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Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:47pm

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh has been selected to serve as a Visiting Scholar at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the summer of 2011.  Professor Jalloh will be resident in The Hague during the period, and will advise the Registry’s Office of the Public Counsel for the Defense on International Criminal Law issues.  According to the ICC, these visitorships are “offered to candidates who have extensive academic and/or professional expertise in an area of work relevant to or related to the Court.”

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:43pm

Professor Harry Flechtner has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to support teaching and research as a Visiting Professor at the University of Salzburg (Austria) in spring 2012.  The grant, part of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, is sponsored and funded jointly by the Austrian-American Education Commission and the University of Salzburg.  The award is designed to support a visiting professor whose program will enhance understanding of the American legal system in general, and U.S. contract law in particular, among Salzburg students, and will explore the global impact of U.S. contract law.  Professor Flechtner will teach two courses during his time at the University of Salzburg: a course on Comparative American and (Emerging) European Contract Law, and another on Comparative International Sales Law.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 10:37pm

Professor John Burkoff will speak as part of a  program at West Virginia University School of Law on "The Vanishing Fourth Amendment."  The program, on February 17, at noon, will be webcast.  Professor Burkoff will discuss the consent doctrine; his co-presenter, Professor Gerald Ashdown of WVU, will discuss the growing irrelevance of the Fourth Amendment. Link to program Link for webcast

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 10:28pm

Professor Charles C. Jalloh has published a solicited book chapter entitled "The International Criminal Court on Trial," in Chile Eboe-Osuji, ed., Protecting Humanity: Essays in International Law and Policy in Honour of Navenethem Pillay (Martinus Nijhoff Brill, 2010). A luminary in international law, Pillay is the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former President of the Rwanda Tribunal and a judge of the International Criminal Court.  According to the book's description, "some of the modern legends and experts in international law and policy have, in this volume, shared their experiences and thoughts on how better to protect humanity in our time. In the book, we read the wise words of Nobel laureates and other envoys of peace, renowned international judges and famous scholars, as well as those of energetic younger minds with great promise." Link to publisher's web page for book

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 10:16pm

Professor Haider Hamoudi has posted "Notes in Defense of the Iraqi Constitution," which he will publish in a forthcoming joint issue of the Penn Journal of International Law and the Penn Journal of Law and Social Change. Abstract of the paper: This paper is a defense of sorts of the Iraqi constitution, arguing that the language used in it was wisely designed to allow some level of flexibility, such that the constitution could evolve as social and political circumstances necessitated.  The point is more than a theoretical one.  Enormous changes in the political landscape and in understandings of popular will have occurred, and due to the flexibility of the language, the Constitution has not only survived them, but has had its own legitimacy considerably broadened as a result. Link to SSRN to download paper

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 10:05pm

Visiting Assistant Professor J. Jan OseiTutu was an invited commentator at a conference entitled "15 Years of TRIPS Implementation".  At the conference, which was held at the University of Georgia on January 28, 2011,  international intellectual property scholars evaluated the success of the  World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 10:34am

Professor John Burkoff discussed the trial of State Sen. Jane Orie as jury selection is about to begin.  The high-stakes case promises drama and political friction in abundance.  "The characters involved in this case are big characters, larger than life, and I'm not just talking about the defendants. I'm including the attorneys," Professor Burkoff told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  "They're colorful and able attorneys. It should be an incredible show." Link

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 10:28am

Professor Ben Bratman told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a 49% rise in employment discrimination claims may result from the pressures of the recession on both employees and employers.  "When there's going to be layoffs, not only do we have more frustrated, fired employees [who may make claims], we also have managers getting rid of people they're not fond of,"  Bratman said. Link

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 10:19am

Professor David Harris talked to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about a set of proposals for legislation he helped write to increase police accountability in Pittsburgh.  The proposed laws, which would require publication of data on traffic and pedestrian stops, policies on outside employment of police officers, and changes on other subjects, is being advanced jointly by Councilman Ricky Burgess and community groups in the city. Link

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:48am

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, Professor Rhonda Wasserman presented her article, "DOMA and the Happy Family: A Lesson in Irony,” 47 Cal. W. Int’l L.J. __ (2010) (forthcoming), the Delaware Valley Feminist Law Teachers’ Conference, hosted by Villanova University School of Law. Link to Professor Wasserman's Article on SSRN
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