Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Connecting with Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine

Each spring, Professor Christopher Kelley teaches a popular course in the Rule of Law. As Professor Kelley notes in his course syllabus, "This course was inspired by the World Justice Project. The WJP was largely created by William H. Neukom, a past President of the American Bar Association and the former General Counsel of Microsoft. He believes that every law school should have a rule of law course, which is why I created this course in 2009. I had the good fortune of working with Bill and others on the WJP’s first World Justice Forum and attending the second WJF, both of which were in Vienna, and the fourth WJF in The Hague. As I have done since 2009, I will endeavor to keep this course true to the spirit of the World Justice Project by keeping its focus on contemporary, global rule of law issues and, most fundamentally, on the rule of law’s meaning and significance."

This semester, we will be joined by students at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine. Students in Fayetteville will be connected to their counterpoints in Ukraine by video conference with Professor Kelley facilitating conversations between the two institutions. Images from our class are below.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Professor Mykhailiuk to co-teach Agricultural & Food Law in the EU

This spring, the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law will be offering a new course titled Agricultural & Food Law in the European Union. The course, taught by Professor Christopher Kelley, serves as an Introduction to the governance of the European Union, and an exploration of polices regarding agricultural and food law. We are pleased and honored to share that Professor Kelley will be joined by National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy School of Law lecturer Mykhailiuk Galyna. Professor Mykhailiuk will be guiding us through an introduction to EU law at the beginning of this course. Her lectures will be based on the full-semester course on European Law that she teaches at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" School of Law. Professor Mykhailiuk joins the class by videoconference teaching our students in Fayetteville and also to our LL.M. distance candidates. Our thanks to Professor Mykhailiuk!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Welcome Dr. Darya Lando, Belarusian State University Law Faculty Member

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Darya Lando a Minsk lawyer and Belarusian State University Law Faculty professor, will be our guest during the first two weeks of February.

Here is her law firm bio:


Here is her BSU Law Faculty bio:

While she is here, Dr. Lando will meet with faculty and students and will join several of our courses as a special guest. She will also meet with our LL.M. Candidates. Dr. Lando's colleague Volha Samasiuk  is an Alum of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law and earned her PhD from the BSU Law Faculty and taught in the BSU Law Faculty.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lando on her first trip to the United States.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate International Education Week

International Education Week takes place each November and is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. To learn more about IEW, visit the Department of State website.
SATURDAY: November 14th

National Unity Day -- Russia, 12:00 noon - Fulbright Peace Fountain by Old Main. The Russia-Eurasia Student Organization wants to celebrate the National Unity Day by inviting the University of Arkansas community to play a quest game dedicated to the events that rallied Russian people and led to the Romanov dynasty to take the throne. Food will be served at the close of the game. Sponsor: Associated Student Government and the Russia-Eurasia Student Organization. Contact - Rustem Galiullin; grustem@email.uark.edu

International Education Week Lunch Specials – 11 am – 2pm , Ella’s Restaurant at the Inn at Carnell Hall on UA Campus, Lunch specials will be available for lunch at Ella’s Restaurant, with a different country represented each day. Monday China, Tuesday Brazil, Wednesday Bolivia, Thursday Panama, Friday India

MONDAY: November 16th

The Role of International Education in Peacebuilding, 8:00am - 10:00am, Holcombe Hall Classroom, Through international education, students become more effective communicators, more engaged citizens, and learn to think critically about the relationships between local and global issues. These skills are all vital to building peace in a world full of conflict. To celebrate this capacity of international education during International Education Week, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding invite you to a free panel discussion on the role of international education in peacebuilding. Experts in conflict resolution and peacebuilding will: 
  • Provide a high-level overview of the ways in which international engagement and global learning can help mitigate conflict and empower individuals to become peacebuilders
  • Share key strategies and approaches available to educators to engage students in peacebuilding both locally and globally 
  • Examine the role of global learning in the peacebuilding process. Contact - Michael Freeman:mfreeman@uark.edu

International Dress Day & Photo, all day, Group Photo after Opening session 11 a.m.. International Connections Lounge in the Arkansas Union, Wear a hat, tee shirt, scarf, traditional outfit from where you are from of have visited. A group Photo will be following the IEW Opening remarks.

