APRIL 14 – Katarzyna Wolska-Wrona, "Approaches to Combating Gender-Based Violence: The Council of Europe Istanbul Convention and a US Perspective"
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1:00 pm EDT (DC), 7 pm GMT+2 (Poland)
The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) entered into force in August 2014 and now has been ratified by 34 Council of Europe member states and signed by 11 others and the European Union. The United Nations refers to it as the "golden standard” and uses it as a reference standard in its work on combating violence against women and girls. The webinar will discuss how the standards adopted by the Istanbul Convention helped build the international framework aimed at combating gender-based violence and shape the direction of national legislation in most Council of Europe states and the EU, The Commenter will add a US perspective.
Katarzyna Wolska-Wrona (CUA LL.M. 2005), Chief Expert, European Affairs Committee, Prime Minister’s Chancellery, Republic of Poland
Katarzyna Wolska-Wrona has worked on the European Union decision-making process and protection of fundamental right concerning gender-based violence since 2009. She was a member of the Polish government’s delegation to the Ad Hoc Committee for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). In 2012–2014, she was the Poland’s legal expert responsible for coordination of the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention). In her career in Polish public administration, she has worked in the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. From 2018- 2020, she was a Seconded National Expert for the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius, Lithuania, working in the gender-based violence program. She received her LL.M. from CUA in 2005. Her Polish master’s degree in law is from Warsaw University.
Commenter: The Honorable Diane Kiesel, (CUA JD 1985), Acting Supreme Court Justice, Supreme Court, New York County, Criminal Term, New York City, NY
The Honorable Diane Kiesel was appointed to the New York City Criminal Court in 1999. Since 2004, she has been an Acting Supreme Court Justice for the Criminal Term, the criminal trial court that hears serious, felony-level crimes. For 15 years, Judge Kiesel sat in New York’s first Integrated Domestic Violence Court in Bronx County where she presided over criminal, family and matrimonial cases involving allegations of domestic violence. Since January 2018, Judge Kiesel has presided in a felony trial court in Manhattan. Since 1992, Judge Kiesel has been an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, where she has taught legal writing and domestic violence law. She has authored two editions of a law school text on domestic violence law. After receiving her JD from CUA in 1985, Judge Cahill clerked for two US federal district court judges, was an associate for the Wall Street law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and served as an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s office where she prosecuted sex crimes, homicides, major felonies, and police corruption cases. When appointed to the bench, she was Deputy Chief of the district attorney’s child abuse unit. Judge Kiesel was awarded CUA Law’s Distinguished Public Service Award in October 2020.
APRIL 27 – Mary Graw Leary, "#MeToo and #Black Lives Matter: Conflicting Objectives or Opportunities for Advancement of Shared Priorities?"
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 1 pm EDT (DC), 7 pm GMT+2 (Poland)
Systemic failures regarding the victimization of marginalized people and the institutional inability to respond to these failures is nothing new. Sexual violence against women has a massive attrition rate for reporting, investigation, prosecution, civil litigation, and verdicts, which has resulted in women’s increased exposure to sexual harassment and assault. Police violence disproportionately occurs against people of color, and, when reported, rarely results in sanctions or convictions. Two movements respond to these realities. The #MeToo movement calls upon the legal system to hold perpetrators of sexual violence responsible for their actions. The Black Lives Matter Movement demands, not only an end to police violence, but also a significant change in how the legal system interacts with individuals of color, including those accused of crimes. BLM calls for more restraint, limiting law enforcement budgets, and rethinking criminal liability. At first glance, these two movements appear to be in tension. One calls for increased state action and criminal accountability, the other for less state action and more limited law enforcement powers. Professor Graw Leary offers a framework for coexistence and advancement of their shared priorities.
Mary Graw Leary, Professor of Law
Professor Leary is a national and international expert in criminal law and procedure, victimization, exploitation, human trafficking, missing persons, technology, and Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) law and teaches related courses. She is the lead author of Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases (Carolina Academic Press). She has testified before the Senate and House and currently is Chair of the Victim Advisory Group for the United States Sentencing Commission. Prior to joining the CUA faculty, Professor Leary was a federal and state prosecutor and worked primarily on abuse and exploitation of children and women, child pornography, sex trafficking, and family violence cases.
