Linda Amrou, a third-year UT law student, has been elected the national president of the International Law Students Association (ILSA).
She served as president of the UT College of Law’s chapter during the 2013-14 school year.“It’s a tremendous honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve those pursuing a career in international law,” Amrou said. “International law’s reach extends to almost every facet of law in our quickly evolving and highly globalized world.”
In her new role, Amrou will help to manage the activities of chapters nationwide and serve as a representative for ILSA, which operates both nationally and internationally. The president is also a voting member on the association’s board of directors.
ILSA is the umbrella organization responsible for all of the International Law Students (ILS) chapters worldwide. It publishes a quarterly magazine and administers the Jessup Moot Court Competition, the largest moot court competition in the world, which involves student teams from more than 500 schools in over 80 countries.
In addition to Amrou’s recent recognition, UT College of Law’s International Law Students chapter was named ILSA’s Best All-Around Chapter for the 2013-14 school year. The award includes prize money to help with programming for the upcoming academic year.
The award recognizes the work and programming of the UT ILS chapter, comprised of 50 members. This past fall, the group organized a panel of Toledo law students who served as human rights observers to the 9/11 Commission’s hearings for Khalid Sheikh Muhammad and others at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The event attracted nearly 100 attendees, including many from the greater Toledo community.
The organization sponsored several other speakers, including Dr. Lisa Hajjar from the University of California at Santa Barbara, who presented on drone warfare; Judge Takaishi from the Tokyo District Court, who discussed Japanese implementation of the Saiban-In jury system; and Zeke Johnson, the director of Amnesty International’s Security and Human Rights Program.
And for the first time, the UT ILS chapter will sponsor scholarships to help two students with travel costs as they study abroad this summer. The recipients will give presentations upon their return about their experiences to encourage other students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.
“The recognition of Ms. Amrou and our ILS chapter is a testament to her leadership and hard work, the dedication of our students interested in international law, and the strength of our international law curriculum,” said Lee Pizzimenti, associate dean for student affairs and professor of law. “We at the College of Law are proud of her and the ILS.”
The UT ILS chapter also was named Student Organization of the Year by the Student Bar Association.
For more information on the International Law Students Association, visit ilsa.org.