Opening session and International Bazaar, 11:00am – 2:00pm, International Connection Lounge in the Arkansas Union, Kim Needy, Dean of Graduate School and International Education will open the University of Arkansas' International Education Week followed by a group picture of the University of Arkansas community in traditional dress. International Bazaar will contribute to inclusion and diversity on campus though cultural table presentations and performances by international students. Sponsor: International Students Organization (ISO) Contact – Layseen Chen Torres: lachento@uark.edu

Study Abroad Photo Contest Display, 11:00am – 2:00pm, International Connections Lounge, Winners of the 2015 Study Abroad Photo Contest will be announced and displayed during the International Bazaar. Sponsor: Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Contact – Brian Poepsel: bpoepse@uark.edu

Theatre and Diplomacy, 5:30pm, Giffels Auditorium, A presentation by Syrian playwright and diplomat Riad Ismat. This is an event raising awareness of the need of defending academic freedom worldwide and creating support networks of international solidarity. Sponsor: UA Scholars at Risk Committee, Arts and Sciences Area Studies, Theatre, English, Diversity Affairs, Contact – Luis Restrepo: lrestr@uark.edu
For a full listing of events throughout the week, visit the International Students & Scholars website

Friday, November 6, 2015

The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy publishes the first Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal

We are pleased to share news that The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy has published the first issue of Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal (KMLPJ). KMLPJ is an academic, peer-reviewed journal which provides a unique focus on many aspects of Ukrainian law and political issues, including their broader international contexts.

Our own University of Arkansas Associate Professor of Law Christopher Kelley edited, pro bono, the Journal's articles for their English grammar and style, using UK rules of grammar, spelling, and the like. Professor Kelley and the University of Arkansas are thanked on the Journal's website.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Accelerated JD Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers Admitting for Fall 2016

   Accelerated JD Program for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

The Accelerated JD Program at the University of Arkansas School of Law is now accepting applications for fall 2016. The AJD Program is designed specifically for individuals who have completed a law degree outside the United States, and wish to complete a JD in the United States to expand their career opportunities. The curricular structure of the AJD program is focused on successful bar passage. Our first year AJD candidates take the same foundational courses as our traditional JD candidates, while the second year is tailored to the particular goals of the candidate, focusing on bar preparation. AJD Candidates enjoy specialized faculty support throughout their matriculation, as well as tutoring and guidance from seasoned law students. To qualify, applicants must hold a degree from an accredited law school that would qualify the applicant to practice law in their country. The LSAT is not required. Candidates will receive up to thirty hours of credit for their previous coursework allowing them to complete the program over two academic years. Our fall 2016 semester will begin August 15th. 

The University of Arkansas School of Law has ranked as a top 10 best value law school for 3 years in a row in the U.S. in National Jurist magazine’s Top 20 Values in legal education and among U.S. News and World Report‘s top 41 public law schools.

Located in Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. With over 58,000 inhabitants, Fayetteville is known for its rich natural beauty, healthful climate, clean air, low cost of living, low crime rate, and is frequently listed among the top ten Best College Towns.

Visit our website for information on program costs and instructions on how to apply. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact us by email at sxh090@uark.edu to learn more.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

This is the season to be applying to the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, the U.S. State Department's flagship program for U.S. students, including law graduates. This year's application deadline on this campus is September 15. For those of you who are second-year students, next year's deadline will again be in September or October. In certain circumstances, you can apply as an "at large" applicant, for which this year's deadline is in October. In any case, consider the following:

Escape Hatch to the Globe

Robert Gaudet, Jr.

Robert Gaudet, Jr., vice-chair of the ABA International Law Section Human Rights Committee, studies class actions in Europe with the support of a Fulbright grant to the European Union. He can be contacted at Robert_gaudet@stanfordalumni.org.

If you are tired of sitting in the office, calculating your time in increments, and having one week per year to travel the globe, then look into an escape hatch to the international world—the Fulbright grant.

The Fulbright grant is a prestigious award that can not only be a boon to your credentials but also give you the perfect excuse to spend up to nine months living abroad. Once you are awarded the grant, there are few formal requirements aside from writing midyear and end-of-year reports. The rest of your time abroad is yours to study, research, and learn about your host country. The idea behind the Fulbright program, initiated by Senator William J. Fulbright, who once studied at Oxford, was for students to promote international peace and understanding.

The Fulbright grant is awarded to young professionals and college graduates. Young lawyers make strong candidates for the grant because they are organized and smart. However, they rarely submit applications. Jodie Kirshner, a 2006 graduate of Columbia Law School, received a Fulbright grant to the European Union to study corporate governance as a fellow at the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge University. She said of her experience, “In preparing myself for an academic job, the Fulbright was a key way to spend a year researching and writing.”

But the scholarship is not just for academics. Anthony Milewski, a 2006 graduate of the University of Washington, received a Fulbright grant to Russia. He now practices law in the Moscow office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and said, “The Fulbright Program gives students a year to explore their interests. I really wanted to study the Russian legal system, and was able to do so by enrolling at a law school in Moscow.”

Ready to apply? First, find general information at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_general.html. You can apply as an “at-large” applicant or through your alma mater.
Second, find an advisor. If your alma mater does not provide such advice (or does a poor job of it) or is too far away, then do not despair. You can attend Fulbright application sessions at the nearest public university. The local university might offer useful comments on your particular application. A good advisor can give you a timetable and explain the formula for success.

