Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Time:    12-1 P.M. CT

Location: RB 140

Zoom Link to Register for Event (PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A NEW ZOOM LINK): https://northwestern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4DPoqutqQnaGheZ36q96Xg

Last week, the world watched with horror as Russian military forces launched a full-scale  invasion of Ukraine. Up to five million people may be displaced by Russia’s invasion according to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, with nearly three million Ukrainians—mostly children and older people—already facing disruptions to food, shelter, and emergency assistance. The crisis is a moment of uncertainty and anxiety for Ukraine, the world, and members of our law school.

In an effort to provide space to learn, engage, and reflect on the ongoing crisis, we have organized a panel to further our understanding of this complex and multifaceted humanitarian crisis for Tuesday, March 8 at 12 P.M. in RB 140.The panel includes a variety of experts in international law, trade, and human rights, as well as a professor with direct ties to Ukraine:

Professor Katherine LitvakProfessor Litvak is from Ukraine and has been monitoring both Ukrainian and Russian news sources. Her contacts on the ground and human perspective will help students make sense of the situation. She has previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Texas School of Law, a clerk for both the Hon. Ralph K. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at Columbia Law School

Professor Stephen SawyerProfessor Sawyer joined Northwestern Law School in January 2004 and serves now as Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Senior Counsel for the Center for International Human Rights and Director of Curricular Projects. His legal specialty is public international law, international human rights, and international humanitarian law (law of war).

Professor Kathleen ClaussenProfessor Claussen is a visiting professor from the University of Miami School of Law. Professor Claussen’s primary scholarly interests include international law, especially trade, investment, international business and labor, national security and cybersecurity law. Immediately prior to joining the Miami Law faculty in 2017, Professor Claussen was Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. 

Professor Juliet SorensenProfessor Sorensen is a Clinical Professor of Law associated with the law school’s Center for International Human Rights, where her teaching and research interests include international criminal law, corruption, and health and human rights. Professor Sorensen is also employed as the Executive Director of Injustice Watch, a non-partisan, not-for-profit, multimedia-journalism organization that conducts in-depth research exposing institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality.

We hope you will join us in this discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.


Northwestern University Law Review, Northwestern Journal of Human Rights, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, Northwestern International Law Society, Northwestern International Refugee Assistance Project

Contact for further information:  Jordan Krieger, Communications Editor, Northwestern University Law Review, jordan.krieger@law.northwestern.edu