Monday, June 14, 2010
The New York Times reports that the United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan. These deposits show mineral resources far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials interviewed by the New York Times.
The mineral deposits include huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold, lithium and other minerals essential to modern industry. U.S. officials believe that with this discovery, Afghanistan could become one of the most important mining centers in the world.
Radio Australia reports that Japan has already started its summer whaling hunt in the northwest Pacific Ocean less than 10 days before the annual whaling commission meets. The Japanese whaling fleet reportedly left port yesterday to hunt 260 whales before it will return in August.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Ethan Burger has accepted a three-year Senior Lectureship at University of Wollongong Faculty of Law in New South Wales, Australia. He will be attached to the University's Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention. He is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.
The latest issue of the East Asia Law Review is available by clicking here. Articles of interest to readers of this blog include Korean Legal Education for the Age of Professionalism: Suggestions for More Concerted Curricula by Young-Cheol Jeong.
To see past issues of the East Asia Law Review, click here and you will see a list on the left hand column. There does not appear to be a comprehensive index of the volumes published, but all of the articles seem to be there and can be easily downloaded.
The East Asia Law Review is published by the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. It functions both as an independent, student-edited journal and as a group for Penn Law students interested in comparative legal issues in East Asia. It was previously called the China Law & Policy Review.
The U.S. State Department certified that the government of Serbia is cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), taking steps that are consistent with the Dayton Accords to end Serbian financial, political, security and other support which has served to maintain separate Republika Srpska institutions. It also certified that Serbia is taking steps to implement policies that reflect a respect for minority rights and the rule of law. See Fed. Reg. 33,376 for more details.
(Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office)