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NDLS Hosts Mobile Summit

photo of iPad and iPhonesOn Friday, September 28, Notre Dame Law School was host to a summit to discuss the future of academic mobile technology. The “R U Thinking Mobile First” summit is an annual event bringing together the University’s top academic, technology, and communication talent.

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New book edited by ND international law expert defines war

Mary Ellen O’Connell

What is war? The question is more than academic, says international law expert Mary Ellen O’Connell. Without a clear definition of war or armed conflict, governments can simply claim they are at war in order to justify actions — killings, arrests, detentions — that otherwise would be condemned and prohibited by international law.

O’Connell’s new edited volume, “What Is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11,” just released by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, “makes concrete the fact that armed conflict is legally defined as ‘war’ only when there is actual fighting by organized groups at a certain level of intensity on the battlefield,” O’Connell says.

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Prof. Joseph Bauer quoted in MacNewsWorld on Sen. to DoJ: Get Off Apple's Case or Risk Creating a Monopoly

Joe Bauer news Sen. to DoJ: Get Off Apple’s Case or Risk Creating a Monopoly

There’s a lot of truth in the senator’s analysis of the lawsuit, according to Notre Dame Law School professor Joseph P. Bauer. “One of the unintended consequences of this lawsuit is that it may solidify Amazon’s market position,” he told MacNewsWorld. “That’s not what the antitrust laws were designed to achieve.”

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Dean Announces New Interdisciplinary Program on Law and Market Behavior

Under the direction of Professor Avishalom Tor, ND LAMB will promote research across the various fields that study how the law and legal institutions shape and are shaped by the market behaviors of individuals and firms. The research agenda examines issues across a number of legal fields—from corporate governance, antitrust, and intellectual property, through property and contract, to market regulation more generally—and draws extensively on relevant extra-legal research in psychology, economics, business, and beyond.

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ND Expert: Supreme Court decision won’t assuage religious liberty concerns

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Whatever else its consequences, today’s Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act won’t affect the issues raised in the lawsuit recently filed by several religious institutions against the federal government, according to O. Carter Snead, professor of law and William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture.

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ND Expert: SCOTUS upholds healthcare, ignores partisan intimidation

Richard Garnett

The U.S. Supreme Court today largely upheld the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health care law, as predicted by University of Notre Dame Associate Dean and Law Professor Richard W. Garnett, a past clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist and an expert on constitutional-law and religious-freedom matters.

The court decided that the “individual mandate,” which requires Americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a fine, effectively functions as a tax and is therefore constitutionally permissible.

“While the individual mandate survived its constitutional challenges, the sweeping assertions of regulatory power made by many of the act’s supporters did not,” Garnett says. “As the chief justice wrote, ‘the framers created a federal government of limited powers and assigned to this court the duty of enforcing those limits. The court does so today.’

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Prof. Richard Garnett quoted in several sources on Supreme Court health-care ruling

Rick Garnett fall08 news Following Supreme Court health-care ruling, House GOP will again try to repeal the law – The Washington Post – June 28, 2012

Roberts delivers for president who had opposed him – AP – June 28, 2012

Legal Scholars React: ‘Many People Were Stunned’NPR – June 28, 2012

Beyond the mandate: Court’s ruling on another ACA provision could have sweeping implicationsMSNBC – June 28, 2012

Conservatives Misguided Criticism of Roberts (Opinion: by Richard Garnett) National Review – June 28, 2012

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Jane Simon listed in Top 50 Law Professors on Twitter

simon news Legal Writing Professor Jane Simon made the list at number 29 of Top 50 Law Professors on Twitter by WorldWideLearn web site. The top law professors dominate the Twitter-verse, either through the wit, volume or audience. Criteria for selection for this list include the quality of the tweets, the number of followers and the most active users.

29. Jane Simon, @LawWriter, Notre Dame University. This legal writing prof and frequent Tweeter posts interesting tidbits on legal topics and much more. Extracurricular interests run to sports and new media. > Read More

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