December 2011

  Retired Israeli General Gabi Ashkenazi Assesses Impact of Arab Spring on Israel   
Although the uprisings in the Arab world have changed the Middle East, the only serious threat to the security of Israel remains the possibility that Iran will acquire a nuclear weapon, the former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff told an audience at Columbia Law School on Nov. 29. Retired Gen. of the Army Gabi Ashkenazi was invited to speak at Columbia Law School by Zohar Goshen, the Alfred W. Bressler Professor of Law and director of the Center for Israeli Legal Studies.
  Law School Graduates Examine Global Hunger Issues in New Book   
Several recent Columbia Law School graduates have published papers in a new book analyzing the impact of globalization on hunger and the right to food throughout the world. The graduates originally wrote the papers when they were students in a 2008 Law School seminar on globalization and human rights, taught by Olivier De Schutter, the Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law and the U.N.’s special rapporteur on right to food.
  Columbia Law School and Peking University Law School Establish Faculty Exchange Program   
Columbia Law School and Peking University Law School (PKU) announced a new program designed to expand an ongoing exchange of ideas between faculty members of the two institutions. The program is modeled on the student exchange program that has linked the two schools since 2006. Visiting faculty are invited to co-teach a course with a colleague at the host institution, lecture on a topic of interest, and/or conduct research. They are encouraged to participate in the academic life of the host school and to take advantage of campus resources and events.
  Alex Raskolnikov to Testify Before Joint Hearing on Tax Treatment of Financial Products   
  Joy Ziegeweid ’12, Kate Stinson ’10 Awarded 2012 Skadden Public Interest Fellowship   
— Columbia Law School student Joy Ziegeweid ’12 and recent graduate Kate Stinson ’10 have been awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowships to further their public-service law careers. Ziegewied will use the fellowship to work at Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, where she will represent Russian immigrants who have been victims of domestic violence or sex trafficking. As part of her fellowship, Ziegewied plans to advocate for her Russian-speaking clients in family court, and on immigration matters and referrals to providers of medical, psychiatric, and social services.
  Association of American Law Schools Meeting to Feature Columbia Speakers   
Nine professors from Columbia Law School will participate in panels at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, speaking on a wide range of topics including financial institutions, immigration, and the legacy of the late Professor Derrick Bell. The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., from January 4 to 8.
  Professor John C. Coffee Jr. Testifies Before Two U.S. Senate Committees   
Professor John C. Coffee Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, testified before two U.S. Senate committees on Thursday, Dec. 1.
  Germany’s Justice Minister Hails Three European Courts as “Shining Stars”   
The development of Europe's constitutional law system was the topic of a Nov. 3 presentation by German Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. Speaking at Columbia Law School, the minister compared the ground-breaking interplay of three constitutional courts in Europe to innovations introduced by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.
  Professor Nate Persily Named Special Master of Redistricting Process in CT   
Nathaniel Persily, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Columbia Law School, has been named special master for redistricting by the Connecticut State Supreme Court.
  Professor Raskolnikov Testifies at Joint Hearing on Reform of Derivatives Tax   
Speaking at a joint meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on Dec. 6, Columbia Law School professor Alex Raskolnikov called for broad, immediate reform of the U.S. government’s policies on the taxation of financial products.
  Jeong-Ho Roh Joins Experts to Reframe Northeast Asian Power Dynamics   
Jeong-Ho Roh, Lecturer-in-Law and director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Korean Legal Studies, joined distinguished guests and experts for the conference “Power Shifts in Northeast Asia” on Oct. 28. The conference, co-sponsored by the university’s Center for Korean Research and the Institute for Peace Affairs, Seoul, aimed to reexamine relations with and within the continent as plural and dynamic, affecting the entire region.
  Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, Honored With Innovation in Scholarship Award   
Carol Sanger, Columbia Law School’s Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, received the Innovation in Scholarship Award by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), an international human rights and legal advocacy organization.