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  • Human Rights Clinic releases report on Syrian refugees and documentation of legal status

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    Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic has released a new report, “Securing Status: Syrian refugees and the documentation of legal status, identity, and family relationships in Jordan,” that details the challenges Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps encounter obtaining official documents from the Government of Jordan.Continue Reading »

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    Hard time gets a hard look

    This fall, Harvard Law School lecturer Nancy Gertner, Harvard sociologist Bruce Western and Vincent Schiraldi, senior research fellow and director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, are teaching a new Harvard course that will help students become part of the effort to reform the nation’s criminal justice system.Continue Reading »

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    Conference and festschrift celebrate Charles Donahue

    This fall, Harvard Law School held a conference in celebration of the career of legal historian and HLS Professor Charles Donahue. Scholars came from around the country and around the world and spoke on topics related to medieval and early modern history. Continue Reading »

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    Trump and the law

    At a recent event, several HLS professors discussed the scope and limits of a president’s executive and judicial powers, the role the courts may play, and the ways in which Trump could reshape the authority and operation of an array of government agencies.Continue Reading »

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    Mack, Rubenstein elected members of the American Law Institute

    The American Law Institute has elected HLS Professors Kenneth Mack ‘91 and William Rubenstein ’86 as members.Continue Reading »

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    Regulated to Death

    For two decades, Professor Carol Steiker ’86 and her brother, Jordan Steiker ’88, a law professor at the University of Texas, have focused their careers on the death penalty, whether in the classroom or through scholarship, litigation, and law reform projects.

    In their latest collaboration, the Steikers have co-written a new book, “Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment,” in which they argue that the Court has failed in its efforts to regulate the death penalty since Gregg v. Georgia, its 1976 decision that allowed capital punishment to resume.Continue Reading »

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    Another ‘Angry Granny’ for Climate Justice

    In a recent conversation at HLS with Dean Martha Minow, Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and U.N. special envoy on El Niño and climate change, told the story of how she came to be an “Angry Granny” on the topic of climate change, starting with her discussions with people in the most deeply affected communities.Continue Reading »

  • Noah Feldman on HLS’s new Program on Jewish and Israeli Law

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    Noah Feldman, director of the newly-established Julis-Rabinowitz Program in Jewish and Israeli Law recently spoke with Harvard Law Today about the scope of Jewish law, his aspirations for the program, and his own background in the subject.Continue Reading »

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    Fair Punishment Project’s new Legal Advisory Council issues brief on sentences for juveniles

    The HLS Fair Punishment Project’s Legal Advisory Council has issued an issue brief arguing that a sentencer may impose a life without parole sentence upon a juvenile only after concluding that the child is “the rare juvenile offender who exhibits such irretrievable depravity that rehabilitation is impossible.”Continue Reading »

  • Freeman on what’s next for climate change policy

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    Regulations to fight climate change likely will be casualties of the incoming Trump administration, but environmental experts taking stock of the changing American political landscape said that work in the field will continue elsewhere and that a broad-based rollback of U.S. environmental protection will prove easier said than done.Continue Reading »

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