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April 12, 2012
Inaugural International Students Speaker Series
Global Legal Education in the Twenty-First Century

Speaker: Featuring students from China, Azerbaijan,Pakistan,Taiwan, Egypt and Germany speaking about their home countries
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York Street, Indianapolis, IN
Contact: Fang Xu at xufang@iupui.edu

Introduction
Professor Karen E. Bravo, Associate Dean for International Affairs, the Masters of Laws Association, and the Asian Law Students Association proudly present the inaugural international speaker series at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Global Legal Education in the Twenty-First Century. In this series, international S.J.D, LL.M and J.D. students and alumni of IU McKinney School of Law will share with the law school community their research and their knowledge and perspectives on law, legal education and legal systems in their home countries.

Globalization is here to stay. Globalization has not only taken us to a new stage in human history, but also increased the demand for changes to the legal profession in the modern era. Legal professionals around the world are experiencing the transforming development of the legal profession under globalization, urging worldwide legal professionals to think in a bigger scheme beyond simply a local focus. Judges may try cases with legal issues involving rule of law in jurisdictions other than domestic jurisdiction. Prosecutors may prosecute defendants who committed crimes in multiple jurisdictions. Cross-border business transactions demand lawyers to advise their clients wherever their clients need that assistance. Legal academics frequently research on law and innovative legal issues in various jurisdictions all over the world. (For more information see the article on “Glocalization and the Transforming Legal Profession.”)

In light of the ongoing globalization movement, how do different countries transform their legal systems and legal education in accordance with the increasing demand for changes to today’s legal profession? How do law schools around the world help the new generations of legal professionals prepare for the increasing challenges in this new century? In this inaugural panel of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law's International Students Speaker Series, international S.J.D, LL.M and J.D. students and alumni of the school will share their knowledge and perspectives on law, legal education and legal systems in their home countries of China, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Taiwan, Egypt, and Germany.

Speakers

1. Fang Xu - China

Fang Xu

Education

LL.M. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M. , Liaoning University Law School (China)

LL.B. , Liaoning University Law School (China)

LL.B ., Jilin University Law School (China)

Judicial Education Training in Indiana State and China

Judge , Dadong District Court, Shenyang, China

Bio

Judge Fang Xu is the president of the Master of Laws Association at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Before studying in the United States, Judge Xu served as a trial court judge in China for eleven years. She spent the first six years of her judgeship in the civil court of Dadong District Court before becoming a criminal court judge at the same district court. After sitting on the criminal court bench for two years, Judge Xu became the chief judge of her court for another three years. Throughout the eleven years of her judgeship, Judge Xu received several awards for judicial excellence for leadership in her criminal court.

2. Ummi Jalilova – Azerbaijan

Ummi Jalilova

Education

LL.M., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Master of Civil and Commercial Law, Baku State University (Azerbaijan)

LL.B., Baku State University (Azerbaijan)

Legal Education and Legal Practice in Azerbaijan

Former officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic, MIA Coordinator for the European Union projects, police captain.

Bio

As a lawyer working for the government of Azerbaijan, Ummi Jalilova was responsible for establishing the cooperation with European Union member countries on combating transnational crimes, analyzing the implementation of international human rights standards in Azerbaijan and fulfillment of her country's international obligations deriving from UN, COE conventions as well as other multilateral and bilateral agreements. Jalilova published five articles, and created a digest book (collection of international and domestic legal documents) Legal Basis of Struggle Against Drug Addiction. She organized numerous trainings for law enforcement officers with participation of well-known experts from European Union member countries. She was awarded the "Certificate of Honor" of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Baku State University. She also received thanks from the President of BSU and the Minister of internal affairs for her service.

3. Ahmed Faheem - Pakistan

Ahmed Faheem

Education

LL.M. candidate, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law


LL.B. (Hons.), Northumbria University at Newcastle (United Kingdom)

A Frail Legal System and Institutions – Exploring the Reasons within the Pakistani Society

LL.M. candidate, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana, U.S.

Bio

Ahmed Faheem is currently enrolled as an LL.M. student in the Intellectual Property Track at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. After completion of his LL.B., Faheem worked as a full-time attorney for almost three years at a corporate law firm in Pakistan. He was also a visiting faculty member at the Quaid-e-Azam Law College and the National University of Lahore where he delivered lectures on Medical Jurisprudence and Arbitration. While pursuing his LL.M. degree, Faheem is a research assistant with Prof. Emily Morris, undertaking research with focused primarily on patent law. He also serves as a secretary of the Master of Laws Association. His LL.M. thesis will focus on the role and scope of intellectual property within the Middle East and Islamic countries. A major portion of his work will examine the justifications of intellectual property within the Islamic concept of ‘property.’

