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The American Law Institute was founded in 1923 and is based in Philadelphia. The Institute, through a careful and deliberative process, drafts and then publishes various restatements of the law, model codes, and other proposals for legal reform "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work." Its membership consists of judges, practicing lawyers, and legal scholars from all areas of the United States as well as some foreign countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. The Institute’s incorporators included Chief Justice and former President William Howard Taft, future Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, and former Secretary of State Elihu Root. Judges Benjamin N. Cardozo and Learned Hand were among its early leaders.
What explains the electoral success of Republicans, particularly of the ascendant neoconservatives who now dominate the party? Based on a thorough and up-to-date examination of the New Right over twenty-five years, The Politics of Fear (Paradigm Publishers 2006) proposes some provocative answers, including globalization, new technologies, and a far-reaching network of right-wing think tanks and foundations. As the authors show, all have opened the doors to a new politics of fear successfully waged by the neoconservatives. By manipulating insecurity, the New Right has created an extraordinarily successful populist conservative movement. Utilizing extensive documentation, the authors argue convincingly that the fear of immigrants and racial minorities has served as the most effective tactic in the GOP arsenal, while its approach also implicates gays, feminists, and terrorists. The book explains why Americans have willingly supported a party that promises them security, just as it delivers greater economic and political insecurity. The authors argue that, despite their striking political successes, neoconservatives have delivered to voters a set of policies harmful to working Americans in the way of regressive tax measures, military exploits, tort reform, deregulation, and environmental destruction.The book is co-authored with Manuel G. Gonzales, who is Professor of History at Diablo Valley College and adjunct professor of history at California State University, East Bay.
Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education and Arent Fox PLLC present a conference on "Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization: How to Comply and Compete in the Global Marketplace" on Friday, September 29, 2006 at the School of Law. For more information, download the conference brochure.
India developed a world-class generic drug manufacturing industry by excluding pharmaceutical products from patent protection in 1972. In 2005, India reintroduced pharmaceutical patenting in order to comply with its obligations as a WTO member. For an emerging superpower still mired in poverty and public health crises, the change did not come quickly or without controversy. This Article provides the first major comparative analysis of India's new patents regime. Based on the author's data gathering and interviews in India, the Article evaluates the regime's first eighteen months. It critiques the new law and the capacity of India's administrative and judicial infrastructure to implement it. Multiple influences shape India's “mosaic view” of patents: a huge population, widespread poverty, lack of health insurance, wariness towards foreign influences, a developed but fragmented pharmaceutical sector, a fledgling entrepreneurial culture of innovation among indigenous pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, a fragile coalition government, and a vocal citizenry remarkably aware of esoteric patent law developments. Concluding that the new patents regime is neither the fully-Westernized panacea hoped for by its pro-TRIPS advocates nor the unmitigated disaster for the Indian public predicted by its fiercest critics, the Article offers recommendations for the future of India's evolving patent system.
The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is pleased to welcome its newest full-time faculty member, Peter Oh. Professor Oh's scholarship focuses on the intersection between law and business and uses both interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary methods. He will teach Business Organizations, Agency & Partnership, Corporate Finance, and Law & Economics. Professor Oh comes to Pitt from the William Mitchell College of Law, where he was an Assistant Professor. He previously taught at Florida State University College of Law as a Visiting Assistant Professor. His publications include "Tracing," 80 Tul. L. Rev. 849 (2006); "Gatekeeping," 29 J. Corp. L. 735 (2004); and "A Jurisdictional Approach to Collapsing Corporate Distinctions," 55 Rutgers L. Rev. 389 (2003). He received his BA from Yale and his JD from the University of Chicago.