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Academic Year 2005-2006



Guest Speakers



Wil Burns

Monterey Institute of International Studies

“International Climate Change Litigation”

Thursday, October 20, 2005  Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Trabant Center, Room 206



Wil Burns is the Chair of International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  He also is Adjunct Professor of Law at Stanford  Law School.  Prof. Burns also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Group of the American Society of International Law, and Chair of the Wildlife Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.  Burns has worked for more than 20 years in the nonprofit environmental sector, governmental sector, and academia.  He specializes in scientific, legal and political issues related to climate change (global warming) and biodiversity, including the threats facing whales and other marine species.  Burns has edited two books — on climate change and whaling issues — and has authored more than 60 articles for both popular and academic publications.  His opinion articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Milwaukee Sentinel, and several other newspapers.  Burns has published in such academic journals as the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, the Review of European Community & International Environmental Law, and Global Change.  Wil Burns holds a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Wales at Cardiff's School of Law.





"Diversity in America"

Professor Peter H. Schuck of Yale Law School      


September 29, 2005 at 3:00-4:30 pm

Trabant Multi-Purpose Room A



We are please to announce that our first guest lecturer will be Professor Peter H. Schuck, the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale Law School.   Prof. Schuck is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.), Harvard University (M.A., Government), and Harvard Law School (J.D.).  He is the author of numerous books, including Meditations of a Militant Moderate: Cool Views on Hot Topics (published in August 2005 by Rowman & Littlefield), The Limits of Law: Essays on Democratic Governance (Westview Press, 2000), and Citizenship Without Consent: Illegal Aliens in the American Polity, with R. Smith (Yale University Press, 1985).  His many essays and commentaries have appeared in a wide range of scholarly and popular journals, including The American Lawyer, The New Republic, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Political Science Quarterly.  Prof. Schuck will lecture on themes from his book, Diversity in America (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2003), which Harvard social scientist Nathan Glazer has called “the most comprehensive book to date on diversity.”



The 2006 Koford Lecture

Professor Eric Posner, University of Chicago Law School

"Emergencies and Democratic Failure"


Thursday April 6, 2006

Our guest speaker for the second annual "Koford Lecture" will be Prof. Eric Posner of the University of Chicago Law School.  The lecture is named in honor of our long-time friend and former Director of Legal Studies, the late Kenneth J. Koford.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics in the Lerner College of Business & Economics.

Eric Posner is Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, University of Chicago.  He is author of (with Jack Goldsmith) The Limits of International Law (Oxford, 2005), and Law and Social Norms (Harvard, 2000); and editor of Chicago Lectures in Law and Economics (Foundation, 2000) and (with Matthew Adler) Cost-Benefit Analysis: Legal, Economic, and Philosophical Perspectives (University of Chicago, 2001).  He is also an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies.  He has published articles on bankruptcy law, contract law, international law, cost-benefit analysis, constitutional law, and administrative law, and has taught courses on international law, foreign relations law, contracts, employment law, bankruptcy law, secured transactions, and game theory and the law.  His current research focuses on international law, including the laws of war, international adjudication, and war crimes trials.  He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.


2006 Student Conference on Legal Studies

Conference:   Friday, April 21, 2006 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm in Gore 303

In April 1998, the Legal Studies Program held its first Annual Student Research Day.  The tradition continued this year, with an interesting program.  A Legal Studies faculty review committee selected papers for presentation and awarded prizes for the best undergraduate and best graduate papers at the conclusion of the conference.

These were the winners! Congratulations to the winners and all those who submitted papers!!

Graduate Student division:

First Prize written paper ($100):

Samrat Sinha


Runner up ($50):

Piotr Plewa


Runner up ($50):

Vittorio N. Galasso ("Nick")

Best Oral Presentation: ($50)

Vittorio N. Galasso ("Nick")

Undergraduate division: 

First Prize written paper ($100):

Dan Straga

Runner up ($50):

Meghan Kelly


Runner up ($50):

Karron Doers


Best Oral Presentation: ($50)

Lindsay Orr


Best Oral Presentation: ($50)

Grey Elam


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