McGeorge School of Law

International Jurist Series

The McGeorge International Jurist Series brings leading judges and lawyers from around the globe to McGeorge. During the series many prominent judges and professors have visited.

International Jurists

Mark EllisInternational Bar Association (IBA) Executive Director Mark Ellis presented "Losing our Right to Privacy: How Far is Too Far?" on April 20, 2015. Ellis leads the foremost international organization of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world. The IBA is comprised of 203 national bar associations, major international law firms and 40,000 individual members from around the world.

Professor NmehielleOn April 25, 2014, the Global Center for Business & Development hosted a luncheon with Vincent Nmehielle, legal counsel to the African Union.



Judge Diego García-SayánOn April 16, 2014, Judge Diego García-Sayán, Inter-American Court of Human Rights, presented the topic "Emerging Democracies and Expanding Human Rights: The Essential Role of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights."


 On Oct. 3, 2013, the McGeorge Global Center hosted a meeting through the International Jurist Series with Lidija Nedelkova, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia, and Vladimir Panchevski, Chief Judge of Basic Court Skopje 1-Skopje. .

Barbara PozzoOn Aug. 30, 2012, Professor Barbara Pozzo presented the topic "The Changing Scope, Range and Methodology of Comparative Law." 

Professor Gunter Herzig



On Sept. 4, 2012, Professor Gunter Herzig presented the topic "Crisis and Democracy: Europe's constitutional response to the financial and economic crisis." 

On Nov. 5, 2012, Sylvie Cimamonti, Professor of Law, L'Université Paul-Cézanne, spoke about " The Place and Role of Victims in Criminal Trials: From Differences Across the Atlantic to the Challenge of Different Legal Systems in Europe."

 Judge Ricardo Ramírez-HernándezOn Jan. 15, 2013, Judge Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, member of the WTO Appellate Body, Chair of International Trade Law at the Mexican National University (UNAM) in Mexico City and leading expert in NAFTA and trade across Latin America, including international trade dispute resolution, spoke about "Resolving Global Trade Disputes from Gasoline to Clove Cigarettes: A View from an Appellate Body Member," on campus in the Grand Salon. 

Justice Richard GoldstoneOn Feb. 19, 2013, Justice Richard Goldstone will speak on campus from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Library's Grand Salon. The topic is "Recent Developments at the International Criminal Court." 

2011-2012 International Jurists

Joan Donoghue Judge Joan Donoghue's visit to McGeorge on Aug. 31 was the first in the International Jurist Series of the year. Judge Donoghue serves on the International Court of Justice in The Hague. While in Sacramento, Donoghue was interviewed on Capital Public Radio's Insight Program and she spoke at a World Affairs Council, Sacramento Chapter International Courts and Global Governance event.


Fausto PocarJudge Fausto Pocar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague spoke at McGeorge on Oct. 20, 2011. Judge Pocar is a Professor of International Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Milan, where he has also served as Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Vice-Rector. As of Feb. 2000, he has been a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. From 2003, he served as Vice-President and, from 2005 until 2008, as President of the ICTY.

Juan GuzmánJudge Juan Guzmán Tapia of Chile spoke at McGeorge on Nov. 1, 2011. Judge Guzmán Tapia is a Chilean law professor who gained international prominence as the judge who led the investigation and prosecution of General Augusto Pinochet for human rights violations committed by the Pinochet regime. Guzmán retired from the Santiago appeals court in 2005 and is now a Professor of Procedural Law at the School of Law of the Catholic University of Santiago.

Sebastián PicassoJudge Sebastián Picasso is a judge of the Argentinian National Civil Court of Appeals who teaches torts, contracts and consumers law at the University of Buenos Aires Law School. A former practicing attorney, he has been widely published and is a frequent speaker at international forums. Judge Picasso served as a distinguished visiting professor of law at McGeorge from Feb. 6 to Feb. 16, teaching and co-teaching Torts and Legal Spanish classes. On Feb. 16, he spoke on "Comparative Legal Education: Argentina and the U.S." at a McGeorge International Law Society (MILS) student-sponsored event.

Charles BrowerJudge Charles Brower spoke at McGeorge on April 3, 2012. He has served continuously since 1983 as a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Brower is a member of 20 Essex Street Chambers in London. In 2009 Judge Brower was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Manley O. Hudson Medal for “pre-eminent scholarship and achievement in international law . . . without regard to nationality.” Brower received the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award of the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of international law.” Judge Brower explains his work at the Tribunal in a video excerpt from the ASIL Annual Conference in Mar. 2011.