Professor Kalir Presents on Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination at CMBA

Doron Kalir

Clinical Professor Doron Kalir

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 Clinical Professor of Law Doron Kalir participated as a panelist in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA)’s “Hot Talks” series. The discussion, entitled “Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” also featured professor Jonathan Adler of Case Western Law School, and Hon. William Vodrey, a magistrate of Cleveland Municipal Court since 2001.

In his presentation, Kalir made among others the argument that the current nomination resembles, in more ways than one, the Bork nomination of 1987 (for example, both nominees had stellar academic credentials (with Yale Law School behind them); both served, with distinction, one Republican president only to be nominated by another; both served on the D.C. Circuit at the time of their nomination; and both held distinct views on presidential powers, gun control, and abortion rights (to name a few), which were far to the right of many). Alas, Kalir explained that recent changes in the nomination proceeding – requiring only 51 senate votes to confirm – as well as the general shift in public opinion would likely lead to a different result this time than the failed Bork attempt of yore. Finally, since the seat now vacated by Justice Kennedy is the very same seat for which Bork was originally nominated in 1987, Kalir concluded that the Republicans have won the long game over these issues.


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Professor Sterio Publishes Blog Post on New United States’ Policy Re: International Criminal Court

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio published a blog post on Intlawgrrls entitled “Commentary on John Bolton’s Speech Regarding New American Policy on the International Criminal Court.”  In this post, Professor Sterio argues that the new American policy vis-a-vis the ICC, as announced by John Bolton, would be detrimental to United States’ global interests.  In addition, Professor Sterio highlights several factually inaccurate claims about the ICC, which were part of Bolton’s speech.

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Professor Sterio Publishes Book, “Secession in International Law”

Milena Sterio Book Cover

Professor Milena Sterio’s book, “Secession in International Law: A New Framework,” was published by Edward Elgar.  In this book, Professor Sterio proposes a new legal framework for secession.  She addresses the inadequacy of existing legal norms, case studies, such as Bangladesh, Eritrea, East Timor, Kosovo, Scotland, and Catalonia, and she then proposes a normative framework on secession, which would attempt to reconcile competing claims of territorial integrity (of the mother state) and secession (of the separatist entity).

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Professor Sterio Presents at American Society of International Law-Midwest Workshop

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio presented at the American Society of International Law (ASIL)- Midwest Interest Group Annual Workshop, which was held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, on September 7-8.  Professor Sterio presented a paper entitled “Self-Determination and Secession in Kurdistan and Catalonia.”  Professor Sterio served as Co-Chair of the ASIL-Midwest Interest Group last year; in her capacity as outgoing Co-Chair, she helped to organize this year’s Workshop.

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Sagers Appears in Slate and Times of London; Other News

Chris Sagers, the James A. Thomas Professor of Law, wrote in Slate Magazine with Robert Lande of the University of Baltimore about the censorship of conservative views on social media platforms. They observe that if that censorship happens, it does seem objectionable, but that it might have been avoided if the same conservatives now complaining had given more support to our antitrust laws when they might have helped control the growing power of those platforms.
Sagers was also quoted in The Times of London about the likelihood of American antitrust action against the online retail firm Amazon.
Sagers also took part in a blog symposium on the one-year anniversary of Amazon’s acquisition of the grocery chain Whole Foods.
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Professor Sterio Participates in International Humanitarian Law Dialogs

Professor and Associate Dean Milena Sterio moderated a session entitled “Victims and International Criminal Tribunals” at International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, a conference which takes place annually at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and which bring together academics and practitioners in the field of international criminal law.  Professor Sterio had organized this session in her capacity as editor of the Intlawgrrls blog, which had sponsored this session.  Intlawgrrls is an academic blog dedicated to discussions of international law and policy and open to female contributors only.  Professor Sterio is a member of the Advisory Board of International Law Dialogs, and has also helped to organize this year’s conference in general.

Professor Sterio published a blog post on this year’s female voices at International Humanitarian Law Dialogs on Intlawgrrls; the post is available here.

In addition, Professor Sterio’s remarks from last year’s International Humanitarian Law Dialogs were published in the “Proceedings of the Eleventh International Humanitarian Law Dialogs,” a conference volume published by the American Society of International Law.  Professor Sterio had delivered the “Year in Review” lecture at last year’s Dialogs.

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Professor Forte Interviewed on WHK Radio Program

On August 14, Professor David Forte was interviewed by Molly Smith on the program, “From the Median,” on WHK radio discussing what has been called the modern day genocide of Down syndrome children. The interview can be accessed here:

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