Georgia Law Professor Harlan Cohen publishes in Temple Law symposium issue exploring book by Anne Orford

Harlan Grant Cohen, who is Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center here at the University of Georgia School of Law, has contributed to a special symposium issue containing essays on International Law and the Politics of History, a book published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press and written by Melbourne Law School Professor Anne Orford.

Cohen’s essay, “Journeys through Space and Time While Reading International Law and the Politics of History, Found on a Palimpsest, Translated for You, the Reader,” appears at 36 Temple International & Comparative Law Journal 129 (2022) (SSRN).

The issue developed out of a spring 2022 workshop at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, organized by Temple Law Professor Jeffrey L. Dunoff. As described by Dunoff, Cohen’s essay appears in the issue’s “final cluster of papers,” which consider “disciplinary identities and the politics of the encounter between law and history. ” Dunoff continued:

“Cohen’s highly creative contribution takes the form of a dialogue between study partners attempting to understand a fragmentary portion of a text that purports to describe a conflict between a historian and a legal scholar. This dialogue — which both expressly refers to and is reminiscent of a hevrutah, or partner-based form of studying religious texts common in Jewish communities — defies efforts at summary.

“Suffice to say that it touches on a dazzlingly wide range of issues, including disciplinary identity, different forms of knowledge, competing theories of meaning, the limits of language, and the possibility of plural truths, among other topics.”

Contributing to the special symposium issue — in addition to Cohen, Dunoff, and Orford — were Natasha Wheatley, Afroditi Giovanopoulou, Kunal M. Parker, Morten Rasmussen, Megan Donaldson, Francisco-José Quintana and Sarah M.H. Nouwen, David Schneiderman, Karen J. Alter, Lauri Mälksoo, Oliver Diggelmann, and Steven Ratner.

“Intersection of Law and Technology,” 2023 symposium of Georgia Law Review, to take place on March 24

“The Intersection of Law and Technology,” the annual Georgia Law Review conference, will be held Friday, March 24, 2023, here at the University of Georgia School of Law.

According to organizers, the symposium will explore “cybersecurity, regulations affecting new technology, and much more.” Sessions include:

9:30-10:30 a.m.: “Cyber Regulations” with Professors Asaf Lubin, Indiana-Bloomington Law, and Gregory Dickinson, St. Thomas Law. Moderated by Georgia Law Professor Thomas Kadri.

10:45-11:45 a.m.: “Innovations in Space and War” with Professors Rebecca Hamilton, American University Law, and Monika Ehrman, SMU Law. Moderated by Georgia Law Professor Melissa J. “MJ” Durkee, who is also the law school’s Associate Dean for International Programs and Director of its Dean Rusk International Law Center.

1-2 p.m. “Regulatory Problems with New Technology” with Professors Amanda Reid, University of North Carolina Law, Dan Burk, University of California-Irvine Law, and Sharon Cop, University of Haifa Law. Moderated by Georgia Law Professor Adam Orford.

3:15-4:15 p.m. Keynote address by two distinguished Georgia Law alumni, Roy E. Hadley Jr., whose many positions include Independent Counsel, Adams and Reese LLP, Atlanta, and Matthew Grocoff, whose many positions include founding principal of THRIVE Collaborative, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

CLE credit will be available. Details, including in-person and online registration, here.

Georgia Law Professor Amann presents in Geneva conference on children and International Criminal Court

Georgia Law Professor Diane Marie Amann presented Thursday in a 2-day global conference entitled “A New Path towards Accountability for Crimes and Violations affecting Children in Armed Conflict.” Sponsor of the event, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in a hybrid format, was the nongovernmental organization Save the Children.

Amann’s online presentation at last week’s conference concerned the ICC Office of the Prosecutor Policy on Children (2016) (left), which she helped research and draft. She recapped the 4-year process leading to publication of the 2016 Policy, surveyed key points in its content, and suggested areas in which the policy and its implementation could be enhanced.

