Professor Cyra Choudhury was quoted and her paper cited in the following article. Read it here.
Professor H. Scott Fingerhut was quoted in Saturday’s New York Daily News in defense of his client, Porter Fischer, the whistleblower in the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic steroid and performance-enhancing-drug scandal that resulted in the suspension of several Major League Baseball players – including the year-long suspension of New York Yankees 14-time All-Star and MVP third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Fischer is soon to be deposed by counsel for Reginald St. Fleur, who was arrested and charged with breaking into Fischer’s vehicle and stealing key documents. St. Fleur’s blood was found on the door handle of Fischer’s car.
Professor Fingerhut teaches Trial Advocacy, Pretrial Practice, and Criminal Procedure.
Professor M.C. Mirow has published a chapter entitled, “Teaching Latin American Legal History” in the book Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives (London: Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, 2014) edited by Robert M. Jarvis. The book contains more than 60 essays by professors of legal history in the United States who were asked to describe methods and sources for teaching their sub-disciplines of legal history.
“I was honored to be asked to contribute to this important volume for legal historians. By talking about what we do in the classroom as legal historians, we are able to engage the community of teachers and scholars. I am certain this book will be a starting point for generations of new legal historians in the future,” Mirow said.
Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave a keynote speech at the 2014 international conference, Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa which was held May 23-24. Professor Jalloh’s paper, “Africa, the Security Council and the International Criminal Court,” examined, among other things, the negative perceptions of U.S. policy as a permanent member of the Security Council with veto power on the International Criminal Court’s credibility in Africa. It provoked vigorous discussions afterwards. This interdisciplinary conference was convened by The Hague University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands).
The full program is available here.
More on the conference here.
At the invitation, and on the sponsorship of the Directorate of Legal Affairs, Professor Charles C. Jalloh was one of only three academic experts invited to participate in the meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Justice and Legal Affairs at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which was held in early May. The STC, which was composed of senior legal advisers from the 54 AU member states, reviewed and adopted eight draft treaties and model laws. African Ministers of Justice/Attorney Generals will consider the STC’s approved instruments later this week. Once endorsed by the Justice Ministers, the instruments will be recommended to the African heads of state for adoption during their summit to be held this June. Professor Jalloh, who attended as an independent international criminal law expert, made several proposals to help strengthen the Draft Protocol under which AU States are proposing to extend the jurisdiction of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights to cover crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, aggression, terrorism, and nine other transnational crimes of particular concern to Africa.
Professor Mirow has published “The Age of Constitutions in the Americas” in 32 Law & History Review (2014). The brief article serves to introduce and to contextualize Linda Colley’s article “Empires of Writing: Britain, America and Constitutions, 1776-1848” that appears in the same volume.
“My work aimed to put Colley’s article into an historiographical context that emphasizes the wider phenomenon of constitution making throughout Europe and the Americas in the period of the U.S. Constitution. I was so happy to be invited to write the piece. It was more challenging than I had expected, but Colley’s work was a great inspiration for my contribution,” said Mirow. Linda Colley is the Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. The official journal of the American Society for Legal History, the Law & History Review is peer-reviewed and published by Cambridge University Press.
Professor Mirow will speak in England next month on topics related to the legal history of colonial Spanish Florida. The talk in Oxford, “Translating in Stone: The Monument to the Constitution of Cadiz in St. Augustine, Florida (1813-1814),” will place Florida’s unique monument to the constitution into legal, constitutional, and political context. The talk is part of a conference of the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Research Network Translations in Transnational Context. Mirow is one of 17 speakers from around the world and only one of two invited from the United States to present at the conference.
The talk in Cambridge, “Law and Constitution in Spanish St. Augustine, 1783-1821,” addresses his attempts to reconstruct the legal and constitutional world of the city from primary sources, especially the East Florida Papers held in the Library of Congress. The talk is part of the University of Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies’ Easter Term Research Seminar.
“I’m really happy to share my ideas about Florida’s colonial legal history with Latin Americanists in England. We often forget that Florida has been Spanish longer than it has been part of the United States and that East Florida was the fourteenth loyal British colony from 1763 to 1783. This gave the city and region a wonderfully mixed and complex population. I’m interested in how law worked in this environment. Although my focus is legal history, this work engages the scholarly community and all communities seeking to understand legal pluralism in pluralistic societies. There are interesting parallels between St. Augustine two hundred years ago and Miami today,” said Mirow.
Professor Noah Weisbord designed and moderated a panel discussion at the 108th annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington DC. The theme of the meeting was the effectiveness of international law and Professor Weisbord’s panel, addressing a packed room, compared law enforcement in the fields of international human rights and international trade. The speakers were Chantal Thomas (Cornell), Marco Bronkers (Leiden) and Jim Goldston (Open Society Justice Initiative).