2009 Events and Speakers

Fighting for Justice

October 19, 2009, noon to 12:50 p.m.

Seattle University School of Law, Room C5

Presentation Video

Ann Fagan Ginger is a lawyer and activist author who discussed Fighting for Justice by using Treaties and the Offices of the Inspector General.        

As Executive Director of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley since 1965, Ginger and the institute interns have collected 46 cases won in state and federal courts based on articles in three UN human rights treaties ratified by the U.S. in 1992 and 1994. The three treaties are: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and International Convention on Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.  She will describe efforts to convince the City of Berkeley to become the first in the U.S. to resolve to make the required periodic reports to the UN under the treaties.      

Ginger will also discuss 15 investigations by Offices of the Inspector General that led to reports very critical of government practices, and in several cases led to changes in government policies.  She will describe briefly four other UN treaties the U.S. has signed but not yet ratified: Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Global Justice Implications of International Anti-Corruption Law

April 14, 2009, 10 a.m. - noon

Seattle University School of Law Courtroom

Conference Video

The World Bank estimates that every year corrupt governments and their business partners take 1 trillion dollars in bribes. Another 1.5 trillion dollars are paid each year to influence procurement decisions. In development discourses, it is often said that corruption is like a plague as deadly as the HIV virus. It victimizes the neediest the most. It is a global justice issue of paramount importance.

The Center for Global Justice (CGJ) of the Seattle University School of Law has invited four prominent experts to share their thoughts on the global justice implications of international anti-corruption laws with the Seattle University community.

Matthew Fowler is an experienced practitioner in anti-corruption compliance, both as in-house and outside counsel for large multinational companies.

Currently, Mr. Fowler is Counsel for International and Domestic Compliance at BAE Systems, Inc., one of the largest defense companies in the U.S. with annual sales of over $15 billion dollars. He is one of three lawyers who manage the company's internal anti-corruption compliance system.

Prior to working with BAE Systems, Mr. Fowler was an associate with Paul Hastings, LLP, in Washington, D.C. where his practice focused FCPA counseling and compliance, as well as political risk insurance and international arbitration. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1999.

Anita Ramasastry is the Director of Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology and the D. Wayne and Anne Gittinger Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. Her research interest includes commercial law, banking and payments systems, law and development and comparative law. Her current research focuses on the accountability off economic actors in conflict and weak governance zones. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Irish Center for Human Rights - NUI Galway.

Professor Ramasastry has served as a staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an associate attorney at the international law firm of White & Case in Budapest Hungary, and assistant professor of law at the Central European University in Budapest. She was the symposium editor for the Harvard International Law Journal and has clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Professor Ramasastry received her J.D. from Harvard University in 1988 and her M.A. from the University of Sydney.

Thomas Snider is an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in Washington D.C. His practice includes a wide-range of matters involving international law and dispute resolution. His experience includes international arbitration, representation of sovereign states and their state-owned entities in U.S. courts, and representation of private companies in cross-border investments and international commercial disputes. He has been involved in projects throughout the world and was formerly a resident lawyer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mr. Snider has authored and co-authored multiple works including "Combating Corruption Through International Law in Africa: A Comparative Analysis," and "African Boundaries: Resolving Uncertainty for Oil & Gas Projects."

He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000. He was the Executive Director of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

José Ugaz is senior partner in one of the six largest law firms in Peru and is one of the most outstanding criminal lawyers in the country. He specializes in criminal law and human rights, with special expertise in white collar crime cases, particularly in corruption and money-laundering issues. He is also a professor of law at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the president of PROETICA, the Peruvian chapter of Transparency International. Mr. Ugaz was the Special State Attorney during the investigations into the Fujimori regime.

Mr. Ugaz graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Law School in 1982. He also received postgraduate degrees in Human Rights and Development in Holland and Criminal Law in Spain. He is a member of the Lima Bar Association.

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