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Do drone attacks comply with international law?

Mary Ellen Oconnell news PolitiFact (Quotes: Mary Ellen O’Connell), July 1st, 2010
Mary Ellen O’Connell, a University of Notre Dame law professor, argues that “without a right to use military force on Pakistan’s territory, we not only violate that state’s rights under international law, we are violating the human rights of all victims, regardless of whether they are Taliban militants on a CIA hit list or bystanders. Some of the publicly acknowledged strikes in Pakistan have not been part of Pakistan’s own armed conflict hostilities with Taliban. I know of no justification in international law for those.” > Read Article

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Supreme Court extends rights of gun owners

Rick Garnett fall08 news Los Angeles Times (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This case is only the beginning of the debate. Gun ownership rights — like free-speech rights — are not absolute, and state and local governments retain the authority to enact reasonable gun-control laws,” said Rick Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. > Read Article

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Supreme Court Strengthens 2nd Amendment

Rick Garnett fall08 news The Lipman Times (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This case is only the beginning of the debate. Gun ownership rights — like free-speech rights — are not absolute, and state and local governments retain the authority to enact reasonable gun-control laws,” said Rick Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. > Read Article

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Prof. Bradley quoted in What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be?

bradley news What Kind of Justice Would Kagan Be?
National Catholic Register
Less than a week before the Senate hearings begin on June 28, Judge Robert Bork, the former Yale constitutional scholar whose 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court was blocked by an alliance of liberal groups, Gerard Bradley, the Notre Dame law professor, and William Saunders of Americans United for Life, argued that Kagan’s activist judicial philosophy would have negative consequences for the nation.…

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States Must Honor Gun Rights, U.S. High Court Says

Rick Garnett fall08 news San Francisco Chronicle (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“Given that other fundamental rights – the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and so on – limit both state and national governments, it would have been strange for the court to rule otherwise here,” said Rick Garnett, associate dean and constitutional law professor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. > Read Article

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Supreme Court Arizona ruling could shape immigration reform

Rick Garnett fall08 news Christian Science Monitor (Quotes: Richard Garnett)
“This does not necessarily mean, though, that the states and the national government cannot ever legislate on the same subject. They do all the time," says Richard Garnett, Professor of Law and Associate Dean at Notre Dame Law School. "The question will be, in this case (as with the more recent Arizona law) whether the Arizona law interferes in some way with the federal policy.” > Read Article

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Scholars of violence and religion to gather at Notre Dame

brinig news Scholars from around the globe will gather at the University of Notre Dame June 30 to July 4 (Wednesday to Sunday) for the meeting of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R). The theme of the conference is “Transforming Violence: Cult, Culture, and Acculturation.” More than 150 scholars from 14 countries are expected to attend.

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Prof. Brinig presents at Colloquium on Violence and Religion

brinig news Margaret Brinig, Fritz Duda Family Chair in Law and associate dean for faculty research, will present a paper at Notre Dame’s Colloquium on Violence and Religion during a special keynote session. The presentation runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in McKenna Hall Auditorium on Notre Dame’s campus.

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Law School alumni to lead program on living the Gospel

tender strong true logo news The Notre Dame Alumni Association will present an online program titled “Restoring Balance and Reducing Stress: Living Gospel Priorities” at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. The program, led by Rev. David T. Link ’58, ’61 J.D., and Ann M. Firth ’81, ’84 J.D., will discuss achieving life balance and reducing stress by focusing on Christian priorities, practices and beliefs that lead to a sustainable inner peace.

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Prof. Carozza organizes amicus effort in European crucifix case

carozza Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza is leading a group of more than 50 law professors from 15 countries who have submitted written comments asking the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to overturn a seven-judge panel’s ruling that crucifixes may not be displayed in Italian classrooms.

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Featured Faculty: Michael Kirsch

Kirsch Prof of Year 2010 news Each year, Notre Dame Law School’s graduating class honors a member of the faculty with the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. This year, the class chose Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Law Michael Kirsch.

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Alumni Spotlight: Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom ’05

Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom news When Lindsay Updike Van Gorkom sits down at her desk to begin her day as a clerk for State Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason, she’s on top of the world—literally and figuratively. “I’m looking at Mount McKinley as we speak,” she says with a smile in her voice.

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Prof. Cassel to help draft peace declaration

cassel news Notre Dame Professor of Law Douglass Cassel is one of ten experts from around the world invited by UNESCO and the Spanish Association for International Human Rights Law to help draft a proposed universal declaration of the human right to peace.

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