Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck gave two internal presentations recently to global law firms in Paris. The title of Prof. Franck’s talk at both firms was “The Role of the International Legal Profession in Investment Treaty Arbitration.”
She first spoke at Freshfields Paris, which has one of the most sophisticated public international law litigation and international arbitration practices in the world. She has been invited to give this talk to their Washington, D.C. based arbitration team as well.
Next, she spoke at Shearman Sterling Paris and via video link to their London office. Shearman Sterling also has an incredibly sophisticated practice that is among the best in the world in international arbitration. Prof. Franck says that this practice for the firm has been especially interesting recently because they are suing Russia in connection with the Yukos Oil debacle, where the Russian Federation illegally expropriated investments in the oil company. In the case, the claimants are seeking $100 Billion in compensation, the largest award in the history of international arbitration.
Washington and Lee law professor David Millon has been appointed the Finance and Legal Affairs Committee of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Prof. Millon will serve a two-year term on the committee, which meets annually to advise the LSAC on a variety of matters.
The LSAC is a nonprofit corporation that provides unique, state-of-the-art products and services to ease the admission process for law schools and their applicants worldwide. Currently, 218 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia are members of the Council. All law schools approved by the American Bar Association are LSAC members, as are Canadian law schools recognized by a provincial or territorial law society or government agency.
Prof. Millon is currently finishing his term as President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), which will hold its annual academic conference next month in Florida.
Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck has recently been invited to provide oversight for two academic publications. First, she will serve as an an external reviewer for the American Political Science Review, the flagship publication of political science in the US. The APSR provides peer-reviewed articles and review essays from subfields throughout the discipline. Areas covered include political theory, American politics, public policy, public administration, comparative politics, and international relations. APSR has published continuously since 1906.
Second, Prof. Franck will join the Editorial Board of a new series on International Investment Law from Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. According to an announcement from the publisher, “the Nijhoff International Investment Law Series groups important, high-quality and original research in the field of international investment law. Although formally a part of international law generally, international investment law has become an independent field of research, crossing the boundaries between public international law, international commercial law, and domestic public law. The Series therefore covers international investment law in a relatively broad sense, including research on the substantive aspects of international investment law and the dispute settlement aspects, i.e., international investment arbitration.
The Series also covers research on interactions between international investment law and other areas of international law and domestic law, both private and public, including international economic and trade law, general public international law, international commercial law and arbitration, international environmental law, human rights, or domestic constitutional and administrative law. It is open to doctrinal analysis as well as theoretical, conceptual, and interdisciplinary approaches to international investment law, including law and economics analysis, empirical analysis, historical analysis, political science analysis, or normative analysis.”
The AALS Administrative Law Section will be putting on a program entitled “New Voices in Administrative Law” at the AALS annual meeting in New York in January 2014. At this event – not a conventional panel but a series of small-scale mentoring sessions – junior scholars in administrative law will be able to present a work-in-progress to two senior scholars for comment and discussion. This event gives junior scholars an opportunity to meet senior administrative law scholars, get feedback on work, and get to learn about the section.
November 7-8, 2013, Lexington, Virginia
The fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade has generated substantial scholarly and media efforts to evaluate the decision and its continuing impact. “Roe at 40 – The Controversy Continues,” a symposium to be held on November 7-8, 2013, at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will contribute to the ongoing debate about the significance of the Roe decision.
SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW: Roe did not resolve the abortion controversy, which continues with unabated passion on both sides of the issue. A distinguishing feature of the “Roe at 40″ Symposium will be its inclusion of varying perspectives on abortion. There will be two keynote addresses, one by a pro-choice advocate and the other by a pro-life advocate. Panel participants have also been selected to ensure a balanced presentation. Balance is also reflected in the Symposium’s sponsors: ACLU of Virginia, the Frances Lewis Law Center of Washington and Lee University, University Faculty for Life, Virginia NOW, and the Washington and Lee Law Review.
The Symposium’s commitment to balance is not intended to suggest that advocates should give up their principled stances or that abortion is an issue for which compromise is readily attainable. Rather, the motivating concept is that an academic conference should encourage a free and full exchange of views and that this goal is possible even for an issue as contentious as abortion. It is not expected that attendees will likely change their views, but it is hoped that they will at least better understand their opponents. This increased insight will hopefully lead to productive future dialogue.
The Symposium was made possible by the efforts and financial support of the Frances Lewis Law Center, University Faculty for Life, and the Washington and Lee Law Review. To promote the Symposium’s ongoing impact on the abortion debate, the Washington and Lee Law Review has committed to publish all articles prepared for the event.
