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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three University of Notre Dame Law School graduates were re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election.
Notre Dame Professor of Law Paolo Carozza just returned from Washington, D.C., where he presided at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ most recent period of sessions, held Oct. 15-31. The Commission (IACHR) voted unanimously last spring to elect Carozza as its president for 2008-2009.
University of Notre Dame Professor of Law James Seckinger joins some of the world’s top international arbitration practitioners and educators this month for the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA) Workshop on “Questioning of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration” in Lausanne, Switzerland.
On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Hammes Bookstore on campus, Notre Dame Professor of Law Vincent Rougeau will discuss his new book “Christians in the American Empire.” The book was published by Oxford University Press (OUP)—a premier publisher of research and scholarship, and the world’s largest University press. A reception and book signing will follow Rougeau’s lecture.