Professor Ediberto Roman is the special guest on Channel 2′s Issues with Helen Ferre. Topic of discussion: Bar License for Undocumented Immigrant? Watch it here.
Professor Noah Weisbord responded to questions regarding Governor Christie (NJ). Article appeared in The Christian Science Monitor. Read it here.
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.
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.
On December 16 and 17, Visiting Professor Charles C. Jalloh participated, as one of only two invited academics, in a closed brainstorming session convened for African States by the African Union (Office of Legal Counsel) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme was the impact of the international criminal justice system on peace, justice and reconciliation in Africa and ways of strengthening African mechanisms to address issues of accountability for international crimes on the continent.
During FIU’s December 16th commencement exercises, Professor H.T. Smith was awarded the Cal Kovens Distinguised Community Service Award.
PHOTO CAPTION: FIU Board of Trustee member Jorge L. Arrizurieta and Professor H.T. Smith.
Professor H. Scott Fingerhut who represents Porter Fischer, the whistleblower in Alex Rodriguez’ steriod case, comments to the New York Newsday.
Professor Manuel A. Gómez will be a panelist at the Association of American Law Schools 2014 Annual Meeting which is being held January 2-5, 2014 in New York. He will be discussing the topic: Comparative Models for Legal Education: Lessons from Abroad.
For more information or to register click here.