New Advanced Degree Programs at UH Law School Open to Foreign and U.S. Attorneys

The University of Hawai‘i Law School has established two new programs in advanced legal studies aimed at foreign-trained attorneys as well as U.S. attorneys hoping to spend time in further legal study, especially those who want to teach law outside the U.S.

UH Law Dean Avi Soifer noted that the advanced degree programs could be particularly attractive to East-West Center alumni and grantees interested in broadening their career paths.

The AJD – Advanced or Accelerated Juris Doctor – program offers advanced standing to foreign-trained applicants, and allows them to earn the JD degree in as little as two years of study rather than three, with the option of taking a U.S. bar exam after graduating and being admitted to practice in the United States.

The SJD – Doctor of Juridical Science – program is primarily intended for those who have completed a JD or an LLM program and who already teach, or are preparing to teach, law outside the United States. It is also designed for those involved in policy work in research institutes and government organizations.

These two new advanced law programs complement  Richardson Law School’s existing LLM program, launched in 2003, which has already attracted 143 attorneys from 52 countries, and was recently recognized as one of the best in the nation in three categories by The International Jurist magazine.

“The diversity of our Law School offers a nurturing atmosphere for students and scholars coming to the East-West Center,” Soifer said, adding: “We were pleased to be very highly ranked recently in terms of our career support as well as for our academics. These new programs offer attractive options for those who thrive while working in a diverse academic community.”

Applications are currently being accepted. Click here for more information.

AJD program in a nutshell:

  • Provides an option for foreign-trained attorneys who want to be grounded in American law, and then have the option of practicing law in the United States.
  • Foreign-trained attorneys may receive up to a year’s credit toward a JD for their foreign training.
  • The degree enables foreign attorneys to take a U.S. bar exam and practice anywhere in the U.S.

SJD program in a nutshell:

  • Students who have completed either a JD or LLM may apply for this advanced degree.
  • Offers an important credential for those who hope to teach law outside the U.S. for both foreign-trained attorneys and American citizens.
  • Requires just a year in residence at Richardson, with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed in three years.
  • Offers time for advanced legal research or research on policy issues.

A Tale of Two Degrees, 22 COPs and Many RINGOs

Or, How Non-state Actors Can Help Accelerate
the Pace of the UN Climate Change Process

By Anukriti Hittle
Visiting Scholar, East-West Center, Honolulu
Instructor, Washington University in St Louis

Rising Above National Interest
Most of the time, nations act in their own self-interest. And much of the time, they cooperate only when they are forced to—such as when facing imminent collective danger (nuclear threat, small pox, dictatorships). But in the face of a slow-boil threat like climate change, they seem to drag their national government-level feet. In such cases, pressure from non-state actors may be the key to achieving collective action.

How can non-state actors complement national actors to ratchet up ambition and speed up action in the area of climate change implementation? By using the well-tried resolutions process of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and applying it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations, or RINGOs, or could maximize collective action at the COP (Conference of the Parties) summits where both government representatives and observer organizations gather every year to address climate change issues. Continue reading

New EWC Higher Education Page on LinkedIn and Your LinkedIn Profile

The East-West Center (EWC) now has a higher education page on LinkedIn. You can view the page here: http://linkd.in/1tgAF2O.

If you use LinkedIn, please consider taking 1-minute to update your profile by including your EWC affiliation in the EDUCATION section.
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EWC Board of Governors Elects Business Leaders Ratan Tata and Takeshi Niinami as International Members

The East-West Center’s Board of Governors has elected two new international members: Indian business leader Ratan N. Tata, who is returning to the board after serving several terms between 1993 and 2004, and first-time EWC board member Takeshi Niinami, CEO of Japan’s Lawson, Inc.

Newly elected boardmembers Ratan Tata (left) and Takeshi Niinami

Newly elected boardmembers Ratan Tata (left) and Takeshi Niinami

EWC Board of Governors Chairman Brian Tsujimura and the other board members, along with Center President Charles E. Morrison, extended a warm welcome to the new members, who were elected to three-year terms, and expressed their sincere gratitude to outgoing member Tarun Das.

The EWC Board of Governors consists of 18 members, including five appointed by the U.S. secretary of state, five appointed by the governor of Hawai‘i, five members from Asia or the Pacific Islands who are elected by the full board, and three ex-officio members who include the governor of Hawai‘i, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, and the president of the University of Hawai‘i.

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EWC Community Extends Sympathy, Calls for Aid to Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

The East-West Center community extends its deepest sympathies to all those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. We strongly encourage community members to support relief efforts if possible. A list of reputable organizations providing disaster relief can be found here. In addition, Operation USA, a disaster relief agency co-founded by EWC alum Gary Larsen, is providing critical assistance on the ground.

If you’re in the Philippines, please contact us or comment on this post to let us know how you’re doing, and any activities that EWC community members may be undertaking there to help with recovery.

EWC featured in Island Pacific Energy commercial

East-West Center Facilities Manager Kris Thompson stars in this Island Pacific Energy commercial currently airing on prime time Hawai’i TV, which features the solar system the company designed for EWC. Great exposure for the Center, and an added bonus to a terrific system that allows EWC to reduce costs as well as its carbon footprint.

Announcing the New East-West Center Wall of Honor

Honor Someone … Assist Someone … Both with One Donation

Honor an East-West Center person who made a difference in your life by making a $100 donation to the East-West Center Wall of Honor in that person’s name. Honoree contributions go directly into the Alumni Endowment Fund for Student Scholarships so you can honor someone and help a new student embark on an EWC experience at the same time.

For more information go to http://www.eastwestcenter.org/support-the-ewc/giving-opportunities/wall-honor-program.