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December 3 – 2013 | One Comment

Putin and the New World Order
With the growth of China and India the world is currently undergoing an unprecedented shift in economic power from West to East. As a corollary, a similar yet less visible shift is occurring geopolitically. In the last decade this latter shift accelerated as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s autocratic President, pivoted from Western integration to Eastern expansion.
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Minzner Calls for Changes to Higher Education in China

September 17 – 2013 |

Professor Carl Minzner recently wrote about China’s higher education bubble for China File. Minzner writes about the rapid expansion of Chinese universities after the government responded to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis by increasing towards higher education. Minzner says the result has been a drastic increase in the amount of college graduates.
Unfortunately, Minzner explains, the expansion has had many negative …

Hernández Uses Affirmative Action in Latin America as Guide for U.S.

September 17 – 2013 |

In a recent piece for Americas Quarterly, Professor Tanya Hernández discussed affirmative action policies in Latin America. Whereas Latin America is embracing affirmative action as a human right, there is growing belief in the United States that the government’s role in ensuring racial equality has become less necessary.
In fact, in the U.S., support for affirmative action is now based on …

Prof Gordon Argues for Legal Reform for Guest Workers

September 17 – 2013 |

Professor Jennifer Gordon recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about Jamaican guest workers who went on strike to protest very low wages and poor living conditions in Florida this summer. Unfortunately, the strike proved fruitless when their employer simply told the guest workers if they did not show up to work, immigration authorities and local law enforcement …

Professor Denno Comments on Fetal Homicide Law in Ohio Kidnapping

May 16 – 2013 |

Professor Deborah Denno appeared on Brian Lehrer last week to discuss the Ariel Castro kidnapping case in Ohio. Prosecutors in the case recently suggested that Castro may be charged with aggravated murder for inducing miscarriage in one of the women he held in captivity. If convicted, Castro could receive the death penalty.
Denno explained that there are 23 states, including Ohio, …

Professor Reidenberg Comments on Bloomberg Data Breach

May 16 – 2013 |

Professor Joel Reidenberg recently appeared on CNBC to comment on Bloomberg’s acknowledgement that some of its reporters had access to Bloomberg financial data terminals, which contain sensitive information about customers and transactions.
Although Reidenberg said that Bloomberg’s actions were not illegal, they were concerning.
I think it still raises some pretty serious questions about surveillance and spying. Americans generally are very concerned …

Leitner Center Releases Visual Report on International Tribunals

May 15 – 2013 |

The Leitner Center launched a new report authored by former center fellow Daniel McLaughlin titled “International Criminal Tribunals: A Visual Overview.”
The report uses both simple and elaborate visual aids—charts, graphs, and illustrations—to introduce readers to the broad work of international tribunals and the conflicts that led to their creation.
Media attention dedicated to the work of the tribunals is too often …

Professor Rayner Identifies Obama as Guantanamo Detainees’ Jailer

May 14 – 2013 |

In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Clinical Associate Professor Martha Rayner responded to President Obama’s recent news conference that addressed the hunger strikes occurring inside the prison walls of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
Rayner expressed concern that Obama failed to acknowledge that he is the current jailer of the Guantanamo detainees, particularly when he blamed …

Professor Reidenberg Discusses Domestic Use of Civilian Drones

May 7 – 2013 |

Professor Joel Reidenberg appeared on CBS New York last week to discuss the use of domestic drones. Any civilian can purchase a weaponless drone, which can have high-definition cameras and GPS devices, raising serious privacy concerns.
Reidenberg said “The unregulated use of private drones has a lot of creepy aspects to it.” He also said the law hasn’t caught up with …

Prof Griffith Says Increased M&A Activity Good for Grads

May 4 – 2013 |

Professor Sean Griffith, director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center, recently argued that the job market for recent graduate students isn’t as dismal as it’s made out to be.
In an article in the New York Law Journal, Griffith said that a recent boom in M&A work might be just the thing for well-positioned students to take advantage of while submitting …

Student Group Publishes Op-Eds Against Anti-Prostitution Pledge

May 3 – 2013 |

Last week, members of the Fordham Law Student Advocates for Sexual Health and Rights traveled with their faculty advisor Chi Mgbako to Washington, DC to observe oral arguments for USAID v. AOSI at the Supreme Court. In this First Amendment case, the Court will decide whether the United States government can condition USAID funding on an “anti-prostitution pledge”, which requires …