Commenter: dr hab. Aleksandra Kustra-Rogatka (IBTSLP 2004), Faculty of Law, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland
Aleksandra Kustra-Rogatka holds doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in law. She is a University Professor of Law at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, where she has taught in the Chair of Constitutional Law and headed the Department of Theory of Law and the State. Her scholarly topics include non-governmental organizations dealing with democracy and rule of law, European integration on constitutional law, Polish judicial review, transitional justice, and rule of law in Europe. From 2008 to 2017, she was a Law Clerk at the Polish Constitutional Court. She has been a Visiting Researcher at prestigious universities in Göttingen, Germany, Berlin, and Rome as well as engaging in cooperative projects with universities in a number of other countries. Recently she has been an Academic Fellow of re:constitution, a program of the Forum for Transregional Studies and Democracy Reporting International coordinated from Humboldt University in Berlin. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Comparative Law Review as well as an article reviewer for other distinguished journals and a member of preeminent scholarly associations in philosophy of law and constitutional law. She participated in the CUA-JU International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in 2004.Read More o
MAY 12 – Regina T. Jefferson, "Examining United States Retirement Savings Policy through the Lens of International Human Rights Principles"
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 1 pm EDT (DC), 7 pm GMT+2 (Poland)
American federal income tax law includes provisions to promote various public policy concerns and relieve forms of personal hardship. These provisions, referred to as tax expenditures, have significant economic and social impact and reflect the societal belief that some activities are so important that they warrant public subsidies. Not surprisingly, much tax policy debate centers on what activities government should support, how tax subsidies should be structured, the extent to which financial support should be provided, and the effectiveness of tax-preferred social programs in achieving their goals. The US private retirement system is one of the nation’s largest tax expenditures. This webinar uses an international human rights framework to challenge policymakers to consider solutions outside traditional economic theory in the ongoing pension reform debate.
Regina T. Jefferson, Professor of Law
Professor Jefferson is a nationally recognized expert in pension law, employee benefits, and tax law and teaches courses in those areas. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s Advisory Committee and is now serving a second term. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed congressional staff on employee benefits and tax topics. She has served as Dean of the Law School as well as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Commenter: prof. UKSW dr hab. Elżbieta Karska, (IBTSLP 2000), Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland
Elżbieta Karska holds doctoral and postdoctoral degrees in law. She is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, where she heads the Department of Human Rights Protection and International Humanitarian Law. She also directs the university’s Doctoral School. She is former Director of the Law Faculty’s Institute of International Law, European Union, and International Relations. Current and past positions in important European and international institutions include the following: member of the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI); member of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA); expert for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights; expert and working group member, including chairperson-rapporteur, of United Nations entities involved in human rights; and ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights.
She has written more than 100 publications on international law and European law, many of them on human rights law, as well as serving on editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals. She holds honorary doctorates from universities in Armenia, Georgia, and Ukraine. She participated in the CUA-JU International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in 2000.Read More o
JUNE 2 – Wictor Furman, "European and US Perspectives on Investment Fund Regulation"
Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 1 pm (EDT) (DC), 7 pm GMT+2 (Poland)
The regulatory requirements for investment funds have changed considerably on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years prompted by concerns including requirements on measures against money laundering and financing of terrorism; information for investors on fund management decisions; and greater transparency regarding management fees, costs, and charges. The webinar will compare developments in Europe and the United States and consider how such regulatory requirements have affected investment fund decisions and operations and impacted investors.
Wictor Furman (CUA LL.M. 2009)
Wictor Furman is a Stockholm-based lawyer specializing primarily in the banking and finance industry and real estate sectors. He is in his own firm after having worked previously at the Magnusson and Harvest law firms in Stockholm as well as for two major Scandinavian banks. His practice includes regulatory and legal matters, dispute resolution, and transactions for clients including fund companies, securities firms, credit institutions, insurance mediators, and real estate investors. He has co-authored articles on financial regulation in the Swedish law journal Ny Juridik. Mr. Furman completed his law degree at the Stockholm University in 2008 and was admitted to the Swedish Bar Association in 2015.
Commenter: James V. Catano, (CUA JD 2011), Partner, Dechert, Washington, DC
James V. Catano is a partner in the Financial Services practice of the Washington, DC office of the Dechert firm. Dechert has more than 900 lawyers in 26 worldwide locations. Mr. Catano has extensive experience counseling mutual fund complexes, investment advisers, and insurance companies on a wide range of securities, regulatory, corporate, disclosure, transactional, and other financial services matters. These matters include complex fund reorganization transactions; preparation of registration and proxy statements; ongoing compliance and regulatory matters; and securing exemptive, interpretive and no-action relief from the US Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff. Mr. Catano also advises clients on the development, regulation, sale, and administration of a variety of investment products, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, money market funds, exchange-traded funds, and variable and fixed life insurance and annuity products. In addition, he advises boards of directors/trustees of US registered investment companies on fund governance and fiduciary matters. Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Catano worked at another international law firm, as a law clerk at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and as a legal and regulatory policy fellow at the US Chamber of Commerce. He holds JD and MA degrees from Catholic University as well as a BA degree from the University of Virginia.