REGISTRATION/FURTHER INFORMATION: Please visit http://law.wlu.edu/roeat40 for schedule and participant updates.
- Caitlin Borgmann, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law
- Michael Paulsen, Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law
- Randy Beck (Justice Thomas O. Marshall Chair of Constitutional Law, University of Georgia)
- Dorinda Bordlee (Vice-President & Chief Counsel, Bioethics Defense Fund)
- Pamela Bridgewater (Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law)
- Sam Calhoun (Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University)
- Teresa Collett (Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas)
- Caroline Corbin (Professor of Law, University of Miami)
-Clarke Forsythe (Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life)
- David Garrow (Research Professor of History and Law, University of Pittsburgh)
- Kathy Greenier (Associate Director of Public Policy and Communications, and Director, Patricia M. Arnold Women’s Rights Project, ACLU of Virginia)
- Lynne Marie Kohm (John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law, Regent University)
- Maya Manian (Professor of Law, University of San Francisco)
- Tom Molony (Associate Professor of Law, Elon University)
- Mark Rienzi (Associate Professor of Law, Catholic University)
- Priscilla Smith (Associate Research Scholar in Law and Senior Fellow in the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at the Yale Information Society Project)
- Robin Fretwell Wilson (Roger and Stevie Joslin Professor of Law, University of Illinois)
- Mary Ziegler (Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University)
- Lara Gass, Symposium Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review, (901) 361-5825, email@example.com
- Thomas Short, Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review, (720) 933-9378, firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal of Multidisciplinary Research
Volume 5, Number 3, Fall 2013
Deadline for Submission: August 5, 2013 * Scheduled for Publication: September 2013
The mission of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research is to promote excellence in leadership practice by providing a venue for academics, students, and practitioners to publish current and significant empirical and conceptual research in the arts, humanities, sciences (applied, natural, and social), and other areas that tests, extends, or builds leadership theory.
This special issue will focus on research related to sexual deviance. Articles should make empirical contributions and be relevant to the applied disciplines of psychology, psychiatry, criminal justice, law, sociology and social work. The best submissions are those that identify both a compelling multidisciplinary issue and a strong theoretical framework for addressing it.
Criteria for Publication
The Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (JMR) seeks to publish authors who strive to produce original, insightful, interesting, important, and theoretically bold research. Demonstration of a significant “value-added” contribution to the field’s understanding of an issue or topic is crucial to acceptance for publication.
Authors should write manuscripts as simply and concisely as possible, without sacrificing meaningfulness or clarity of exposition. The journal editor-in-chief will evaluate manuscripts in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio; i.e., he or she may permit manuscripts that make strong contributions more pages than those making narrower contributions.
Manuscripts should be no more than 26, double-spaced pages (justified, one-inch margins all around, half-inch indent, in Times New Roman 12-point font, using active voice), including an abstract (up to 200 words), keywords (up to seven terms), references, discussion questions (up to five), and relevant tables, figures (in their correct position in the text, not separate and not at the end of the manuscript), and appendixes. At his or her own discretion, the editor-in-chief may allow additional space for papers that make very extensive contributions or that require additional space for data presentation or references (such as meta-analyses, qualitative works, and work using multiple data sets).
To submit a manuscript for consideration
Follow these steps: (1) Format the manuscript in Microsoft Word (see above). (2) Remove the title page and all author-identifying references. (3) E-mail by August 5, 2013, to the JMR Fall Issue Guest Editor at email@example.com. NOTE: While not required, prospective authors may send abstracts or proposals by May 20, 2013.
For more details, please refer to the “Instructions to Authors” (http://www.jmrpublication.org)
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds research on a wide variety of topics related to the mission of LSAC. Specifically included in the program’s scope are projects investigating precursors to legal training, selection into law schools, legal education, and the legal profession. To be eligible for funding, a research project must inform either the process of selecting law students or legal education itself in a demonstrable way.
RESEARCH PROPOSALS: The program welcomes proposals for research proceeding from any of a variety of methodologies, a potentially broad range of topics, and varying time frames. Proposals will be judged on the importance of the questions addressed, their relevance to the mission of LSAC, the quality of the research designs, and the capacity of the researchers to carry out the project.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application deadlines are February 1 and September 1.
