Sunday, November 23, 2014

The University of Arkansas Celebrates International Education Week

On November 22, the University of Arkansas officially wrapped up its celebration of International Education Week. Read the following excerpt from the Arkansas Newswire to learn more about the events and international student enrollment at the U of A.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, officially observed Nov. 17-21, as an opportunity to acknowledge the benefits of international education and exchange.

The U of A celebration will begin with a reception for international scholars hosted by Chancellor G. David Gearhart at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Fowler House and will conclude with a Diwali Banquet at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Theater.

Some of the other events that highlight opportunities for international education include:

Taste of Africa – 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, UARK Bowl on Dickson Street. The African Student Organization is creating an African wedding atmosphere to host performances, a fashion show, trivia and more. This is a ticketed event. For ticket information contact

International Dress Day – Monday, Nov. 17. Students are invited to wear their favorite international clothing, sports jersey, hat, scarf or other item for this all-day event. An International Dress Day Photo will be taken at 11 a.m. in the International Connections Lounge of the Arkansas Union to officially kick off the week’s events.

International Bazaar – 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, International Connections Lounge. Music, dance, entertainment, traditional clothing, international food and interactive activities will be available.

Hogs Abroad 101 – 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, J.B. Hunt Building room 207. This peer-led information session will provide an overview of the study abroad process, including the tools needed to get started and funding opportunities.

Winter of Discontent – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences Building room 107E. This film gives an account of Egypt on the verge of revolution through the lives of an activist, a journalist and a security officer.

Hecho en Mexico – 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, Mullins Library room 104. This documentary highlights some of contemporary Mexico’s most iconic artists and performers. A discussion will follow the screening.

Afternoon PositiviTea – 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, Holcombe Hall Living Room. Students are invited to enjoy a cup of tea while learning about tea cultures from around the world.

International education is on the rise at the U of A. The campus saw international student enrollment reach an all-time high of 1,525 students for the fall 2014 term. The number of students studying abroad is also growing, as a record 800 students studied abroad during the 2013-14 academic year.

“As our international student enrollment continues to increase and as the demand for international experiences grows among our students, the need for opportunities to celebrate and learn more about international education and cultures becomes more and more important,” said Kim LaScola Needy, dean of the Graduate School and International Education.

International Education Week is being coordinated by the Office of International Students and Scholars, the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Spring International Language Center, the Holcombe Hall International Living and Learning Community and the International Student Organization. A full list of the week’s events may be found at

Friday, October 24, 2014

School of Law Professor Christopher Kelley Teaches Legal Writing to Distance-Learning Students in Ukraine

Every Wednesday, Professor Chris Kelley, like so many university professors, begins his Legal Writing in English class be asking, "do we have any questions about what we went over last time?" The difference, however, is that Professor Kelley is teaching from the LL.M. study in the University of Arkansas School of Law, and his 57 students are at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, in Ukraine. The LL.M. study recently underwent extensive renovations with enhanced technology that allows faculty and students to connect with audiences and experts around the world. Students in the LL.M. program have utilized the technology to discuss food industry regulations with Helena Bottemiller Evich, a Washington D.C.-based journalist with Politico, and debate policy with Michele Simon, author of the EatDrinkPolitics blog.

Professor Kelley's international teaching history makes him both an obvious choice and an asset to the distance-learning program. Professor Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, in 2011. He frequently teaches negotiations and legal writing in English variously at universities, law firms, nongovernmental organizations, and business in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, and Lithuania. He has also taught in Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. Notably, he was the first American law professor to teach at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty in Minsk, Belarus.

In addition to his international work, Professor Kelley teaches in the Agricultural & Food law LL.M. program, as well as the general J.D. program. His courses include Agriculture & the Environment, Regulation of Agricultural Markets, Issues in International Agricultural Law, Administrative Law, Transnational Negotiation, International Commercial Arbitration, Law & Development, and Rule of Law.

Professor Kelley, along with other School of Law faculty, hopes to increase the number of distance-learning opportunities available in the future.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

UA Law Professor Teaches Comparative Constitutional Law in Lithuania

In late May and early June, Professor Howard Brill traveled to Vytautus Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania to teach Comparative Constitutional Law to 50 Lithuanian law students. The topics covered in the course included the War Against Terror (including the use of drones and targeted killings), Comparative Free Speech, Comparative Religious Freedom (including the ban on religious clothing worn by women in Western Europe), the protection of minority rights (including the Roma in Europe), and secession from the nation (including Quebec, Crimea, and Scotland).

Upon completion of the program, Professor Brill commented, “all students in Lithuania now begin learning English at an early grade, unlike their parents who learned Russian. Vytautus Magnus University is a new institution. The faculty of law has created a program drawing upon American experiences. I found the students eager to learn, interested in different teaching and learning styles, and most knowledgeable about the world.”

