European Law: Better Regulation in the EU, Revisited

The symposium seeks to unveil the meaning of the concept of ‘better regulation’ and provide a critical reflection on the legal, institutional and political dimensions of this important move to overhaul the way policy and law are made in Europe. The revamped use of the EU legislative initiative raises salient questions of relations between EU institutions in the lawmaking processes, of their day-to-day implementation and, crucially, of the added value of common action in general. Classic principles of ensuring legislative quality, such as enacting general rules instead of furthering piecemeal regulation, respecting the standards of consistency, accessibility, transparency and clarity beg renewed attention. So does the improvement of the impact assessment system and the role of science in law making. Furthermore, the EU institutions’ respect for the rule of law, proportionality, subsidiarity and the Charter of Fundamental Rights as the overriding rulebook for EU legislation need to be addressed. To what extent are these legal values part and parcel of the better regulation initiative and will better regulation produce a higher quality of legislation that sets the legal ground for greater economic growth to the benefit of both business and citizens?

The ‘50 Years of Asser’ EU Law Symposium brings policy makers from Union institutions and Member States together with academics and practitioners for a discussion of the way forward in enhancing EU legislation in ways that are efficient, sustainable and uphold basic legal values of the EU and the Member States.

Keynote speakers: Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Piet Hein Donner, Vice President of the Netherlands Council of State

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include: Professor Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris and New York University; Jenő Czuczai, Legal Adviser, Legal Service of the Council; Wybe Douma, Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Elizabeth Golberg, Director for Smart Regulation and Work Programme, European Commission Secretariat; Professor Ernst Hirsch Ballin, President of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut; AG Niilo Jääskinen, Court of Justice of the EU; Davor Jancic, Senior Researcher, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Professor Arjen Meij, Visiting Research Fellow, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Professor Anne Meuwese, University of Tilburg; Professor Janne Nijman, Academic Director, T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Ricardo Passos, Director for Institutional and Parliamentary Affairs, European Parliament Legal Service; Professor Annette Schrauwen, University of Amsterdam; Professor Linda Senden, University of Utrecht; Axel Singhofen, MEP; Marlou Smulders, Policy Officer for European Integration, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Professor Ellen Vos, Maastricht University.

SALDF New York Animal Law Symposium 2015

Please join us for the first SALDF New York Regional Animal Law Symposium! Law professionals, law students, and members of the public are welcome to join us for this exciting event.

The symposium is presented by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) chapters of Pace Law School, CUNY Law School, Columbia Law School, Yale Law School, and Brooklyn Law School. The main topic of the symposium is Ag-Gag Laws and Factory Farming, with many panels related to various aspects of this topic. In addition, there will be a bonus “Hot Topics in New York” panel, which will include presentations about Carriage Horses and Captive Exotics.

Panel Topics will Include:
– Environmental Impacts of Factory Farming
– Ag-Gag Impacts Beyond Animal Protection
– Recent Animal Protection Improvements in Factory Farming
– Current Trends in Ag-Gag Legislation
– Importance of Veganism

Currently Scheduled Speakers Include:
– Chris Green, Director of Legislative Affairs, ALDF
– Jeff Pierce, Litigation Fellow, ALDF
– Carney Anne Nasser, Legislative Counsel, ALDF
– Justin Marceau, Of Counsel, ALDF
– T. J. Tumasse, Manager of Investigations, ALDF
– Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director, Friends of Animals
– Stacey Evans, ALDF Board Member and Member of the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health
– David Cassuto, ALDF Board Member and Professor of Law at Pace Law School
– Suzanne McMillan, Content Director, Farm Animal Welfare Campaign, ASPCA
– David Wolfson, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
– Kathleen Schatzmann, New Jersey State Director, HSUS
– Demosthenes Maratos, Communications Director, The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
– Robin Helfritch, Director, Open the Cages Alliance

Space is limited! Register at:

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The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law

On February 28, 2015, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities will host a symposium titled The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law. Organized by students at Yale Law School, Yale School of Art and Architecture, Yale School of Drama, and Yale College, the symposium examines law as an artistic medium, inviting leading artists and thinkers to engage in a series of discussions about how artists use law as material in their work.

Panels, presentations, and performances will explore the ways in which artists encounter, expose, and engage with the laws governing the human body, the built and natural environment, the digital world, and the political order. Speakers include legal academics, practicing lawyers and artists from a variety of disciplines including the visual arts, architecture, poetry, and dance.

The symposium also will feature a group exhibition, Irregular Rendition, to be held February 24–March 14 at the Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Curated by Ph.D. candidate Lucy Hunter, the art exhibition extends the keyword of “law” to its full spectrum of uses: legislation, penal code, laws of physics, mathematical principles, universal truths. Related films will be screened on the Yale campus, and a catalog distributed at the gallery will feature original texts and ephemera from artists’ encounters with legal and government entities.

