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Prof. Christopher Bruner’s Book Recommended by Aspen Institute

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Christopher Bruner

Prof. Christopher Bruner

Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner’s recent book, Corporate Governance in the Common-Law World (Cambridge), was recently recommended by the Aspen Institute’s Corporate Values Strategy Group.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Aspen Corporate Values Strategy Group (CVSG) is focused on ensuring that corporate and investment practice better supports the long-term health of society.

Published earlier this year, Prof. Bruner’s book examines the corporate governance powers possessed by shareholders in the U.S. and other common-law countries. Bruner finds, contrary to popular belief, that shareholders in the U.K. and other common-law jurisdictions are both more powerful and more central to the aims of the corporation than are shareholders in the U.S. The vexing question, explored by Bruner’s book, is why.

You can read more about Professor Bruner’s new book here.

Prof. Jim Moliterno Presents on Judicial Reform and Lawyer Ethics

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Jim Moliterno

Prof. Jim Moliterno

Washington and Lee law professor Jim Moliterno was in the Republic of Georgia last week attending a forum on proposed legislation that would advance the independence of the judiciary.  Proposals include life-tenure for judges and new selection procedures. In addition, he conducted a training workshop for the Ethics Commission and the Georgian Bar Association.  Topics will include important, new cooperation between state prosecutors and defense lawyers and advanced ethics training for lawyers to follow the two years of more basic lawyer ethics training that he has designed, and amendments to the disciplinary procedures.

This week, Prof. Moliterno heads to Slovakia where he is consulting for the U.S. Embassy on judicial branch reforms and lawyer ethics in law schools. On October 2, he will present on judicial independence issues to a meeting of about 15 ambassadors and mission chiefs. Later that day, he will meet with business leaders to discuss the benefits of more advanced systems of lawyer ethics and judicial accountability. On October 3, he will participate in a forum on spreading legal ethics courses to several law schools in the country.  And finally, on October 4, Moliterno will present to the Slovakian Judicial Academy on impartiality, independence, and ethics issues for judges in their dealings with media.

Call for Papers: CONVERGE! Conference

September 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Friends,

Please join us for the CONVERGE! Conference.

CONVERGE! Re-Imagining the Movement to End Gender Violence
February 7-8, 2014
Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.   |   Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Hosted by University of Miami School of Law, University of Miami School of Law Race & Social Justice Law Review, Miami Worker’s Center Sisterhood of Survivors, and Center on Applied Feminism-University of Baltimore School of Law.

Register   |   Call for Papers & Presentations

For more than 40 years, gender violence has been the focus of U.S. feminist activism.

Where are we headed now?

The CONVERGE! conference will bring together survivorsactivistslawyersservice providers, and academics to reconsider the dominant U.S. responses to gender violence, to build capacity for political mobilization and reform, to share innovative approaches to gender violence, and to promote cross-fertilization and collaboration. Join the CONVERGE! conversation to build a transformative political agenda to refocus U.S. priorities in ways that better address the intersecting inequalities that create and maintain gender violence.



Donna Coker, University of Miami School of Law
Marcia Olivo, Miami Worker’s Center Sisterhood of Survivors
Leigh Goodmark, Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism, University of Baltimore School of Law

Call for Papers: Reflections on Foreign National Prisoners

September 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Punishment, Citizenship and Identity: Reflections on Foreign National Prisoners

Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

 Monday, 24th March 2014


Ines HasselbergSarah Turnbull and Mary Bosworth – Centre for Criminology, U. of Oxford

Statistical accounts tell us that a growing number of foreign national prisoners are incarcerated throughout the penal systems of Europe, North America and elsewhere. For the most part, however, scholars in prison studies have paid little attention to this population, or to the implications it has for our understanding of identity, penal power and legitimacy. In this seminar, we seek to address this gap in the literature when discussing the relevance of citizenship and migration for our understanding of imprisonment while noting the overlaps with long-standing matters of gender, ethnic and racial difference.

The incarceration of foreign national prisoners is of particular relevance in the context of national and regional security agendas in which foreigners have been increasingly conceptualised as a ‘risk,’ and national immigration policies have been tightened, making it harder to arrive legally and easier to remove unwanted non-citizens. These processes have implications for the nature of the prison population as well as for how imprisonment is experienced. Specifically, it suggests that incarceration can no longer be detached from the broader context of transnational mobility.

We call for contributions that seek to address these issues from a variety of starting points, including but not limited to: Why are foreign national prisoners so over-represented across a number of states? How do their experiences differ from native-born minority populations? How do various prison systems negotiate diversity, citizenship and cultural cohesion? What does the increasing number of foreign-nationals in prison tell us about the role of the prison in carving out national identity and aiding in regimes of border control? How do prisoners respond to these experiences? Are there differences in women’s and men’s experiences?

