JANUARY 13 – Vincenzo Senatore, "Will Covid-19 be a Force Majeure Event in Commercial Contracts? A Civil and Common Law Analysis"
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 1 pm (EST) (DC), 7 pm GMT+1 (Poland)
COVID-19’s major impact on commerce suggests a wave of commercial negotiation and litigation as parties seek to enforce or avoid contractual obligations. Force majeure clauses of pre-COVID contracts quite possibly included no language clearly applicable to the current situation. The webinar will explore arguments in civil and common law systems to address suspension or termination of performance obligations in commercial contracts with language drafted in pre-pandemic times.
Vincenzo Senatore (CUA LL.M. 2010)
Vincenzo Senatore is a partner in the London office of Giambrone & Partners LLP. He heads the London corporate and commercial department as well as the firm’s international criminal law practice. In 2019, European Legal Awards ranked Giambrone & Partners as one of the top Merger and Acquisition firms, and Top Legal, the most prestigious Italian legal ranking, named Giambrone & Partners as the Italian Law Firm of the Year in 2018. Vincenzo is an Italian-licensed Attorney, a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales, and recently was admitted as Counsel before the International Criminal Court at The Hague. He is regularly retained in high-value commercial litigation and large international arbitration matters. His practice includes company law, debt recovery, corporate and general commercial agreements, and other business law matters. Mr. Senatore also represents international English-speaking clients in cross-border criminal matters in Italy. In 2015, he was a fellow at the Stanford University (CA) Center for Biomedical & Ethics, working on contentious issues arising from stem cell research related to biotechnological inventions. His work has been published in the prestigious journal NATURE Biotech. He is an editorial board member of the International Academy of Financial Consumers, located at the Sungkyunkwan University of Seoul (South Korea). He is a frequent conference presenter and media commentator on cross-border matters between the UK and Italy. Vincenzo received his law degree from the University of Naples, Federico II, (IT). Read more
Andrew F. Palmieri (CUA JD 1987), Board of Visitors Member, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, Washington, DC
JANUARY 27 – Geoffrey P. Watson, "International Law and the New Biden Administration"
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1 pm (EST) (DC), 7 pm GMT+1 (Poland)
This webinar will focus on how President-Elect Biden's approach to international law possibly will differ from that of his predecessor. Topics will include international environment law and the Paris Climate Accord; participation in human rights treaties and human rights bodies such as the UN Human Rights Council; pandemic-related cooperation with international health organizations such as the WHO; arms control (Iran, North Korea, Russia); international trade (China, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Brexit); legal aspects of US policy in the Mideast (Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.); and treaty-making more generally.
Geoffrey P. Watson, Professor of Law and Director, Comparative and International Law Institute
Professor Watson’s research interests focus on public international law, legal aspects of the Middle East peace process, and the history of American law. In addition to these areas, he has taught contacts, criminal law, constitutional law, international human rights law, comparative law, and comparative constitutional law. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Watson was an attorney-advisor for the U.S. Department of State specializing in international criminal law and legal aspects of U.S. policy in the Middle East. He authored the Oxford University Press book, The Oslo Accords: International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accords.
dr hab. Izabela Kraśnicka, (IBTSLP 1998), Faculty of Law, University of Białystok, Poland
FEBRUARY 10 – Katarzyna Stryjniak, "European Union and United States Budget-Making: Process, Politics, and Policy in a COVID-Challenged World"
Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1 pm (EST) (DC), 7 pm GMT+1 (Poland)
The European Union’s next seven-year budget is more than €1.074 trillion ($ 1.270 trillion), and the EU has decided to also borrow an additional €750 billion fund ($887 billion) for a COVID Recovery Fund. Contentious issues, including progress on climate change and linking funding to respect for EU rule-of-law, values have swirled around the negotiations for the 2021-2027 multi-annual budget cycle.
The webinar will orient participants to the roles the European Commission, Parliament, and Council play in the complex process of EU decision-making and budget approval and update them on the current state of play. The webinar’s commenter will explore the American state of play as the US faces counterpart challenges.
Katarzyna Stryjniak (CUA LL.M. 2012)
Katarzyna Stryjniak is a Legal and Policy Officer in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, based in Brussels, Belgium. Her work focuses on the legal aspects of the European Union’s research and innovation programs. She also worked in the legal department of the Polish government agency National Center of Research and Development as well as at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka in Warsaw, Poland, one of Poland’s largest law firms. Between 2012 and 2019 she was the JU-CUA LL.M. Program Coordinator. She received her law degree from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2012 and joined the Warsaw bar in 2016.
