Faculty International Activities


Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Jennifer S. Bard served as a visiting professor at the La Trobe University School of Law in Melbourne, Australia. Professor Bard taught a course in January 2012 entitled "USA Torts" to students enrolled in Trobe's Global LL.M. program.

Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law Gerry W. Beyer served as a visiting professor at the La Trobe University School of Law in Melbourne, Australia. He taught a course in July 2010 entitled "USA Commercial Law" in La Trobe's Global Business Law program to approximately seventy students from a large variety of nations including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Paul Whitfield Horn Professor William Casto served as the interlocutor for a panel on International Tort Law at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting. He also presented a paper on International Tort Law at a symposium at Fordham University in New York City. Additionally, Professor Casto taught a short course on United States Commercial Law at the University of Osnabruck in Germany. Finally, he completed extensive work on amicus briefs on international law in two different cases to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Casto, a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), participated in the Members Consultative Group for the ALI's project on International Commercial Arbitration. He also did planning work for the ALI on the contemplated new Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

Dr. Amy Jarmon, Assistant Dean of Academic Success Programs, served as the Associate Director and faculty for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association seminar in Dublin, Ireland, in 2010 and in Cambridge, England in 2012. Her lectures were entitled "Dynamics of Change in the English Legal System, "The Current State of the Split Profession in England and Wales," “What Will the Future Bring for the English Legal System,” and “The Coalition Government.” Dr. Jarmon has been invited by the Stover Center of Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership at Waynesburg University to serve as faculty for a seminar for Virginia and Pennsylvania attorneys in Cambridge, England in 2013 and lecture on the topic of “Constitutional Reforms in the United Kingdom.”

Dr. Jarmon completed research at the library for the Law Society for England and Wales in London during summer research trips in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law Arnold Loewy attended and presented a paper at a 2010 international criminal law conference in Aix de Provence, France, and participated in an Oxford Round Table on criminal law at Oxford, England. He also attended and moderated a panel on controlling child pornography at the international level at a conference of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law in Lisbon, Portugal.

In 2011, Professor Loewy submitted a paper for an international conference on privacy at Mainz, Germany, and used his chair funds to help sponsor the conference in the name of Texas Tech.

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Programs Jorge Ramírez taught at the Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico, during the summer of 2012. This marks the eleventh year Professor Ramírez participated in the program by teaching a course entitled "NAFTA and Trade in the Americas" and leading a group of students and professors on a tour of the ancient pyramids located at Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City.

Professor Ramírez also attended LL.M. Recruiting Fairs in Münster, Germany, during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Professor Ramírez recruited European law students and lawyers to attend Tech Law's newly developed LL.M. program in United States law for foreign lawyers, scheduled to begin in August of 2013.

In 2010 and in 2012, Vytautas Magnus University School of Law (VMU) in Kaunas, Lithuania, invited Professor Ramírez to teach a course on Public International Law to a group of Lithuanian law students. While in Europe, he helped negotiate two faculty/student exchange agreements: one with VMU and another with the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Professor Ramirez is currently coordinating the faculty's pursuance of a European Union-financed feasibility study that explores the possibility of establishing a joint degree program with VMU. The two universities hope to establish a program that would provide Tech Law students with the opportunity to earn a Master of Laws in European Union Law and allow VMU students the opportunity to earn a Master of Laws in United States Legal Studies.

Charles "Tex" Thornton Professor of Law Brian Shannon presented on the topic, "Advocating for Access to Treatment-Oriented Dispositions for Defendants with Mental Illness," at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, on July 18, 2011, at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health's 32nd International Congress of Law and Mental Health.

Marilyn Phelan, former Paul Whitfield Horn Professor, is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee for the International Council of Museums (ICOM). At the March 2011 committee meeting in Paris, committee members were informed the ICOM mediation process for issues relating to stolen and illegally exported cultural property would be launched in July 2011 in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Professor Phelan was instrumental in creating the mediation process.

At the invitation of the Yale Law School China Law Center, she lectured on provisions of the Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act at the July 2011 Nonprofit Law Center at Peking University School of Law in Bejing, China. Professor Phelan chaired the drafting committee for the uniform law.

She served in 2010 and 2011 as the vice-chair of the Cultural Property Law Committee for the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Practice, and as Division Chair for the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), Phelan serves on the ULC International Legal Developments Committee and the ULC Joint Editorial Board on International Law. Her most recent international law article was published by Thomson Reuters in their American Law Reports International: "Stolen and Illegally Exported Cultural Property and International Legislation and Treaties Protecting Cultural Property," 6 A.L.R. Int'l 527-600 (2012).

In August 2010, at the invitation of the Australian National University (ANU), Professor of Law and Center for Military Law & Policy Director Richard D. Rosen presented a paper about the Human Rights Council-directed Goldstone Report on the 2008–2009 Israeli-Hamas conflict at a conference on Protecting Civilians During Violent Conflict. ANU will publish Professor Rosen's article in a compendium of the papers presented during the conference.

In January 2011, at the invitation of the William Mitchell College of Law National Security Forum, Professor Rosen submitted an article on Drone Strikes and the Courts.

In February 2011, the Center for Military Law & Policy, together with a number of other organizations, cosponsored A Conference on Torture at Texas Tech University. Among the speakers was Tech Law alumnus Michael Holley ('99), the chief prosecutor on the Abu Ghraib detainee mistreatment cases and now an associate with the Lanier Law Firm.

In March 2011, Professor Rosen spoke to the faculty of the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law on an updated and expanded version of his Gaza War article. Professor Rosen plans to submit the updated article for publication.

In July 2011, Professor Rosen spoke in Chicago to the United Nations Peace Operations and the Law Symposium on "Litigating the Law of War in the Federal Courts." The United States Air Force, the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, the Center of Excellence for Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance sponsored the Symposium.