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Professor Charles Jalloh speaks at the International Criminal Court in The Hague
FIU Law Visiting Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh was one of only two academic scholars who were invited to speak during the first-ever interactive panel among the 122 member states in the 11-year history of the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). The historic special segment, which lasted five and half hours with approximately 36 countries participating, was requested by the African Union and entitled “Indictment of Sitting Heads of State and Government and its Consequences on Peace and Stability and Reconciliation.” Professor Jalloh was nominated by the group of African States as a “recognized expert on the relationship between Africa and the ICC.” Other panelists were Ambassador Rolf Einar Fife (Norway); Ms. Djeneba Diarra, African Union Commission Acting Legal Counsel; Honorable Mr. Githu Muigai, Attorney General of Kenya; and Professor Cherif Bassiouni, chairman of the Drafting Committee of the 1998 Rome UN Diplomatic Conference which established the ICC. The moderator was the first President of the Assembly, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein of Jordan, who is also that country’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Read the press release, the official summary about the meeting and news reports here, here, and here.
Professor Noah Weisbord attended the 12th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. While there, he met with diplomats representing their states to discuss the ratification and implementation of the newly defined crime of aggression. Weisbord, a member of the Council of Advisors to the Global Institute on the Prevention of Aggression, also met with the other members of the Council to discuss the way forward.
Professor Elizabeth Price Foley appeared on the Fox News primetime show The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly. The topic of discussion was how the Senate’s decision to use the “nuclear option”– allowing presidential nominees to pass with 51 votes rather than 60– might affect the Independent Payment Review Board (IPAB) of the Affordable Care Act.
Professor Carpenter’s current research project was discussed in a post on the Just Security blog. The Professor’s research project involves identifying gender role expectations in law enforcement and the military and then exploring how those belief systems impact rape case processing.
On November 13, 2013, Professor Charles C. Jalloh was the academic commentator on Voice of America’s popular “Straight Talk Africa” television and radio program. He discussed the law and politics of international criminal justice, especially the tensions between the International Criminal Court and African States, on which he is a leading publicist. Watch or listen here.
Professor Ediberto Roman will deliver the keynote address at the University of South Florida’s Latino Communities in Old and New Destinations: Mulit-disciplinary Approaches to Assessing the Impact of Legal Reforms. The conference will address a range of social policies at federal, state, and local levels and how various segments of the Latino population have fared in light of these policies.
Ryan Stoa, Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the College of Law and Deputy Director of the Global Water for Sustainability Program, spoke of the need for a cautious approach to decentralized water governance at the Conference on Water and Ocean Law in Times of Climate Change, hosted by Utrecht University’s Centre for Water, Oceans, and Sustainability Law. ”While transferring authority over water management decisions to local institutions has many benefits, the process requires a robust statutory framework and local capacity to manage water resources. Many developing countries, in particular, have embraced decentralized water governance before ensuring that underlying conditions necessary for successful implementation are in place.” Stoa’s talk summarized his article on the topic, entitled Subsidiarity in Principle: Decentralization of Water Resources Management Across the Economic Development Continuum, which will be published in a special issue of the Utrecht Law Review.