In addition, the symposium will feature the global public art initiative, Portals, launched by Yale Law student Amar C. Bakshi. Connecting citizens in New Haven and Tehran for personal conversation, Portals will run from February 20–March 1 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.

The Legal Medium is sponsored by the Payson R. Wolff Lectureship in Law and Music at Yale Law School, the Yale Law School Information Society Project, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Registration for the symposium is available online.


Virginia Journal of International Law-J.B. Moore Society Spring Symposium

Monday, February 23, 2015

Keynote Speaker: John Bellinger
Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP
Former Legal Advisor to the Department of State

The annual spring symposium is a joint initiative of the Virginia Journal of International Law and the J.B. Moore Society of International Law. Two years ago, the symposium dealt with conflict of laws issues and featured a keynote address by Harold Koh, Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Last spring, the symposium focused on contemporary international development issues, with a keynote address by Hassane Cissé, Global Practice Director of Governance and Inclusive Institutions at the World Bank.

This year the symposium will feature several panels addressing modern international security concerns with significant, potentially unforeseen, effects on diverse fields of international law. The Symposium’s panel concerning international business will consider how political instability, security conflicts, and changing borders may affect private investment rights, particularly with respect to natural resource production. Panelists will discuss how concerns about conflict and instability affect the opportunity for foreign private investors to conduct business and engage in trade in many areas of the world—such as Crimea, Iraq, and Palestine. In addition, the panel on international intervention will examine the legal issues presented by states’ and multistate organizations’ intervention in other states and attempt to answer questions such as when is it lawful to provide assistance to a certain state, or groups within a state, and when should self-determination and sovereignty be weighed against the imminent need to ameliorate instability within and between states. The Symposium’s final panel of the afternoon will focus on cybersecurity and efforts currently underway in the United Nations and elsewhere to build consensus on international norms for state behavior in cyber space. Companion efforts in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the ASEAN Regional Forum to develop regional cyber confidence measures also will be a focus of the panel.

The Abolition of War

Panel: War and Art: Do They Need Each Other?: Promoting the Alternative to War

Michael Braff
Partner Emeritus, Kaye Scholer LLP, NYC Public High School Teacher

Sarah Cole
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Mark Kurlansky
Author and Journalist

Paul K. Saint Amour
Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania

Brian Soucek
Acting Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law

Maria Stephan
Senior Policy Fellow, United States Institute of Peace

Krzysztof Wodiczko
Artist and Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Ekow Yankah
Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Musical performance/discussion on anti-war sentiment in music with Ensemble Pi
Eleanor Cory, Idith Meshulam, pianist; Katie Schlaikjer, cello; Cheryl Weisberg, and Sam Weisberg

The Abolition of War

Why has war never become a taboo? This topic and others connected to the experience of war will be explored at a two-day symposium at Cardozo School of Law and Rutgers School of Law.

Admission is free and lunch is included both days.

Friday, February 20
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003


Stanley Fish
Floersheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Mark Kurlansky
Author and Journalist

Elaine Scarry
Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value, Harvard College

Richard Weisberg
Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law, Cardozo School of Law

Luncheon Speaker:
Krzysztof Wodiczko
Artist and Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Courts, Campaigns, and Corruption: Judicial Recusal Five Years After Caperton

The New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the American Bar Association’s Center for Professional Responsibility are jointly hosting a Symposium on Friday, November 14th, 2014 entitled “Courts, Campaigns, and Corruption: Judicial Recusal Five Years After Caperton.”

The 2009 Supreme Court decision in Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co. held that a litigant’s due process rights can be violated when an elected judge refuses recusal in a case in which that judge received significant campaign support from a litigant. The majority emphasized that Caperton was an extreme case, urging states to adopt recusal rules more stringent than the minimum necessary to protect due process. The dissent warned that “the cure was worse than the disease,” predicting a flood of recusal motions would swamp state courts following the decision.

The Symposium will look at the state of affairs five years after Caperton. We will examine the effects of Caperton in the courtroom, evaluate the current state of judicial recusal reform, and discuss the issue of judicial partiality and recusal beyond the context of campaign spending. The Symposium will consist of three panels focusing on different areas of the Caperton decision and issues of bias and recusal, and a lunch roundtable during which several judges will discuss judicial perspectives on those issues.  The topics for the panels and the roundtable are described in greater detail below.

Panel 1: “Caperton and the Courts: Did the Floodgates Open?”  This panel will explore the effects of Caperton within the courtroom and why the dissent’s fear of extreme and intense litigation over recusal did not come to pass.  The panel will consider the importance of the “extreme facts” identified by the Caperton majority in efforts to use recusal as a tool to mitigate the continued rise in judicial campaign spending, and whether Caperton’s analysis of the probability of bias based on campaign support can be reconciled with Citizens United, McCutcheon, and other Supreme Court cases addressing campaign spending and corruption.