Amann is Regents’ Professor of International Law, Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center here at the University of Georgia School of Law. By appointment of ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Amann served from 2012 to 2021 as the first Special Adviser to the ICC Prosecutor on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict. She continues to publish and present on issues relation to international child law. (prior posts)

Indeed, such an enhancement effort began at Thursday’s event: ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan QC, who took office in mid-2021, announced the launch of a process “to build upon, and renew,” the 2016 Policy. He issued a public call for submission of suggestions, as part of a consultation process set to unfold in the new few months.

Assisting in this Policy-renewal process will be Amann’s successor as Special Adviser in this area: Véronique Aubert, who is also the Lead on Children & Armed Conflict at Save the Children. Aubert spearheaded the organization of last week’s conference in Geneva.

Georgia Law Professor Christopher Bruner presents on corporate sustainability disclosure in joint Minnesota-Dublin seminar

Christopher M. Bruner, the Stembler Family Distinguished Professor in Business Law here at the University of Georgia School of Law, recently took part in a seminar session on corporate sustainability disclosures, presented online for students at the University of Minnesota Law School and University College Dublin Sutherland School of Law.

“Sustainability Disclosure Around the World” was the title of the presentation by Bruner, a scholar of corporate law, corporate governance, comparative law, and sustainability, whose most recent book is The Corporation as Technology: Re-Calibrating Corporate Governance for a Sustainable Future (OUP 2022) (prior posts).

Joining Bruner in presenting the seminar were Professor Brett McDonnell, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at Minnesota Law, and Xiaoyu Gu, who is a Managing Director at AB CarVal, a global alternative investment management firm. Professor Claire Hill, who is James L. Krusemark Chair in Law at Minnesota Law, and Professor Joe McGrath, of University College Dublin Law, convened the event.

In day-long event capping Georgia Law course, international law students hack global problem of space debris

Five teams of J.D., LL.M., M.S.L., and Graduate Certificate in International Law students spent Saturday endeavoring to solve the global problem of what to do about the debris – that is, junk – which litters outer space. The day-long “Space Junk Hackathon” was hosted by the University of Georgia School of Law Dean Rusk International Law Center. It brought to a close an innovative Spring 2023 international law course taught by Professor Melissa J. “MJ” Durkee, the law school’s Associate Dean for International Programs, Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, and Allen Post Professor.

As detailed in prior posts here and here, this course began with a Space Law Speaker Series featuring, over the course of January and February, presentations by four expert academics and practitioners: Christopher JohnsonTanja Masson-ZwaanCris van Eijk, and Kathleen Doty.

At Saturday’s hackathon, Professor Durkee reviewed with students aspects of the space junk problem, as described by the series of speakers. She noted the inadequacy of existing international and domestic regulations – among them, the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which was signed on behalf of the United States by then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk, our Center’s namesake.

Having recapped the problem, Durkee told students, “Your task is to solve it!”, by devising law or policy interventions. The star-named student teams, Antares, Polaris, Rigel, Sirius, and Vega, then decamped to breakout rooms and went to work.

At day’s end, the teams presented their proposals before three judges: Professor Durkee, Georgia Law Professor Christian Turner, and Jackson Tilley, Ph.D. candidate at our university’s School of Public & International Affairs. All students were praised for their creative interventions. Team Polaris, comprising Alma Bajramović, Kyle Renner, Bobby Dong, and Nishka Malik, was named the strongest.

Assisting with administration as part of their work on Georgia Law’s Graduate Certificate in International Law – for which this was a required course – were the staff members of our Center’s Global Practice Preparation portfolio, Sarah Quinn and Catrina Martin.

Georgia Law Prof Amann presents on children and peace agreements at California-Davis Law symposium

Georgia Law Professor Diane Marie Amann spoke on “Children, Armed Conflict, and Peace Agreements” Friday in a hybrid symposium at the University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Amann, who is Regents’ Professor of International Law, Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center here at the University of Georgia School of Law, gave an online presentation, as part of a panel on “Human Rights and Social Justice in the International Sphere,” which also featured Wadie E. Said, who is the Miles and Ann Loadholt Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Their talks were part of “Justice in War and Conflict: The Role of International and Humanitarian Law,” this year’s annual symposium of the University of California, Davis, Journal of International Law and Policy.

