This year, the Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS) hosted its first ever International Law Week. Throughout the week, OILS hosted various events to promote awareness of international law issues at the College of Law. The week kicked off with an International Lunch Buffet in the Sneed Lounge. OILS members brought dishes from various countries around the world, from Lebanon to West Guinea to Japan to Iran. The next event took place off campus. OU Law alumnus Jon Velie, President and Founder of Velie Law Firm, invited OILS to visit his office in Norman, which specializes in immigration. Mr. Velie gave an interesting and thorough presentation on the rewards and obstacles he faces daily handling such a diverse international case load.
Next, OILS had a Skype chat with OU Law alumnus David Stewart, a partner at a law firm in Moscow, Russia, who spoke about his international transactional practice. International Law Week closed with Raphael Oidtmann, a research fellow and lecturer in public international and human rights law at the universities of Mainz and Mannheim, Germany, who spoke at a breakfast about developments in the International Criminal Court and the potential for prosecution of ISIS for genocide and crimes against humanity. Prior to hosting International Law Week, OILS hosted a bowling night for the international law students visiting OU for the semester. Each year, OILS makes an effort to connect with visiting exchange students and help them experience a slice of American culture outside the OU Campus.
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