Third, find the right country. You can only apply to one country per year. Some countries, such as Brazil, require prior knowledge of a foreign language. Others, such as the United Kingdom with 418 applicants for 25 grants in 2007–08 and Sweden with 52 applications for 10 grants, receive so many applications that the chance of success is limited.
Seek a country where professors, lecturers, PhD students, or practicing lawyers are willing to write you letters of invitation to bolster your application. You can acquire letters of invitation by looking at university Web sites for professors in your field of interest and e-mailing them. First introduce yourself, and, later, ask for contacts with interests similar to yours. Many people are surprisingly helpful. If you want to go to India, but the e-mail response from Indian professors is tepid, then simply choose another country. proposal of two pages and a concise personal statement of one page. Proposals should contain three different sections

Fourth, take the time to draft a high-quality application that explains (1) your personal background and why you are suitable for the proposal; (2) the temporal stages of your proposed research or study, e.g., an LLM program and how it will proceed; and (3) how your study will increase mutual understanding between the United States and another country.

Fifth, get three letters of recommendation from your law school professors, community leaders, lawyers, or people familiar with your work. It is not necessary to get a reference from your current employer, particularly if you wish to remain discreet.

Screening committees in the United States and the host country review applications prior to awarding any grant. What do the overseas committees look for? According to Eric J├Ânssson, executive director of the Swedish Fulbright Commission, his committee generally looks for an “outstanding academic record; preparation in the chosen field; any other personal qualifications which make them an outstanding candidate for study in Sweden; demonstration of exceptional promise and commitment to graduate study; adaptability to a foreign situation; [and ability to] represent the Fulbright program during and after their time in Sweden.”

Applications are due in the fall, so give yourself an entire summer, working after office hours, to get this done. It will be worth it, months later, when you are roaming around a foreign country with your newfound freedom as an ambassador of goodwill. In today’s global environment of cross-border transactions, international clients, and multinational law firms, spending a year studying another country’s laws will do more than recharge your batteries. It will make you a better lawyer.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Revolution of Dignity Art Exhibit at School of Law

From August - November 2015, Professor Christopher Kelley has arranged for the School of Law to host the Revolution of Dignity Art Exhibit featuring images from Ukraine's' Maidan 2013-2014. The art created during and after the Revolution of Dignity captures the extraordinary hope, spirit, and promise of great change. For those who were on the Maidan, it stirs recalled emotions that are at once joyous and sad. Brave men and women—some young; some old—died defending the Maidan and what it represented—the beginning of an era when Ukrainians could enjoy the dignity of a people committed to the rule of law.

Ukraine is the largest country located entirely within Europe with a long regionally, culturally, and politically diverse history. It gained its current independence in 1991 when the Soviet Union imploded. Since then, Ukrainians have struggled to gain what seven decades of Soviet rule denied it—the rule of law, which is now guaranteed by Ukraine’s constitution. This struggle has been marked by a series of mass protests, two of which drew prolonged worldwide attention—the Orange Revolution in 2004 and the Revolution of Dignity in 2013-2014. Both “revolutions” reflected Ukrainians’ desire to overcome political and other corruption.

The Revolution of Dignity began on November 21, 2014, as news spread that then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had suspended preparations to sign the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. This Agreement would have advanced Ukrainian-EU integration and, within Ukraine, European values, including the rule of law. A wave of demonstrations and civil unrest followed, largely centered on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square). On November 30, 2013, riot police known as the "Berkut" attacked and injured scores of protesters near the Maidan. This enraged Ukrainians, solidified the Revolution of Dignity, and led to almost three months of massive demonstrations on the Maidan and elsewhere. Before the Revolution ended on February 23, 2014, more than one hundred people had died in the struggle against the government’s repression and corruption. Every Ukrainian was affected by the Revolution of Dignity, though some were threatened by values it embodied, values distinctly different from those encased in Ukraine’s Soviet legacy.

The Maidan witnessed a great explosion of all forms and genres of art, but posters were the most effective and popular. From original satirical works to manipulated images from internet memes, the posters quickly reacted to and documented major developments during the months leading up to the Maidan and while events there escalated until the reign of sniper fire ended.

Curated by Natalia Moussienko and Andriy Sydorenko from the Modern Art Research Institute in Kyiv, the Exhibit was first displayed in Kyiv in September 2014 and is now traveling around the world. The University of Arkansas School of Law is honored to host the Exhibit and is grateful for those who helped bring it to the Law School. Special thanks goes to the Ukraine Fulbright Program, the Kennan Institute, the Modern Art Research Institute, and the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Pictured from left are LL.M. Candidates
 Mark Opanasiuk and Valeriya Zayets
with Michael Ramirez, and Kim Tomlinson
from the University of Arkansas Art Department
Of special note, this fall the LL.M. Program will be joined by two Ukrainian Candidates, Mark Opanasiuk and Valeriya Zayats. Mark and Valeriya together with the University of Arkansas Art Department installed the Revolution of Dignity. We are especially grateful to Mark and to Valeriya for their part in bringing this exhibit to life.

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