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sec has a senior policy advisor for climate and esg February 2, 2021

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From the announcement:

Satyam Khanna will serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG in the office of Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee. In this new role, Mr. Khanna will advise the agency on environmental, social, and governance matters and advance related new initiatives across its offices and divisions.

game stop deja vu January 28, 2021

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Fascinating to read the coverage of the clash between short sellers and others over GameStop, and the calls for regulators to address the issue of divergence between the performance of stock markets and the real economy.I have my first International Finance class today and (though this story is essentially, at least on the surface) an American story, I am going to spend some time on this story. The idea that market participants want to push, that what they are doing is legitimate trading, and what the redditers are doing is inappropriate gambling/trading for entertainment is not new. About 20 years ago I wrote about similar discussions prompted by the rise of day traders: Disorderly Conduct: Day Traders and the Ideology of “Fair and Orderly Markets,” 26 J. Corp. L 63 (2000).

miami law: new concentration on business compliance and sustainability October 28, 2020

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Details here.

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.

august 5th virtual symposium on online legal education July 29, 2020

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The symposium is titled: Power, Privilege, and Transformation: Lessons from the Pandemic for Online Legal Education and information, including a link to register is here.

um law support for our international students July 9, 2020

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See here.

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.

teach-in for the current moment at um law this week May 31, 2020

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MiamiLaw Zoom Teach-In: Racist Police Brutality and the Role of Law, Lawyers, and Law Enforcement in the Problem and its Solutions on Tuesday, June 2nd, 12:30 to 2 pm, hosted by Dean Tony Varona & BLSA President Ronnie Graham, featuring Prof. Donna Coker, Miami Law, Prof. Charlton Copeland, Miami Law, Prof. Angela J. Davis, American University Washington College of Law (author/editor of Policing the Black Man), Prof. Osamudia James, Miami Law, and Prof. Donald M. Jones, Miami Law

To register for free, click 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.

heathrow and the paris agreement February 27, 2020

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The English Court of Appeal, in a unanimous decision in Plan B Earth v Secretary of State for Transport [2020] EWCA Civ 214 (27 February 2020), has found that the process for designation of the Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England, by the Secretary of State for Transport under section 5 of the Planning Act 2008 did not comply with the requirements of the Act. As part of the approval process for a national policy statement the Planning Act requires reasons to be given including “an explanation of how the policy set out in the statement takes account of Government policy relating to the mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change.” Signing on to the Paris Agreement was government policy.
 
The Court goes to great lengths to explain that it isn’t expressing views about the substance of the decision, not entering into politics but maintaining the rule of law. For example, here is the last paragraph of the judgment:
 
Our decision should be properly understood. We have not decided, and could not decide, that there will be no third runway at Heathrow. We have not found that a national policy statement supporting this project is necessarily incompatible with the United Kingdom’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change under the Paris Agreement, or with any other policy the Government may adopt or international obligation it may undertake. That is not the outcome here. However, the consequence of our decision is that the Government will now have the opportunity to reconsider the ANPS in accordance with the clear statutory requirements that Parliament has imposed.
 
The current Government has been bothered by the idea that courts in the UK have interfered in political decisions  and so it isn’t surprising to see these judges feeling the need to emphasize that what they are doing is normal rule of law stuff and not interfering in politics. But it is yet another reminder that we can’t take the rule of law for granted.