News and Events @ American University Washington College of Law March 2011

Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen Delivers 13th Annual Grotius Lecture

On March 23, American University Washington College of Law's International Legal Studies Program and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) presented the 13th Annual Grotius Lecture to kick off the 105th ASIL Annual Meeting. This year's lecturer was Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen, who addressed "International Law and the Global Status of Rights." MORE

Law School Hosts Second Annual Conference in International Environmental Law

On March 21, American University Washington College of Law hosted the Second Annual Conference on Developments in International Environmental Law. The conference was presented by the law school's Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and the Sustainable Development Law and Policy Publication. MORE

Faculty File Briefs, Argue in High Profile Cases in March

American University Washington College of Law faculty have had a busy month, aside from the usual end-of-semester crunch.  Fellow in Environmental Law William Snape, Professor Stephen Vladeck, and PIJIP associate director Sean Flynn have filed amicus briefs and argued cases on Gulf Coast oil drilling, the healthcare debate on states' rights, and patient privacy in medical prescriptions, respectively.  MORE

Scholarship Dinner Held In Memory of Betty Murphy

On Feb. 24, students were recognized at the Scholarship Dinner. Scholarship donors and student awardees were recognized by Dean Claudio Grossman and other faculty members, and the event was held in memory of the late Betty Southard Murphy. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Professor Jamin Raskin Wins ACLU Civil Liberties Award

American University Washington College of Law Professor Jamin Raskin, director of the Program on Law and Government, is the recipient of the 2011 ACLU Henry W. Edgerton Civil Liberties Award for his distinguished career as an active defender and supporter of civil liberties. Last year, this prestigious lifetime achievement award went to Dean Claudio Grossman. Raskin will receive the award at the annual Bill of Rights Dinner, April 12.

Conference Addresses Deplorable Conditions in Detention Facilities Around the World

On Friday, March 18, American University Washington College of Law and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) presented a day-long conference addressing the crucial role of visits to detention facilities around the world in ensuring that safeguards for detainees are enforced. "Deplorable conditions persist in detention centers and prisons around the world despite local, national, and international efforts to the contrary," said American University Washington College of Law Dean Claudio Grossman. MORE

Student Teams Continue Trial Competition Success

The law school's Trial Advocacy Program has enjoyed a successful early spring.  The team of Shalev Ben-Avraham, Samantha Besora, Emily Neuhausen, James Ollen-Smith, and Timothy Rodrigues won the Jessup Mid-Atlantic Super Regional Moot Court Competition. The team is coached by Agustina Del Campo and Catherine Newcombe, and is competing at the international rounds March 21-25 in Washington, DC. Dean Claudio Grossman is serving as a judge in the World Championship Match.  MORE

Congratulations to third-year students Lilian Cuadra, Sârra-Tilila Bounfour, Ramon Hernandez, and Caitlin O'Leary for their performance at the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC) Dublin regional finals Feb. 24-26, the first time a team from the law school was selected to participate in this competition. The team, coached by Dr. Tamara Takács, who is also an adjunct professor, placed high among the 13 participating universities in the preliminaries and Sârra-Tilila Bounfour advanced to the All-European finals that will be held at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg in April.

On March 4, American University Washington College of Law students Yujin Kim, Keeley McCarty, Cameron Chong, and Jenna Godfrey became the North American Regional Winners of the European Law Students Association Competition on World Trade Organization law.Kim also won the award for Best Oralist during the Grand Final Round. The team will travel to Geneva in May 2011 to represent the North American Region in the final competition which will take place at the World Trade Organization.

Congressman John Conyers Speaks at Event Honoring Freedom Riders

On March 2, a program honored  the nonviolent civil rights demonstration movement known as the Freedom Riders. There was a panel discussion led by Congressman John Conyers Jr., followed by a screening of the film "Freedom Riders". The event was presented by the Black Law Students Association

International Humanitarian Law Conference Tackles Emerging Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict

On March 23, a conference titled “International Humanitarian Law: Emerging Issues in the Law of Armed Conflict.” featured the winners of the first International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition, a roundtable discussion on current issues in international humanitarian law and human rights, and a luncheon keynote address by Professor David Crane, founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The conference was presented by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Health Law and Policy Project Partners with Children's Dental Health Project to Conduct Study on Community Water Fluoridation

American University Washington College of Law's Health Law and Policy Project, housed within the law school's Program on Law and Government, is partnering with the Children's Dental Health Project to create and maintain a unique and comprehensive online database of laws, legal reforms, and legal challenges related to community water fluoridation in the United States.   Initiated and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the “FLUID” database will contain the most up-to-date information on the legal status of community water fluoridation across the United States.  MORE