LL.M. in Europe? A Meeting this Friday!

Want to Work Abroad?
Thinking of an LL.M.?
Study in the heart of Europe!

Got questions? Get answers from a Louisiana Attorney, living & working abroad!
Join us on January 30, 2015, from 12:40 – 1:40 pm
LSU Law School, Room 110

Why this LLM?

* The LLM in European and International Law at IES is an
internationally renowned programme for over 40 years
* We have over 1300 successful alumni who are now working in European
institutions & international organisations
* Get a two-year LL.M. in just 9 months, in an advanced programme, for
a fraction of the cost to obtain an LL.M. in D.C. or New York … AND live
* The teaching staff is a unique mixture of EU scholars, top-level EU
practitioners and practising lawyers

For more information, contact:
Sheila M. Wilkinson, MSW, LMSW, JD, LL.M.
sheila@smwplc.com | www.ies.be/llm

European law




and will meet at 1:50 (AFTER this event)

Posted in European Studies, Events, International Jobs and Careers, Master in Comparative Law (LL.M.) | Leave a comment

The International Table to Meet every Friday

The International Table at the LSU Law Center had a successful meeting January 16. We plan to meet every week. Since having several languages around the table leads to the use of the common language, we resolved to divide the time (e.g. 20 minutes for French, 20 for German, and 20 for Spanish, or any pattern of that style), making sure that those who do not speak the language learn some linguistic social skills: let’s educate one another!

Meetings will be every Friday (as from January 30), 12:40 to 1:40 p.m. in the CCLS Conference Room (W326B). Coffee will be served. Feel welcome to bring your lunch and multilingual company, to share conversation in languages other than English and have some unique linguistic experience!


Posted in Center of Civil Law Studies, Events, International Law Society | 1 Comment

The International Table at the LSU Law Center

The International Table at the LSU Law Center will replace the Café français and Deutscher Stammtisch, offering our bilingual and multilingual students an opportunity to practice languages other than English at least one hour once a week.

The International Table will meet this Friday, January 16, 12:40 to 1:40 in W326B. Coffee will be served. Feel welcome to bring your lunch and multilingual company, to share conversation in languages other than English!


Posted in Center of Civil Law Studies, Events, International Law Society | 2 Comments

From Uganda to Washington D.C., the Success Story of Andrew Nyombi, LL.M. 2009


andrewOlivier Moréteau: Andrew, I remember when you arrived from Uganda some six years ago with your freshly earned law degree and how quickly you became one of our most talented and dynamic students, not only in the LL.M., but on the whole campus. You graduated from LSU Law in 2009 and assisted me at the Center for Civil Law Studies during the summer. You then obtained the LL.M. in Taxation at the Georgetown University Law Center and clerked at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division. Tell us what you are doing now. 

Andrew Nyombi:  I am a partner at Emejuru and Nyombi, a Washington D.C. area based law firm that specializes in commercial litigation and employment law. My practice focuses on: business torts litigation, product liability, unfair trade practices, corporate litigation involving private and public companies, securities and banking litigation, corporate taxation, commercial contracts, tax litigation, venture capital and private equity, transfer pricing, business and individual income tax controversies, financial derivatives, estate planning, wealth management and asset protection. I was admitted to the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C. and the United States Supreme Court.

I enjoy pursuing substantial litigation shuffling between Federal courts around the country including Federal District Courts of Maryland, Colorado and Texas in high stakes commercial litigation.

OM: Tell us about a recent achievement.

AN: While arguing as Lead Counsel in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, I set a precedent under the Fair Credit Reporting Act with the Court establishing the principle that every filing of a consumer dispute restarts the clock anew and a duty to reinvestigate is imputed on a furnisher of information on receipt of the dispute notice from a Credit Reporting Agency with regards to the accuracy of a truck driver’s employment background report. Following this landmark decision, the state of Colorado went on to pass the Employment Opportunity Act and Rules 2014.

OM: To what extent did the LSU program contribute to your present success?

AN: The LL.M. at Louisiana State University prepared me for the tough world of litigation. The program is thorough, fast paced, rigorous and required meticulously focus. The combination of the civil law and common law traditions in the curriculum and teaching enabled me to think with two brains when approaching situations and to stand on two feet while practicing law. It helped me to become creative when analyzing legal controversies and applying legal principles. The faculty is warm and responsive and is always ready to give a hand in explaining any complex material.

