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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 3:14pm

In connection with his newest book, Tastes of Nuoc Mam – Service in the Brown Water Navy and Visits to Vietnam, Professor Douglas Branson spent the month of May traveling and conducting interviews.  Professor Branson spent 1966-67 on combat duty in the Vietnam War.  While in Hanoi. Professor Branson spent 2 evenings with Chi Lieu Dang, who was a student of Professor Branson’s.  Lieu received his Master of Laws degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008.  Lieu is now an associate at Baker & McKenzie’s Hanoi office, doing mergers and acquisitions work.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:54am

Professor John Burkoff discusses the grand jury investigation of the Pennsylvania gaming Control Commission and the Commission's systemic problems to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 9:49am

Professor Haider Ala Hamoudi shares his thoughts on the legal rights of gay people under Islamic law. 


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Monday, May 30, 2011 - 3:59pm

On May 23-27, 2011, Professor Ronald A. Brand represented the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law as an Expert Observer at the United Nations in New York, 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.  Recent LL.M. graduate, Cristina Mariottini, also participated in the meetings as part of the CILE delegation.  Along with 2011 J.D. graduate, Jing Peng, Ms. Mariottini assisted Professor Brand in preparing a document on substantive legal principles governing ODR.


Monday, May 30, 2011 - 3:56pm

On Friday, May 22, 2011, Professor Ronald Brand participated as a member of the ASIL Working Group on Implementation of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements at Tillar House in Washington, D.C.  The Working Group was established to advise U.S. State Department Legal Adviser, Harold Koh, on the implementation of the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements.  Its task is to reconcile differing positions between full federal implementation and implementation through “cooperative federalism” that would involve use of a Uniform International Choice of Court Agreements Act promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:15am

Assistant Professor Charles C. Jalloh has just co-published, with Dapo Akande (Oxford University, Faculty of Law, U.K.) and Max du Plessis (University of KwaZulu-Natal, Faculty of Law, South Africa), the lead article entitled Assessing the African Union Concerns about Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in the Spring 2011 issue of the peer-reviewed African Journal of Legal Studies (AJLS), Vol. 4 No. 1, at pp. 5-50. This is an updated academic version of a commissioned expert position paper initially published in August 2010 in anticipation of the International Criminal Court’s Ninth Assembly of States Parties meeting held in New York in December 2010.  


Professor Jalloh is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the AJLS, an interdisciplinary journal focused on human rights and rule of law issues in Africa, now jointly published by ALawI – The Africa Law Institute and Martinus Nijhoff Brill Publishers.  


Link to abstract and revised paper on SSRN


Link to journal's latest special issue

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 11:11am

Professor John Burkoff’s article, “How Far Can They Go?: The Lawful Scope & Intensity of Searches Pursuant to a Warrant,” was published as the April 2011 issue of Search & Seizure Law Report (West).    



Monday, May 23, 2011 - 9:31am

Professor David Harris explained how claims of mental retardation by two defendants in a torture/murder death penalty case may influence the outcome.  Since the U.S. Supreme Court says that people with mental retardation cannot be subjected to the death penalty, claims regarding defendants' mental deficiencies can make all the difference.  "An IQ of 70 is often used to determine (a mental disability)...when someone is at a significant number above or below that," mental deficiency is not an issue, Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  "In cases where they are close to that number, we can have a legitimate disagreement."


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Sunday, May 22, 2011 - 8:33pm

Professor Jules Lobel discussed Congressional inaction on the President's use of American military force in Libya in the Washington Post.  HIstorically, despite calls for presidents to seek Congressional authorization for military action, many presidents have not done so, and Congress has not always been eager to force the president's hand.  According to Professor Lobel, Congress will often fail to act because “[i]f you authorize it, and it turns out badly, you’re on the line. And if you refuse to authorize it, the president then says, ‘We’re weak, and it’s because Congress is weak.’ ” The story ran in numerous publications around the country.



Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 11:19am

Professor Jules Lobel has given speeches and presentations on many topics during the past several months.  He was the keynote speaker at the Ontario annual meeting of community law clinics (the equivalent to legal services in the U.S.) in  Toronto on May 13.  He also gave the keynote address at a March 25 conference called "Litigating Palestine" at Hastings Law School, and at a national conference the legal aid and legal services managers in March in Nashville.


Professor Lobel spoke on a panel at Wayne State Law School in Detroit at a February 4 symposium on "The Legal  Landscape After 9/11: A Decade Later," and at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's April 5 symposium,  "Developing the Law of the Marcellus Shale," co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Law Review and the Innovation Practice Institute.  


Professor Lobel also spoke before the Murraysville (PA) Council, which was covered by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, to the Progessive Book Club in Florida, which invites speakers from around the country to speak to them each year.

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