Mentor Events

Oct 10

International Law, Sovereignty, and Ukraine: Legal and Policy Implications

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 9 a.m. to noon

University of St. Thomas School of Law
Frey Moot Courtroom

The University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy will host its fall 2014 symposium, "International Law, Sovereignty, and Ukraine: Legal and Policy Implications," on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and will be followed by a lunch panel discussion sponsored by the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.

With the situation in Ukraine continuing to escalate, many people wonder what caused this situation, how it is impacting the world, and what it means in regard to overall sovereignty. Prominent speakers will join the Journal of Law and Public Policy to discuss this, including:

Dr. Nadiya Kravets, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford where she wrote her dissertation examining the domestic sources of Ukraine's foreign and security policy since independence. Currently, Dr. Kravets is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and is working on her second book project.

Dr. Susan Yoshihara, Senior Vice President for Research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG), where her research focuses on human rights and humanitarianism in international law and politics. Dr. Yoshihara received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

Dr. Steven Hoffman, who joined the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences in 1987 and is currently the university's Chair of Political Science. Dr. Hoffman has taught courses in American public policy, environmental and energy policy, and comparative politics. Dr. Hoffman previously served as the Director of the Environmental Studies program at UST for 10 years and has conducted research and lectured in numerous countries.

Dr. Renee Buhr, associate professor of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Buhr has taught classes focusing on International Relations and Comparative Politics. Dr. Buhr's research forucses on nationalism in East Europe and the effects of European integration on political parties and voting behavior.

Brett McCaw is cofounder of the Eastern Children's Relief Fund, a nonprofit that raises support for private and Catholic orphanages and special needs homes throughout the Ukraine. Also a freelance journalist, he recently completed a short-term research program at Harvard's Ukrainian Research Institute. McCaw received his master's degree in international politics at Marquette University, where he specialized in post-Soviet regional studies and contemporary Russian and Ukrainian politics. He previously worked for the Ukrainian Catholic University.