We welcome contributions approaching the issue from different geographical sites, angles and disciplinary fields.

Proposals should be sent by email to the convenors by Monday, 30thSeptember 2013 and consist of a title, abstract (250 words) and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). Accepted authors are expected to submit their draft papers to the convenors by the 28th February 2014. The seminar will take place in Oxford (UK) on the 24th March 2014.

Please feel free to email Ines if you have any queries regarding the seminar and/or the call for papers.

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September 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Vanderbilt Law School’s Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program invites submissions for its 2014 New Voices in Civil Justice Scholarship Workshop, to be held May 12-13, 2014, at Vanderbilt Law School.

The Branstetter Program draws on a multimillion-dollar endowment to support research and curriculum in civil litigation and dispute resolution. Held annually, the Branstetter New Voices Workshop brings together junior scholars, senior scholars, and Vanderbilt faculty in the areas of civil justice.

This year, three junior scholars will be selected via a blind review process to present at the New Voices Workshop. Past participants include Nora Freeman Engstrom (Stanford), Myriam Gilles (Cardozo), Alexandra Lahav (Connecticut), Margaret Lemos (Duke), Benjamin Spencer (Washington & Lee), Amanda Tyler (George Washington), and Tobias Wolff (Penn).

The New Voices format maximizes collegial interaction and feedback. Paper authors do not deliver prepared “presentations.” Rather, all participants read the selected papers prior to the session, and at each workshop, a senior faculty member provides a brief overview and commentary on the paper. Open and interactive discussion immediately follows.

Submission requirements: 

1. Subject matter. Submitted papers should address an aspect of civil justice, broadly defined. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to, civil procedure, complex litigation, evidence, federal courts, judicial decision-making, alternative dispute resolution, remedies, and conflict of laws. In keeping with the intellectual breadth of the Branstetter Program faculty, the Workshop welcomes all scholarly methodologies, from traditional doctrinal analysis to quantitative or experimental approaches.

2. Author qualifications. To be eligible to submit a paper, scholars must currently hold either a faculty position or a fellowship.

3. Format / Anonymity. We will consider preliminary drafts, drafts under submission, or accepted papers that will not be published by the time of the workshop. Papers should be formatted either in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. To maintain the anonymity of the process, please remove any self-identifying information from the submission.

4. Deadline. Submissions should be e-mailed to no later than January 1, 2014. Please include your name, current position, and contact information in the e-mail accompanying the submission. We will contact you with our decision by February 15. Final drafts are due no later than April 15.

The Branstetter Program will pay all reasonable travel expenses within the United States for invited participants. Additional information can be found at If you have any questions, please email the chair of the selection committee, Brian Fitzpatrick, at

Prof. Russ Miller Presents at Goethe Institute Ahead of German Elections

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Russell Miller

Prof. Russell Miller

Washington and Lee law professor Russ Miller presents this week at a special event at the Geothe Institute in Chicago. The event, sponsored by the Goethe Institute of Chicago, the international law firm Goldberg Kohn, and the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association, is a round table discussion occurring just days before Germany’s federal election including scholars and diplomats on the legal framework for German democracy, the constitutional issues at stake in the election, and the politics and policies at the center of the political season.

Miller is author (with Donald Kommers) of the third edition of the book The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (Duke Press 2013). He is KoRSE Fellow at the University of Freiburg, a former Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law (Heidelberg), and an alum of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

More information about the program is available at the event website.

Prof. Mark Drumbl Presents on Piracy at Case Western

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Prof. Mark Drumbl

Prof. Mark Drumbl

On Sept. 6, Washington and Lee law professor Mark Drumbl participated in a conference at Case Western Reserve School of Law titled “End Game! An International Conference on Combating Piracy.” The event was sponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the American Society of International Law, the Public International Law and Policy Group, the International Criminal Law Network, and the American Branch of the International Law Association. From the conference website:

For the moment pirate attacks are down, but piracy continues to present a major threat to world shipping. Even with greatly expanded patrolling by international navies and increased use of private security forces, there have been 48 pirate attacks, 448 seamen were held hostage by pirates, and global economic losses due to piracy topped 5 billion dollars in the last twelve months. Meanwhile, renewed political turmoil in Somalia and Yemen is sowing the seeds for a fresh generation of pirates with increasingly deadly tactics. This conference brings together two-dozen of the world’s foremost counter-piracy experts to analyze the novel legal challenges and options related to this new phase in the fight against piracy.

Drumbl presented as part of a panel titled “Deterring the Use of Child Pirates.” Drumbl is author of  Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy (Oxford University Press), a ground-breaking book that challenges much of conventional wisdom when it comes to preventing child soldiering, meaningfully reintegrating child soldiers, and engaging with former child solders as vibrant contributors to post-conflict reconciliation.