On the morning of Feb. 28, 2012, a team from Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic took their seats in the U.S. Supreme Court. Clinical Professor Tyler Giannini and Assistant Clinical Professor Susan Farbstein ’04, co-directors of the clinic and nationally recognized leaders in Alien Tort Statute litigation, had waited months to hear oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., a case that would test the limits of the centuries-old ATS. It was the highest-profile human rights case to come before the Supreme Court in years. “What’s at stake in Kiobel is the future of the ATS itself, and whether it will remain an example of how the United States takes its international legal obligations seriously,” said Farbstein.
More than 100 legal scholars gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the Geneva-Harvard-Renmin-Sydney Law Faculty Conference, a three-day event that brought together faculty from Harvard Law School, the University of Geneva, Renmin Law School (China), and Sydney Law School (Australia) to explore property law in its many dimensions.
In a Supreme Court case, the International Human Rights Clinic argues that the Alien Tort Statute applies to corporations.
Harvard Law School Professor Charles Donahue, Jr., Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, was recently recognized by the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) for his notable contributions to medieval scholarship. He was elected a fellow by MAA members and inducted on March 24 at the MAA’s annual meeting in St. Louis.
The HLS Library’s recent acquisition and digitization of “Summa de Legibus Normanniae” (Summary of the [Customary] Laws of Normandy) has the attention of legal history scholars, particularly HLS Professor Charles Donahue, author of “Law, Marriage, and Society in the Later Middle Ages: Arguments about Marriage in Five Courts.”
Charles Donahue, the Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, was selected to receive an honorary doctorate from the Université de Paris II: Panthéon-Assas. A member of the Harvard Law School faculty since 1978, Donahue specializes in property law and legal history.
2008 was a prolific year for HLS scholars. Here is a roundup of this year’s faculty books.
As a 3L at Yale Law School in the mid-1960s, Charles Donahue studied a series of decisions by Pope Alexander III (1159-1181) that became the basis of marriage law in Western Europe for the next three centuries. At the time, he didn’t realize how they would come to rule his own life.
This month, Cambridge University Press will publish Professor Charles Donahue’s “Law, Marriage, and Society in the Later Middle Ages: Arguments about Marriage in Five Courts,” a 696-page comprehensive study of medieval marriage culture and litigation.