Karen A. Tramontano, (CUA JD 1982), Chief Executive Officer, Blue Star Strategies, Washington, DC
FEBRUARY 24 – Heidi Mandanis Schooner, "How Well Did the Post-2008 Financial Crisis Regime Prepare the World for the COVID-19 Pandemic?"
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1 pm (EST) (DC), 7 pm GMT+1 (Poland)
Ten years ago, Congress considered the lessons of the 2008 financial crises and passed the Dodd-Frank Act in an effort to strengthen the U.S. financial system to withstand future threats. Reforms elsewhere in the world were implemented with the same goal in mind. This webinar will consider how these reforms prepared financial systems for the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this session will consider how the pandemic will shape the future of financial regulation, especially with regard to the priorities of the Biden Administration.
Heidi Mandanis Schooner, Professor of Law
Professor Schooner’s writing focuses on challenges in regulating the financial services industry. She co-authored Global Bank Regulation: Principles and Policies. She teaches courses in regulating financial institutions, corporations, contracts, and commercial law. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a bank holding company, and in private practice. Read more
Michał Bobrzyński, (JU-CUA ALP 2005, Harvard LL.M. 2009), Partner, Greenberg Traurig, Warsaw, Poland
MARCH 2 – Cara H. Drinan, "The War on Kids: Progress and the Path Forward on Juvenile Justice"
Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 1 pm (EST) (DC), 7 pm GMT+1 (Poland)
Professor Drinan will draw on her Oxford University Press book, The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way, to talk about how the US invented the juvenile court model at the end of the 19th Century, exported it globally, and then abandoned it domestically to become the most punitive nation in the world regarding justice-involved youth. She then will focus on new directions in which the US could and should go.
Cara H. Drinan, Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Research
Professor Cara H. Drinan is a nationally recognized expert on the right to counsel, juvenile sentencing, and criminal justice reform. Drinan, who teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal justice reform, among other courses, also serves as the law school’s Director of Faculty Research. Her own research focuses on access to counsel, sentencing, and youth in the criminal justice system. Since 2017, when she published her first book on juvenile sentencing in America, The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way (Oxford Univ. Press), she has been advocating nationwide for juvenile justice and sentencing reform. Read more
prof. dr hab. Włodzimierz Wróbel, Chair of Criminal Law, Jagiellonian University, and Polish Supreme Court Justice
MARCH 24 – Gaspar Kot, "Sustainable Investment – The New Heart of EU Financial Market Regulation"
Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 2 pm (EDT) (DC), 7 pm GMT+1 (Poland)
With increasing concern for global climate change and following the 2015 Paris Agreement obligations, the European Union adopted the Regulation on Sustainability-Related Disclosures in the Financial Services Sector (SFDR), which will take effect beginning March 10, 2021. The SFDR, along with draft regulatory technical standards and the EU’s Taxonomy Regulation, require from financial market participants to incorporate sustainability considerations in their governance frameworks as well as the preparation of disclosures and reporting to investors about environmental, social, and governance factors. The EU sustainable investment regime reaches US entities offering investment funds and financial services to European clients. The EU General Data Protection Regulation sent shock waves across the Atlantic and required many US lawyers and businesses to quickly become expert in GDPR requirements. The EU’s ESG requirements are likely to have a similar dramatic border-crossing impact.
Gaspar Kot (CUA LL.M. 2012)
Gaspar Kot is a markets, products, and structuring lawyer for UBS, the Swiss investment bank and financial services company with worldwide offices including more than 5000 employees in Poland. Mr. Kot heads the Asset Management stream of the legal department in the UBS Krakow office. He also is the CUA-JU LL.M. Program coordinator in Poland. Mr. Kot received his law degree from Jagiellonian University and is a member of the attorneys-at-law bar. Currently, he is a PhD student at Jagiellonian University.
Chris Concannon, (CUA JD 1994), President & Chief Operating Officer, MarketAxess, New York City, NY
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)
Katarzyna Wolska-Wrona (CUA LL.M. 2005)
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. Her master’s degree in law is from Warsaw University.
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)
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.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)
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.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)
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.