With a population of 3 million, Lithuania is approximately half the size of Arkansas. Though it gained independence after World War I, Lithuania was occupied first by the Germans at the beginning of World War II, then by the Soviets after the liberation. Lithuania remained a part of the Soviet Union until March 1990, when it again declared its independence. Since that time, a democratic Lithuania has sought closer ties with the West, joining both NATO and the European Union.

Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania, has long been a leading center of economic, academic, and cultural activity. It sits at the confluence of Lithuania’s two largest rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and is about one hour away from the capital of Vilnius. It was founded in the 11th century and joined the Hanseatic League in the 15th century. Napoleon passed through the city both during his invasion of, and his eventual retreat from, Russia. In addition to this rich history, Kaunas is also famous for its basketball team, Zalgiris.

While in Kaunas, Professor Brill spoke at an International Conference on Legal Ethics, sponsored by Vytautus Magnus University. The speakers were from Lithuania, Finland, Estonia, Poland, Belgium, and the United States. Professor Brill’s topic was teaching methods for Professional Responsibility: the use of role playing, actual cases, and movies.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Inaugural Russia Law Summer Program a Success

Law students Austin Lucas, Benjamin Mackey, Christina Cole, Cristen Handley, Jacob Kerksieck, Kaylyn Turner, Maria Korzendorfer and Nick Stallings all took part in the first ever Russia Law Summer Program, which included two weeks of classes in Fayetteville and eight nights in St. Petersburg. As part of the program, students were required to write on subjects pertaining to Russian Literature, Cinema, and Culture, and attend a variety of lectures addressing topics such as The Russian Constitution, The Russian Legal System, Comparative Religious Freedom, Secession and Breakup of Nations, Russian Civilizations and Cultural Dimensions, and Human Rights. Upon completion of the course, each student earned two hours of ungraded credit.

While in St. Petersburg, the students stayed in a dormitory in the heart of the city, operated by the St. Petersburg University of Finance and Economics, and visited the legal department of INTRATOOL, an oil and gas company, as well as DCO, LLC; a legal consulting firm. In addition to their studies, the students were able to take a boat trip on the Neva River and canals, visit both Catherine Palace and Alexander Palace, tour The State Hermitage Museum, and attend a performance of Swan Lake at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.

Faculty and students agree that the program exceed all expectations, and efforts are being made to repeat the program in 2015.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fulbright Program in Ukraine offers Negotiation Workshop by Professor Christopher Kelley

As noted in our previous blog post, School of Law Professor Christopher Kelley was invited to moderate a Negotiation Workshop hosted by the Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

The two-day even was held this week at the Fulbright Program office in Ukraine. An excerpt from the invitation is included below:

This workshop will serve as an introduction to effective negotiation practices which will help you help you develop your negotiation skills. You will learn how to use the concepts of "best alternative to a negotiated agreement" (BATNA), "reservation price," and "bargaining zone," plus various behaviors and psychological considerations that can work for and against you in negotiations. You will also negotiate several exercises so you can "learn by doing." 

Negotiating these problems and reading the workshop’s materials, will help you learn how to plan for negotiations, how to set the negotiating agenda in your favor, how to adjust your strategies as the negotiations proceed, and how to learn and practice other negotiation strategies and tactics. 

All of us negotiate. We negotiate every day. We will negotiate for the rest of our lives. Thus, negotiation skills are life skills – your negotiating skills will help you get what you want. They are also career skills – your negotiating skills will help you serve those who rely on your negotiation skills in your professional life and will advance your career. 

The workshop readings are from Richard Luecke, Harvard Business Essentials, Negotiation (2003), and Leigh Thompson & Geoffrey J. Leonardelli, "Why Negotiation Is The Most Popular Business School Course", Ivey Business Journal (July-Aug. 2004). These materials will be the cornerstones of the negotiation skills library you will build as you advance in your career.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Fulbright Program, Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

 The School of Law is proud of it's association with the Fulbright Program and we wish to extend our Congratulations. 

 The article below is copied from the announcement posted on the Prince of Asturias Foundation website. The original article may be found here.

The Jury for this Award –convened by the Prince of Asturias Foundation– was chaired by Gustavo Suárez Pertierra and composed of Pedro Alonso Fernández, Enrique Barón Crespo, José María Bergareche Busquet, Eugenia Bieto Caubet, Gloria Fernández-Lomana García, Enrique Fernández-Miranda y Lozana, Duke of Fernández-Miranda, Ana Ferrer, Diego Hidalgo Schnur, Jerónimo López Martínez, Ricardo Martí Fluxá, Jaime Montalvo Correa, Marcelino Oreja Aguirre, Francisco Pinto Balsemão, Alfonso de la Rosa Morena, Luis Sánchez-Merlo and Alicia Castro Masaveu (acting as secretary).

