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On an August morning in 1993, two people with complementary parts of a big dream met for breakfast in a Greek coffee shop on the campus of New York University School of Law. There, then-Dean John Sexton and alumna Rita E. Hauser, a senior partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, developed a new way of looking at the law and law schools. “Our notion was a pervasive willingness to recognize the joy of taking ideas from highly sophisticated cultures with legal systems very much different from our own and seeing how our ideas played in those concepts, and vice versa,” said Sexton, now president of New York University. Last weekend, a diner dream that in 1995 became the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU Law celebrated its 10th anniversary with a reunion. The program included a black-tie dinner at the Metropolitan Club and panel discussions on topics such as international adjudication, corporate responsibility and terrorism. Along with law professors from around the world, many of the young attorneys who have thus far earned master’s degrees in law as Hauser Scholarship fellows — and call themselves “Hausers” — attended, as did several luminaries. Going global was the “next natural stage” for the law school, said Hauser, president of the Hauser Foundation and a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Intelligence Oversight Board, appointed by President George W. Bush. “It wasn’t sufficient anymore to be trained [in law] with just the U.S. in mind,” Hauser said in an interview. “So, wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to have scholars from around the world come here, not only to learn about American law but to benefit American students — who tend to be quite parochial, frankly — see that there is a bigger world out there.” Following his 1993 meeting with Hauser, Sexton decided he needed help in shaping what the pair had “inchoately conceptualized” as an evolution to global law. Enlisted for the job as first director of the then-nameless program was NYU Law Professor Norman Dorsen, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union. SEED MONEY Sexton then turned to Hauser, a longtime patron of her alma mater, for seed money. She told him she would “check with Gus,” referring to her husband, Gustave M. Hauser, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Cable Communications and likewise an alumnus of NYU Law. In January 1994, Sexton was summoned to another meeting with Hauser, this time at the Regency Hotel, a premiere venue for Manhattan power breakfasts. “Rita took an envelope out of her bag and handed it to me, closed, and said, ‘Gus and I have decided to support the program,’” recalled Sexton. “Now, I’m a relatively unpolished guy from Brooklyn, but even I know you don’t open the envelope. But on the subway back downtown, I was burning with curiosity.” When he returned to his office and opened the envelope, he found a $5 million check. Over the years, the Hausers have added two more payments, for a total contribution of $15 million. Today, the Hauser Global Law Program is integrated into the overall budget and curriculum of NYU Law, said the school’s dean, Richard L. Revesz. Each year, up to 15 foreign attorneys are designated global professors and customarily spend a semester at the campus, along with some 300 foreign lawyers enrolled in the law school’s master’s program. “When I teach environmental law, there are a number of lawyers from many different countries and this changes the dynamics of class discussion,” said Revesz. “We’re training people who will be leaders, not just in law but in public policy and in society in general. It’s difficult these days to [lead] without understanding how different countries’ legal regimes interact with one another, and with the legal regime of the international community.” Three years ago, NYU Law Professor Joseph H.H. Weiler became the second director of the Hauser Global Law School Program. In his term, he has stressed the justice component of international law. “We should not be an engine to provide oil for the wheels of globalization,” said Weiler. “We should systematically and rigorously look at both the danger and the promise of globalization, and give critical voice to many of the discontents.” Weiler is also concerned about global readjustment in the post-Cold War era. “When it comes to military might, it is indeed a world with only one superpower,” he said. “But military force is not the only force. The European Union is economically as big and as powerful as the U.S., and is a real counter-balance. Even our most astute policy-makers are not noticing that, in so many areas, it’s not the U.S. sitting alone in the driver’s seat.” BOOK PROJECT The former scholarship fellows assembled reminiscences of their NYU Law experience as a possible book project. Among the contributions: � “Why was it so terrific to be there? Because it was frustrating,” wrote Niko Krisch of Germany. “Nobody understood the questions I posed; even worse, nobody cared. But it forced me to … move beyond [my] intellectual confines. Frustration turned into liberation.” � “Sometimes I feared that my brains would explode,” wrote Olga N. Mitireva of Russia. “But they appeared much more stretchable than expected.” � “If Cambridge was my intellectual awakening, then my Hauser year was like caffeine,” wrote Ian Narev of New Zealand. “The courses I elected were … small classes, conducted by distinguished professors as we all sat around a table. The professors encouraged debate, and they challenged my intellectual prejudices.” Pablo J. Valverde Bohrquez of Costa Rica, the first Hauser from Latin America and an international litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, defined the bottom line in his time at NYU Law. “It is hard to be a stranger anywhere if you went to the Global Law School,” he said.

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