November 2011

  Antonio Cassese, Architect of International Criminal Law, Dies at 74   
Renowned legal scholar, jurist, and former Columbia Law School visiting professor Antonio Cassese died at his home in Florence, Italy, on October 22. He was 74. Cassese, known to his friends as Nino, was widely recognized as the architect of modern international criminal law, having played a key role in the development of international law tribunals.
  Professor Richard Briffault Elected Member of the American Law Institute   
Richard Briffault, the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation and vice dean of Columbia Law School has been elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).
  U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor Spends Day at Law School   
  Prof. George Bermann '75 LL.M. Awarded Honorary Degree from the University of Versailles   
George Bermann '75 LL.M., Columbia Law School's Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and director of the European Legal Studies Center, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Versailles / Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on Oct. 18 in France.
  Broward County Law Requires Vendors to Offer Equal Benefits to Domestic Partners   
The Broward County Commission voted unanimously on November 8 to pass an Equal Benefits Ordinance that requires companies doing business with Broward County to provide domestic partners with benefits equal to those offered to married employees. The law was drafted with the assistance of students in the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic.
  Charles Li '91 Returns to Columbia Law School to Discuss World Economic Prospects   
Charles Li '91 is now chief executive officer of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEx), the holding company for the sixth largest stock exchange. He returned to Columbia Law School on Oct. 27 to give a talk on the challenges faced by the global economy and the Chinese economy in particular.
  Columbia Law School Announces Greater China Public Interest Fellowship   
Columbia Law School has created the Greater China Public Interest Fellowship to help its graduates gain practical experience working with nonprofit organizations in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. The one-year fellowship includes a stipend of $60,000 and is a pioneer in its field.
  Two Federal Judges Discuss the Scrutiny They Endured On the Way to Confirmation   
Columbia Law School students got an insider’s view of the judicial confirmation process on Nov. 2, when two federal judges spoke about their experiences leading up to confirmation. The panelists were U.S. District Judges Jane Magnus-Stinson and Denise Casper, who hear cases in the Southern District of Indiana and the District of Massachusetts respectively. Judge Magnus-Stinson was confirmed by the U. S. Senate on June 7, 2010; Judge Casper on Dec. 17, 2010.
  Five Alumni Named to Global Arbitration Review's "45 under 45" List of Top International Arbitrators   
Five graduates of Columbia Law School have been named “leading figures of the international arbitration bar” by Global Arbitration Review (GAR), the leading arbitration law journal. The list of “45 under 45” top international arbitrators was selected from hundreds of nominees by GAR’s editorial board, with consultation from previous winners of the honor.
  Columbia Journal of Transnational Law Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary   
The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (JTL), founded in 1961, has showcased the work of generations of international law scholars over the past 50 years. On November 10, students, professors, and journal alumni will celebrate the publication’s 50th anniversary at a reception in the New York City office of Mayer Brown.
  For Real? Legal and Economic Perils of Art Authentication   
Today’s vibrant global art market is unfortunately shadowed by a thriving business in art forgery. With worldwide art sales said to exceed $50 billion – and estimates of forgeries as high as 40 percent – how does one determine authenticity? This surprisingly complex question was analyzed at a symposium held recently by Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts.
  Columbia Law School to Host Conference on Delaware Court of Chancery   
The Delaware Court of Chancery, the preeminent forum for business litigation in the United States, will be the subject of a Nov. 11 conference held at Columbia Law School in New York.
  Columbia Law School Grad Wins Third Prize in Arbitration Writing Contest   
Columbia Law School graduate Parvan P. Parvanov '11 won third prize in a writing contest organized by the North American branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The contest was associated with a symposium called "Border Skirmishes: The Intersection Between Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration," which took place on Oct. 21 at the University of Missouri School of Law.
  UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Orr Tells of Challenges and Rewards   
United Nations Assistant Secretary General for strategic planning and policy coordination Robert C. Orr shared a broad overview of challenges facing the global community with a Columbia Law School audience on October 13th. Orr spoke as a guest of the Center on Global Governance, co-directed by Professor Richard Gardner and Professor Michael Doyle.
  Columbia Law School Announces Recipients of Social Responsibility Award   
On Nov. 8, Columbia Law School will present its annual social responsibility award to Preet Bharara '93, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein '48, who serves as a senior U.S. district court judge for the Eastern District of New York. The prizes will be awarded at a luncheon at The Pierre hotel in Manhattan.
  Judge Xue Hanqin ’83 LL.M., ’95 J.S.D Visits Law School   
Judge Xue Hanqin '83 LL.M., '95 J.S.D., a member of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), returned to Columbia Law School recently to discuss her work on the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and to reminisce about her experiences while a law school student. Judge Xue’s visit was part of her campaign bid for re-election to the ICJ. Three days later, she was re-elected to the ICJ for a nine-year term.
  Law School Alumnus and Lecturer Teamed Up for Thorny Supreme Court Case   
Akiva Shapiro '08 will be at the U.S. Supreme Court today, when Columbia Law School Lecturer-in-Law Nathan Lewin argues a high-profile case. Shapiro is not only a former student of Lewin, but the principal author of a pro bono amicus brief filed on behalf of a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representatives in support of Lewin's client. The case to be argued, Zivotofsky v. Clinton, challenges the U.S. State Department's refusal to record on a passport that a U.S. citizen born in Jerusalem was born in Israel.