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Conference and Call For Papers The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

April 18-20, 2013, Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington

Gonzaga Law School, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System invite submissions for a conference titled, The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality, to be held at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, USA on April 18-20, 2013.

OVERVIEW: This interdisciplinary gathering brings together the 3rd International Conference on Hate Studies and the 2nd Conference on Race and the Criminal Justice System. The purpose is to align interests in understanding and addressing fear and ignorance of the “other” with concerns about how these conditions manifest in hatred, intolerance, and inequality. The conference will center on how these problems affect the pursuit of justice, with a special interest in the role of law and the legal community in both perpetuating and eliminating discrimination and bias. You may read a full description of the conference here:

SPEAKERS: Paul Butler, J.D. (Georgetown Law School) and Jack Levin, Ph.D. (Northeastern University) will deliver keynote addresses on separate evenings. Other featured speakers include Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, J.D. (Washington Supreme Court), Terri Givens, Ph.D. (University of Texas), Ryan Haygood, J.D. (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), Susan Opotow, Ph.D. (City University of New York), Judge Richard Paez, J.D. (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), Barbara Perry, Ph.D. (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), and Robert L. Tsai, J.D. (American University Washington College of Law).

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: We welcome submissions of both papers and session proposals through the conference website. Proposal abstracts are due December 1, 2012, with potential opportunities to publish full-length, article-quality papers in The Journal of Hate Studies and the Gonzaga Law Review. To reach the conference co-chairs, contact Jason A. Gillmer, Professor of Law and John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties ( or Dr. John Shuford, Director, Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies (

McGill University, Faculty of Law, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism 2013 O’Brien Fellowships: Call for Applications

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

The O’Brien Fellowship program was established in 2005 with a very generous gift from David O’Brien for outstanding Masters or Doctoral students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism at the Faculty of Law, McGill University. O’Brien Fellowships are valued at $25,000 CAD per annum. Fellows pay fees at the level of Quebec residents and receive one travel grant per year to present their research results at an academic conference.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record and a strong research proposal in the field of human rights and legal pluralism.

APPLICATIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Applications are due on January 18, 2013. Further information and application instructions are available at

Professor Russell Miller Publishes Book on German Constitutional Law

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of Professor Russell Miller‘s book The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (Duke University Press). This renowned English-language guide to German constitutional law has been fully updated and significantly expanded to incorporate previously omitted topics and recent decisions of the German Federal Constitutional Court, and includes a new foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“In the endeavor to gain knowledge from the problems confronted and resolutions reached by our counterparts abroad, the work of Donald P. Kommers, now joined by Russell A. Miller, is a rich resource. Offering far more than excellent English-language translations of the decisions of a renowned tribunal, Professors Kommers and Miller supply incisive analyses and commentary. I am pleased to herald the publication of this third edition of a masterful text. . . . Brought right up to the moment . . . The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany is an engaging, enlightening, indispensable source for those seeking to learn from the text and context of German constitutional jurisprudence.”—From the foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, the Supreme Court of the United States

First published in 1989, The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany has become an invaluable resource for scholars and practitioners of comparative, international, and constitutional law, as well as of German and European politics. The third edition of this renowned English-language reference has now been fully updated and significantly expanded to incorporate both previously omitted topics and recent decisions of the German Federal Constitutional Court. As in previous editions, Donald P. Kommers and Russell A. Miller’s discussions of key developments in German constitutional law are augmented by elegantly translated excerpts from more than one hundred German judicial decisions.

Prof. Russell Miller

Compared to previous editions of The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany, this third edition more closely tracks Germany’s Basic Law and, therefore, the systematic approach reflected in the most- respected German constitutional law commentaries. Entirely new chapters address the relationship between German law and European and international law; social and economic rights, including the property and occupational rights cases that have emerged from reunification; jurisprudence related to issues of equality, particularly gender equality; and the tension between Germany’s counterterrorism efforts and its constitutional guarantees of liberty. Kommers and Miller have also updated existing chapters to address recent decisions involving human rights, federalism, European integration, and religious liberty.

For more information, and to order the book directly from Duke University Press, please visit

Professor Mark Drumbl Lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, and University of London; Addresses Conferences in The Hague and Australia; Appointed to AALS Committee

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Prof. Mark Drumbl

W&L law professor Mark Drumbl‘s book Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy, which published earlier this year, encourages a second look at how we think about child soldiers, and what effective rehabilitation and reintegration means for them. In the last week of October 2012, he lectured on the book at Cambridge, Oxford, and the University of London. The presentations connected the arguments in the book with major recent events, such as the Kony2012 video and judgments of international courts to convict and sentence high-profile defendants on charges of unlawful conscription, enlistment, or use of child soldiers.  You can listen to Professor Drumbl’s Cambridge lecture here.  The Oxford lecture is available here.

Professor Drumbl has written about these recent events in journals, blogs (here and here), and he has also spoken about them in you tube format. Reimagining Child Soldiers has received positive initial review, including on the Lawfare blog. Its first chapter has been translated into German for separate publication in Germany.

