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Yale Law Students Present Scholarly Works in International Law at 2013 Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program

YLS students Michele Golabek-Goldman (joint degree candidate), Ryan Liss ’13 LL.M. (and JSD candidate), Itamar Mann ’10 LL.M. (and JSD candidate), and Will Smiley ’14 were invited to attend the second annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program in Washington, D.C., held at the U.S. Institute of Peace on November 1-2, 2013. The workshop, convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, brought together more than forty J.D. and law students and faculty from Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, Georgetown, Stanford, Chicago, and Pennsylvania. Professor Paul Kahn participated as a faculty mentor, and director of international programs Sara Lulo also attended. The program provided an opportunity for engaging debate on some of the most pressing issues across a range of international law subfields.

In addition to presentations by leading international law practitioners and scholars, students benefited from the opportunity to workshop academic works-in-progress.  Smiley found the experience of presenting and discussing his paper with leading faculty members and students from across the country “extremely helpful in developing it for publication.” Smiley’s work concerns the authority available to humanitarian interveners to effect legal changes in territories they occupy during an intervention. He praised the Salzburg Cutler Program “as a wonderful opportunity to meet students interested in international law from other law schools.”

Golabek-Goldman similarly described the experience as “an invaluable opportunity to learn from renowned international legal scholars and meet peers who are also passionate about international law.” Her presentation set out her forthcoming article, “Curbing the Cyber Weapons Market,” co-authored with Paul Stockton. The article examines the international regimes and domestic regulatory tools that can be used to stem the proliferating market for cyber weapons and safeguard the United States from attacks. Golabek-Goldmanappreciated the feedback provided by students and faculty, confirming that the piece will benefit from their contributions. But for her, what really made the experience was the opportunity to engage with others on their work: “I immensely enjoyed reading my peers' scholarship on a host of international legal issues."

For Liss, the experience of workshopping his forthcoming article in the field of international human rights was invaluable. “Professors and students alike engaged deeply with the arguments I was making and provided some insightful suggestions and extremely constructive critique.” He described the Salzburg Cutler Program as an ideal opportunity to get to know individuals seriously engaged in international legal academia. “Even between panels, the participants were eager to debate and discuss interesting and important issues of international law.”

Mann took the opportunity to solicit feedback on his doctoral dissertation research, which examines legal responses to unauthorized migrants on the high seas since the mid-20th century. “The conversation helped me sharpen and contextualize fundamental aspects of the argument,” he said. Pointing to the lasting value the Salzburg Cutler Fellows program may have, he added: “I think we’ll continue discussing international legal questions as we develop our ideas.”

For more information on international law and programs at Yale Law School, visit the International Law and Programs webpage.


[Photo Credit: Walden Davis]