Professor’s Amann’s talk drew upon her research into children and peace settlement options. This research initially was conducted for a project at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, England, and subsequently was published as “International Child Law and the Settlement of Ukraine-Russia and Other Conflicts,” 99 International Law Studies 559 (2022). (prior posts available here)

The symposium took place on the one-year anniversary of the ongoing war which began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – a fact that Professor Amann noted even as she stressed that the findings of her research are applicable to settlement of any armed conflict or similar instance of extreme and protracted violence,

Georgia Law Professor Harlan G. Cohen presents paper on trade-security measures at Temple Law-ASIL workshop

Harlan Grant Cohen, who is Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center here at the University of Georgia School of Law, took part earlier this month in a workshop at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Cohen presented “Toward Best Practices for Trade-Security Measures” at the workshop, which waswhich was organized by Temple Law Professor J. Benton Heath and hosted by Temple Law’s Institute for International Law and Public Policy, in coordination with the American Society of International Law International Legal Theory Interest Group.

Within the overall theme of “The Concept of Security in International Law,” the workshop brought together scholars from a range of fields in order to address shifting understandings of security in international law and foreign affairs, as well as how law can respond to these developments.

Late addition to Georgia Law’s Space Law Speaker Series: Cris van Eijk on “Space Law’s Past and Future,” tomorrow

Pleased to announce a late addition to the Space Law Speaker Series we’ve been hosting this semester here at the University of Georgia School of Law Dean Rusk International Law Center: Cris van Eijk, International Legal Researcher and Legal Advisor for Jus Ad Astra, will present at 12 noon this Friday, February 10, in Room J-347 Hirsch Hall.

Jus Ad Astra – a Latinism for “law (or rights) to the stars” – is, according to its website, “a legal project aimed at developing an authoritative international treatise clarifying the fundamental legal principles and human rights applicable to current and future human activities across outer space.”

In addition to advising for Jus Ad Astra, van Eijk is the author of thought-provoking publications on space law. He holds degrees from University of Cambridge, where he was a Senior Associate Editor for the Cambridge University Human Rights Law Journal, and Leiden University.

His presentation Friday substitutes for a scheduled speaker who was unable to take part. It will mark the third of four presentations in the Space Law Speaker Series, which, as detailed here, is part of a Spring Semester course led by our Center’s Director, Professor Melissa J. “MJ” Durkee, who is also Georgia Law’s Associate Dean for International Programs and Allen Post Professor.

Georgia Law Professor MJ Durkee presents at University of Pennsylvania symposium on “Commercial Space Age”

Professor Melissa J. “MJ” Durkee, the law school’s Associate Dean for International Programs, Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, and Allen Post Professor, presented her scholarship Friday at “The Emerging Commercial Space Age: Legal and Policy Implications,” a symposium co-hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition and its Journal of Law & Innovation.

Her talk, “Space Law as Twenty-first Century International Law,” will be published in that journal.

Host of the symposium in Philadelphia was the Center’s Founding Director, Christopher S. Yoo, who is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Commentator for Durkee’s presentation was Professor Rebecca Crootof, University of Richmond School of Law.

Georgia Law Professor Usha Rodrigues quoted in Agence France-Presse article on challenge to “empire of Indian tycoon”

Georgia Law Professor Usha Rodrigues was quoted in an Agence France-Presse article about claims levied against against the Adani Group, led by Gautam Adani of India.

Author of the article, entitled “A US corporate scourge deflates the empire of Indian tycoon Adani,” is AFP’s Thomas Urbain. Published on January 31, the item was reprinted in several global media.

Rodrigues, a corporate law expert who is University Professor and M.E. Kilpatrick Chair of Corporate Finance & Securities Law here at the University of Georgia School of Law, is also serving as our university’s Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.