Professor Laura Cooper is a visiting professor at Uppsala University in Sweden this semester. Cooper is teaching the Introduction to American Law class to students from five different countries. The course has been taught at Uppsala by Law School faculty for more than 25 years.
Professor Jane Kirtley participated in an invitation-only multinational conference, "Is Serious Journalism Still Possible?" at the Ditchley Foundation in Oxfordshire, England, where she also chaired the working group on the role of governments and regulators in promoting freedom of the press. Some of Kirtley's writings, including her Media Law handbook, were made available in advance to attendees through the conference web site.
Professor Stephen Meili presented his research comparing the impact of human rights treaties on jurisprudence and practice in the United Kingdom and Canada at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre (RSC). The presentation was part of the RSC's Work in Progress Seminar Series. Meili's research, which is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robina Foundation, demonstrates that while human rights treaties have been increasingly helpful to asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom over the past decade, they have had much less positive impact on asylum claimants in Canada during the same period.
Professor Greg Shaffer has published two new books, Transnational Legal Ordering and State Change (Cambridge University Press), and a translation of his earlier work into Portuguese entitled Os Desafios de Vencer Na OMC (Editora Saraiva) (with Michelle Ratton Sanchez and Barbara Rosenberg).
Professor Oren Gross was interviewed on Access Minnesota radio for a two-part program entitled "Gaza Ceasefire and the U.N. Vote on Palestine." Host Jim du Bois interviewed Gross on the recent conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations vote to recognize Palestine as an observer state, and Egypt's rocky transition to democracy and a new constitution.
Professor Susan Wolf lectured in Tel Aviv at the invitation of the Israeli Ministry of Health and E-Rare, the European Research Area Network for Research on Rare Diseases. E-Rare is funded by the European Commission, and involves 16 research funding agencies and ministries from 12 European (or associated) member states. Wolf's lecture was part of a workshop on "Ethical Aspects of Exome and Whole Genome Sequencing Studies." She was invited to lecture on whether to offer back to research participants incidental findings and individual research results of potential importance to their health. This contentious question has been the focus of a series of projects that Wolf has led funded by NIH and now the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For more on those projects, visit http://lawvalue.umn.edu/grants_research/home.html.
Professor Bernard Levinson gave a talk in conjunction with the Italian translation of his book Legal Revision and Religious Renewal in Ancient Israel at Pontifical Gregorian University. Levinson is currently spending the academic year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Professor Michele Goodwin gave a TEDx talk in San Francisco entitled "Violence as a Global Health Issue," which focused on the rule of law and its limitations in protecting against violence directed at women and girls. Goodwin highlighted her field research in India, the Philippines, and South Africa, speaking specifically about the ways in which girls are forced into underage marriages, trafficked into child pornography, and otherwise exploited. She noted that in South Africa, for example, a girl is more likely to be raped than provided the opportunity to attend school. Goodwin reminded the audience that law in a vacuum will not liberate women or girls, but that collaborations that involve law enforcement, legislators, and community organizations can lead to change. TED and TEDx talks have become famous for disseminating "ideas worth spreading."
Professor Claire Hill presented her paper "Limits of Dodd-Frank's Rating Agency Reforms" at a conference hosted by the Università degli Studi di Salerno.
Hill was also a panelist at the inaugural conference of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Credit Ratings, "The Credit Rating Industry and Regulatory Reforms." The Office of Credit Ratings was formed as part the Dodd-Frank Act's credit rating agency reforms.