International Law Review: 2005 Symposium
International Migration: Examining the Legal Implications
in a Global Society
February 24 - 25, 2005
This year's International Law Review Symposium will address the causes and effects of the migration of groups of people and the legal consequences that affect both the migrating parties and the states that receive them. The issues involve the basic question of how global changing conditions cause both forced and unforced migration, and in particular, the conflicting legal issues that arise when people of different ethnic, cultural, economic and philosophical backgrounds are placed in states where they are not native citizens. Some relevant topics to be discussed include human trafficking, displacement and resettlement, the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and the impact of 9/11 on immigration policies.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
|6:00-7:00 p.m.||Keynote Address
Rubloff Auditorium (25 East Pearson)
Susan Ginsberg - Senior Counsel, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; former senior official in the Treasury Department's Office of Enforcement; law clerk for the Honorable Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics Matters.
Friday, February 25, 2005
|9:00-10:15 a.m.||Panel #1 - Immigration Policies: Problems and Recommendations
Margaret H. McCormick - Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan; Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago Law School (1986-present); National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1997-98; 1999 to 2004 served as President of the Board of Directors for the American Immigration Law Foundation. Ms. McCormick is currently serving on the American Immigration Law Foundation's Board of Trustees. She has testified in the U.S. Senate on problems with the INS, appeared as an immigration law expert in U.S. court proceedings and served on immigration and citizenship councils for the city of Chicago.
Gabrielle Buckley - Partner and Chair of the Business Immigration Group at Vedder Price. Ms. Buckley presently serves on the American Bar Association's 12-member Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice and Pro Bono, and co-chairs the Immigration & Nationality Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law and Practice. She also serves as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's International and Foreign Law Committee. Ms. Buckley is a frequent speaker on business immigration and international law matters, and is an Adjunct Professor at the John Marshall Law School.
Michael F. Turansick - member of the firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Berson & Loewy, managing the Chicago office. Mr. Turansick is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York Chapter Chair, 1999-2000) and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Member, Immigration and Nationality Law Committee). He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Law Foundation and is co-chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the American Bar Association's section on International Law. Mr. Turansick has been published in the Fordham International Law Journal, the Immigration Law Report, The International Lawyer, and The New York Law Journal.
|10:15-11:30 a.m.||Panel # 2 - Rights of Refugees and Asylum-seekers
Hugh Parmer - President, American Refugee Committee. Mr. Parmer was a former Assistant Administrator for Humanitarian Relief for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1962 to 1964 and the Texas Senate from 1982 until 1989. While in the Texas Senate, Mr. Parmer served on the following committees: Administration, Health and Human Resources, Subcommittee on Public Health, and Intergovernmental Relations. Mr. Parmer holds a BA from Yale University and was also elected Mayor of Fort Worth in 1977.
William B. Schiller - Immigration attorney, Davidson & Schiller; Juris Doctor, Loyola University Chicago, 1987; Former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law; Co-chair of the Leadership Council of the Chicago-based Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center. Mr. Schiller was one of ten attorneys in the Chicago area selected for a Pro Bono Leadership Award by the Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center and the American Bar Association. Mr. Schiller also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the undergraduate program at Northwestern University, where he teaches a course on international human rights and U.S. refugee law.
Regina Germain - Ms. Germain is currently Legal Director for the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center in Denver, Colorado. She has advocated on behalf of asylum seekers throughout her legal career, as an attorney, law professor and as Senior Legal Counselor in the Washington Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is the author of AILA's Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to US Asylum Law and Procedure (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 4th Ed. 2005) and her publications include a law review article on the USA PATRIOT Act and its likely impact on refugees and asylum-seekers.
|11:30-11:45 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|Panel #3 - Curbing the Tide of Human Trafficking
Elissa Steglich - Managing Attorney at the Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center in Chicago, Illinois where she provides direct representation to victims of human trafficking and asylum-seekers in addition to supervising MIHRC's trafficking, pro bono asylum, and unaccompanied immigrant children projects. As a former Trafficking Project Officer, Ms. Steglich conducted extensive field research on trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ms. Steglich received a B.A. in English from Haverford College and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from the University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Steglich is co-editor of In Modern Bondage: Sex Trafficking in the Americas(Transnational 2003), and the author of Hiding in the Hulls: Attacking the Practice of High Seas Murder of Stowaways through Expanded Criminal Jurisdiction in Texas Law Review, May 2000, and Where is the Protection? A Failed Response to Gender-Based Persecution inPublic Interest Law Reporter, Spring 2003.
Susan Teifenbrun - Professor Teifenbrun is a Professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and the Director of the Center of Global Legal Studies. Susan Tiefenbrun received her Juris Doctor from New York University Law School and a Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University. Her special interests include international law, international business transactions, and international human rights law. She has written a book-length study on Soviet and Eastern Europeon joint venture laws, numerous articles on international intellectual property, the World Court, international human rights, and global sex trafficking. She has made presentations for the American Branch of International Law Association (ABILA) on U.S Remedies for Global Sex Trafficking and on Terrorism issues. She lectures in English, French, and Russian, and on July 7, 2003, was awarded the French Legion of Honor, France's highest distinction, by presidential decree from the Republic of France.
|1:00-3:00 p.m.||Lunch/ Keynote Address
Kasbeer Hall (25 East Pearson)
Ambassador Cynthia Perry - United States Executive Director, African Development Bank; Honorary Consul General of Senegal; 1994 - 2001, United States Ambassador to Burundi, 1990-1993; United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, 1986-1989; Chief, Education and Human Resources Development Agency for International Development, USAID/Africa Bureau, Washington, D.C., 1982-1986; Professor of International Studies and Dean of International Student Affairs, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas; 1978-1982