Professor of the Washington and Lee University “Rule of Law: Is Its Future Secure?”.