Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 29

CILE’s 22nd Annual McLean Lecture in International Law & Reception: “The Genesis and Development of the Vis Moot: A Platform for Global Legal Education and the Rule of Law”
5:30 pm
Professor Eric Bergsten, Former Senior Legal Officer and Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Barco Law Building
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Asian Studies Center, European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence on behalf of
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Professor Bergsten developed and for 20 years administered the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which has been held annually for the past 22 years in Vienna, Austria. Nearly 300 law schools from approximately 70 countries participate in the Vis Moot each year. During his lecture, he will discuss the genesis of the Vis Moot and how it serves as a platform for legal education. Following his lecture, Ronald A. Brand, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Professor and director of Pitt Law’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), will explain how Pitt Law and CILE have expanded the use of the Vis Moot platform to develop the international commercial law and arbitration curricula in nearly 20 countries. The program will end with a screening of the 2015 documentary film, Afghan Dreams, which follows four young Afghan women as they prepare for and participate in the Vis Moot – with CILE assistance -- as the first Afghan team. A reception will follow the event.

Saturday, May 9

SIMULATION WORKSHOP: “Acid Rain in the European Environment"
9:00 am
4130 Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence
Kathy Ayers, EUCE/ESC Outreach Coordinator
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The EUCE/ESC is looking for high school science and social studies teachers, curriculum coordinators, and administrators along with Pitt's School of Education faculty to participate in a simulation and to provide feedback that will be used in adapting the game for high school curricula. During the Acid Rain workshop, you’ll participate in a hands-on simulation created by Reacting to the Past contributors Dr. David E. Henderson and Dr. Susan K. Henderson; then, you will share your expertise on how this game can be adapted for a high school audience. Two weeks prior to the workshop, all participants will receive the simulation materials for review. Participants will also receive a $50 honorarium for taking part in the simulation. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information on registration contact our Outreach Coordinator, Kathy Ayers.