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Māori Harvard graduate using his skills to help First Nations (video)
[LLM `16] from Northland is using his skills to help First Nation peoples. The young lawyer and Harvard graduate recently spoke at the United Nations and is imparting words of wisdom to other aspiring Māori lawyers. Just recently Māori lawyer, Snelgar spoke at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to discuss how the UN could better facilitate relations between states and indigenous peoples. Last year, Kingi and partner Kiri Toki
, were awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to study at Harvard Law School to complete their Masters of Laws. Snelgar says, “Even better is that Kiri and I did it together, you know we were a team basically so it's never just me doing these things it’s us and it's Kiri's mum as well who is a member of the UN forum that I spoke in.”
The Washington Post
The expiration dates on our food could be contributing to a huge environmental problem
The date labels printed on the food we buy — often accompanied by a “best by,” “use by” or even “expires on” stamp — are meant to provide useful advice about when a product is at its best. But some experts are saying these labels not only fail to communicate meaningful information to consumers — they may actually be contributing to a huge environmental problem by inadvertently encouraging people to throw out perfectly good food. A new survey, released last week by the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, found that more than a third of respondents usually or always throw away food that’s past its date label. And 84 percent of respondents reported doing so occasionally...This is a source of confusion for the American public, it turns out. The Harvard survey found that more than a third of respondents believed date labels are federally regulated, and another quarter of them weren’t sure. That’s a big deal, because people may be more likely to take these labels seriously if they believe they’re mandated by the federal government, said Emily Broad Leib
, director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and an assistant professor of law. “If people think that they’re reading something that has standards regulated, then they think that it’s meaningful and communicating something to them,” she said.
PirWeli Information Agency
“If Russians are charged, then it may be challenging to achieve their arrest”
As Alex Whiting
told "PirWeli", despite these challenges, here again the past offers some hope, as many persons found themselves in The Hague even though nobody ever expected that they would be arrested. "First, it is important to emphasize that nobody will be charged unless the prosecutor believes that the evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt the participation of that person in war crimes or crimes against humanity. If Russians are charged, then it may be challenging to achieve their arrest or surrender to The Hague if they are living in Russia. But here again the past offers some hope. Many persons ultimately found themselves in The Hague even though nobody ever expected that they would be arrested. So in conclusion I would say that the Georgia investigation presents many challenges and it is important for Georgians to be realistic about what the ICC can and cannot do. But I think it would be wrong to consider the case hopeless and in this field justice has a way of prevailing even when we do not expect it," - Alex Whiting told "PirWeli".
The Boston Globe
Cass Sunstein on ‘The World According to Star Wars’
Former White House adviser on intelligence and communications technology, professor and founder of the program on behavior economics and public policy at Harvard Law School, and author of many serious books, Cass Sunstein
is “as surprised as anyone” about the topic of his latest. “If you’d told me a year ago that I’d write a book about ‘Star Wars,’ ” he said, “I’d say it’s more likely that I’d become an astronaut or a poet.” The book — a wide-ranging and intimate look at the movies and their impact on society — came about after a friend suggested Sunstein introduce his son to the world of George Lucas. “He got completely hooked on the movies,” Sunstein said, “and I got entranced myself.” Enough so, he added, that he began researching them “with the same kind of, let’s say, obsessiveness, with which I had studied behavioral economics and cost-benefit analysis, and the thought of James Madison, and the founding of the US Constitution.”
PirWeli Information Agency
“There is substantial evidence that has been preserved”
As Alex Whiting
told "PirWeli", because of the fact that Russia is not a State Party of the Rome Statute, the investigation will likely take time, probably a few years. The former Prosecution Coordinator in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, who has published numerous articles on the August war-related topic and who is actively observing the progress of the investigation, hopes that despite the difficulties, the investigation will be successfully completed. "The ICC's investigation into the August 2008 war will be extremely challenging because many years have passed and because one of the countries involved, Russia, is not a State Party of the Rome Statute and is not cooperating with the investigation. For these reasons, the investigation will likely take time, probably a few years. However there are also reasons to hope for a successful outcome. First, although the ICC investigation is just beginning now, there have been many investigations in the intervening years and so there is substantial evidence that has been preserved. Second, it can also happen that the passage of time allows for new evidence to emerge. At the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, some of the most significant pieces of evidence emerged only years after the events. Third, international criminal tribunals have succeeded in the past even without full state cooperation, so the fact that Russia is not cooperating will not necessarily be an impediment to a successful investigation," - Alex Whiting told "PirWeli".
The Washington Post
Most-cited law faculty, 2010-2014
Brian Leiter has updated his list of the most-cited law faculty. Here is his list of the 10 most-cited law faculty in the United States, 2010-14
, led by Harvard’s Cass Sunstein
. Following Sunstein are Erwin Chemerinsky (UC Irvine), Richard Epstein (NYU, Chicago), Eric Posner (Chicago), Mark Lemley (Stanford), William Eskridge Jr. (Yale), Mark Tushnet
(Harvard), Akhil Amar (Yale), Bruce Ackerman (Yale) and Lawrence Lessig
(Harvard). Interestingly, three of the top 10 are in their 70s, three are in their 60s, and four are only in their 50s.