4. Yen-Chia Chen – Taiwan

Yen-Chia Chen

Education

J.D. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M. , Duke University School of Law

LL.M. , Indiana University Maurer School of Law

LL.M. , National Dong Hwa University Graduate Institute of Financial and Economic Law (Taiwan)

LL.B. , National Chengchi University College of Law (Taiwan)

Blueprint: Transforming Taiwan’s Legal Education in the Global Era

J.D. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana, U.S.

Bio

Yen-Chia Chen previously served as legal counsel at the Law and Regulation Commission of Taipei City Government in Taiwan. Before coming to Indiana, Chen was selected to clerk at the Supreme Court in Taiwan after passing the examination held by the Court, but he declined the opportunity in order to pursue advanced legal education in the United States. Prior to his studies at IU McKinney School of Law, Chen also worked for the National Science Counsel (Taiwan), the Tokoyo office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, National Taiwan University, and National Dong Hwa University. In Indianapolis, Chen interned at the Office of the Attorney General of Indiana. At present, he is a judicial extern to the Honorable Patricia A. Riley at the Indiana Court of Appeals. In addition, Chen is the president of the Asian Law Students Association at IU McKinney School of Law where he is expected to graduate in May 2012.

5. Mohamed ‘Arafa & Ahmed Shehata – Egypt

Mohamed ‘Arafa

Education

S.J.D. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.M. , University of Connecticut School of Law

LL.B. , Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt)

Reasserting Egypt: Towards a New Legal Educational System in Egypt After January Revolution

Adjunct Professor (Islamic Law) , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana, U.S.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Systems , Alexandria University Faculty of Law, Alexandria, Egypt

Bio

Professor Mohamed ‘Arafa receives full scholarship from Alexandria University and the United States Agency for International Development for his studies at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and is currently a research assistant to Professor James P. Nehf. He is also a permanent member of the Arab Society for Commercial and Maritime Law in Alexandria, Egypt, and the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association in Washington, D.C. Professor ‘Arafa was an Associate Trainee Attorney and Executive Attorney Assistant at ‘Arafa’s Law Firm, and a visiting professor of business law at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport.

Professor ‘Arafa’s teaching and scholarship focus is on criminal law, criminal procedures, authentication, forensic science, criminology and penology, therapeutic jurisprudence, Islamic law, and international human rights law. His publications can be found at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1601014 . Starting in the fall of 2012, Professor ‘Arafa will teach Islamic Law at IU McKinney School of Law.

Ahmed Shehata

Education

LL.M. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

LL.B. , Alexandria University School of Law (Egypt)

Reasserting Egypt: Towards a New Legal Educational System in Egypt After January Revolution

LL.M. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana, U.S.

Bio

Ahmed Shehata’s international and comparative law studies at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law focus in the field of international business law. Prior to enrolling at IU, Shehata spent three years working as a corporate lawyer at Nile Advisory Group LL.C., legal consultancy, and the Cairo Office of Roedl, Meyer-Reumann Middle East Ltd. in Egypt, and as an in-house corporate lawyer at DAMAC Properties S.A.E., Egypt.

6. Bianca Buechner – Germany

Bianca Buechner

Education

LL.M. candidate , Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Ph.D. in Law , University of Frankfurt/Main (Germany)

Legal Education and Legal Practice in Germany

Research Assistant , Indiana University Center for Bioethics and Center for Law and Health, Indiana, U.S.

Bio

Dr. Bianca Buechner is a German attorney studying in the LL.M. program in Health Law, Policy and Bioethics at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In addition to her studies, Dr. Buechner works as a research assistant at the IU Center for Bioethics and the Hall Center for Law and Health, as well as an attorney on healthcare in Germany.

At IU, Dr. Buechner focuses on cross-border research with human embryonic stem cells and the exchange of research data between the United States and Germany as a reference state of the European Union. One of her publications can be found at http://predicter.blogspot.com/2011/12/end-of-embryonic-stem-cell-research-in.html .

Prior to enrolling, Dr. Buechner earned her Ph.D. in law at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and her research focused on human biological material and the legal and ethical use in research and biobanking in Germany. Dr. Buechner also worked in transactions and governance related to clinical trials in the legal department at Baxter Healthcare Corporation in the United States and the Baxter Deutschland GmbH, Germany.