OM: What would you say to anyone interested in the LSU program but still hesitating?

Andrew Sup Ct

Andrew Nyombi was inducted into the United States Supreme Court by Chief Justice Roberts, on June 23, 2014

AN: When attending LSU, the student body had a strong sense of camaraderie that welcomes everyone. The regular Student Bar Association events made life in Baton Rouge interesting. The faculty is exceptional and highly accessible to students.

OM: Congratulations, Andrew, on your being sworn in the Supreme Court by Chief Justice Roberts in June 2014!  This is a high honor on you and on our Law School! On behalf of LSU Law, I thank you for this interview and wish you the best of success!


Posted in International Jobs and Careers, Master in Comparative Law (LL.M.) | Leave a comment

Juris Diversitas 2015 Conference, Call for Papers




2-4 June 2015School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland


While any proposal on comparative law (broadly conceived) will be considered, the conference’s primary theme is the relationship between social and legal norms and social and legal institutions. In memory of Roderick A Macdonald (1948-2014) and H Patrick Glenn (1940-2014), both former members of our Advisory Council, particular attention will be given to the diverse themes of their scholarship: for example, ‘common laws’, ‘constitutive polyjurality’, ‘critical legal pluralism’, ‘everyday law’, and ‘legal cosmopolitanism’.

As with our past conferences, proposals on a wide variety of topics will be accepted: comparative jurisprudence and legislation, legal philosophy, legal education, law reform, etc. Presentations may be theoretical analyses or case studies on the past or present, North or South, East or West ….

Panel proposals and interdisciplinary presentations are strongly encouraged, as is the participation of doctoral students and scholars from outside of the discipline of law. While parallel sessions of three twenty-minute presentations will be used, we welcome more original session structures.

Proposals should be in English or French. Proposals of c250 words (or 1000 words for panel proposals) should be submitted to Olivier Moréteau at moreteau@lsu.edu by 15 January 2015, with a short biography or resume (c250 words). Please send Word documents only, with minimal formatting.

Registration fees are €200 (€125 for Juris Diversitas members paid up for 2015). Membership and fee payment information is available on the Juris Diversitas Blog (http://jurisdiversitas.blogspot.ie/). Note that fees don’t cover travel, accommodation, or the conference dinner (€50).


Posted in Conferences | Leave a comment

LSU and the Lyon LL.M. in International and European Business Law

Professor Olivier Moréteau taught an intensive Comparative Tort Law class the week of Thanksgiving, in the LLM in International and European Business Law at Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France.

He met with Christopher (Chris) Sidebottom, LSU JD/DCL 2014, who took his class. Chris attended part of the program last spring as an exchange student, graduated at LSU, passed the Illinois Bar, and registered on his own in the Lyon Program to earn the LLM.

LSU Law students can indeed have a ‘semester abroad’ experience in Lyon, attending one semester of the program and transferring credits towards their JD/DCL at LSU. LLM credits are capitalized in Lyon where LSU Law graduates can return on their own to complete another semester and earn the Lyon LLM. Chris Sidebottom is not the first student to do this and fully benefit from a truly international environment with students and faculty from all continents. 2L Elisa Samaniego is due to spend a semester in Lyon next spring.

Lyon 2014.11.3

Tle Lyon LLM Class

lyon 2014.11.4

Chris Sidebottom, JD/DCL LSU 2014 and LLM Lyon 2014

Lyon 2014.11.1

Anne-Sophie Berthier, LLM Coordinator, who also works with the LSU Summer Program in Lyon, here with Prof. Moréteau

Lyon 2014.11.2crop

Prof. Moréteau with his Lyon Comparative Tort Law Students

Posted in Classes, Semester Abroad, Summer Program in Lyon | Leave a comment

Dictionary of the Civil Code

The Dictionary of the Civil Code, an English translation of more than 1600 entries selected from the Vocabulaire Juridique of Gérard Cornu under the auspices of the Association Henri Capitant des amis de la culture juridique française, introduces to readers, jurists or not, the essential concepts of the French Civil Code. Key to an understanding of the civil law through its terminology as translated and explained in English, the definitions are enriched with references made to the Civil Code of Louisiana.
This work of reference on the French legal and civil law culture is an essential tool for comparatists, civilians, jurilinguists and translators.

