Professor Michele Goodwin will serve as the President of the U.S. branch of Defense for Children International, an independent non-governmental organization that promotes and protects children's rights on a global, regional, national, and local level.
Goodwin has also recently formed the Institute for Global Child Advocacy, a new non-profit organization with the general goal of protecting children’s rights throughout the world.
Adjunct Professor David Schultz attended several events in Malta to discuss topics on the U.S. presidential election, including the election campaign and rules of politics, the ins and outs of campaigning, and the importance of the debates. The events were organized by the U.S. Embassy in Malta.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin spoke at Boston University School of Law at a conference entitled "Evaluating Claims about 'the End of Men': Legal and Other Perspectives." The phrase "the end of men" was coined by journalist Hanna Rosin to suggest that women are effectively surpassing men and becoming the dominant sex. The participants evaluated the-end-of-men claims, put them in comparative and international perspectives, and considered implications for law and policy.
Professor Jennie Green participated in the American Society of International Law's "CLE Institute on Human Trafficking: Justice and Accountability." The course dealt with accountability and legal protections for victims of human trafficking. It also included a review of current U.S. federal regulations and enforcement, as well as civil and criminal remedies.
Green also participated in the 91st annual International Law Weekend in New York City. Green was a panelist at a session entitled "Perspectives on Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Law." The panel analyzed major trends and offered assessments of current statutes, precedents and procedures at the major criminal tribunals. The speakers also addressed the incorporation of international norms into domestic law, as well as the difficulty of balancing the interests of the victim with maintaining the presumption of the defendant's innocence.
Professor Neha Jain presented papers on international criminal law this fall. At the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, she presented "The Eichmann Trial and the Continuing Quest for Coherent Modes of Criminal Responsibility" at a conference entitled "The Trial of Adof Eichmann: Retrospect and Prospect." She also spoke on her paper "General Principles as Sources of Law" at a conference entitled "The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Law," organized by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the Peace Palace in The Hague. Jain also traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to present "Revisiting the Sources Thesis in International Criminal Law" at the American Society of International Law's Midyear Meeting.
Professor Michael Tonry, director of the Robina Institute's Criminal Justice Policy program area, was elected to a three-year term as president of the European Society of Criminology at the group's September meeting in Bilbao, Spain. The European Society of Criminology aims to bring together people actively engaged in teaching, research, and practice in the field of criminology.
Professor Stephen Befort has been elected as the new chair of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law United States Branch. The ISLSSL fosters the study of labor law and social legislation on a comparative basis at both the national and international levels.
Professor John Matheson presented "Common Law Veil Piercing in the USA: An Empirical Examination" in Athens, Greece, in July at the ninth annual International Conference on Law, organized by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). The article was included in a publication of select conference papers, Financial Crisis, Globalisation and Regulatory Reform (ATINER, 2012), edited by conference chairs David A. Frenkel and Carsten Gerner-Beuerle. In the book's introduction, Gerner-Beuerle says that Matheson presents "unique empirical data of U.S. courts decisions" and comments further that "A trend seemingly favouring corporations that is embedded in judicial culture is a different challenge to regulatory reform from lobbying for a policy change as part of the regular legislative process."
Professor Robert Stein (’61) traveled to The Hague in the Netherlands this summer with former South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard Goldstone for an International Bar Association Rule of Law Action Group meeting. Stein (right in photo) and Goldstone (left), co-chairs of the group, are pictured in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Goldstone was the initial chief prosecutor for the war crimes tribunal, and Stein teaches a seminar on the rule of law at the Law School.
Stein and Goldstone also served as co-chairs of the International Bar Association 2012 Rule of Law Symposium in Dublin. The keynote address of the symposium was delivered by Dr. Bernard Kouchner, the Nobel Peace Prize winning founder of Doctors Without Borders and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of France.
Affiliated Professor Bernard Levinson will spend the 2012-13 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he will be conducting research alongside seven international scholars on a project entitled "Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America, and Europe."
Professor Claire Hill participated in a debate on the rating agencies' role in the Eurozone crisis, and her article was published in The European, an online opinion magazine. Hill argued that previous criticisms of the rating agencies for European downgrades were mostly misplaced, and that attention has appropriately turned more to the real causes of and solutions to the crisis. She noted that ratings can unsettle already jittery markets because they are so focal and salient. Rating agency reform, while desirable, cannot readily affect this reality.
Hill was also quoted in the International Financial Law Review on alternative models for compensating rating agencies. The Dodd-Frank Act mandated a study on such models. The major rating agencies, Moody's, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch Ratings, are all paid by the issuer of the securities they rate, which led to enormous problems during the crisis. Hill noted that competition among the agencies had a highly negative effect: the agencies competed for market share by effectively offering higher ratings.
Professor Fred Morrison was among a high-ranking delegation of health care experts from Minnesota and Washington, D.C. that met in Berlin on June 17-23 for a seminar on health care policy that compared U.S. and German systems. The trip was organized by the University of Minnesota's Center for German and European Studies in cooperation with Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Germany's Federal Ministry of Health.
Professor Steve Meili presented his research on the impact of international human rights treaties on Canadian asylum jurisprudence at the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Annual Conference, held at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto. Meili's presentation, which is part of a larger empirical study that includes domestic court jurisprudence and practice in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, was based on a database of more than 4,000 Canadian federal court and administrative tribunal decisions in asylum cases since 1990, as well as interviews with lawyers who specialize in representing refugees. This empirical data has enabled Meili to identify the circumstances under which human rights treaties help or hurt asylum-seekers.
Professor Antony Duff, co-director of the Criminal Law Theory program at the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, was honored at the U.K.'s University of Stirling with a conference dedicated to his work on the philosophy of criminal law. The event, entitled "The Legal Philosophy of Antony Duff," focused on the recent book Crime, Punishment, and Responsibility: The Jurisprudence of Antony Duff. Edited by Rowan Cruft, Matthew Kramer, and Mark Reiff, the volume was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.
Professor Gregory Shaffer delivered the inaugural Distinguished Lecture on Law and the Life Sciences at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Shaffer's talk built from his book When Cooperation Fails: The International Law and Politics of Genetically Modified Foods (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-authored by Mark Pollack.