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Prof. O’Connell on Gaza Conflict

In an article titled, “The Pitfalls of International Law,” The Washington Independent reports on the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza and examines the trouble with enforcing international law in that situation. The article quotes Notre Dame Professor of Law Mary Ellen O’Connell:

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NDLS Classes Resume Jan. 12, 2009

The University of Notre Dame Law School will be closed Christmas Eve until Jan. 5, 2009, when faculty and staff return. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 12, in the new Eck Hall of Law—a three-story, 85,000-square-foot building that is on the site of the former campus post office. Eck Hall will be composed primarily of a new moot courtroom, classrooms and faculty offices.…

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NDExpert: ND Law School professor Snead praises Vatican bioethics document as "eminently reasonable"

carter snead news The 32-page document on bioethical issues issued last week by the Vatican reemphasized the Catholic Church’s moral opposition to in-vitro fertilization, human cloning and embryonic stem cell research. p. The document, whose title,“Dignitas Personae,”is Latin for"the dignity of a person,"was issued by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of…

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ND Law School, Family Justice Center Partner to Protect Families

The Law School at the University of Notre Dame and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County are partnering to provide help to women seeking protective orders against their abusers. The program is the result of a $200,000 grant awarded by the United States Department of Justice—one of just 15 grants awarded nationwide last year through the Family Justice Center Initiative.…

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Prof. Carozza Observes Jamaican Human Rights Situation

Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza, president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), recently led an IACHR delegation to Jamaica at the invitation of the Jamaican government to observe the human rights situation there. This is the first visit by the IACHR to the English-speaking Caribbean in 15 years.

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NDLS Student Wins Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship

Julie Marie Baworowsky ’09 won the 2008 William Pew Religious Freedom Scholarship Competition. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a law student who is concerned about issues of religious freedom and the human rights of people exercising all faiths.

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LLM graduate reelected as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Human Rights congratulates Pablo Saavedra Alessandri, a 1996 Notre Dame LLM graduate, who this week was reelected to a second five-year term as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. According to the Court’s press release, the judges agreed on Saavedra’s reelection base on his outstanding performance during his first term as Executive Secretary, from 2003-2008.

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Prof. Cassel Wins Human Rights Award

University of Notre Dame Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Douglass Cassel won the 2008 Elmer Gertz Award from the Human Rights Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. The award is for a civil and human rights lawyer who has exemplified that commitment to civil and human rights shown by famous Chicago lawyer Elmer Gertz.

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Two NDLS Faculty Invited to Address National Association

The Federalist Society’s 2008 National Lawyers Convention will feature two University of Notre Dame Professors of Law, Richard Garnett and William Kelley. They will contribute to discussions about the role of the judiciary in American life, and will join national leaders like Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the conversation.

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2008 NDLS Alum Wins Tax Writing Competition

Katie Fuehrmeyer, a 2008 Notre Dame Law School alum, won first place in the Tannenwald Writing Competition. The prestigious, national competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.

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Prof. Emeritus Kommers Translates German Constitution

Notre Dame Law School Professor Emeritus Donald Kommers recently completed work on a translation of the Basic Law, Germany’s Constitution. The Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, recognized as one of the world’s great constitutions, entered into force in May 1949. Its 146 articles have been amended over 50 times, most recently in 2006 when numerous provisions governing the financial relationship between the national and regional government were changed.

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Prof. Bauer Talks Antitrust Law in Korea

Notre Dame Professor of Law Joseph Bauer delivered a keynote speech at the Korean Competition Law Association International Symposium in Seoul, South Korea, Nov. 6-7. “Competition law” is analogous to America’s antitrust law, which is enacted to support a free market economy by promoting competition and limiting monopolies. The symposium focused on the regulation of the insurance industry, a subject which has recently made its way into headlines around the world.

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Navy v. Whales: An Environmental Law Perspective

We are accustomed to hearing Theodore Roosevelt being quoted in favor of environmental conservation. We forget that T.R. also served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Chief Justice Roberts invoked that experience yesterday’s Supreme Court case involving the effects of Navy sonar exercises on whales and other marine mammals.

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Chilean Judge Guzman and Ambassador Williamson Speak on Friday

On Friday, Nov. 14, Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) will host the Hon. Juan Guzman, the retired Chilean judge who became internationally famous for being the first judge to prosecute former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges, and Ambassador Richard Williamson, President Bush’s special envoy to Sudan. Guzman will speak in room 105 of the Law School at 12:10 p.m., and Williamson will speak in room 105 at 2:00 p.m.

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Prof. O’Connell Joins Thought Leaders on Terrorism, Rule of Law

Notre Dame Professor of Law Mary Ellen O’Connell serves as a panelist and moderator at a conference at Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas this week (Nov. 13-14). Titled “The Rule of Law and the Global War on Terrorism,” the conference features a distinguished lineup of faculty, practicing attorneys, non-profit leaders, military officers, and journalists.

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