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Monday, July 18, 2011 - 9:23pm

Professor Vivian Curran has just published a new article:  "La formation des juristes aux États-Unis," in Globalisation du droit et professions juridiques, 24 Cahiers de méthodologie juridique 2253  (ed., J.-L. Bergel,Presses universitaires d’Aix-Marseille, 2010).

Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 8:52pm

Professor Douglas Branson completed work on the Sage Handbook of Corporate Governance, of which he is co-editor with Professor Thomas Clarke of the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).  The book contains 32 essays, including one authored by Professor Branson, from legal, management and economics scholars from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia, on leading corporate governance topics.  The Russell Sage Foundation and the Sage Press will simultaneously release the book in London, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and New Delhi.  Release is scheduled for Fall, 2011.


Friday, July 15, 2011 - 9:26am

Professor Douglas Branson was a featured speaker at the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) conference, “Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality,” held June 20-22, 2011 in Washington, D.C.  His speech was entitled “Women on Corporate Boards and in Senior Management Positions.”

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 9:13am

Professor John Burkoff commented on the denial of the motion of State Senator Jane Orie, in which she argued that retrying her would violate the double jeopardy clause.  Near the end of Orie's trial, the judge declared a mistrial when defense documents appeared to have been forged, a conclusion since upheld by a Secret Service forensic analysis.  According to Professor Burkoff, "The judge has said [the defense] can't take advantage of (the mistrial), end of story." 


Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:51am

Professor Pat Chew was recently involved in the planning and presenting of a major conference on the future of law school curriculums, sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools in Seattle on June 11-14.  Professor Chew was a member of the planning committee, a group discussion leader, and a moderator/coordinator of a presentation on external forces (globalization, the job market, employers' demands) on legal education. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 7:45pm

On July 12, 2011, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh lectured at a conference on the theme "International Criminal Law and Universal Jurisdiction" at the National University of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwanda. His paper examined the African perspective on universal jurisdiction, focusing on the position of the African Union and the Government of Rwanda. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 9:33am

Professor John Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the request for a new trial by convicted killer Richard Poplawski was standard fare.  Such requests generally contain every conceivable legal issue.  "They want to bring up the kitchen sink. You can expect everything they possibly can think of to be in this motion," Burkoff said. "If they don't bring it up now, they risk waiving the issue later."



Monday, July 11, 2011 - 9:03pm

On July 7 Professor Vivian Curran gave a presentation on the military trial of Alfred Dreyfus in Paris at a conference on “Persecution through Prosecution:  Alfred Dreyfus, Leo Frank and the Infernal Machine.” The panel took place at the French Senate, with an introduction by Professor Michael Marrus of Toronto.  Professor Curran's co-panelists were General André Bach of the French Army, and Professor David Cole of Georgetown.

Monday, July 11, 2011 - 8:54pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi discussed the lives of Iraqi refugees coming to the U.S.  in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  Over the last several years, the numbers of Iraqi refugees admitted to the U.S. has increased, to about 18,000 a year.  Professor Hamoudi said that the refugees pose no threat to the U.S., and some have a tough time acclimating.  For those who were professionals in Iraq, they are often "frustrated by having to live in circumstances that are very different with less societal respect and pay" than what they were used to.




Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:38am

On July 1, 2011, Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh presented a paper in Johannesburg, South Africa urging southern African States to either surrender the Rwandese fugitives from justice residing within their territories to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) before its pending closure, or to apply to prosecute them in fair trials pursuant to Rule 11bis of the Tribunal’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence. He argued that African states have a special legal and moral obligation to support the ICTR’s completion strategy. Senior national prosecutors from states throughout the sub-region as well as Europe participated in the unprecedented meeting, along with Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama and other survivors of the 1994 genocide. The paper will be published in 2012.

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