UVA Law Symposium to Examine Legal, Financial and Human Rights Implications of International Development

Crossing Borders

Hassane Cissé, deputy general counsel, knowledge and research, World Bank, will deliver the keynote speech for "Crossing Borders" on Monday, Feb. 24.

February 19, 2014

What role do anti-corruption efforts play in the establishment of democracy? What measurements should be used to assess gains in international human rights? What are the key challenges and opportunities for businesses and law firms operating in emerging markets? And what are the standards, practices and implications of investor-state arbitration in such markets?

A symposium to be held at the University of Virginia School of Law will bring together expert academics and practitioners in the fields of international law and development to provide comprehensive consideration of these and related questions of international development.

"Crossing Borders: Rethinking International Development" will be held Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Law School's Purcell Reading Room and Caplin Pavilion. The event is presented by the J.B. Moore Society of International Law and the Virginia Journal of International Law.

Hassane Cissé, deputy general counsel, knowledge and research, World Bank, will deliver the event's keynote address at 12:30 p.m.

Cissé has been the World Bank's Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research, since 2009. As such, he provides intellectual leadership on strategic legal and policy issues facing the institution and leads the bank's knowledge agenda on law, justice and development.

In his prior position as the bank's chief counsel for operations policy, Cissé contributed to the modernization and simplification of the bank's legal and policy framework, and served as legal advisor on governance and anticorruption. Prior to joining the bank, Cissé was counsel at the International Monetary Fund.

Cissé obtained his LL.B. from Dakar University in Senegal. He also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School as well as graduate law degrees from the Universities of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II — Panthéon-Assas, and a graduate degree in history from the University of Paris I — Panthéon-Sorbonne. Cissé is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law.

The keynote address will be preceded by a panel on anti-corruption and democratic governance and a panel on the measurement of progress in the establishment of international rights. Panel discussions on international finance in emerging markets and international investor-state arbitration, respectively, will follow the keynote address. UVA law professors Thomas Nachbar, Deena Hurwitz, Pierre-Hughes Verdier and John Norton Moore will serve as panel moderators.

"The issues surrounding international development and the establishment of international legal and human rights standards are numerous, complex, and proliferating," says symposium director Juliet Hatchett. "By bringing together a range of experts in the areas of international law and development, we hope to facilitate nuanced discussions of some of the most critical issues facing the international community today."

"Crossing Borders: Rethinking International Development," is free and open to the public. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 21 at http://bit.ly/1dNxhql for catered lunch. Attendees can park in the D2 lots.

Schedule - Monday, Feb. 24

9 a.m., Purcell Reading Room
Anti-Corruption and Democratic Governance
  • Tom Best, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Robert Leventhal, Director of the Anti-Crime Programs Division, U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Anti-Crime Programs
  • Matthew C. Stephenson, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Moderated by Thomas B. Nachbar, Professor of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law
10:45 a.m., Purcell Reading Room
Measuring Success: Human Rights, Development Projects, and Stakeholders
  • Thomas G. Hohenthaner, Acting Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Catherine Moore, Coordinator for International Law Programs; Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Professor of Clinical Law; Faculty Director, Root-Tilden-Kern Program, New York University School of Law
  • Christie S. Warren, Professor of the Practice of International and Comparative Law; Director, Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, William & Mary Law School
  • Moderated by Deena Hurwitz, Professor of Law; Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Program, University of Virginia School of Law
12:30 p.m., Caplin Pavilion
Lunch & Keynote Address
Hassane Cissé
Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research, World Bank
Sponsored by White & Case
1:40 p.m.
International Finance in Emerging Markets, Purcell Reading Room
  • Douglas Kramer, General Counsel at U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Charles W. Mooney, Jr., Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Gregory Smith, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Moderated by Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
3:15 p.m.
Investor-State Arbitration, Purcell Reading Room
  • Susan D. Franck, Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration, White & Case
  • Christopher M. Ryan, Partner in the International Arbitration Group, Shearman & Sterling; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Moderated by John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law; Director, Center for National Security Law; Director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law
4:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks, Purcell Reading Room


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