This candidature was put forward by James Costos, US Ambassador to Spain, and Ramon Gil-Casares, Spanish Ambassador to the USA. It was seconded by Pedro Alonso, Director of Manhiça Centre of Health Research (Mozambique) and Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, 2008 and 2013 Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation respectively, among others.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by US Senator James William Fulbright. It is an educational exchange program sponsored by the US government designed with the aim of improving and strengthening ties and mutual understanding between US citizens and participants from around the world. The program currently operates in over 150 countries (it began operating in Spain in 1958). It is run by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, following the general guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board –made up of twelve members chosen directly by the President of the United States– with the aid of bilateral commissions and foundations in 50 countries and more than 100 US embassies abroad in addition to other agencies on American soil. Funding for the program comes mainly from the US Congress, although it also receives financial support from public and private entities in the USA, as well as from the countries participating in the program.

During its more than 65 years of existence, what are popularly known as Fulbright scholarships have given students, researchers and teachers the opportunity to learn, research and teach and exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges and interests of a global nature. Students aspiring to enter the program each year are evaluated for both their academic merit and leadership potential. Over 300,000 students have participated in this academic program to date, approximately one third of whom are from the USA, the remainder belonging to the group of countries with exchange agreements. The program offers several options according to the academic level of participants, depending on whether they already hold a PhD or not. The Fulbright NEXUS Program is also worth highlighting. This is a network of young PhD holders, professionals and researchers from the USA and other Western countries who participate for a year in multidisciplinary research teams and in a series of meetings in the form of seminars that enable them to exchange experiences. The program likewise boasts an extensive network of student and alumni associations worldwide –around 70– whose main goal is to strengthen the relationship among and expand the contact network of all participants in the Fulbright scholarships, in addition to contributing to the integration of foreign scholars who visit these countries to further their studies.

The US administration grants 8,000 scholarships annually among the selected students. Throughout its history, more than 150 participants have been distinguished with Nobel, Pulitzer or MacArthur Foundation prizes. In addition, some Prince of Asturias Award Laureates, such as Richard Serra (Arts, 2010) and Muhammad Yunus (Concord, 1998), among others, have also participated in the Fulbright Program.

According to the Statutes of the Foundation, the Prince of Asturias Awards aim “to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions”. As part of this spirit, the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation shall be conferred on those “whose work with another or others in areas such as public health, universal education, environmental protection and social and economic development, among others, constitutes an outstanding contribution at the international level”.

There are 20 nominations in the running for this Award from Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States and Spain.

This is the sixth of eight Prince of Asturias Awards to be bestowed this year, in what is now their thirty-fourth edition. The Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts went to American architect Frank O. Gehry, the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences was conferred on French historian and Hispanist Joseph Pérez, the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities went to the Argentinian-Spanish cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón, Quino, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research was jointly bestowed on chemists Avelino Corma (Spain), Mark E. Davis (USA) and Galen D. Stucky (USA) and the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature went to Irish writer John Banville. The Prince of Asturias Award for Sports will be announced next week with the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord being announced in September.

Each of the Prince of Asturias Awards, which date back to 1981, comprises a diploma, a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Awards, an insignia bearing the Foundation’s coat of arms, and a cash prize of 50,000 euros. The Awards will be presented in the autumn in Oviedo at a grand ceremony presided over by HRH The Prince of Asturias.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Professor Christopher Kelley to Moderate Negotiation Workshop, Fulbright Program in Ukraine

University of Arkansas Professor of Law Christopher Kelley will return to Kyiv in June by invitation of the Fulbright Program in Ukraine to moderate a two-day Negotiation Workshop.  

Professor Christopher Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach at universities in Ukraine and Moldova through interactive digital video conferencing and in person. He also has taught and continues to teach in Belarus and Lithuania and has taught in Kazakhstan and Russia. He is a part-time Professor at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv. 

Professor Kelley has taken University of Arkansas law students to Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus. He was the first American law professor to teach at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty and his Transnational Negotiation students were the first American law students to participate in a course at the BSU Law Faculty. 

Currently the Chair of the Public International Law I Division of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Professor Kelley previously served three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He is now a Senior Adviser to the Russia/Eurasia Committee. He also has served as Vice-Chair of the Section’s Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague. Recently he was appointed to an ad hoc working group to advise the American Bar Association’s President on ongoing developments in Ukraine. 

Professor Kelley is a member of the Fulbright Association Board of Directors. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy before the Fulbright Academy merged with the Fulbright Association. Professor Kelley is a member of the editorial boards of the Baltic Journal of Law and Politics published by Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Law and Civil Society published by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. 

He was on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy. He also is a member of the International Bar Association. Before joining the faculty in 1998, Professor Kelley practiced in large and small law firms variously in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. 

Professor Kelley has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia, though he has active status only in Arkansas.

Registration and Workshop information may be found here.