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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

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:29am

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals recently cited Professor Rhonda Wasserman’s article, Parents, Partners and Personal Jurisdiction, 1995 U. Ill. Rev. 813, in Ex parte Diefenbach, -- So.3d --, 2010 WL 5030126 (Ala. Civ. App. Dec. 10, 2010).  The opinion relies on the article for the proposition that a court entering or modifying a child decree must have personal jurisdiction over the child’s parents.

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:24am

Professor Michael Madison was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week in connection with a pair of recent intellectual property disputes.  He commented on a trademark and domain names dispute between a pair of Pittsburgh plumbing companies, on February 2. Link He was also quoted by the paper on February 4 on a copyright law topic, in connection with YouTube videos posted by a pair of Carnegie Mellon University students that were the basis, in part, for a skit that later appeared on the television program Saturday Night Live. Link

Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:55am

Professor Ben Bratman spoke to third year law students at the West Virginia University College of Law about preparing for and taking the Pennsylvania bar exam.
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