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Prof. Mark Drumbl Publishes New Book Chapter

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl published a chapter in a newly released book, Pluralism in International Criminal Law.  

Professor Drumbl’s chapter, titled The Curious Criminality of Mass Atrocity: Diverse Actors, Multiple Truths, and Plural Responses, discusses pluralism and international criminal law through a single case: Prosecutor v. Grégoire Ndahimana (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Trial Chamber III, 2011)

Professor Shannon Presents at Freshfields on Attorney Ethics for Third Party Funding of International Arbitration

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Victoria Shannon

Prof. Victoria Shannon

On October 8, 2014 Professor Shannon presented a lunchtime talk on the topic “Attorney Ethics for Third Party Funding in International Arbitration” at the Washington, D.C. office of Freshfields, a premier global law firm that specializes in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration.

Attorneys in the firm’s New York office attended her talk via videoconference.  Professor Shannon gave advice on how to handle the ethical issues that may arise in both international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration when an attorney represents a funded client or when an arbitrator hears a case involving one or more funded parties.

Prof. Seaman presents papers at Wake Forest faculty workshop

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Christopher Seaman

Prof. Christopher Seaman

Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Seaman recently presented his work at a faculty workshop at Wake Forest University School of Law.  The workshop was held on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Professor Seaman presented his forthcoming paper, The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy.  The paper will be published in The Virginia Law Review.  

Read The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy on SSRN here.

Prof. Drumbl speaks at 2014 Tax Symposium

October 8, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Michelle Drumbl

Prof. Michelle Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Michelle Drumbl spoke at the 2014 Tax Law Symposium on October 3, 2014.   The symposium was held at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Professor Drumbl spoke as part of a panel discussing EITC compliance.

The full program is available here.

Professor Drumbl speaks at Women in War Conference

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl spoke at the Women In and At War Conference held at the University of Warwick on September 18 and 19, 2014.   The conference addressed the increasing role that women play in combat, women’s role as political activists during conflict, and the issue of sexual violence in war.

Professor Drumbl chaired a roundtable discussion on Girl Child Soldiers and gave a talked titled “After War: Masculinities and Femininities in Transitional Justice”.

The full conference program is available here.

Professor Seaman Interviewed by Law360 on Trade Secrets Law

September 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. Christopher Seaman

Prof. Christopher Seaman

Washington and Lee Law professor Christopher Seaman was interviewed recently by Law360.   Professor Seaman, along with David S. Levine, Elon University and Sharon Sandeen, Hamline University discuss their arguments against passing the Trade Secrets Protection Act (in the U.S. House of Representatives) or the Defend Trade Secrets Act (in the U.S. Senate.)

Read the full article here.

Read Professor Seaman’s study The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy here.

Professor Baluarte Presents at The Hague

September 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Prof. David Baluarte

Prof. David Baluarte

Washington and Lee Law professor David Baluarte is presenting this week at The Hague, the Netherlands at the first Global Forum on Statelessness.  The three-day event is co-hosted by UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Statelessness Programme of Tilburg University.  The program contains presentations and discussion on three major themes: Stateless Children, Statelessness and Security, and Responses to Statelessness.

Professor Baluarte will speak at two presentations:

“Denationalization as Persecution in the United States”

This presentation will provide an overview of the situation of stateless asylum seekers in the United States and specifically explore the question of whether deprivation of nationality qualifies as persecution under US asylum law. This presentation will unfold in three parts.  First, the presentation will describe the legal limbo that stateless persons in the United States often occupy, and the vulnerability that characterizes their existence both as a matter of law and fact.  Second, the presentation will review the application of US asylum law to stateless persons, and specifically elaborate on the jurisprudence that has explored whether denationalization constitutes persecution under US law. Finally, the presentation will conclude with recommendations for legal representatives, adjudicators, and US government agencies on how to achieve a necessary, uniform recognition of denationalization as persecution under US law.

“A Statelessness Law Clinic in the United States”

This presentation will share the findings of the first legal representation project for stateless persons in the United States. In 2013, Prof. Baluarte initiated a pilot project to assist UNHCR in the design of an intake and referral procedure for the stateless persons, who have no status in the US and enjoy no legal protection. The goals of this project were to assist stateless individuals in addressing the legal challenges that they face, systematizing information about these challenges, and devising advocacy strategies and model advocacy documents.

This presentation will provide an overview of the legal challenges faced by stateless persons in the United States; review some of the advocacy strategies that can be utilized to protect their rights; and describe the educational significance of doing this in the context of a law school clinic in the US.

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