Professor Edwards will lecture on opportunities for Georgian students to study law in the U.S., and provide information about Master of Laws (LL.M.) and other law degree programs at U.S. law schools. He will discuss the relationship between international legal education and peace, security, diplomacy and human rights. Professor Edwards will also speak about the possibility of a United Nations International Declaration on Rights of International Students that could address discrimination against and exploitation of students enrolled at educational institutions outside their home countries. He will be hosted by different entities in Georgia, including EducationUSA Advising Centers (US Department of State) and law faculties. He will visit the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, and the Embassy's American Corner.
One presentation is scheduled to be at the Educational Advising Center Kvali, which is located on the grounds of the Tbilisi State University. More information about the Kvali Center (in English) can be found here. Information about other EducationUSA Advising Centers in Georgia can be found here. The Kvali Center presentation is described in the Flyer posted below. Notices about additional presentations in Georgia will be posted here.
Attendees at these presentations and meetings in Georgia are expected to include Georgian students who wish to study for an LL.M. degree in the U.S., law faculty members from Georgia, faculty advisers who advise students on study abroad, U.S. Embassy and other officials, LL.M. graduates, and Georgian judges and lawyers. Arrangements are being set for meetings with and presentation attendance by members of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) - Georgia and the local groups of ELSA Tblisi and ELSA Kutaisi.
Mr. Shalva Tskhakaya, who is an LL.M. graduate of Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a founding law partner of the Georgian Legal Consulting Company (GLCC), is a lead on the US legal education logistical arrangements associated with this Georgian trip. In addition to his success in the practice of law in Georgia, Mr. Tskhakaya has consulted extensively with the United Nations and other international organizations (e.g., the Carter Center, IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and International IDEA) in various countries including Moldova, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Armenia. When he was an LL.M. student at Indiana, Mr. Tskhakaya was a law intern at the United Nations World Headquarters in New York. That internship was under the direction of Professor Edwards, the LL.M. Roadmap author.
Another Indiana McKinney law student, Mr. Paul Babcock, who is an intern through that same Indiana program, is interning for the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) before he begins an internship in July 2013 at the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY).
Mr. Tskhakaya and Mr. Babcock are expected to participate in the various U.S. legal education presentations in Tbilisi as panelists or co-presenters.
- The Flyer Below is for the Presentation at the Educational Advising Center Kvali on 18 June 2013.