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The American Law Institute (ALI) announced the election of 69 new members, among them Professor Edward T. Swaine and Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law.  ALI elects individuals who “reflect the excellence and diversity of today’s legal profession” and who have a...
The Law Library of Congress presented the final Guggenheim lecture by Orin S. Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law.  Professor Kerr discussed his article “The Next Generation Privacy Act,” which argues that Congress should repeal the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986...
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies named Professor Spencer A. Overton as its new interim president and CEO.  The D.C.-based organization provides research and analysis to inform major policy debates, with an overarching mission to improve the socioeconomic status and political...
Jonathan R. Siegel, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Research Professor of Law, organized more than 100 law professors to oppose a potential change to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules recently proposed eliminating the Appendix on Forms currently in...
Jonathan Turley, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, and his team of GW Law students emerged victorious in their multiyear court battle on behalf of the Sister Wives family. A federal district court ruled that part of an anti-polygamy law in Utah violates the First...
Naomi R. Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, released her new book, Finding Our Families, in December 2013.  Written in conjunction with Wendy Kramer, the co-founder of the Donor Sibling Registry, the book serves as an all-inclusive guide for donor-conceived people and their families....
What should society do when there is a clash between two values that most Americans support? That was the topic of a daylong conference at the law school in April, organized by Alan B. Morrison, Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law. 
GW students are hard at work providing basic legal assistance to veterans, thanks to three new partnerships established by the Pro Bono Program. The collaborations—set up to meet the increased needs of veterans returning home from combat and service—give students hands-on legal experience...
A record 144 students from the Class of 2014 volunteered a total of 25,822 pro bono hours to legal assistance projects, the largest contribution ever from a graduating class. The previous high mark was established by the Class of 2013, with 139 students contributing 22,458 hours, more than...
In “The Massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane” (published in Foreign Policy online June 5, 2014), Justice Department lawyer and GW Law adjunct faculty member McKay Smith discusses a once classified account by U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Raymond Murphy of the German execution of 642 civilian French men,...
Increasing numbers of autonomous weapons (robotic weapons, including drones) will be used on the battlefield over the next century. Just as humanists raised concerns when land mines, airplanes, submarines, and nuclear weapons were first introduced on the battlefield, their successors are voicing...
The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals heard arguments in February in the case of United States v. Semeniuk-Hauser. The hearing, held in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, was an official legal proceeding open to the public. 
“Big Data,” a big story in the media today, is rarely discussed in public by experts with inside knowledge. The GW National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law Program partnered with the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security in May to assemble a group of experts for a...
A show of hands, please: Who wants to cross-examine the former acting general counsel of the CIA about his 34 years at the agency, including his work on the “enhanced interrogation program” instituted after the 9/11 attacks? 
To say that Col. Francis Gilligan, U.S. Army (Ret.), LLM ’70, SJD ’76, is a dedicated man is something of an understatement. That is if his 57 years and counting of federal service are anything to go by. Col. Gilligan’s long and storied active- duty military career began when he enlisted...
A distinguished group of experts from academia, nonprofits, international organizations, industry, and private practice gathered in December to pay tribute to Basel University Professor Mark Pieth, the outgoing chairman of the OECD Working Group on Bribery, for his 25 years of service in that...
GW Law and the Washington Foreign Law Society co-sponsored a March panel discussion on the status of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement.  Coming on the heels of recent negotiating sessions, the discussions gave attendees up-to-date information on the proposed...
Members of the GW Law community gathered last fall to hear the lifetime impressions of Bruno Simma and Thomas Buergenthal, former judges of the International Court of Justice, in a program moderated by Professor Ralph Steinhardt. The event was co-sponsored by the GW International Law Society and...
The International Law in Domestic Courts Journal presented a program exploring “Advocacy Before International Tribunals” in January. The program featured Judge Charles Brower of the Iran–U.S. Claims Tribunal, GW Law faculty members Thomas Buergenthal, Sean D. Murphy, and Dinah L. Shelton...
Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary, awarded Dinah L. Shelton, the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at GW, the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa for her outstanding activity in the fields of human rights and environmental protection. 
The Rt. Hon. Lord Mance, justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, presented the 2014 Shulman Foundation Lecture hosted by the Inter-national and Comparative Law Program. At the April event, Lord Mance reflected on the first five years of the U.K.’s Supreme Court, which replaced...
GW Law hosted the fourth annual “Live from L” webcast with the U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Adviser in March.  This year’s panel discussion, which was co-sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and the American Society of International Law, focused on the process by...
Can existing or contemplated treaties remain effective in an era of rapid change? What tools enable international lawyers to assist the international community in addressing this and related questions? 
The relationship between domestic courts and the international arbitral process varies around the world and is subject to much debate. Leading academics and practitioners met in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room last fall to consider how courts in leading arbitral jurisdictions approach this...
GW Law marked the release last October of the International Human Rights Clinic’s report “Comparative Law Study and Analyses of National Legislation Relating to Crimes Against Humanity and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction” with a discussion of steps that might be taken nationally and...
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