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 - 9:03pm
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.
Monday, July 11, 2011 - 8:54am
Professor David Herring discussed how the recently announced merger of insurer Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health Systems will impact an antitrust suit brought several years by West Penn against Highmark and rival UPMC. With Highmark and West Penn merging, they will look for a way to continue West Penn's antitrust case as one entity against UPMC. Professor Herring said the merger may give Highmark some advantages in the antitrust litigation.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 2:14pm
Ronald Brand, Nordenberg University Professor and Director of Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law from the American Bar Association's Section of International Law. The award is made to honor those persons who have made distinguished, long-standing contributions to the development of private international law. Prior recipients have included such luminaries as Philip W. Amram, Arthur Von Mehren, and Allan Farnsworth. Professor Brand will receive the award at the Section’s fall meeting in Dublin in October.
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:59pm
Professor John Burkoff commented for numerous media outlets on the Secret Service's report on forged defense documents presented in the trial of State Senator Jane Orie. The Secret Service report confirmed that the documents had, in fact, contained a forged signature, though the report did not commented on who may have committed the fraud, or when. As Professor Burkoff explains, this may have an impact on the claims by Orie that she should not be re-tried after the judge declared a mistrial in her case.
Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 1:51pm
Professor Jesse Allen explained that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes case will have a big impact on how employment discrimination cases are handled. But what form that impact will have will not be clear for some time. Professor Allen said that “[a] decision like this can be interpreted narrowly or broadly and can be pushed in one direction or another by subsequent cases in the federal courts, and really at all levels.”
Friday, July 8, 2011 - 4:55pm
John Burkoff comments on the likelyhood of Caylee's Law being passed on the state or federal level and why legislatures are reluctant to pass laws based upon a failure to do something.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:07pm
Professor David Harris submitted written testimony to U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on the "See Something, Say Something Act of 2011" at a June 24, 2011 hearing. The Act creates legal immunity for law enforcement officers and civilians who report, or act upon, "objective reasonable suspicion" that a person is engaging in actions connected to terrorism. Professor Harris' testimony, solicited by Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Subcommittee's Ranking Member, focused on the importance of using the established and fully fleshed out definition of the terms "objective" and "reasonable suspicion." According to Professor Harris' testimony, "[w]ithout a clear understanding of what these terms mean in context, and how they operate in practice, the Act could actually harm our security from terrorism, instead of building it." The testimony will be published with the text of the hearing and other written submissions.
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:23am
Federal Appeals Court expert and Pitt Law professor Arthur Hellman comments on the decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to uphold Obama's health-care reform law.
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