C.V. Starr Lectures

Disaster Law, or the Attorney as Superhero

  • Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Location: New York Law School, W-203, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Corner of West Broadway and Leonard Street, near the Franklin Street subway station.)
  • CLE: 1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice (at no cost) for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers.
  • Registration is required for general admission (no charge) and CLE: Click here.

Michael_Cooper_photoIn recent years, disasters have become more frequent and more ferocious. But what exactly is a disaster? Some have argued that disaster is essentially a social construct. If so, then to what degree does law – a central element of any social structure – contribute to the onset and impact of disasters? If law is a part of the problem, can it also become part of the solution? In his lecture, Michael D. Cooper will introduce the emerging field of “disaster law,” consider the extent to which existing domestic and international law help to mitigate the effects of disaster, and discuss whether and how attorneys might help to strengthen the current legal regime.

Michael D. Cooper, Managing Director of The Ploughshare Group, has more than 20 years of experience in the human rights and humanitarian relief field, having served with several leading agencies, including the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Médecins du Monde, the Roosevelt Institute, Human Rights Watch, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Cooper is admitted to practice in New York and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He writes and speaks frequently on disaster law.

Co-sponsored with the NYLS International Law Society.

Governance: A New Frontier for International Lawyers

  • Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • Location: New York Law School, W-202, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Corner of West Broadway and Leonard Street, near the Franklin Street subway station.)
  • CLE: 1.0 credit in Areas of Professional Practice (at no cost) for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers.
  • Registration is required for general admission (no charge) and CLE: Please click here.

We live in a world of hyper-transparency. Actions that take place in an obscure corner of the world are now a mere 140 characters away from decimating the market capitalization of major corporations. At the same time, because regulators are demanding more from the companies they regulate, old school “compliance” is often no longer sufficient to meet their expectations. These developments have opened a legal specialization called “governance,” which demands a unique skill set and professional background, and now provides a range of opportunities for international lawyers not only in the private sector, but also in groups like the United Nations and the World Bank, government agencies, and global NGOs. In his lecture, Ulysses Smith will discuss this new legal area, including the evolving theory of governance.

Ulysses Smith is an attorney in Linklaters’ International Governance and Development Practices, which advise the profit and not-for-profit sectors on issues of governance, including the systems and processes that ensure the overall direction, effectiveness, supervision, and accountability of an organization. His expertise includes international economic sanctions and international anti-corruption regulations, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Mr. Smith is active on the New York City Bar Association’s Council for International Affairs and has served as chair of its United Nations Committee. He has addressed the UN General Assembly, and also appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, among many other global forums.

Co-sponsored with the NYLS International Law Society.