Photo of Shawn PelsingerShawn Pelsinger '09 (LL.M. '10) has had a very busy year. After finishing up his graduate degree in Law and the Global Economy this spring at the NYU@NUS program in Singapore, Pelsinger has appeared at conferences around the globe, had an essay selected for publication, and is participating in Middlebury College's summer Arabic language program as a recipient of the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace.

During Nottingham University’s 11th annual Student Human Rights Conference in March, Pelsinger presented “Liberia's Long Tail: How Web 2.0 is Changing and Challenging Truth Commissions.” Though the conference was in the United Kingdom, Pelsinger did not add this trip to his busy 2010 itinerary: “I was unable to physically travel to Nottingham for the conference,” Pelsinger said. “but I was fortunate enough to present at the conference remotely from the United States with an accompanying Powerpoint presentation.” Meanwhile, the Human Rights Law Review has selected a shortened version of “Liberia's Long Tail” to be published later this year. Pelsinger's book review of Rumu Sarkar's International Development Law: Rule of Law, Human Rights, & Global Finance will appear in the Asian Journal of International Law in 2010.

His paper “From the Doi Moi to the WTO: Economic Liberalization and the Growth of the Vietnamese Law Market” helped him earn invitations to two conferences. In May, he traveled to Kuala Lumpur for the seventh annual Asian Law Institute Conference, “Law in a Pluralist Asia: Challenges and Prospects.” Pelsinger, one of 15 “Young Scholars,” participated in a panel on international law, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He will also attend the sixth annual meeting of the Asian Law and Economics Association in Beijing in August, where he will present “From the Doi Moi to the WTO” and a second paper, “Vietnam's Draft Law on Commercial Arbitration: Has Vietnam Caught Up?”

Pelsinger was an articles editor for the NYU Journal of International Law & Politics and was awarded the Hague Fellowship on Private International Law. In the winter, he will join the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP as an associate.

Posted August 9, 2010