January 07, 2008

Genocide prevention, reputation protection, corporate social responsibility and the employee reference conundrum are highlights of School of Law's January lectures


Is punishing the outcome more severely than the attempt the most effective means of deterring genocide? Are you really "less free" with the freedom of the Internet? What obligations do corporations have to make their community a better place? What is the "prisoner's dilemma" that employers face in dealing with former employee references? These questions are among the many that will be explored during the Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Spring Lecture Series, beginning with four current "hot button" topics to start the new year.

The series begins January 15, with W. Michael Reisman, one of the world's leading experts in international law, discussing how international law and international institutions can be used to identify and intervene to prevent mass atrocities like those in Darfur and Burma.

On January 23, internationally-known privacy expert Daniel Solove will talk about the need for balance among privacy, free speech and anonymity on the Internet and the "dark side" of personal expression and communication online.

The Case Western Reserve Law Review will present the two-day Law Review Symposium January 25-26, looking at the evolving relationship of businesses and their communities. The series' January events culminate on the 31st, with labor and employment expert Matthew Finkin's talk about the choices employers face when dealing with references for former employees.

All talks will be held in the School of Law's Moot Courtroom (A59), located at 11075 East Blvd. In addition, all lectures will be webcast live online. The January 15, 23 and 31 lectures will run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the two-day symposium runs from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 25 and 10 a.m. to noon the following day. All four events are free and open to the public. There is no charge for CLE credit for each one-hour lecture for lawyers who attend, but there will be a $200 CLE fee for lawyers who attend the symposium. Visit the Web site for more information and to register online for the symposium.

January topics and speakers at the School of Law include:

  • Jan. 15, 2008 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

    In "Before Victims Become Victims: Preventing Genocide and Mass Murder" ; Yale University international law professor Michael Reisman will analyze and criticize the current approach towards genocide punishment and promote intervention and prevention as an alternative method to eliminate mass killing. Past Klatsky Seminar lecturers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author and human rights advocate Samantha Power, former chief prosecutor of the Yugoslavia War Crimes Tribunal Richard Goldstone, and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.

  • Jan. 23, 2008 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Distinguished Lecture in Law and Technology presented by the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts

    "The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet" explores the profound implications of the online collision between free speech and privacy. George Washington University law professor Daniel Solove will talk about how the Internet is transforming gossip and our ability to protect our own reputations in the worldwide community of chatrooms, online discussion groups and blogs. Solove, who the Wall Street Journal describes as "one of the few [who] truly understands the intersection of law and technology", has been featured in more than 100 media broadcasts and articles and is widely lauded as a privacy law expert.

  • Jan. 25, 2008 11:15 a.m.-4 p.m., and Jan. 26, 2008 10 a.m. to noon
  • The Law Review Symposium presented by the Case Western Reserve Law Review

    "Corporations and Their Communities," a two-day symposium event, will include legal scholars and practitioners examining three key questions: When a corporation operates within a community, what general obligations evolve out of that relationship on the part of the corporation? On the part of the community? To what extent should a community or individuals in that community have stakeholder rights? Should they be able to influence corporate involvement in the community or establish which community related issues the corporation must take into account as it operates? From state and local tax incentives to eminent domain, what are the urban redevelopment issues? Joseph Singer, law professor at the Harvard Law School, will deliver the keynote address entitled "The Role of Property in a Free and Democratic Society." Boston College law fund research scholar Kent Greenfield and Seton Hall law professor Timothy Glynn are also among the speakers. Register online.

  • Jan. 31, 2008 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Rush McKnight Labor Law Lecture presented by CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution)

    "Solving the Employee Reference Conundrum"focuses on the reluctance of employers in the United States to offer job references for former employees, other than basic data, including hiring dates and job classification. Matthew Finkin of the University of Illinois, an accomplished author, lecturer and labor and employment law expert, offers a look at the "prisoner's dilemma" faced by employers -- the potential liability of a lawsuit, but no benefit from disclosing information -- and Finkin's aggressive alternative to get accurate information into the labor market.

  • Coming Up:
  • "The Bomber Generals and the New Laws of War: Terror, Romance, and American Air Power," Distinguished Lecture in Global Security Law & Policy (March 20).

    "World Conference on Combating Terrorist Financing", a day-long symposium presented by the Institute for Global Security Law & Policy and the International Association of Penal Law (April 11).

Go online for more information, or call 216-368-3304 or toll-free 1-800-492-3308.

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, January 7, 2008 11:13 AM | News Topics: Events, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives

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