Recent Events & Colloquia


Workshop: Sexual Violence as an International Crime: Current Issues

Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Held in conjunction with the
XIV World Symposium on Victimology
World Forum, The Hague, 20-24 May 2012

The workshop, organized by two of the volume’s editors who will moderate the program, will build on the work to be published by Intersentia later in 2012, Prosecuting Sexual Violence as an International Crime: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Panelists will explore issues related to the ongoing development and understanding of jurisprudence and practice in the area of sexual and gender-based violence.


  • Anne-Marie de Brouwer, Tilburg University
  • Charlotte Ku, University of Illinois College of Law and Center on Law and Globalization


  • Catrien Bijleveld, Free University Amsterdam, “Methodological Issues in the Study of Sexual Violence Victimization”
  • Kenworthey Bilz, University of Illinois College of Law, “Perceptions of Justice in the Mobile Gender Courts of the Democratic Republic of Congo”
  • Hon. Justice Teresa Doherty, Special Court for Sierra Leone, topic to be announced
  • Lisa Gormley, Amnesty International, “Defining Rape”
  • Sarah Nouwen, University of Cambridge, “Cruelties of Representation: Which Victims, Whose Justice?”


Discourses on Darfur: Science, Law, Media

April 24-26, Rockefeller Bellagio Center, Italy

                              Discourses on Darfur group photo

              Participants of the Discourses on Darfur: Science, Law, Media
                                     conference held at the Rockefeller

                                Bellagio Center from April 24-26, 2012. 

The Center on Law and Globalization hosted an invitation-only meeting at the Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation entitled “Discourses on Darfur” in April 2012. The Center brought together 20 leaders—in the fields of law, academia, and journalism—who have worked around the issue of the conflict in Darfur to see what could be learned from others disciplines moving forward. The meeting was organized by the Center’s own John Hagan, as well as Joachim Savelsberg and Jens Meierhenrich. The organizers planned a frank exchange to speak to the issues of conflict, mass atrocities, and genocides in Darfur and elsewhere. The discussion opened with recent coverage about Sudan, and Darfur in particular, and expanded from there. Among the many topics brought to the table, the participants discussed usage, sources and relevance of statistics, the unfolding role of the ICC, and used other court systems as a means for comparison.

The experts also addressed the issue of the disconnection between the situation on the ground and the role of international law and court systems, including the expectations of civilians in the midst of the conflict, the issue of neutrality (of journalists, scholars, the law and NGOs), as well as possible effects each of these streams can have on the others, and the role of NGOs. All participants agreed that each field had its own unique considerations and perspectives on many issues surrounding the conflict, and the organizers and the Center hope to be able to use this illuminating dialogue for further future research.

  Participants discussed a number of topics and explored the intricacies of the Darfur conflict.
Participants researching                                                                               
This unique opportunity allowed participants to share and exchange information and hear diffferent perspectives and opinions surrounding the conflict. Pictured: Eric Reeves (right), Hamid Ali Nur (left).



Attendees of the Sexual Violence as International Crime: Interdisciplinary Colloquium on the steps of the Peace Palace in The Hague, June 2009. At this conference, the first in a series to be sponsored by the Center on Law and Globalization, UN High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Judge Richard Goldstone, and others, called for new and intensified approaches in international criminal law to address violence against women.

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The Second Hague Colloquium: Systematic Sexual Violence and Victims Rights

April 7-8, 2011, The Hague, The Netherlands

The Center and its partners convened the Second Hague Colloquium in April 2011 on systematic violence against women and victims’ rights. More than two hundred participants—field activists, researchers, judges and lawyers from international tribunals, international criminal lawyers—joined in this unique sharing of common interests. Leading researchers and activists reported on patterns of violence in Bosnia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Darfur and Iraq. Judges, lawyers and observers reported on the uneven progress of international tribunals to prosecute and convict perpetrators for crimes of sexual violence. Others showed how the costs of violence to many victims continues for years of medical, psychological, social and community difficulties, leading to widespread depression, suicide and social isolation. The Trust Fund for Victims (International Criminal Court) reported on its many programs in Africa to provide reparations, medical interventions, counseling, jobs and re-building of communities. All agreed that research is fundamental to every facet of violence against women—predicting its onset, mapping its scope, demonstrating its long-term harms, and evaluating the effectiveness of post-conflict interventions.


