Proposals for reversing the corporate inversion trend bring home the need for tax reform.Continue Reading »
A former NBA All Star turned humanitarian. Supreme Court justices. Student protests. Take a look at some highlights of the people who visited and events that took place this semester at Harvard Law School.
In the News
A selection of analyses and opinions from Harvard Law School experts.
An op-ed by Derecka Purnell [`17].At a recent protest in Boston, a middle-aged woman angrily chanted at four black men: “Go to school! Get a job!” These men were my fellow Harvard Law School classmates, serving as legal observers to protect the rights of the protesters. Her thinking was an extreme representation of what many others believe: Young people are aimlessly “die-ing in” or stopping traffic without goals, strategies, preparation or even stakes. But young people are working and organizing.Continue Reading at The New York Times »
An article by Nancy Gertner. Campus sexual assaults are horrifying, made all the worse because the settings are bucolic and presumed safe—leafy campuses, ivy-walled universities. Assaults are reported in dormitories, off-campus apartments, and fraternity houses, in elite and non-elite institutions, from one end of the country to the other. Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972) was supposed to promote equal opportunity in any educational program receiving federal money. But until recently, Title IX was dormant and largely ignored….Just as the complainants must be treated with dignity and their rights to a fair resolution of their charges be respected, so too must those accused of sexual misconduct. You don’t have to believe that there are large numbers of false accusation of sexual assault—I do not—to insist that the process of investigating and adjudicating these claims be fair. In fact, feminists should be especially concerned, not just about creating enforcement proceedings, but about their fairness.Continue Reading at American Prospect »
An op-ed by Noah Feldman. Why were the offices of Charlie Hebdo targeted this morning in Paris? It’s too soon to know for sure, but if it’s correct that the gunmen told bystanders they were from al-Qaeda in Yemen, as some newspapers are reporting, then a possible hypothesis emerges: This is an old-style, al-Qaeda jihadi attack against a Western capital designed to create global attention — and its major aim is to compete with the new style of sovereignty-creating jihadism that has been so successful for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.Continue Reading at Bloomberg »
From the Harvard Law Bulletin
During World War I, about 400,000 “enemy aliens” were imprisoned by all sides in camps on nearly every continent. During that time, Germany’s only exclusively civilian prison camp, Ruhleben Gefangenenlager, became a model of civil functionality.
Ruhleben—“quiet life,” in German—refers today to both the now-vanished site on the outskirts of Berlin and a pair of archives at Harvard Law School Library Historical & Special Collections. The Maurice L. Ettinghausen and John C. Masterman collections include photos, posters, publications, drawings, ticket stubs and more: ephemera that shed light on civilian internment from 1914 to 1918.
Allen Ferrell, the Harvey Greenfield Professor of Securities Law at Harvard Law School, has been awarded the 2014 Moskowitz Prize. The prestigious annual award from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, recognizes outstanding quantitative research in socially responsible investing. Ferrell received the prize, along with Hao Liang and Luc Renneboog, both from […]Continue Reading »
You can govern in a polarized America: Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet on channeling differences in productive ways
Dean Martha Minow welcomed former Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet ’98 to Harvard Law School on Oct. 30 to discuss their work at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and the recent report, Governing in a Polarized America: A Bipartisan Blueprint to Strengthen our Democracy.Continue Reading »
Cass Sunstein ’78, has been regarded as one of the country’s most influential and adventurous legal scholars for a generation. At 60, now Walmsley University Professor at Harvard, he publishes significant books as often as many productive academics publish scholarly articles—three of them last year.Continue Reading »
Internet Monitor, a research project based at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, recently published the project’s second annual report, “Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World,” a collection of roughly three dozen short contributions that highlight and discuss some of the most compelling events and trends in the digitally networked environment over the past year.Continue Reading »
At a time when policing, prosecutorial discretion, the death penalty, and criminal justice as a whole are under tremendous scrutiny in the United States, a new initiative at Harvard Law School seeks to analyze problems within the U.S. criminal justice system and look for solutions.Continue Reading »
In an op-ed in the Boston Globe, “Trust in the legal system must be regained,” Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Yale Law School Dean Robert Post discuss the importance of finding a way forward after recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island and elsewhere. In the wake of the recent grand jury decisions in […]Continue Reading »
Addressing racial disparities in criminal prosecutions was the focus of discussion at Harvard Law School on Nov. 20 at an event sponsored by the new Criminal Justice Program of Study, Research and Advocacy at Harvard Law School.Continue Reading »