McGeorge School of Law

Global Center Again Earns National Distinction

May 7, 2010

2009-10 marked another stellar year of leadership in international law, with McGeorge's Global Center for Business & Development again recognized among the nation's best international law programs. The Center's outstanding symposia, visits by leading international jurists, and the continued expansion of the McGeorge-led, Global Issues book series, now numbering 20 volumes (14 of which are penned in whole or part by McGeorge faculty) continue to draw attention to the law school's international programs. In addition, the faculty is unusually deep with international law scholars, with more than 20 whose teaching and scholarship have an international focus.

Members of the faculty, and other experts from around the globe, played key roles in three outstanding International symposia this year. In October, the Global Center hosted Local to Global: Rethinking Spheres of Authority after a World Financial Crisis, featuring analysis and insights from finance and legal experts from around the world.

Two spring symposia focused the role of judges and judicial systems. Professor Paul Paton organized the law school's fourth annual Ethics Across the Professions symposium, this year focused on Judicial Ethics and Accountability: At Home and Abroad. Presented in partnership with the Capital Center for Law & Policy, Sierra Health Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Northern California, this event featured an impressive array of legal experts and attracted a large audience of attorneys and judges to hear from panels exploring ethical questions facing jurists, domestic and foreign alike.

Also this spring, the Global Center hosted The Blending of Civil and Common Law Traditions: The Pioneering Role of the Italian Criminal Justice System and the Development of International Criminal Courts. This event was headlined by Judge Fausto Pocar, an Italian jurist in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and for Rwanda (ICTR), and who served for three years as President of the ICTY. Judge Pocar and Justice Richard Goldstone, a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa and chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, have both agreed to serve on McGeorge's International Board of Advisors. While its meetings typically occur in Sacramento, the board will hold its next meeting this summer in Paris.

In April, the law school's international programs were again ranked in the Top 20 (#15) in the annual US News & World Report survey of U.S. law schools.