Professor Sterio Publishes Blog Post on Wallstrom Affair on Intlawgrrls: Je Suis Margot

WALLSTRÖM, MARGOT

Margot Wallstrom, Swedish Foreign Minister

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio has published a blog post on Intlawgrrls, discussing the Wallstrom Affair.  Margot Wallstrom is the Swedish Foreign Minister who openly criticized Saudi Arabia for its human (and women’s) rights abuses – particularly, for the Saudi regime’s decision to punish blogger and human rights activist, Raif Badawi, to a ten-year prison sentence and 1,000 lashes, and for the regime’s overall denial of the protection of women’s rights (as many know already, women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to travel or drive without a male guardian, and Saudi girls can be forced into child marriages).  The backlash against Wallstrom has been swift, by both Saudi Arabia and other, mostly Muslim and/or Arab states, as well as by others in the Swedish business community and government.  Professor Sterio’s post discusses the western media’s lack of coverage of the Wallstrom Affair and concludes that human (and women’s) rights appear to always lose out to other geo-political and business interests.

Professor Sterio’s post is available here.

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Professor Forte’s Essay Published by the Online Library of Law & Liberty

Professor David Forte’s essay, “When Thomas Jefferson Read the Qur’an,” has been published by the Online Library of Law & Liberty, a production of The Liberty Fund.  It can be read here.  In this essay, Professor Forte reviews Professor Denise Spellberg’s book, “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders.”  Professor Spellberg is an Associate Professor of history and Middle eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Professor Robertson interviewed on America’s Work Force radio show regarding natural gas pipeline eminent domain

Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, C|M|’s Steven W. Percy Distinguished Professor of Law, was interviewed on America’s Work Force, a daily radio show focusing on issues affecting American workers. It is hosted by Ed “Flash” Ferenc. The conversation concerned the Natural Gas Act and the process for natural gas pipeline eminent domain. In particular, the focus was on opportunities for public involvement. The show was aired on March 18, 2015 on WERE 1490 and is available here.

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Professor Sterio Publishes Article on Drones in Albany Government Law Review

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio published an article entitled “The Covert Use of Drones: How Secrecy Undermines Oversight and Accountability” in a special “Drones Issue” of the Albany Government Law Review (“Game of Drones: The Uses and Potential Abuses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the U.S. and Abroad, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2015).  The Drones Issue of the Albany Government Law Review was published as follow up to a March 2014 symposium at Albany Law School, which had been featured in the Wall Street Journal (available here).  Professor Sterio’s contribution, and those of other contributors, had been solicited by the journal editors.

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Professor Kalir Presents at Toledo Law School on Same-Sex Marriage & Jewish Law

Clinical Professor Doron Kalir

Clinical Professor Doron Kalir

As part of the faculty exchange program between University of Toledo Law School and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Clinical Professor Doron Kalir presented on March 17 his work-in-progress paper entitled “Same-Sex Marriage & Jewish Law: Time for a New Paradigm?” During his presentation, Prof. Kalir expressed his hope that the United States Supreme Court would soon grant the right to marry to all Americans, and that Jewish Law would follow suit.

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Professor Mika Presents at Rocky Mountain Regional Conference

karin_mika_2014_219Professor Karin Mika presented at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, which took place on March 6th and 7th at the University of New Mexico School of Law.  Professor Mika’s presentation was entitled “Does Size Really Matter? Intangibles as Affecting Course Evaluations as Well as Learning.”  Despite the provocative title, the presentation was about how various factors of the classroom — room size, class size, gender distribution, alpha students, etc. — affect perceptions of competency and what can be achieved in the classroom (both positively and negatively).  The discussion focused on what variables can be controlled and what, if anything, can be done when negative variables exist.

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Professor Sagers to Publish With Harvard University Press on the Apple “eBooks” Case

chris_sagers_329Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Distinguished Professor of Law, will publish his new book “Apple, Antitrust, and Irony” with Harvard University Press, with an anticipated publication date of early 2016. The book studies the Justice Department’s closely watched 2012 antitrust suit against the Apple computer corporation, in which it challenged Apple’s agreement with major publishers to fix the price of electronic books. Sagers takes the case as not only important in its own right, but as a case study in larger difficulties in competition policy.  At the heart of the case was this paradox: to most economists and antitrust lawyers, it was an easy case.  On the law and the facts, Apple and the publisher defendants plainly deserved to lose. Indeed, if Americans believed in competition as we typically claim to do, eBooks should have seemed like an easy case.  But to many people it seemed like a difficult case indeed.
For example, the defendant publishers argued that if they couldn’t protect themselves from unrestrained price competition, and above all from the cut-rate eBook prices being imposed on them by the retailer Amazon, they would be unable to survive. They claimed that price competition would spell the end of the paper book, of bookstores and traditional publishing, and would imperil even the livelihoods of writers and perhaps literature itself.  Sagers suggests reasons not only that these arguments were not persuasive, and don’t call for clemency for the eBooks defendants, but that in fact similar arguments have surfaced in all kinds of markets, in all kinds of circumstances, throughout the history of capitalism.  In the end, the eBooks case showed not that there are very important special cases calling for exemption from competition, but that competition itself is simply a rough business. If we are to have a competition policy–and we should–we have to make peace with its consequences in times of disruption and change.
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