For more details, go to: http://www.lsacnet.org/LSACResources/Grants/lsac-legal-education-grant-program.asp
Last month, we reported on Washington and Lee law professor Russell Miller and his KoRSE Fellowship at the University of Freiburg, where he is researching and collaborating with leading scholars on the issues of security and liberty who are based at the University of Freiburg’s Center for Civil Security as well as the program’s partners at Bucerius Law School (Hamburg), the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg), and the German Federal Police Academy.
On July 10, Prof. Miller delivered a lecture at the University that was very well received and led to a full-page interview in Germany’s leading weekly news magazine ‘Der Spiegel’. The text of the interview is available online to those with a paid subscription. The lecture and interview are based on Prof. Miller’s 2008 book U.S. National Security, Intelligence and Democracy (Routledge Press). The book reflected on the 1970s Senate Select Committee that undertook an extensive investigation of U.S. national security activities. Known as the ”Church Committee” (for its Chair, Idaho Senator Frank Church), the Senate Select Committee’s reports remain one of the most detailed accountings of the American intelligence community and the reports served as the basis for reforms that now make-up the legal and oversight framework for American intelligence programs. An excerpt of Prof. Miller’s lecture, which appears as a Blog-post at the Verfassungsblog, is below:
…the intensely contemporary nature of my topic gives me pause for at least two reasons.
First, I am very well aware that news of American surveillance and espionage has stirred alarm and resentment throughout German society, sending shock waves all the way to the Kanzleramt. Personal and political relations between our countries are once again strained. With this in mind, I hope you will understand if I offer the following caveat for today’s lecture. As a simple law professor I am not in a position to speak for or defend the Obama Administration’s policies. I do have some personal and professional insight into the thinking of the President’s team, which I am happy to share with you, for whatever it is worth. And, as an American voter, I assure you that I take my democratic responsibility for the actions of my government very seriously. But these might be the limits of my ability to respond directly to and account for the developments of the last month.
Second, as a simple law professor, I must admit to having some anxiety about speaking today on a topic that can be described as “dramatic and fast-moving.” In many ways, these are the antinomies of good scholarship, which might be more properly described as “plodding and tedious.” There is a reason, I suppose, why professors play such an unimportant role in the canon of American action films. This concern requires me to offer yet another caveat for today’s lecture. I don’t intend to try to paint a full picture of the still-unfolding, frenetic developments of the last weeks. For now that is a task better left to the media, particularly the excellent journalists on both sides of the Atlantic who are doing important work in covering the story.
Prof. Miller will again address this topic at an invited lectured before the German Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe on July 18, hosted by the German Judicial Press Conference.
Greetings from the Fulbright Scholar Program!
This is a reminder that the application deadline for the core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for academic year 2014-2015 is rapidly approaching. As you may be aware, the deadline is 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, August 1, 2013.
Fulbright opportunities exist all around the globe. This year the competition includes 580 awards in 6 regional and 133 country programs. The awards are both discipline-specific and “All Discipline,” including virtually every specialization. Approximately 800 grants will result from this competition.
Further, there is a series of important innovations for 2014-2015, including Flex, Global TEFL, and postdoc/early career awards, and stipend increases for some programs.
The Fulbright Catalog of Awards and application are accessible only at the CIES website. A number of helpful webinars about finding awards and completing the application are archived at http://www.cies.org/Webinar/#Archive.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Washington and Lee law professor Jim Moliterno traveled to China recently to discuss the U.S. legal system and legal education reform with faculty and students at Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School in Hangzhou, China. While there, he also met with lawyers, judges and prosecutors in Hangzhou and Chengdu to discuss lawyer ethics reforms.
Prof. Moliterno said that the lecture at the law school was mainly for advanced law students who are interested in the history of the American legal profession. The meeting with law school officials was led by the Deputy Party Chairman for the law school. He outlined measures they are taking, experiments with more interactive teaching and even experiential education. He asked many questions about U.S. legal education reforms and about W&L’s innovative third-year curriculum. Also present was the dean of their undergraduate law students, dean of their graduate law studies and the Youth Party Secretary for the law school. Moliterno noted that the Chinese law school has a traditional dean structure that is complimented by Communist Party officials who are assigned to every university faculty department.
Prof. Moliterno’s meetings with lawyers, judges and prosecutors are part of a project he is working on with a Chinese colleague, Assistant Professor Lan Rongjie. They are working on a paper that compares the attorney-client privilege in criminal cases in China and the US. One of the lawyers present at the meeting expressed interest in starting a university-based discussion among defense lawyers and prosecutors about a range of issues surrounding a major public corruption case that is currently in litigation in Hangzhou. Prof. Moliterno expects to be involved in some way with that project.