Study Abroad Coffee Hour

HLS has exchange programs with law schools around the world, and a joint degree program with the University of Cambridge, that offer students the opportunity to study abroad. What is the same, and what’s different, about legal education in other countries?  Where do students live?  What else should you know before you go?   Come meet students from these schools who are studying at HLS, and talk with them informally about these questions and more.

Representatives from our exchange partner schools in these countries will be on hand:

  • Brazil
  • France
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

Monday, December 3
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Graduate Program Lounge, Wasserstein 5053

2012 Chayes Fellow Megumi Tsutsui (JD ’14), working with the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa

Lion's Head, Cape Town

“I’ve been working on a research report to explain general legal liability implications incurred from accidents resulting in deaths or injuries to “illegal” diggers at mines. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) conducted by individuals and small organized groups occurs nearly everywhere in the world alongside large-scale mining (LSM). However, in the case of South Africa (and nearly everywhere else in the world), these miners are given little to no legal protections and rights, though they have been historically disadvantaged and negatively impacted by generous government concessions given to large-scale mining. Thus, these artisanal miners are often deemed to be “illegal,” even though their activities may be well-known and condoned by the owners of the mines.

 My report delves into two issues. First, it analyzes current South African law that governs liability of corporations and government in the case of artisanal miners suffering an accident while mining. Second, my report summarizes international best practices to regulate the ASM sector and offers recommendations for reforming policy and law in South Africa pertaining to artisanal mining. I am also helping to organize a workshop to present my paper in a mining town where artisanal miners were recently killed in an accident. Invitees include representatives from mining associations, NGOs, and relevant government departments. The workshop will explore how reform can be achieved in the specific context of the mining community.

 Aside from the very fascinating development work, I have also been able to take advantage of living in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Above is a picture of Lion’s Head, which I took on my hike up Table Mountain.”

Trudy Dako (JD ’11) on organizing the Harvard African Development Conference

“As president of the Harvard African Law Association, I was proud to join forces with five other Africa-focused groups at schools across Harvard to organize the first annual Harvard African Development Conference. We had six panels that covered topics ranging from food security to education and development, including a panel on theories of development featuring Professors Duncan Kennedy and Amartya Sen. Overall, the two-day conference brought together around 300 students and practitioners from varied backgrounds for what turned out to be a very fruitful experiment in cross-disciplinary exchange.”

James Nortey (JD ’11) on his trip to Rwanda with the Harvard Black Law Students Association

“ I recently returned from Rwanda as part of the Harvard Black Law Students Association’s annual Africa Summit. The purpose of the trip is to allow students to connect to the larger African diaspora, engage with political, business, community, and legal leaders, and provide community service to the native people of the host country. We met the women of Hinga Kawa Coffee Cooperative to learn about how they produce coffee to be sold at fair trade prices to send their children to school. In addition, we met the Dean of the National University of Rwanda Faculty of Law, the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, the Minister of Justice, and President Paul Kagame to discuss Rwanda’s legal and political climate and his vision for the nation’s future. But we also had some fun, journeying deep into the forest near the volcanoes at the Ugandan border to track a family of gorillas.”

Lee Brand (JD ’12), Bridget Devoy (JD ’12), and Ellen Wheeler (JD ’12) on their work with the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

“Through the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, we have spent the fall term studying the feasibility of implementing a dispute resolution system in the Egyptian microfinance sector.  While our interaction with stakeholders in Egypt has been limited to telephone interviews so far, we are eagerly anticipating our Winter Term trip to Cairo and Alexandria where we will be able to conduct interviews and focus groups in person.  We will then wrap up the project in spring with a report on our findings.”