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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.

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.


Link to KDKA TV report


Link to Tribune-Review story

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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