Professor Sterio Attends Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands

Plenary

Plenary, Assembly of States Parties, International Criminal Court

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio attended the 17th annual Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Netherlands, from December 10-12.  The Assembly of States Parties is the ICC’s management oversight and legislative body, which consists of representatives of ICC member states.  Attendance at the Assembly is limited to member states’ representatives, as well as to delegates of accredited NGOs.  Professor Sterio attended the Assembly as a delegate of the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Washington, D.C.-based NGO which provides free legal assistance to parties involved in peace negotiations, drafts post-conflict constitutions, and works on transitional justice and war crimes prosecution issues.  Professor Sterio currently serves as one of three Directors of the PILPG Board of Directors.  Professor Sterio has also published a blog post on Intlawgrrls, describing her experience at this year’s ASP; the blog post, entitled “Three Themes from the 17th Assembly of States Parties of the ICC: New Prosecutor, Victims’ Role, and Cooperation,” is available here.

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Briefing of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda

World Forum

World Forum, site of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court

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Professor Geier Publishes 2019 Edition of her Federal Income Taxation e-Textbook

The updated 2019 edition of Professor Deborah Geier’s free e-textbook for the first course in Federal Income Taxation is now posted on CALI’s eLangdell’s website. The ePub format (for iPads) and the Mobi format (for Kindles) should be posted by December 20.

The 2019 edition incorporates all inflation-adjusted numbers (tax tables, standard deduction, payroll tax ceiling, etc.), updates some tables and graphs on economic data, and corrects mistakes that were inevitably made when Professor Geier had to incorporate all of the many changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in two frantic weeks last December so that professors who used the textbook in the spring semester had a fully updated version.

Here’s the link to the 2019 textbook: https://www.cali.org/books/us-federal-income-taxation-individuals

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Professor Geier Guest on the “Sound of Ideas” Radio Show on WCPN/90.3

Professor Deborah Geier was a guest on the “Sound of Ideas” program on WCPN 90.3 on Wednesday, November 28, to discuss the possible impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted last December on charitable giving. To listen to the program, go to minute 39 here:

http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/cuyahoga-county-jail-conditions-how-tax-reform-affects-charity-donations

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Prof. Sundahl Appointed as Advisor to NASA

Prof. Mark Sundahl was appointed last week by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to the NASA Advisory Council Regulatory and Policy Committee. The Committee will provide advice to the Administrator regarding the policy and regulatory changes that are needed to assist NASA in its mission to increase mankind’s understanding and use of outer space. In its first meeting at NASA Headquarters, the Committee issued recommendations to, among other things, increase the commercial use of the International Space Station through reform of the regulations regarding intellectual property rights and the access of commercial partners to privately-owned hardware installed on the ISS.  The Committee will continue to assist NASA in leveraging the strengths of the private sector in the development of human activity in Earth orbit, on the Moon, and eventually on Mars and other celestial bodies.

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Sagers Publishes in Oxford Research Encyclopedia

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, recently published “Antitrust Law as a Problem in Economics” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance. The Encyclopedias are a series of free online resources of the Oxford University Press, featuring contributions by leading experts and used by researchers around the world.

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Professor Kalir Successfully Represents CMBA in Disciplinary Proceedings

Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir recently served as an attorney for Relator Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association in disciplinary proceedings before the Ohio Supreme Court. In this role, Professor Kalir, who taught Legal Profession at the Law School, reviewed the voluminous investigation materials, authored a complaint, attended several hearings, and learned a great deal from Heather Zirke, CMBA’s Bar Counsel. Recently, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an order “accepting the Respondent’s application for resignation from the practice of law,” and closing the case.

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Professor Kalir Publishes a Position Paper on Scholars Strategy Network

Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir published a position paper on Scholars Strategy Network. The Paper, entitled The Need for Principled Balancing When Constitutional Values Collide, deals with the aftermath of Masterpiece Cakeshop, where the Supreme Court seems unwilling (or unable) to resolve the tension between two constitutional values – religious freedom, and equality. The paper argues, briefly, that the Court should adopt principled balancing formulas, much like other constitutional courts around the world, rather than attempt to resolve these collisions on a case-by-case basis.

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