August 2011

  Students Most Decorated Team at International Arbitration and Mediation Competition   
Columbia Law School students competing against challengers from around the world at an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mooting competition returned home as the event’s most decorated team.
  Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Submits Experts Brief In Case before Inter-American Court   
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic submitted a brief amicus curaie Friday to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on behalf of 60 global experts in sexual orientation, gender, and family law. The brief argues that the Chilean Supreme Court violated the American Convention on Human Rights when it ordered Karen Atala, a lesbian mother, to relinquish custody of her three children because of her sexual orientation.
  Clean Energy Conference to Bring Together Prominent Leaders from U.S. and India   
Leaders from government, academia, and industry will gather in New Delhi on Aug. 4 for a summit to discuss ways India can meet its rising power needs with clean energy.
  U.N. Special Rapporteur on Right to Food Brings Global Experiences to the Law School   
As the son of a diplomat, Olivier De Schutter spent his boyhood in places such as India, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia, where he saw the daily struggles many residents endured just to survive. These days, De Schutter (below) still spends time witnessing the challenges the world’s poorest citizens face in trying to feed themselves and their families. Only now, he’s doing it as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, a post he has held since 2008.