Lance Gable is serving as one of five guest editors for a special issue by Global Health Governance on a proposed Framework Convention on Global Health to come out in December 2014. The proposal for an FCGH would create a new international framework, grounded in the international human right to health, that would support health at the national and global levels.
Kirsten Carlson has been awarded a $250,000 grant for the university from the National Science Foundation. Carlson will use the grant to conduct a two-year research project - "Legal Mobilization, Rights Claims, and Federal Indian Policy Reforms" - that aims to develop a better understanding of how, when and with what success American Indian nations use the political process to change the law.
Peter Hammer spoke about recent developments in the treatment of marriage equality at the annual Board of Managers meeting and Judges' Dinner of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers held in West Bloomfield.
Alan Schenk recently advised the Canadian national government on tax reform issues, and continues to serve as technical advisor and legislative drafter for the International Monetary Fund, most recently in The Bahamas and St. Lucia.
Brad Roth is spending the Winter 2014 semester on research leave at the University of California at Berkeley as a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Law and Society. In Feburary, he gave a public lecture at Arizona State University Law School's Center for Law and Global Affairs on the topic of his 2011 Oxford University Press book, Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreeement.
Jocelyn Benson was a panelist during a community forum, "50 Years of Civil Rights: How Far Have We Come?" hosted by the Oakland County Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women in recognition of Black History Month. The event was held at the Southfield Pavilion and was held to highlight the need for members of the African-American community to stay engaged in voting and political activities, to discuss voter disenfranchisement and to promote early and equitable voter regisration.
Brad Roth presented the University of Houston-Victoria Provost's Lecture at the Texas school. He spoke on tactics used by the United States to fight the global war on terrorism during the past 12 years and questions raised about the nation's violations of international law. Roth's lecture was titled "Torture, Indefinite Detention and Targeted Killings: How the War on Terrorism Violates International Law."
Robert Sedler participated in a roundtable discussion on privacy and security for Detroit's Ambassador magazine. Denise Ilitch was the panel moderator. An article about the panel discussion is expected to be published in the March/April issue of the publication.
Nick Schroeck taped a TV show, Great Lakes Log, for WMTV about Asian carp and the threat they pose to the Great Lakes. The program will air Monday through Sunday, Feb. 17-23, at 1:30, 5 and 10:30 p.m. and at 2 a.m. on Comcast channels 5 and 915 in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, on WOW channel 10 in Grosse Pointe Woods and on AT&T U-verse channel 99 (select Grosse Pointe) in more than 140 communities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.
Peter Hammer gave a presentation about his book on civil rights advocate and federal Judge Damon J. Keith at the Barnes & Noble in Shelby Township. Hammer's book, Crusader for Justice, written with Trevor W. Coleman, was published last fall by Wayne State University Press. The event was the monthly meeting of the Macomb County Bar Foundation History Club.
Alan Schenk presented a paper, "A Perspective on VAT Design Issues for Developing Countries," in a conference at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. The conference was on "Tax Design Issues Worldwide." "It was my opportunity to reflect on my 17 years drafting tax laws for developing countries under the auspices of the IMF," Schenk said. "In that period, I was involved in tax reform efforts in 25 different countries, either drafting or commenting on proposals to reform their laws." The papers from the conference are going to be published by Kluwer in its International Taxation Series.
Christopher Lund presented "Religious Law in Civil Courts" at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New York, N.Y. He also moderated a panel, "Developing as a Legal Scholar: Thoughts for New Law Professors," and served as a speaker on another panel, "Islamic and Jewish Law in the 21st Century: Contemporary Philosophical and Legal Challenges to Religious Law."
Anthony Dillof organized and spoke on a panel at the annual conference of the Association of American Law Schools in New York. The panel was "Guns, Drugs and Child Pornography: The Problematics of Possessory Offenses." He gave a paper - "Posession, Proportionality and Child Pornography" - as well.
Robert Ackerman introduced the daylong Section on Socio-Economics at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference in New York, N.Y, and was part of a panel on Corporate Theory and Regulation. Ackerman gave a presentation on "Corporate Communitarianism in the Wake of Citizens United," the subject of an upcoming article he is writing with Professor Lance Cole of Penn State University. Also at the annual conference, Ackerman concluded his one-year term as chair of the Section on Socio-Economics.