The Authors:

–   Gérard Cornu
–   Alain Levasseur
–   Marie-Eugénie Laporte-Legeais

The Translators:

– ‘Louisiana’ team: Mircea Bob, Eleanor Cashin-Ritaine, Vivian Curran, David Gruning, Olivier Moreteau (with Daniel On, Anne Perocheau, and Anne-Sophie Roinsard), Randy Trahan, and Serban Vacarelu.

– ‘Juriscope-Poitiers’ team: Lucas Mallowan, John Moore, Ruth Redmond-Cooper, Estelle Roy, and Kevin Streety.




Posted in Association Capitant, Center of Civil Law Studies, Civil Law, Publications, Translation Projects | Leave a comment

U.S. Department of Justice and LSU Perspectives on Transnational Crime

Dan E. Stigall, Coordinator for International Security Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice, gave an outstanding presentation on the challenges that face sovereign states in relation to the rise of transnational crimes in an increasingly globalized world.

This presentation gave LSU Law students the opportunity to better understand the basic principles of International Law established by the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), such as sovereignty and non-intervention, and what they mean in the context of cyber criminality: they are limiting law enforcement action on crimes that have become increasingly mobile and transnational.

Mr. Stigall also briefly discussed the differences between the law of armed conflict and law enforcement action, as well as the distinction between transnational crimes, which transcend national frontiers, and international crimes, which are punishable by International Courts such as genocide, war crimes and so on. He commented on the principal tools against transnational crimes handled by central authorities: mutual legal assistance and extradition.

Mr. Stigall insisted on the unique advantage derived from his LSU legal education when communicating with his foreign counterparts, especially in civil law countries. He praised the uniqueness of LSU, “making you a comparativist,” “enabling you to understand your counterpart” and to communicate and collaborate effectively. He featured the “Systems” class, today Western Legal Traditions and Systems, as the most significant and useful class in the curriculum.

He then focused on employment opportunities in the field of International Law, particularly with the Departments of State, Justice, Commerce, and federal agencies in general. He emphasized the importance of being a comparative lawyer and strongly encouraged the students to seize any opportunity to speak another language and to seek international experience. His speech was well-received among the audience.

The ILS and the Civil Law Society warmly thank Dan E. Stigall for this inspiring presentation.

(Notes by Gaëlle Forget)

Stigall 2014.11.03 Stigall 2014.11.03#4 Stigall 2014.11.03#2

Posted in Civil Law Society, Events, International Jobs and Careers, International Law, International Law Society, Lectures | Leave a comment

International Law Society: Dan Stigall to Discuss Transnational Crime


Transnational Crime & the Other End of the Targeting Spectrum

by Dan E. Stigall

Monday, November 3, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Room 110

Dan E. Stigall is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, where he serves as Coordinator for International Security Affairs. He previously served on active duty in the U.S. Army JAG Corps from 2001-2009, serving in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. LL.M., 2009, George Washington University School of Law; J.D., 2000, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center; B.A., 1996, Louisiana State University.

ILS Members and all LSU Law students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!



Posted in International Jobs and Careers, International Law, International Law Society, Lectures | Leave a comment

Café Français & Deutscher Stammtisch: UPDATE

Vous parlez français ? Bien ? Un peu? Venez au Café français, meeting every other Wednesday, 12:40 to 1:40 p.m., CCLS Conference Room (W326B), October 15, 29, and November 12. The Café français was inaugurated last spring to gather students, staff and faculty who like to communicate in French in a relaxing setting.

Sprechen Sie (etwas) Deutsch? The Stammtisch meets every other Friday, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., CCLS Conference Room (W326B), with next meetings on October 24, November 7 and 21.

Whether you attend the Café français, the Stammstisch, or both, you can bring your lunch, goodies, good humor and friends: coffee will be served and good conversation is guaranteed!

Stammtischcafe francais

Posted in Events | Leave a comment