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Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:59am

George H Pike recently wrote a article for Information Today discussing the implications of the previously introduced PROTECT-IP Act and its companion bill, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Both are intended to address the current issues of online piracy including the limitations of previous, outdated laws. Read more on George S Pike's account at

Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 4:31pm

On November 18, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand lectured on “Shaping Rule of Law Through Legal Education” at a symposium on “The Shaping of Society and Economy Through Law” at the University of Augsburg Faculty of Law.  The Symposium celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Faculty of Law.  Later the same day, Brand was awarded the degree of Doctor Iuris Honoris Causa by the University of Augsburg Faculty of Law.  On November 21, 2011, Brand presented a lecture on “The Fifth Freedom in the European Union and the United States” in the course on EU Law, also at the University of Augsburg.


Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 4:26pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh participated as a commentator in the 2011 Faculty Colloquium on International Law and Theory, hosted by the Whitney R.  Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law on November 17-18, 2011.

Link to the Colloquium program here.

Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 4:22pm

On November 14-16, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand represented the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as an Expert Observer at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria, in meetings of Working Group III of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) to discuss proposed procedural rules governing online dispute resolution (ODR).  CILE has been invited by the UNCITRAL Secretariat to provide an expert delegation to assist the UNCITRAL Member States in determining how best to deal with the need for online dispute resolution in high volume, low value cross border transactions.  Visiting Scholar, Cristina Mariottini, and LL.M. student (and University of Zagreb Ph.D. candidate) Dora Zgraabljic Rotar, joined Brand on the CILE delegation, and covered the meetings on November 17-18, when Brand could not be present.  Mariottini, Rotar, and Pitt LL.M. and J.D. graduate, Jing Peng, have created working papers that have been used in the UNCITRAL discussions over the course of the past year.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 2:06pm

Professor Elena Baylis presented her paper, “Justice Junkies on the Move,” at the 2011 Faculty Colloquium on International Law and Theory, held by the Whitney R.  Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law on November 17-18, 2011. The paper presents the first set of findings from Professor Baylis’s recent empirical research study of internationals working in post-conflict justice.  


Details on the program: link

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 1:50pm

Professor John Burkoff commented on the cautious nature of the investigation that led to the recent scandal at Penn State.  As Pennsylvania's attorney general, Tom Corbett, who is now governor, led the inquiry.  Corbett has defended his very careful, tight-lipped approach.  According to Professor Burkoff, Corbett's approach was reasonable, but “It’s not the only reasonable strategy... These are very difficult prosecutions, and I think it’s correct that the more victims that are identified and the more stories that can be corroborated, the stronger the case is.”


Patriot-News article link

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 4:59pm

On Friday, November 18, Professor Deborah Brake presented a faculty workshop at the University of Cincinnati School of Law.  The talk was based on Professor Brake's draft article titled, “Wrestling with Gender: Constructing Masculinity by Not Wrestling Women.”

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 4:54pm

Professor John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the intense publicity surrounding the child abuse accusations against former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky may make it quite difficult to seat an impartial jury.  Professor Burkoff said that the ""incandescent glare of white-hot publicity sometimes obscures the presumption of innocence."


Link to Tribune-Review article here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 10:01pm

From November 10-12, Professor Vivian Curran participated in the interdisciplinary conference "The Idea of France/L’Idée de la France."  Professor Curran was one of the organizers of the conference and co-recipient of a University Center for International Studies  GAP grant.  On November 10, she organized and moderated a panel on foreign and comparative law in U.S. and French courts.  The panelists were Judges William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit and Olivier Dutheillet de Lamothe of France’s Supreme Court of Public Law.   On November 11, Professor Curran chaired a panel on “Law and Frenchness.”  Professor Curran also gave the introductory remarks to Judge Dutheillet de Lamothe’s Keynote address, “Montesquieu est-il encore vivant?” (“Is Montesquieu Still Alive?”).


Program: link

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:51pm

Professor Jessie Allen told the Pennsylvania Independent that civil liability is a real possibility arising from the Penn State scandal, and that this could hit not just former coach Jerry Sandusky but Penn State itself.  "When something bad happens, sometimes civil liabilities follow, so it's certainly not out of the question that somebody could sue not just Sandusky, but the school and others," perhaps resulting in significant costs to the University.  


Pennsylvania Independent article link

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