Lawyer Monthly - July 2022

MONTHLY ROUND-UP The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is working to bring several Ukrainian lawyers to the US to spend a year studying and undertaking pro bono work. The initiative comes as part of Pittsburgh’s Ukrainian Legal Assistance Project. On Friday, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved the extradition of WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange to the US to face criminal charges, bringing his long-running legal saga closer to an end. US LAWSCHOOLS TO FUND DEGREES FOR UKRAINIAN LAWYERS UKAPPROVESUS EXTRADITION OF WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIANASSANGE Pittsburgh is committed to paying the Ukrainian LLM students’ tuition as well as covering their travel costs and living expenses as required. It will also help the students to obtain their visas. Due to Ukraine’s conscription rules, the students are mostly women who have fled Ukraine and are currently residing in European countries. However, the University of Pittsburgh has accepted two US authorities want Assange on 18 counts, including a spying charge, relating to WikiLeaks’ release of confidential US military records and diplomatic cables. Washington says the releases by Assange put lives in danger. “In this case, the UK courts have not found that it would be oppressive, unjust or an abuse of process to extradite Mr Assange,” the UK Home men who may be allowed to participate. Other law schools across the US are also working to support Ukrainian lawyers, including the University of Miami School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Both have opened up a scholarship for a Ukrainian law graduate to attend their LLM programme. LM Office said in a statement. “Nor have they found that extradition would be incompatible with his human rights, including his right to a fair trial and to freedom of expression, and that whilst in the US he will be treated appropriately, including in relation to his health.” Assange’s wife has said he plans to appeal the Home Office’s decision. LM 7 JUL 2022 | WWW.LAWYER-MONTHLY.COM

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