The spring 2013 issue of Perspectives included a "Theory at Work" article featuring Professor Ruth Okediji, who has been working to make it easier for blind and visually impaired people to get books in accessible formats. Click here to read the article and a follow-up brief describing how those efforts have helped feed hungry minds.
Professor Susan Wolf is co-directing the first major international workshop on the controversial question of whether researchers should return individual results and incidental findings to people participating in genomic research in Geneva on Nov. 19-21. Colleagues from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States are gathering at the Brocher Centre outside Geneva to compare data and policies across national and regional lines, in an effort to map differences and move toward harmonization. This workshop is funded by the Brocher Foundation, an NIH grant on which Wolf is a principal investigator, the Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom, and the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Robert Stein co-moderated sessions with Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at this year's Rule of Law Symposium, held on the final day of the annual International Bar Association (IBA) conference in Boston in October. Stein's co-chair and co-moderator was Richard Goldstone, former Justice on the South African Supreme Court and first prosecutor for the War Crimes Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's book On the Frontlines: Gender, War, and the Post-Conflict Process (with Dina Francesca Haynes and Naomi Cahn) was named one of the ten must-read books on sexualized violence in war by Women Media Center's blog Women Under Siege. The blog stated, "The authors put forward a compelling exploration of violence against women in post-conflict settings. Untangling societal, political, and cultural influences, they argue that improving the status of women in postwar settings would serve not only to improve their lives but would ultimately benefit citizens of the state, thus ensuring a more durable peace in transitioning countries."
Clinical Professor Benjamin Casper joined the faculty as a visiting associate professor in 2013. He is Director of the Center for New Americans and teaches the Federal Immigration Litigation Clinic, which engages students in strategic impact litigation on behalf of immigrants and refugees. He has more than 16 years of experience litigating cases before immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Visiting Professor Gilles Guyot is an attorney and scholar who has taught in major universities all over the world. He is regarded as a comparatiste, due to his strong commitment to international issues and his dedication to comparative research and scholarship in such varied disciplines as law, management, and social anthropology. Among the academic subjects he has taught are European legal systems; contract law; law of the European Union; doing business in Europe; comparative management; and ethics, law, business, and cultures.
Professor Haifang Yao is a visiting scholar from Renmin University of China (RUC), where he is an associate professor in the law school. Before taking that position in 2008, he was on the postdoctoral staff of the RUC's school of finance. His main research area is business law, particularly corporate law. His current research focuses on the governance of state-owned enterprises, consumer law and real estate taxes.
Dean David Wippman was a guest on WCCO's "News & Views" hosted by Roshini Rajkumar (’97) on September 1. Wippman discussed the crisis in Syria and said that President Obama has realized there is no good option with the situation and has thus handed the problem over to Congress. He said that it's unclear whether Congress will support an action now. Wippman also spoke about sarin gas, possible U.S. interests and comparisons between Syria and Iraq.
Professor Oren Gross was a guest on WCCO Radio's "News & Views" with Roshini Rajkumar (’97). Gross discussed the agreement between the United States and Russia on the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons. Gross argued that it may be a solid agreement on paper, but, in practice, there are many obstacles, even if Syria complies.
Gross also appeared in the "Good Question" segment on WCCO TV News, answering the question, "Why is the U.S. Getting Involved in Syria Now?" Gross discussed the legal and moral issues pertaining to a possible military intervention by the United States in Syria.
Gross was also interviewed by FOX 9 on a possible U.S. attack on Syria. Gross said, "Between Hezbollah and al Qaeda getting control of those chemical weapons, it's damned if you do, damned if you don't."
Professor Tom Cotter presented the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center Lecture in Munich, Germany, in July. Cotter's lecture was entitled "The Comparative Law and Economics of Standard Essential Patents and FRAND Royalties."
Professor Jill Hasday's recent article, "Siblings in Law," 65 Vanderbilt Law Review 897 (2012), was cited by Israel's Supreme Court. The case considered the rights of brothers to live together in the same country when one brother's custody is subject to the Hague Abduction Convention and the other's is not.
Professor Stephen Meili presented a paper on complimentary protection in comparative perspective at the Nordic Asylum Law Seminar at the University of Bergen, Norway. Meili used his research on the impact of human treaties on asylum jurisprudence and practice in five common law countries as the basis for analyzing the effectiveness of such treaties in civil law systems, using Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as examples. His conclusion, based on a preliminary analysis of data from a variety of common and civil law countries, is that the type of legal system is not a significant variable in analyzing treaty impact in the asylum context. A more important factor is whether countries have adopted legislation at least as protective of refugees as relevant international instruments.
Professor Jane Kirtley was an invited participant at the Global Workshop on Data Uses and Impacts held in London, England. The conference brought together 30 regulators, industry officials, privacy advocates and academics from the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel and Australasia to discuss the contours of a use-based model as an approach to data protection. The workshop was convened by the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University and the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, and underwritten by The Privacy Projects.
Professor Laura J. Cooper spoke at the "Labor Law Network" at Uppsala University in Sweden, a conference of labor and employment law professors from all the universities in Sweden in May. Cooper's presentation described labor and employment law curriculum and pedagogy in the United States, with a focus on simulation-based instruction, including the Capstone Course in Labor and Employment Law offered at the Law School.
Professors Barbara Frey, Kathryn Sikkink and David Weissbrodt and Law School alumnus Sam Heins (’72) were featured in a Pioneer Press article by Ruben Rosario entitled "Justice Achieved in Guatemala, Thanks to the Minnesota Protocol."
Professor Bernard Levinson co-organized a conference, entitled "Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel," at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem in May. Presentations were offered by 25 international scholars in the fields of Biblical Studies, Second Temple/Dead Sea Scrolls and Jewish Studies.
Professor Greg Shaffer was interviewed in April on China Radio International in Beijing for the talk show "People in the Know" regarding China's handling of trade disputes in the current economic and political climate.