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miami law appointments news August 6, 2020

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Professor Osamudia James, who previously served as vice dean for three years, assumed her new position as associate dean for diversity, equity, and community on August 1, 2020. Professor William Bratton, the incoming de la Cruz-Mentschikoff Endowed Chair in Law and Economics, begins teaching in the spring. Professors Pablo Rueda-Saiz and Jarrod Reich joined Miami Law on July 1, 2020.

june 4 online panel on colombian peace process at um law June 1, 2020

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We hoped to have this panel in person but Covid-19 prevented that from happening. Miami Law has been discussing what we can do to facilitate the transition to justice in Colombia and this event is part of that effort. The Panel will be from 5-7 pm, and in Spanish (with simultaneous translation into English). Details are here.

university of miami school of law and the law of covid-19 April 1, 2020

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I participated in a webinar we held the other day on covid-19 and the video is available here.

claudio grossman lecture at UM next week February 19, 2020

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Next Monday, February 24 at 6pm in Room E352,  Claudio Grossman will give the Keith C. Wold ’17 LL.M. Distinguished Lecture in Maritime & International Law  on The Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean:  The decision of the International Court of Justice in the case between Bolivia and Chile. After the lecture there will be a  reception in the Alma Jennings Student Lounge.  In order to assist with planning for the reception please RSVP to http://attend.com/grossmanlecture .

governor of the bank of england December 19, 2019

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News reports suggest it will be Andrew Bailey.   Mark Carney has been very visible as a participant in international discussions relating to issues of climate change and financial stability.  It will be interesting to see whether the new governor will focus on these important transnational issues or on more domestic issues. 

business roundtable statement on the purpose of a corporation August 19, 2019

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The Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation emphasizes stakeholders – all stakeholders and not just shareholders. The announcement states:

Since 1978, Business Roundtable has periodically issued Principles of Corporate Governance. Each version of the document issued since 1997 has endorsed principles of shareholder primacy – that corporations exist principally to serve shareholders. With today’s announcement, the new Statement supersedes previous statements and outlines a modern standard for corporate responsibility.

The announcement of this change makes sense in the current (uncertain) political environment, but what it may mean in practice is unclear. Before the announcement corporations put a lot of effort into seeming to care about corporate social responsibility and esg measures (it is hard to monitor how real any of this is) . After the announcement many shareholders will continue to demand their profits.  

undocumented minors in america August 15, 2019

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The 9th Circuit interpreted the settlement in  the Flores litigation to the effect that minors entitled under the settlement agreement to be held in safe and sanitary conditions have the right to “adequate sleep, essential hygiene items, and adequate, clean food and water” and that the district court’s decision that held this did not modify the safe and sanitary conditions provision of the settlement agreement. The safe and sanitary language was not too vague to be enforced. The court wrote:

Assuring that children eat enough edible food, drink clean water, are housed in hygienic facilities with sanitary bathrooms, have soap and toothpaste, and are not sleep-deprived are without doubt essential to the children’s safety. The district court properly construed the Agreement as requiring such conditions rather than allowing the government to decide whether to provide them.

It is shocking to think that the government argued that it was not necessary to provide incarcerated minors (children) with soap and water and ensure that they were not sleep deprived.

emmeline February 7, 2018

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Suffragette or character in Hot Chocolate song?

the uk, and how not to manage a country June 12, 2017

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Last week’s election followed months of the UK not managing Brexit at all well, in contrast to the efficient, bureaucratic way the EU seems to have managed its end of the process (to be fair the EU institutions have much more recent experience of thinking about trade and EU-treaty related issues than anyone in the UK Government seems to have had). The election result might have been seen as an opportunity to take on board some of the mountains of evidence of the downsides of Brexit – especially a hard Brexit – in particular parliamentary committees have generated a number of very worrying reports. This doesn’t seem to be happening yet. More importantly the powers that be don’t seem to be responding with any more competence to the current situation than they did to the initial post-referendum period, or to running an election. This doesn’t bode very well for the future of the country.

sec announces over $100 million in whistleblower awards August 30, 2016

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whistleblower awards

And today the SEC announced its second largest award of $22 million.