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The Fourth Man

Written on July 22, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE News

When I went for a coffee with Arbitration and International Commercial Law Professor Justin Swinsick to get to know him a bit better and talk about what kind of video we could come up with together, he told me he was going to Vienna with an IE student team to attend an international law competition. The first thing that came into my head when he mentioned Vienna was the film “The Third man”, and when I suggested that as a theme for the video he answered right away that he loved Orson Wells, and that film in particular.

I don’t remember exactly how the title “The Fourth Man” occurred to me. Anyway, it was clear that we both wanted to render some sort of homage to the film, whose screen-play was the work of a writer we also enjoy and admire, namely Graham Green. I have to say that Prof. Swinsick gave an excellent performance, staying in character the whole time. I am sure that when he teaches, he is every bit as eloquent.

I really hope you enjoy watching this video as much as we did making it. Check out Prof. Swinsick’s intelligent insights into “The Fourth Man” as he talks about law and justice, and truth and love.

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First published on The Other Side | By Felix Valdivieso


Law without walls: reinventing law

Written on February 20, 2013 by Dirk Hopfl in IE University

IE University hosted at the end of January the kick off  of the third interuniversity LawWithoutWalls course  organized by University of Miami School of Law, with students and professors from eighteen international centers. Two students from IE University’s Bachelor of Laws, accompanied by Professor Pedro Letai, represented IE University during the course.

IE University’s Segovia campus is set to receive over a hundred professors and students from eighteen of the world’s top international law schools to explore the state of law education in universities and provide an innovative response to the changes in education and lawyering practice worldwide.

Organized by Miami University, the LawWithoutWalls course will take place in Segovia on January 19 and 20. It will bring together legal professionals, entrepreneurs, professors and students from leading international law schools that include Harvard, Stanford, University College London and IE University.

The meeting is the first of the activities that will comprise the interactive LawWithoutWalls course, led by University of Miami School of Law professors Michele DeStefano and Michael Bossone. This third edition offers a virtual course in which law students will be divided into teams and supervised by mentors from academic and professional fields to tackle a series of online case studies focused on innovative legal issues. IE University will be represented by Pedro Letai and law degree students Marta Ottogalli and IkerRomero.

Segovia will host the face-to-face part of the course, known as KickOff, inwhich participants spend the weekend at IE University exchanging knowledge and experiences to improve lawyering practice and education. The event will afford teams the opportunity to get to know each other and their mentors in person, as well as participate in a range of practical teamwork exercises to generate ideas. Previous courses were held at University College London (UCL) in 2011 and last year in the University of St. Gallenin Switzerland.

Participating schools include Fordham Law, Harvard Law, IE Business School, Indiana University School of Law, Miami Law, New York Law School, Peking University School of Transnational Law, Stanford Law School, Sydney Law School, University of the Andes Law School, University College London Laws, University of St. Gallen Law School, National Law School of India University, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Tel Aviv University, Buchmann Faculty of Law, University of Montreal Faculty of Law, University ofSão Paulo Faculty of Law, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and IE University.

After making contact in Segovia, the teams have to solve an extensive case study over the following four months and will attend weekly online workshops led by experts. They will also take part in additional case resolutions and will round off the course in April in a closing session called ConPosium, held at Miami University (US) where they will present their projects to a judges panel made up of professors and investors.

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