Distinguished International Law Guest Speakers Visit OU Law

October 6, 2015 | By Mackenzie Dilbeck, Director of Communications

Last week, the Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS) and Professor Evelyn Aswad hosted Joe and Elizabeth Cassidy to discuss Religious Freedom and Refugee Issues with OU Law students. During their visit, Joe and Elizabeth participated in a speed-mentoring event for current students. The two guest speakers also met informally with students and faculty at a reception in their honor.

 Joe Cassidy has 25 years of experience in the U.S. Foreign Service and served in many overseas postings, including Iraq, Namibia and Switzerland. A few years ago he was the Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the White House. Elizabeth Cassidy is the Acting Co-Director of Research and Policy at the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom and worked on human rights issues for NGOs in Switzerland and Namibia. 

 In September, OILS and Professor Aswad hosted Mary Catherine Malin, the head of the Diplomatic Law Office at the U.S. State Department. She discussed a variety of developments in international law involving immunities issues and also spoke to students about international law career options. 

 “The Oklahoma International Law Society was honored to host our distinguished guests,” said OILS Co-Vice President Rebecca West. “They offered invaluable knowledge about their international careers. We are excited to see that there is a growing interest in international law right here in Norman.” 

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