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  • Prof. Meili Presents Research on Constitutionalization of Human Rights Law at Law and Society Conference

    June 26, 2017

    Professor Stephen Meili presented a paper on the growing use of human rights provisions in national constitutions at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association, which was held last week in Mexico City. As Prof. Meili noted, lawyers representing refugees in some Latin American countries, including Ecuador and Mexico, have begun utilizing human rights provisions, including the right to asylum, in their advocacy. His presentation is part of a larger research project on the effectiveness of such human rights provisions in the constitutions of countries experiencing an increase in refugee migration, including many Member States of the European Union.

  • Prof. Levinson Publishes Interdisciplinary Volume on Formation of the Pentateuch

    June 23, 2017

    Prof. Bernard Levinson has co-edited a major international volume, The Formation of the Pentateuch: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Europe, Israel, and North America (Mohr Siebeck 2016), xii + 1204 pages. Despite nearly two centuries of scholarship on the Pentateuch, its historical origins and literary history are still a subject of intense debate. With contributions form forty-five specialists and a particular focus on law, this volume seeks to stimulate international discussion about the Pentateuch in order to help the discipline move toward a set of shared assumptions and a common discourse.

  • Prof. Murray Appeared on Almanac to Discuss the Verdict in the Trial of Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez

    June 16, 2017

    Professor JaneAnne Murray was interviewed on Almanac about the acquittal in the trial of police officer Jeronimo Yanez, accused of manslaughter for his killing of Philando Castile during a traffic stop. Acknowledging that this was a difficult case for the jury (which had deliberated for four days), Professor Murray explained how the dash-cam video and audio from Officer Yanez’ patrol car supported the defense theory of the case that Yanez directed Castille several times not to reach for his weapon before the fatal shots were fired.

  • New York Law Journal Features Prof. Murray at Her Bloomsday Celebration at Federal Hall

    June 15, 2017

    The New York Law Journal featured the Irish American Bar Association’s annual Bloomsday Celebration, founded and co-organized by Professor JaneAnne Murray. It celebrates James Joyce’s masterwork, Ulysses, and his contribution to First Amendment Jurisprudence. This year, the keynote speaker was David McCraw, vice president and deputy general counsel at the New York Times, whose address was entitled: “Two Facts Walked into a Bar…Truly True Tales of Fake News and the First Amendment in the Age of Twitter.” Mr. McCraw was introduced by Pulitzer-prize-winning New York Times journalist Jim Dwyer. The event, which included live traditional Irish music, was held at Federal Hall in Manhattan, the site of George Washington’s inauguration and storied home of the First Amendment. 

  • Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in USA Today and Politifact on Sessions Testimony

    June 15, 2017

    Professor Kitrosser was quoted in an article in USA Today on Attorney General Sessions’ recent congressional testimony and his efforts to use executive privilege without clearly invoking it. Kitrosser was quoted as saying, among other things: “What he did was an extreme version of that we’ve seen for years, which is presidents who want the advantages of executive privilege but don’t want the political and legal baggage that comes with it.” Kitrosser also was quoted on the same topic by the fact-checking website Politifact, in an article entitled: “Jeff Sessions Cites ‘Longstanding Policy’ to Deflect Senators’ Questions in Russia hearing.”

  • Prof. Kitrosser Featured on NHPR's “Civics 101” Podcast

    June 14, 2017

    Professor Heidi Kitrosser was the guest on an episode of the popular “Civics 101” Podcast hosted by New Hampshire Public Radio. The episode was about the Constitution’s separation of powers. As the program summary states: “University of Minnesota Law Professor Heidi Kitrosser joins us to explain how the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches are separated and once separated, how they ensure those powers are kept in check.”

  • Prof. Jain Working at International Criminal Court in Visiting Professional Programme

    June 14, 2017

    Professor Neha Jain is working as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court and assisting Judge Geoffrey Henderson with the trial of former President of Côte d’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, and co-accused Charles Blé Goudé. The accused have been charged with crimes against humanity in the context of the post-electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire between December 16, 2010 and April 12, 2011. The ICC operates a Visiting Professional Programme for purposes of engaging strongly motivated individuals with outstanding academic qualifications to deepen and broaden their understanding of the operations of the Court. Their duties include undertaking legal research and analysis and assisting in the drafting of documents relevant to various matters related to the trial proceedings.

  • Prof. Kitrosser Quoted in Politifact Regarding Comey Memos Leak

    June 12, 2017

    Professor Kitrosser was quoted in a Politifact article entitled: “Donald Trump: Comey’s Leak of Memo ‘Totally Illegal?’” Prof. Kitrosser explains that there is no basis for liability under the Espionage Act for leaking information that is not closely held information about national security. She was quoted as saying, among other things, that “It absolutely is legal for James Comey to share his own private reflections that do not consist of closely held national security secrets with the press, whether by passing on the information himself or through a friend.”

  • Prof. Cox Quoted in Bloomberg on Dodd-Frank Revisions

    June 9, 2017

    Professor Prentiss Cox was quoted in Bloomberg BNA about the role of state attorney generals as federal banking regulators turn away from enforcing strong consumer protections with change of leadership by the new adminstration. Prof. Cox noted that the shift will likely be drastic given the currently aggressive pro-consumer leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

  • Prof. Meili Presents Comparative Asylum Law Research at Refugee Law Initative Conference in London

    June 8, 2017

    Professor Stephen Meili presented his research on the constitutionalization of human rights law in Latin America and the European Union at the annual conference of the Refugee Law Initiative, held from June 5-7 at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. At a panel entitled “New Litigaton Dynamics in the Refugee Field,” Prof. Meili discussed his recent research on the use of constitutionalized human rights law on behalf of Colombian refugees in Ecuador and how his findings from that empirical study might be applied in the current European context. Prof. Meili suggested that the use of constitutionalized human rights law may be particularly appropriate and effective in a climate of increased nationalism and anti-globalization. His Ecuador study will be published in the forthcoming issue of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.


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