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The Public-Private Challenge for Governance of Multilateral Institutions: Issues in Health, Development and Trade

May 31 - June 1, 2010: Geneva, Switzerland


Measuring Law: How to do it Right in Real-World Circumstances

March 23, 2010: Washington, DC

On March 23, 2010, the Center held, in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, Measuring Law: How to do it Right in Real-World Circumstances. This colloquium brought together both scholars and leaders of international financial institutions to discuss the current challenges facing IFI legal departments.

The attached Summary Notes reflect selected remarks from discussions between senior officials from legal departments of international financial institutions and social scientists who specialize in measuring law. The excerpts reflect a variety of viewpoints. There is no attempt to reconcile differences in views. None of the comments should be understood as reflecting the positions of any given participant.

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Corporate Compliance Roundtable

November 6, 2009: Champaign, IL

On November 6, 2009 the Center co-sponsored a corporate compliance roundtable on global anti-corruption law and corporate practice with the Center for Professional Responsibility at the College of Business at the University of Illinois, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), and a corporate partner, McDonald’s. The day-long seminar was open to students, faculty, alums, business representatives, and friends of the University, and the discussion was dynamic and thought-provoking. Background on the law and global enforcement efforts was presented by Professor Paul McGreal and Trace International, and corporate policies and practices were presented by McDonald’s, Aon, and Monsanto.


Sexual Violence as International Crime, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Evidence

June 17 - 18, 2009: The Hague

Sexual Violence as International Crime, Interdisciplinary Approaches to Evidence, convened June 16-18, 2009 in Hague, the Netherlands. The conference was co-sponsored by The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, The Hague, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the International Victimology Institute, Tillburg University (INTERVICT). This first conference in the series of three addressed the problem of systemic rape in conflict zones as a tool in genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity.

To read more resources from this conference, please see our Hague I Colloquium Summary.


International Financial Centers

May 18 - 19, 2009: Singapore
An Interdisciplinary Roundtable (by invitation only)
In cooperation with the National University of Singapore
The current global financial and economic crisis has raised new questions about the future of international financial centers. Onshore governments are seeking broader international and domestic regulatory measures that threaten to disrupt transactions housed outside their borders. Anti-terror finance rules are putting new hurdles in the path of international financial transactions. International regulatory bodies are seeking enhanced powers that could undermine the use of multi-jurisdiction transactions. Roundtable conveners seek to create scholarship that can help keep jurisdictional competition on the policy agenda.
Roundtable conveners:
  • Professor Andrew Morriss, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Professor Larry Ribstein, University of Illinois College of Law
  • Professor Houman Shadab, Mercatus Center, Washington, DC and from July 2009, the New York Law School
  • Professor Hans Tjio, National University of Singapore

IMF Governance Reform and its Broader Implications for the IMF’s Work

March 28, 2009: Washington, DC
Organized in cooperation with The American Society of International Law
Sponsored in part by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
The present financial crisis underscores the critical role of the International Monetary Fund in the world economy. It also raises acutely the links among the IMF’s governance, legitimacy and effectiveness. This panel addressed the recommendations of the Manuel Committee for governance reform at the IMF, its implications for the IMF’s global activities, and its potential impact on governance reforms of other international financial institutions and international governance bodies.
Confirmed speakers:

  • Hans Corell, former United Nations Legal Counsel
  • Sean Hagan, General Counsel, International Monetary Fund
  • Kenneth Dam, University of Chicago and Member, Manuel Committee on International Monetary Fund Governance
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