Moderated by: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent, New York Times
James SampleAssociate Professor of Law, Hofstra School of Law; Former Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
Brad SmithJosiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School; Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission
Keith SwisherAssociate Professor of Law, Arizona Summit Law School

Panel 2:  “The State of Recusal Reform.”  This panel will focus on the efforts at the state level and in the ABA to produce new standards for judicial recusal.  After Caperton, the ABA has not reached consensus on an updated model rule addressing recusal standards and campaign support, while some states have taken the initiative to implement new recusal regimes.  How successful have the efforts proven, and what are the prospects for additional recusal reform?

Moderated by: Charles GeyhReporter, ABA Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct; John F. Kimberly Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomington
Robert PeckPresident, Center for Constitutional Litigation
Myles LynkPeter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University; Incoming Chairman, ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
The Honorable Toni ClarkeAssociate Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland

Judicial Lunch:  “A View From the Bench.”  Recusal rules vary widely between the states, which affects the experience of elected judges and perceptions of the judiciary across jurisdictions.  This interactive lunch panel will feature judges with experience in a variety of recusal regimes.  The panel’s focus will be judicial perspectives on the Caperton decision, its effects, and recusal reform.

Moderated by: Barbara GillersAdjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
The Honorable Jonathan LippmanChief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
The Honorable Sue Bell CobbFormer Chief Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
The Honorable Maureen O’ConnorChief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court
The Honorable Louis ButlerFormer Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court

Panel 3:  “Caperton’s Next Generation: Beyond the Bank.”  Caperton drew attention to the issue of potential judicial bias and partiality. This panel will explore how we identify sources of bias and discuss the prevalence of motions for judicial recusal for reasons that cannot be reduced to the passing of money from hand to hand.  Is it possible to identify sources of bias and craft meaningful and workable standards to mitigate them?  May allegations of bias sometimes represent efforts to intimidate decision-makers?

Moderated by: Jed ShugermanProfessor, Fordham University School of Law
Debra Lynn BassettJustice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
Gregory ParksAssistant Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law
Dmitry BamAssociate Professor of Law, University of Maine Law School

Contact: Senior Symposium Editor

War Powers & the Constitution Symposium

Boston University School of Law is pleased to continue its series of symposia on significant recent books in law. The distinctive format is to pick two significant recent books that join issue on an important topic, to invite the author of each book to write an essay on the other book, and to invite several BU faculty to write an essay on one or both books. We then publish the pieces in Boston University Law Review. The symposium will pair Stephen M. Griffin’s recent book, Long Wars and the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2013) and Mariah Zeisberg’s new book, War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority (Princeton University Press, 2013). Stephen M. Griffin is Rutledge C. Clement, Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law at Tulane University Law School. He is also the author of American Constitutionalism: From Theory to Politics (Princeton University Press, 1996) and the co-editor of Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives (4th edition, Lexis 2014). Mariah Zeisberg is Associate Professor in the University of Michigan Department of Political Science. War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Richard E. Neustadt Prize as the best book on executive politics published last year. She has written a number of articles in constitutional theory.

All—including not only professors, visiting scholars, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates but also alumni and members of the public—are welcome to attend. There is no registration fee, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Erin Lee, If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor James Fleming,

Symposium on Conflicts between Human Rights

(01-09-2014) On 16 October 2014, the Human Rights Centre is organising a Symposium on ‘(How) Should the European Court of Human Rights Resolve Conflicts between Human Rights?’.

The Symposium aims to evaluate the legal reasoning of the European Court of Human Rights in conflicting rights cases and to propose novel methodological tools and frameworks for the judicial resolution of conflicts between human rights in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In order to tackle these challenges, a number of renowned scholars have been invited to present their views on how (specific) conflicts between human rights ought to be resolved. First, a small number of scholars will set the stage for the debate by outlining their general approaches, frameworks and tests for the judicial resolution of conflicts between human rights in the ECHR context. Following these general presentations, a larger number of panels will address specific types of conflicts. To ensure productive and spirited debate, the participants in the specific panels have been asked to present their views on how certain pre-selected ECtHR cases should be (or should have been) resolved.

In order to increase the practical relevance of the Symposium and to offer the speakers useful feedback on the practicality of their advocated approaches, a number of (former) ECtHR Judges have been invited to comment on the practicality and feasibility of the proposed approaches.
Download the full Programme (PDF)

Location: Convention Center Het Pand (Zaal Rector Vermeylen), Onderbergen 1, Ghent, Belgium.

Registration: If you would like to attend the event, please register before 10 October 2014 by sending an e-mail to the attention of Stijn Smet at

Meeting with the US Military Defence Commission on the enforcement of human rights in military courts

Discussion Meeting with 9/11 Defence Team

On 30 September 2014 at 3pm, iCourts will host a meeting with the Defence team of Mr. Al Baluchi detained at Guantanamo Bay and tried by the US Military Commission. The discussion will focus on the relationship between international and domestic law, the enforcement of human rights norms in military courts, and the tension between confidentiality and the rights of the accused. For more information please contact Marina Aksenova at or Juan Mayoral at

For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than 30 September 2014 at 11:00.