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Student Commentary
15 Apr 2011

David J. Brunell is a 3L at Stetson University College of Law and is president of the school's Lambda Legal Society and chair of the Student Bar Association Diversity Committee... Recently the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would no longer defend in court Section 3 of the Defense of … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Mar 2011

Sarah Paulsworth, University of Pittsburgh School of Law '12, writes about the absence of alternative military service in Azerbaijan and of protections afforded to conscientious objectors (COs) under international law... The Imprisoned Activist and condition of CO's in Azerbaijan On March 4, 2011 well-known Azerbaijani activist, former parliamentary candidate Bakhtiyar … [read more]


Student Commentary
18 Mar 2011

Anna Mandel, Boston College '11, writes about confidentiality obligations imposed by courts of arbitration and host governments in France and the United Kingdom... Confidentiality has historically been an attractive element of international commercial arbitration because it is paramount for respondent companies to keep the content of negative allegations unavailable to … [read more]


Student Commentary
11 Mar 2011

Javier Centonzio, Stetson Law '12, is an Iraq War veteran. He writes about the veterans issues addressed by Veteran Treatment Courts... Throughout our nation's history we have resorted to armed conflict to resolve differences among ourselves and other nations. We have been ready and willing to send our young men … [read more]


Student Commentary
22 Feb 2011

Ekaterina Sivolobova, a student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes about the failure of the Uruguayan Reparations Law to address Uruguay's responsibilities under international law... One of the legal consequences of failing to protect victims of human rights abuses is the state's obligation … [read more]


Student Commentary
8 Feb 2011

Christian Ohanian, University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel-Hill Law '11, is a certified legal student at the University of North Carolina's Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic. He writes about the difficulty confronting asylum applicants from politically controversial states... Iraq has been embroiled in sectarian violence and general social upheaval … [read more]


Student Commentary
1 Feb 2011

Sara Burhan Abdullah, Pitt Law LLM '08 and JD '11, was a judge at the Iraqi National Rounds for the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. She shares her impressions of Iraqi students and judges' performance... I was invited to judge the Iraqi National Rounds for the Jessup International Moot Court … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Jan 2011

Brittany Haglund, Widener Law '11, is President of Widener's Military Law Society and a military spouse. She writes about Congress' recent repeal of President Clinton's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy... On December 18, 2010, Congress voted to repeal President Clinton's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy (DADT). Six days later, a … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Jan 2011

Sarah Robison, University of Minnesota Law School '12, writes about the possible deleterious impact of the citizen-contractor loophole on asylum applicants... Individuals applying for political asylum in the United States often believe that applying for asylum will alleviate their fear of persecution, but often do not realize that a citizen-contractor … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 Jan 2011

Joseph Schaeffer, Pitt Law '12, attended the Hot Shale Plays conference co-hosted by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Energy and Mineral Law Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He writes about the Pittsburgh City Council's ban on Marcellus Shale drilling... Pittsburgh recently played host to a RMMLF and EMLF co-sponsored … [read more]


Student Commentary
3 Nov 2010

Martin Gutmann, Pitt Law '11, is a student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's new Immigration Law Clinic. He writes on the importance of cultural competency when working with clients... The University of Pittsburgh recently took stock of its changing surroundings and started an Immigration Law Clinic. Pittsburgh, … [read more]


Student Commentary
5 Oct 2010

Robyn Monaco, Rutgers Newark School of Law '11 and Political Science Masters Candidate '12, writes about her experience with Maritime Writs of Attachment in the New York banking industry and the veritable blizzard of filings brought on by a single court decision... Frequently with international overseas transactions, banks that are … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Sep 2010

Joe Gonzales, University College London M.A. Human Rights '10, is a current intern with Survival International. He writes on the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve's struggle to secure water rights from the Botswanan government... On July 21 the High Court of Botswana (the High Court) dismissed [PDF] a … [read more]


Student Commentary
26 Sep 2010

Saleh Al Amer, Pitt Law '11, recently interned with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington, DC. Saleh is the President of the Muslim Law Students Association at the University of Pittsburgh and writes on discrimination against Muslims in Europe and the United States... On September 14th, 2010, the French … [read more]


Student Commentary
9 Sep 2010

Brett Stark, Harvard Law School '12, interned with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). He writes about the virtues of organizations that promote the rights of all rather than the interests of any particular group... Israel, the West Bank and Gaza remain at the center of one of … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Aug 2010

Joseph Schaeffer, Pitt Law '12, recently attended a Coal Law Short Course sponsored by the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation and hosted at the West Virginia University College of Law... In Appalachia, Coal is King. Coal-fired power plants provide the majority of the region's electricity, and it's difficult to find … [read more]


Student Commentary
13 Aug 2010

Zana Berisha and Kutjesa Nezaj, both 2010 graduates of the Pitt Law LL.M. program, are Kosovar citizens and write about the International Court of Justice's recent decision on their country's Declaration of Independence... When the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its decision on the legality of Kosovo's Declaration of … [read more]


Student Commentary
6 Aug 2010

Emma Founds, Pitt Law '11, traveled to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) through Pitt's Center for International Legal Education and reports on the ICTR's difficulty in prosecuting gender-based crimes, such as rape and sexual assault... While there have been major advancements in the prosecution of gender crimes internationally, … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Jul 2010

Jonathan Cohen, Pitt Law '12, studied in Jerusalem as part of a program hosted by the Touro College Law Center and sponsored by Pitt's Center for International Legal Education. He writes about the differences between Israel and the United States in the areas of judicial appointments and judicial review... This … [read more]


Student Commentary
21 Jul 2010

Megan McKee, Pitt Law '12, is currently an intern with Montreal's Social Justice Committee (SJC). She writes about the SJC's advocacy for corporate accountability in the extractive industries... In May I began working for the Social Justice Committee (SJC) of Montreal as a corporate accountability intern. The SJC is an … [read more]


Student Commentary
15 Jul 2010

Andrew Vogeler, Pitt Law '12 and Nordenberg Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, writes about attempts to harmonize contract law in the European Union... Lately, there has been much debate over the proper direction of the European Union in response … [read more]


Student Commentary
7 Jul 2010

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11, writes on the detention of Peter Erlinder, law professor and defense counsel at the ICTR, in light of her recent visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda... In a recent piece for JURIST Dateline, I wrote about a visit that I had made to … [read more]


Student Commentary
30 Jun 2010

Ingrid Burke, Pitt Law '11, traveled to the ICTR in Tanzania with Professor Charles Jalloh through Pitt Law's Center for International Legal Education... As part of a group of Pitt Law students, I recently had the opportunity to spend three days observing the inner workings of the International Criminal Tribunal … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Jun 2010

Brittany Conkle, Pitt Law '10, recently visited the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, as part of a program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Center for International Legal Education. She shares her perspective... I would be deliberately nonchalant if I neglected to … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 Jun 2010

Kristine Long, Jurist Student Staff Association (JSSA) President, Pitt Law '11, attended the First Annual JSSA Debate... The first debate hosted by the JURIST Student Staff Association concerned the heated topics of terrorism and national security. These topics have became increasingly relevant to Americans in the wake of 9/11, as … [read more]

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