2014 Symposium


Monday, February 24, 2014

Hassane Cissé
Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research
Legal Vice Presidency – World Bank

Hassane Cissé joined the World Bank in 1997 after serving for seven years as Counsel at the International Monetary Fund. He has been Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research, of the Bank since 2009. In this capacity, he provides intellectual leadership on strategic legal issues facing the Bank, oversees advisory services on law and justice reforms, and leads the Bank’s knowledge agenda on law, justice and development. He is the editor-in-chief of the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development Series; has authored several papers on international economic law and law, justice and development; and coedited the 2012 and 2013 volumes of the World Bank Legal Review. Prior to his current position, Mr. Cissé served for several years as Chief Counsel for Operations Policy of the World Bank. In this capacity, he contributed to the modernization and simplification of the Bank’s legal and policy framework, and as legal advisor on governance and anticorruption, he led the exercise that resulted in the adoption by the Bank in 2006 of an expanded policy framework for sanctions. He was appointed in 2007 to serve as a member of the World Bank’s newly established Sanctions Board. Mr. Cissé obtained his LL.B. from Dakar University in Senegal where he graduated at the top of his class; he also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School as well as graduate law degrees from the universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris II Panthéon-Assas and a graduate degree in history from Paris I University. Mr. Cissé is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law.

The Virginia Journal of International Law (VJIL) and the J.B. Moore Society of International Law are proud to present the 2014 Spring Symposium, Crossing Borders: Rethinking International Development, on Monday, February 24, 2014. Given our rapidly developing world, it is important to bring together students, academics, and practitioners to discuss the implications of international development efforts on effective governance, human rights, and business interests.

The symposium will feature four panels: Anti-Corruption and Democratic Governance; Measuring Success: Human Rights, Development Projects, and Stakeholders; International Finance in Emerging Markets; and Investor-State Arbitration. Panelists include professors from across the nation as well as attorneys from the United States Agency for International Development and some of the nation’s top international law firms.


Anti-Corruption and Democratic Governance: This panel addresses the role of anti-corruption efforts outside the FCPA regime in international development.

Moderator: Thomas B. Nachbar, Professor of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Tom Best, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
  • Robert Leventhal, Director of the Anti-Crime Programs Division, U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Anti-Crime Programs
  • Matthew C. Stephenson, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Measuring Success: Human Rights, Development Projects, And Stakeholders: Panelists will focus on indicators and measurements of human rights progress, specifically addressing how to implement and monitor development while keeping rights-holders at the center of discussion.

Moderator: Deena Hurwitz, Professor of Law; Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Program, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Thomas Hohenthaner, Acting Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Catherine Moore, Coordinator for International Law Programs; Center for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Margaret L. Satterthwaite, Professor of Clinical Law; Faculty Director, Root-Tilden-Kern Program, New York University School of Law
  • Christie S. Warren, Professor of the Practice of International and Comparative Law; Director, Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, William & Mary School of Law

International Finance in Emerging Markets: This panel will assess the challenges and opportunities faced by businesses and law firms operating in emerging markets.

Moderator: Pierre-Hughes Verdier, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Douglas Kramer, General Counsel at U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Charles Mooney, Jr., Charles A. Heimbold Jr. Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Gregory Smith, Partner, Allen & Overy

Investor-State Arbitration: This panel will discuss the standards and practices, along with the practical impact, of such arbitration on international development.

Moderator: John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law; Director, Center for National Security Law; Director, Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law


  • Susan D. Franck, Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Jonathan C. Hamilton, Partner and Head of Latin American Arbitration, White & Case
  • Christopher M. Ryan, Partner in the International Arbitration Group, Shearman & Sterling; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law


Gold Sponsor
White & Case

Bronze Sponsor
Allen & Overy