On January 5, 2014, Professor José Gabilondo appeared on Telemundo’s Enfoque, where he explained the differences between the technical aspects of the economy and the reality we live in every day. He discussed topics such as the real estate industry, credit, inflation, gasoline, and more. Watch the video here.
Professor Gabilondo’s interview during the Financial Governance After the Crisis Conference.
Ryan Stoa, Fellow in Water Law, discusses legal implications of dolphin deaths linked to BP Oil Spill in a recent Law360 article. Below is an abstract of the article:
A recent government study linking dolphin injuries to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill provides unprecedented evidence for federal officials looking to target BP PLC for harm to the Gulf of Mexico’s aquatic life and could cost the oil giant tens of millions of dollars in new penalties. A team of researchers led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists concluded last month that disease conditions for bottlenose dolphins exposed to the spill were “significantly greater in prevalence and severity” than those for dolphins in another part.
The dolphin harm opens the door for the federal government to aggressively pursue BP under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which forbids companies like BP from adversely impacting the life of a dolphin in any way. This broad prohibition should embolden the government to pursue the oil giant, according to Ryan Stoa, a fellow in water law and policy at Florida International University’s College of Law. “This new report could have pretty significant implications,” Stoa said. “The government could have what it feels is a strong claim under the MMPA.”
BP emphasizes that NOAA has found so-called unusual deaths among bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico starting two months before the spill. “It seems fairly clear from the study that those symptoms are taking place because of exposure to petroleum, but proving causation could be a tricky task for the government given observed population declines that preceded the spill,” Stoa said.
Still, coastal communities that opted out of a class action settlement with BP may have a stronger claim with the new evidence. “These dolphins are charismatic megafauna, so to speak, and are valuable for tourism in Gulf Coast communities, who could claim that significant impairment of the dolphin population could lead to economic losses,” Stoa said.
The full article is available here.
FIU Law announces a certificate in Intellectual Property Law. The certificate is available to FIU Law JD or LLM degree-seeking students. As a growing area of practice, Intellectual Property Law is relevant to global business and trade, and intersects with several other fields, including human rights, public health, and global development. Students will learn about patent law, copyright law, trade secret law, trademark law, and more.
The Intellectual Property certificate is designed for students who desire to enhance their training in Intellectual Property laws and will better prepare them to deal with the legal issues that arise in the ever-growing entertainment, media, and technology industries. In order to obtain the certificate, students must satisfy certain criteria.
“This highly specialized certificate will both enhance a student’s knowledge of Intellectual Property, and provide them with an edge within the profession,” stated Dean R. Alexander Acosta.
For information about the certificate click here.
This roundtable discussion on academic freedom and Stanley Fish’s forthcoming book, Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution will discuss trhe legal ethical, moral, social, practical, personal and theorectical aspects of the principles of academic freedom.
Professor Stanley Fish Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Humanities and Law, Florida International University
Dean Robert C. Post Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale University
Professor Lawrence A. Alexander Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego
Professor Frederick Schauer David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia
Professor Howard M. Wasserman appeared on the January 6, 2014 edition of HuffPost Live where he discussed the Supreme Court’s stay of injunuction in the Utah marraige equality case. One of Professor Wasserman’s specialities is civil rights. View his appearance here.
Guest Post: W(h)ither now the reputation of the ICTY?
by Megan Fairlie
A brief consideration of the history of replacement judges at the ICTY reveals an increasing disregard for the rights of the accused in favor of avoiding costly and time-consuming re-hearings. Initially, part-heard cases could not continue with a replacement judge without the accused’s consent. Then, as “consent was only a safeguard,” the rules were amended to permit the two remaining judges to independently decide when continuing a part-heard case “would serve the interests of justice.”
Read the full article in Opinio Juris here.