In September 2012, Prof. Drumbl spoke and chaired a panel discussion at a major conference held in the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, convened to discuss the Tenth Anniversary of the International Criminal Court.   He also participated in an on-line symposium on the question whether atrocity perpetrators who spare some group members should have that factor considered in mitigation of sentence. His comments are here.

Professor Drumbl was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee on Global Engagement of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).  The mandate of this committee is to present to the AALS Executive Committee a new approach to the internationalization of legal education in light of the changing demands on the legal profession.

In September Professor Drumbl presented a work-in-progress at an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Melbourne (Australia) entitled the Passions of International Law.  A paper he had previously presented at the Melbourne Law School, “Germans are the Lords and Poles are the Servants”: the Trial of Arthur Greiser in Poland, 1946 will be published as a chapter in a volume put out by Oxford University Press entitled Untold Stories: The Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials in early 2013. The Greiser trial is the first trial for the crime of waging aggressive war brought in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Professor Drumbl’s article The Curious Criminality of Mass Atrocity, which was initially presented in June 2012 in a conference in Amsterdam, will appear as a chapter in a book under contract with Oxford University Press.  Another article ‘She Makes Me Ashamed to Be a Woman’: The Genocide Conviction of Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, 2011, will appear in the Michigan Journal of International Law in 2013. Professor Drumbl also contributed to the to the Official French Commentary to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Université de Paris, 2011,, a piece entitled La CPI et les victimes d’atrocités.

Mark Drumbl is the Class of 1975 Alumni Professor at Washington & Lee University, School of Law, where he also serves as Director of the University’s Transnational Law Institute.

Today: Professor Robin Wilson at Georgetown Speaking on Religious Liberty

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Prof. Robin Wilson

W&L Law Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson has been invited to  invited to comment on Gerry Bradley’s new book, Challenges to Religious Liberty in the 21st Century.  Her comments will be part of an October 24 event at the The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.  This invitation comes in connection with Professor Wilson’s forthcoming article entitled The Calculus of Accommodation: Contraception, Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, and Other Clashes Between Religion and the State, which will be published in the Boston College Law Review in a few weeks.

Professor Wilson’s Article, which is available for download on SSRN, considers a burning issue in society today — whether, and under what circumstances, religious groups and individuals should be exempted from the dictates of civil law. The “political maelstrom” over the Obama administration’s sterilization and contraceptive coverage mandate is just one of many clashes between religion and the state. Religious groups and individuals have also sought religious exemptions to the duty to assist with abortions or facilitate same-sex marriages. In all these contexts, religious objectors claim a special right of entitlement to follow their religious tenets, in the face of equally compelling claims that religious accommodations threaten access and may impose significant costs on others. Legislators and other policymakers have struggled with how to advance two compelling, and at times conflicting, values — access and religious liberty. This Article examines, and responds to, a number of “sticking points” voiced by legislators about a qualified exemption for religious objectors that would permit them to step aside from facilitating same-sex marriages so long as no hardship will result. These concerns bear an uncanny resemblance to reasons why some believe the Obama administration should not yield further on the coverage mandate. Professor Wilson’s Article maintains that religious accommodations qualified by hardship to others can transform what could be a zero-sum proposition into one in which access and religious freedom can both be affirmed.

Professor Sally Wiant to Speak at Virginia Library Association Conference

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Prof. Sally Wiant

W&L Law Professor Sally Wiant will be part of a panel on Copyright Law and Fair Use Rights at the upcoming conference of the Virginia Library Association in Williamsburg this week.  Here is a description from the conference program:

More information is available to library users today, right? Not necessarily. Join two well- known copyright law professors/librarians to learn more about copyright law and how fair use rights are being challenged in the digital world. The speakers will discuss the Google book settlement, the Georgia State case, licensing restrictions, claims of copyright in previously considered public domain information, and more. They also will review recent international actions, which likely will influence the actions of Congress and U.S. courts. This program is sponsored by the Virginia Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Sally Wiant is a Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law and formerly served as the Director of the Law Library.

Professor Jim Moliterno Advises on Legal Education Reform In Eastern Europe

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment

W&L Law Professor James Moliterno has recently returned from Czech Republic and Slovakia.  In Czech Republic, he spoke on legal education reform and delivered a demonstration class in experiential style at the Palacky University Faculty of Law in Olomouc.  He and his colleagues there have created a year-long skills curriculum to complement their existing clinical offerings. The course has been quite successful, attracting English-speaking students from across Europe to take the course at Palacky University.

In Bratislava, Professor Moliterno met with representatives of the U.S. Embassy who have invited him to work with various Slovak NGOs, law faculties, and judicial organizations on legal education and judicial ethics reform.  He will venture back to meet with those groups in Slovakia as he returns from a planned trip to the Republic of Georgia in late November.  In Georgia, Professor Moliterno is working with the Lawyer Ethics Commission to upgrade its bar disciplinary processes.

James E. Moliterno is the Vincent Bradford Professor of Law and joined the Law School in 2009. He is one of the nation’s leading educators in experiential learning and legal professionalism,