I hope you will join us as we celebrate Michigan Law’s long history of global engagement at our 2017 European Alumni Reunion, which takes place 9–11 June, in Rome. Whether you graduated from our JD, LLM, or SJD programs, spent time in Ann Arbor as a lecturer, vistor, or research scholar, or are otherwise a friend of the Law School, we welcome your participation. So please encourage your alumni friends to meet you there, and bring your spouse, partner, or other guest.

The program will include panel discussions on leading issues in European and U.S. law with some of our most distinguished faculty and alumni experts. Of course, the highlight of the reunion will be the chance to reconnect with classmates and friends while building your global alumni network.

We hope to see you in Rome this summer.

Mark D. West
Nippon Life Professor of Law

Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis
Assistant Dean for International Affairs

Hotel Information

The Westin Excelsior RomeWestin
Via Vittorio Veneto, 125 – 00187 Roma
+39 06 47081
Double for for single use – € 320,00 per night
Double – € 340,00 per night
Grand Deluxe – € 420.00 / € 440.00

Rates are per room, per night, and include buffet breakfast.
Rates exclude VAT 10% and city tax of € 7,00 per person, per day.

Deadline for reservations was 8 May 2017, however there are a few rooms still available.

Rome Marriott Grand Hotel FloraGrandFlora
Via Vittorio Veneto, 191 – 00187 Roma
+39 06 489929
Single/Double – starting at € 310,00 per night

Rates are per room, per night, and include tax and full buffet breakfast.
Rates exclude city tax of € 6,00 per person, per day.

Please download the reservation form to book your room.

Deadline for reservations is 22 May 2017.

Grand Hotel De La MinerveMinerve
Piazza della Minerva, 69 – 00186 Roma
+39 06 695201 – Fax +39 694165

The deadline for making reservations in our group block has passed.
Please contact the hotel directly for availability and rate information.

The below accommodations are in the vicinity of the venues being utilized for the Michigan Law European Reunion in June 2017.

While we do not have a dedicated block of rooms at these hotels, they will provide a competitive rate.

Alternate hotels near the Westin Excelsior

Alternate hotels near Minerve


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19:00 – 21:00  Opening Reception

Grand Hotel de la Minerve, Roof Garden
Piazza della Minerva, 69-00186 Roma

Start the reunion weekend by joining fellow Michigan Law alumni in this picturesque location overlooking the Pantheon.

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All Saturday daytime events will be held at:
Westin Excelsior
Via Vittorio Veneto 125
0018 Roma

08:00 – 09:15 Continental Breakfast

Winter Garden Room

Breakfast Briefing: International Law and the Trump Administration

The new U.S. Administration’s approach to international law offers an amalgam of continuity, change, and uncertainty.  Professor Ratner, a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law, will discuss current legal policy on key issues of the day.

Steve Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law

09:30 – 09:45  Opening Remarks

Ludovisi Room

Mathias Reimann, LLM ’83, Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law

09:45 – 11:00  General Session:
The U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Scalia

Ludovisi Room

To what extent do the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the election of President Donald Trump herald a new era for the U.S. Supreme Court? This panel will discuss Scalia’s extraordinary influence on American law, including on matters of constitutional interpretation (originalism) and statutory interpretation (textualism), and the future of the Supreme Court in the era of President Trump. The panel also will provide comparative thought on supreme and constitutional courts—as a comment on institutional design and routines—as well as on the impact of individuals, and new individuals, on decision-making bodies.

MODERATOR: Monica Hakimi, Professor of Law

Kate Andrias, Assistant Professor of Law
Susanne Baer, LLM ’93, Justice, German Federal Constitutional Court; William W. Cook Global Law Professor
Nicholas Bagley, Professor of Law

11:25 – 12:40  Concurrent Sessions

Attendees are asked to select one session.

Panel 1

Corruption in Sports Law: The FIFA Affair and How Corruption Impacts Global Sports

Pincio Room

This panel will explore corruption issues in world sporting events focusing on the FIFA scandal as a case study, but also examining issues of doping, penalties, and arbitration issues that arise from allegations of improper conduct.

MODERATOR:  Timothy L. Dickinson, JD ’79, Professor from Practice; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, International Transactions Clinic; Business Faculty Fellow

Massimo Coccia, LLM ’94, Founding Partner, Coccia De Angelis Pardo, Rome
John Faylor, LLM ’79, Senior Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP, Frankfurt
Anne Peters, Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, Heidelberg; William W. Cook Global Law Professor (beginning fall 2017)

Panel 2

Privacy: Definitions, Dimensions, and Developments

Campidoglio Room

This panel will consider the legal concept of “privacy,” its definition in different legal fields such as tort law, criminal procedure, and data protection, the conflict between privacy rights and other interests, the transnational dimensions of privacy law and policy, and recent developments in these areas.

MODERATOR: Len Niehoff, JD ’84, Professor from Practice

Heather Dietrick, JD ’07, President, Gizmodo Media Group
Peter J. Hustinx, MCL ’71, European Data Protection Supervisor (2004–2014)
Don Regan, William W. Bishop Jr. Collegiate Professor of Law

13:00 – 14:45  Keynote Luncheon
The Union at 60: A View from Italy 

Borghese Room

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Enzo Moavero Milanesi

Enzo Moavero Milanesi has served as a professor of law at LUISS Universita Guido Carli, and at the College of Europe. He also is the former Italian minister of European affairs (2011-2014), former judge at the EU General Court (2006-2011), and former deputy secretary-general of the European Commission (2002-2005). He will share thoughts on the continued promise and current challenges of European integration.

15:00 – 16:15 General Session
The Union at 60: Diamond or Dust?

Ludovisi Room

This panel will take stock of the project of European integration in light of recent and ongoing challenges, such as the influx of refugees, the rule of law in the member states, the Euro crisis, and Brexit.

MODERATOR: Daniel Halberstam, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research; Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law; Director, European Legal Studies Program

Katarina Mathernova, LLM ’89, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission
Christopher McCrudden, Professor of Law, Queens University Belfast; William W. Cook Global Law Professor
Marko Milanovic, LLM ’06, Associate Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham School of Law

19:00  Saturday Evening Gala

Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio, 2
00165 Roma

  • 19:00 Shuttles depart from the Westin Excelsior to the Villa Aurelia
  • 19:30 Cocktail Reception
    Lemon Garden
  • 20:30 Gala Dinner
    Sala Aurelia

The Gala Dinner is the heart of the reunion weekend—a chance to reconnect with classmates and make new friends among Michigan Law’s alumni in Europe. Dean Mark West will provide an update on the Law School.

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09:30 – 11:00 Farewell Breakfast

Westin Excelsior
Winter Garden Room

To end this special weekend, join Dean West, professors, fellow alumni, and friends for the morning meal. Enjoy remarks from Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, current assistant dean for international affairs, and special guest Virginia Gordan, former assistant dean for international affairs.

13:00 – 17:45 Group Alumni Excursion

To close out the European Reunion, a tour has been arranged to visit secret sites in Rome not normally frequented by tourists. This is a private-guided tour via bus to sites including the three main basiliche, the secret world of the Saint Callixtus catacombs (headphone rental included), and a panoramic tour of some of the best views in Rome.

Depart Westin Excelsior at 13:00
Return Westin Excelsior at 17:45
€32 ($35 USD) per person
Space is limited.  Register here.