Updated: Aug. 25, 2021

World Peace Through Law Section

The World Peace Through Law Section focuses on international affairs and issues of war, peace, and law. A major benefit for members is the section's stimulating monthly forum series featuring experts addressing a diversity of current world affairs topics. See the section calendar for upcoming events.

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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!  

Below are the results of the World Peace Through Law Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022

Randall Winn

Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022

Vanessa Hunsberger

At-Large Member: three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024

Camille McDorman

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.


Webinar: Corporate Liability Under the Alien Tort Statute: Developments under Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe

Developed in partnership with the WSBA International Practice and World Peace Through Law Sections

The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) allows federal courts to hear lawsuits filed by foreign nationals for torts committed in violation of international law. The 2021 U.S. Supreme Court cases of Nestlé v. Doe and Cargill v. Doe consider whether suits under the ATS are permissible against these U.S. corporations that allegedly aided and abetted in perpetration of child slavery on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast. The Court is specifically considering two issues: whether there can be ATS liability against U.S. corporate defendants and whether aiding and abetting liability is permitted under the statute. Please join us for a presentation by Professor Tyler Giannini of Harvard Law School regarding these two cases and their possible impact on ATS-based litigation in the future.

Faculty:
Tyler Giannini, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

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Webinar: A Study of Love Jihad in Asia: Interfaith Marriage Laws and Human Rights in India and Other Countries

This seminar covers:

  • A review of India’s recent Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance and its impact on interfaith marriages
  • Overview of laws prohibiting interfaith marriage in India and other countries
  • Response by NGOs and other human rights organizations

Faculty:
Dr. Garima Tiwari - School of Law, Bennett University, Greater Noida, India

Video link

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (July 19, 2021).


Webinar: Leadership for All: Minority Bar Associations in Washington

This seminar takes a close-up look at two state minority bar associations: the Loren Miller Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington:

  • What are the roles, best practices, and challenges faced by minority bar associations in Washington?
  • What strategies are effective for leading a smaller minority bar association?
  • What issues should be considered when starting, building, and expanding new projects?
  • What has it been like leading a change in direction during the pandemic?

Faculty:
James Johnson - Emery Reddy PLLC, Seattle

E. Rania Rampersad - President, South Asian Bar Association of Washington

Video link

This video is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (June 14, 2021).


Listen In: LGBTQ+ and Race: Identities and Intersections

Hosted by the World Peace through Law Section of the WSBA

The World Peace through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association is continuing its "Listen In" series focusing on issues which intersect with race. This session focused on LGBTQ and Race. Listen to our panel discuss the intersection of these identities.

This recording was made on March 25, 2021, and will be available here for approximately three months after that date.

Video link

Access Passcode: qj^nhiT1

Moderator: Brent Williams-Ruth, WSBA Governor, District 8

Panelists: Serena Freewomyn, Frankie Rojas, Joel Gemino, Kenrick Ross, and Charlotte Ishida


Listen In: Environmental Racism

Hosted by the World Peace through Law Section of the WSBA

What is environmental racism? How do decisions regarding the environment disproportionately impact minority people? This panel will examine these issues in different contexts. 

This recording was made on Jan. 27, 2021, and will be available here for approximately three months after that date. 

Video Link

Access Passcode: @Ih!8.^z

Moderator: Camille McDorman (Executive Comm. WPTL)

Panelists: Nykeeba Brown, Prayank Jain, and Jordan Lesser


Working Group on Prison Book Bans

The WPTL has started a working group on book bans in prisons. The working group hopes to look into the matter and find existing gaps and then create solutions to those gaps. All work is pro bono. Please contact Chair Elect Anne Watanabe.


Executive Committee

(Terms ending Sept. 30, 2021)

ChairAnne Joyce Watanabe

Chair Elect:  Hildja Saas

Secretary/Treasurer: Vanessa Hunsberger

Immediate Past Chair: Regina Paulose 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Sara Jane Anderson

Members

(Three-year term unless otherwise noted)

Position 1Randall Winn(2019-2022)

Position 2: Camille McDorman (2018-2021)

Position 3Dwight VanWinkle (2020-2023)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Brent WIlliams-Ruth

*Nonvoting member

Meetings

The Executive Committee of the World Peace Through Law Sections holds hour-long Zoom meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

Please contact committee member for further details about upcoming meetings.


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