Professor Manuel Gomez participated in the World Congress of International Sociological Association in Yokohama, Japan where he presented a paper on the current landscape of environmental and indigenous rights litigation in Latin America from the standpoint of the Chevron Ecuador litigation. Read more here.
M.C. Mirow has been appointed to the Editorial Board (consejo asesor) of the book series Persons (Persona) of the Spanish press, Comares. The series addresses the legal and historical construction of persons and personhood through its books. Also serving in this capacity are Carlos Villagrasa (Barcelona, Spain), Emese Von Boné (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Rosario de la Fuente (Piura, Peru), Barbara Biscotti (Milan, Italy), Patricio Lazo (Antofagasta, Chile), Ricardo Cardilli (Rome, Italy), Javier Plaza Penadés (Valencia, Spain) and Angel García Vidal (Santiago de Compostela, Spain). The series is under the direction of Professor Bernardo Periñán Gómez of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain. “I am honored to be included as a member of this distinguished international board. I am so glad to represent FIU and the city of Miami as they engage academic communities far and wide,” said Mirow who is a member of the Florida Bar and of the Founding Faculty of the College of Law.
On June 27, 2014, Associate Professor Charles C. Jalloh gave a talk entitled, “The Relationship of International Criminal Tribunals with National Jurisdictions: Lessons for the Permanent International Criminal Court,” to a packed crowd of attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC - a national law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh. The lecture discussed preliminary results of a long-term study that Professor Jalloh is currently undertaking in collaboration with Professor Linda Carter (Pacific McGeorge School of Law) and Dr. Mark Ellis (Executive Director of the International Bar Association) to identify best practices from prior ad hoc international penal tribunals for the permanent International Criminal Court. Following a highly competitive tenured and tenure track faculty application process last May, the Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law selected Professor Jalloh for the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year. The annual award, which provides substantial funds to support original research, is given to the faculty member whose project has the most potential to make a significant impact on the development of the law. The final results of the study will be published in a co-authored book in 2016.
Adjunct Professor Miriam Harmatz of FIU Law’s NeighborhoodHELP Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic is featured in an article by the Shriver Center. Read it here.
On June 12, 2014, Professor Fairlie continued her research stay in Europe as an invited visitor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. While there, Professor Fairlie delivered a lecture to law students and faculty on the rights provided to international criminal suspects and accused persons. The lecture included related developments at the International Criminal Court along with predictions about fair trial issues the Court is likely to confront in the coming years.
On June 2-3, 2014, Professor Cyra Akila Choudhury co-convened a two-day conference at Harvard Law School . The conference, Heterodox Approaches to Islamic Law and Policy brought senior and junior faculty from 20 countries to Harvard to present papers on Islamic criminal law, family law, finance, history, and jurisprudence. It was the first conference of its kind held in the United States to encourage heterodox approaches to studying Islamic law and policy and to explore methods of conducting research. Scholars presented both research from a critical perspective as well as more traditional research in Islamic law and policy. The conference was funded through a grant from the Institute of Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. It is expected that further collaborations and research will be undertaken by conference participants in future years. More about the conference can be found here.
Almost seven thousand miles away from the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay flows the Kura River. For Miami’s locals and the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Bay’s waters, the Kura River may not have much meaning. But, for the people, environment and future of the South Caucasus mountain region – which includes Turkey, Georgia, Iran, Armenia and Azerbaijan – the Kura is one of the largest and most important sources of freshwater.
Today, the Kura River is at the center of an international effort to ensure that transboundary rivers are managed cooperatively. For most of the last century the river was governed by treaties between the USSR and Turkey, and the USSR and Iran. When the USSR fell in 1991, the Kura became an international watercourse between Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. Since then it has not been managed by a bilateral or multilateral treaty.
As a scholar in international water law, Ryan Stoa, who serves as deputy director of the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) program and is also a fellow in Water Law and Policy at FIU Law, was invited to Georgia to review a draft treaty between Georgia and Azerbaijan that would provide a framework for cooperation over the Kura river basin. Stoa was asked to provide his expertise to Georgian ministries and organizations involved in the negotiations.
At the table were the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with participation from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
“Like many tranbsoundary watercourses, there are a multitude of stakeholders and interested parties in the Kura River basin,” Stoa shared. “The challenge is to create an agreement that provides benefits to all stakeholders and can act as a mechanism for further collaboration.”
During Stoa’s visit, he discussed outstanding issues, the state of international water law, and the rights and duties that are imposed by the draft treaty.
“The agreement as it stands provides a workable mechanism for Georgia and Azerbaijan to cooperatively manage the river basin. After meeting with the various ministries and reviewing the draft agreement I’m confident the agreement provides tangible benefits to Georgia and the region. The next step is to build enough legal awareness and political capital that the political actors involved can seal the deal,” Stoa commented.
Assistant Dean Louis N. Schulze, Jr. recently presented a plenary address during the Association of Academic Support Educators annual conference which was held at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. Nearly 130 law school faculty/administrators from around the country attended the conference. Dean Schulze’s presentation focused on the impact of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) on law school education. More on the conference here.
Alumnus Christos Kelepouris ’10, has published an article in the BYU Education and Law Journal. Kelepouris is a lecturer and the Chief Academic Policy Officer at the Australian College of Kuwait. The article can be found here.
Earlier this week, Professor Megan Fairlie delivered a lecture on Miranda and its International Counterparts at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany. The lecture was attended by some of the leading experts in Foreign and International Criminal Law, including the current director of the Institute, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joerg Albrecht, and director emeritus Prof. Dr. Albin Eser, a former judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. More information on the talk is available here and a link to Professor Fairlie’s recent publication on the topic is available here.