October 9, 2010
Professor Juan E. Mendez to Deliver "Justice, Peace and Prevention" Lecture at the University of Baltimore
Professor Juan E. Mendez will deliver the 2010 Center for International and Comparative Law Lecture at the University of Baltimore. The title of the lecture is "Justice, Peace and Prevention" and will be given on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 5 pm in the John and Frances Angelos Law Center in Baltimore.
Professor Mendez is the former Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and an advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. He has been nominated for the position of UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Professor Mendez has also served as the Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica, as a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and as president of that organization in 2002. Professor Mendez is a native of Argentina with a long and distinguished record of defending human rights. His work on behalf of human rights led to his arrest, torture and detention in Argentina. As a result, Amnesty International named him a "prisoner of conscience." He is the recipient of several human rights awards. Professor Mendez is currently a visiting professor at the American University Washington College of Law.
October 8, 2010
LinkedIn Group for Fans of the Jessup Competition
Did you compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition? Or serve as a judge? Or maybe you are a law student who is on a team now or planning to be next year? Or maybe you are (or were) a member of your school's International Law Society. There is a group on LinkedIn for Fans of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and the International Law Students Association (which sponsors the Jessup Competition). Click here to learn more about the group. And click here to learn more about ILSA and this year's Jessup problem.
New Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Completed
Negotiations over the final text of a new multilateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have been completed in Tokyo this week. The negotiations included all 27 European Union (EU) Member States, plus 10 others, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Mexico and the United States. Supporters argue that ACTA is necessary to combat the growing trade in counterfeited goods and online piracy. Critics contend that the omission of China from the negotiations makes the new agreement almost worthless from the start. Critics have also raised concerns about large scale monitoring of Internet users and the possibility of third party liability whereby Internet service providers may be liable for infringement that takes place on their networks. Defenders of the agreement argue that the final text adequately addresses these concerns and requires that it be implemented in a manner that avoids the creation of barriers to legitimate activity. See the Preamble and Article 2. The latest draft may be found here. It is expected to be open for signature within the next few weeks and will take effect once it has been ratified by at least six States.
October 6, 2010
Q&A on Bribery and Corruption
Professor Michael Koehler, author of the FCPA Professor Blog, recently had the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with Richard Alderman, Director of the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (SFO), on issues relating to bribery and corruption. A summary of their exchange is posted on the FCPA Professor Blog, along with a link to the full Q&A session. Professor Koehler posed approximately 30 questions to Mr. Alderman. In his answers, Mr. Alderman: (i) compares and contrasts the SFO's role with the U.S. Department of Justice's role in enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including the more active and independent role U.K. courts have in reviewing SFO charging decisions; (ii) talks about voluntary disclosure, and the role of non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements; (iii) discusses reputational harm, debarment, and reparations; and (iv) talks specifically about the Bribery Act. Of particular note to academics, on pages 16-17 of the exchange, Mr. Alderman seeks input from the academic community on a variety of issues and makes an offer to assist academics in their work.
October 5, 2010
Villanova Hosts Symposium in Honor of Professor John F. Murphy
2010 marks 40 years of service to the legal academy for Professor John F. Murphy of Villanova Law School. Professor Murphy is a well known scholar of international law and has most recently published, The Evolving Dimensions of International Law: Hard Choices for the World Community (Cambridge University Press). Professor Murphy's friends, colleagues and former students will gather to honor him and celebrate his contributions to international law with a series of lectures on international law at a symposium to be held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the Villanova University School of Law. The program begins at 8 am and lasts until 3 pm. Other participating law professors include Mark W. Janis (Connecticut), David Stewart (Georgetown), John Noyes (California Western), Stephen Zamora (Houston), Charles Gustafson (Georgetown) , among several others. Members of the public wishing to participate in the symposium may register at http://www.law.villanova.edu/events.
October 4, 2010
A Human Right to Water and Sanitation
The UN Human Rights Council has affirmed that the right to water and sanitation is contained in existing human rights treaties, and that States have the primary responsibility to ensure the full realisation of this and all other basic human rights. It is the first time that the Human Rights Council has declared itself on the issue.
Almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water and more than 2.6 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. Studies also indicate about 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year and 443 million school days are lost because of water- and sanitation-related diseases.
A General Assembly resolution adopted earlier this year recognized the fundamental right to clean water and sanitation, but did not specify that the right entailed legally binding obligations. The Human Rights Council closed this gap by clarifying the foundation for recognition of the right and the applicable legal standards.
(Adapted from a UN Press Release)
October 3, 2010
The Role of Courts in the Development of U.S. Trademark Law
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will host a lecture on November 3, 2010 by Professor Graeme B. Dinwoodie, University of Oxford, Faculty of Law. The topic is “The Role of the Courts in the Development of U.S. Trademark Law”. The talk will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.