On April 4, 2012, Professor Dale Carpenter was interviewed by Sean Moncrieff of Newstalk 106-108 fm, a national speech broadcaster in Ireland, about his new book Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas.
Professor Bernard Levinson, Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, and Bruno Chaouat, Director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, organized an interdisciplinary symposium that brings together 14 specialists from Europe and North America to examine the transformation of the major disciplines of the humanities under National Socialism. The symposium is exploring the mutation of academic ideals during the Third Reich, when the German university system promoted Nazi ideology and helped the state eliminate its diverse community. The event, entitled "The Betrayal of the Humanities: The University During the Third Reich," is being held at the Law School on April 15-16, 2012.
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin delivered her Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law reappointment lecture on March 27, 2012. In her lecture, "Rethinking Harm: An International Law Perspective," Ní Aoláin addressed the emerging capacity of international law to capture and sanction harms, particularly gendered harms.
Professor Jane Kirtley spent the week of March 12 in Thailand, delivering a series of lectures on libel and slander law in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Chonburi. In addition to speaking to journalists and academics at Chiangmai, Assumption, Valaya Alongkorn, and Burapa universities and the Asia Institute at Ramkanhaeng University, she conducted a workshop on criminal libel for 30 police officers of the Chiang Mai Provincial Police. Kirtley's program was sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Professors David Weissbrodt and Jennifer Green participated in an online discussion on PointofLaw.com over the pending Supreme Court case, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The case involves whether the Alien Tort Statute provides jurisdiction over multinational corporations complicit in human rights violations.
Professor Gregory Shaffer has received a Grant-in-Aid for research on the World Trade Organization to be conducted in Geneva; and recently, the legal blog Opinio Juris hosted a discussion of his new article entitled "Interpretation and Institutional Choice at the WTO," co-written by Joel P. Trachtman, professor of international law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Furthermore, Shaffer was interviewed on international intellectual property law and developing countries by the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Chair in Buenos Aires, where he was a distinguished visitor. He addressed the relation of multilateral and bilateral trade and investment agreements for developing countries. Click here to read the interview.
Library Professor Mary Rumsey, along with co-author Marci Hoffman, a former Law School librarian and now associate director of international and foreign law at the University of California, Berkeley, law library, completed the second edition of International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook. Its release is expected later this year by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff.
Professor Richard Painter was quoted on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in an article in Capital, an online news publication. Painter questioned whether a FCPA prosecution in the United States was needed when the alleged bribery of police and other officials already can be prosecuted under strict bribery laws in the United Kingdom. The point of the FCPA was "to address situations where U.S. companies were going into countries that had weaker bribery laws than the U.S. and seeking to take advantage of that to win unfair advantages," Painter told Capital. "I hardly think of the U.K. as the type of country where we should be using FCPA to prosecute for conduct there." Nevertheless, "it's a very broad statute and it doesn't preclude this type of enforcement at all," he said.
Professor Michele Goodwin was the featured closing plenary speaker at the international conference, "Intersecting Family Lives, Locales, and Labours," in London. Her talk built on her forthcoming book, Policing The Womb, which examines how the regulation of women's reproduction has shifted from an exclusive focus on abortion to now encompass women's behavior and conduct during pregnancy. Goodwin's research exposes how this type of attention primarily focuses on the poor.
In January 2012 Professor Steve Meili participated in the second International Refugee Law seminar series at the University of London, part of the Refugee Law Initiative sponsored by the Human Rights Consortium of the School of Advanced Study. In "Comparative Approaches to the Use of International Human Rights Law in Asylum Cases in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States," he discussed the impact of international human rights law on asylum jurisprudence. He also summarized his research on the ways in which domestic courts in Canada rely on or otherwise reference human rights treaties in adjudicating the claims of refugees fleeing persecution.
Professors Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin's work dealing with cognitive biases that may affect decision-making processes in times of crisis and exigency was cited by Justice Hanan Meltzer of the Israeli Supreme Court. In its sharply split 6-5 decision handed down on Jan. 11 in HCJ 466/07 Galon et al v. The Attorney-General et al, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected claims that a law known as the "Citizenship Law" was unconstitutional.
Professor Stephen Cribari was recently named co-director of the University of Notre Dame Law School's London Summer Program. Cribari is the reporter for the Criminal Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, is on the faculty of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Firearms Examiner Academy, and is a member of the National Institute of Justice's Technical Working Group on Digital Evidence in the courtroom. He was distinguished visiting professor in criminal procedure and cultural property law in London from January to June 2011.
Professor Alexandra Klass' scholarly work on eminent domain and natural resources development was quoted in a Financial Post article on the controversy over TransCanada's $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline. Needing approval from the U.S. State Department because it will cross an international border, the pipeline is proposed to bring tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to oil refineries in Texas.