Dean Lee Fisher Speaks About January 6 Hearings

Dean Lee Fisher spoke to WKYC Channel 3 about the January 6 hearings. Dean Fisher compared the January 6 events to Watergate, noting that Watergate “was a burglary of a little office of the democratic national committee (Watergate). This was an attack on the united states capitol. And while there is some similarities, I think the big difference is that these were acts of violence. It wasn’t some small burglary.”

Dean Fisher also explained that at the hearings, “Most of the witnesses are Republican and have worked for President Trump at the time [of the incident]. That gives it a special layer of creditability.”

Professor Sterio Moderates Panel on Corporate Complicity in Syrian Crimes Against Humanity

Professor Milena Sterio moderated a panel on the topic of “Larfarge: A New Era of Accountability.”  The panel was hosted by the Public International Law & Policy Group and it focused on the recent investigation of a major French company, Lafarge, by French criminal courts, over the company’s alleged complicity in the commission of crimes against humanity in Syria.  The panel recording is available here:

Professor Sterio Presents in Portugal on Rohingya Atrocities

Professor Milena Sterio presented at the International Law Association’s Global Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 21, on a panel titled “Developments in Atrocity Prevention, Investigation and Prosecution.”  Professor Sterio’s remarks focused on the investigation and possible prosecution of atrocities committed at the hands of the Myanmar leadership against the Rohingya refugees. Earlier this year, in  April 2022, Professor Sterio visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where she has been leading a human rights documentation project.

Professor Kalir Interviews and Writes on Current Affairs 

On June 26, Professor Kalir was interviewed by Bloomberg News TV about the recent Dobbs Opinion. Kalir was very critical of the opinion, and noted specifically that Justice Thomas’s concurrence may serve as a blueprint for overruling many other rights, including the right to same-sex marriage. 

On June 22, Professor Kalir was interviewed by the Cleveland Jewish News regarding the announcement of a new round of Elections in Israel. 

Finally, on June 29, Professor Kalir published an op-ed in the Cleveland’s Plain Dealer pertaining to the Jan. 6 Committee Hearings. In the piece, Kalir argued that while the Hearings were nothing less than shocking to any Democracy-concerned citizen, they also clearly showed how public servants in the previous President’s immediate vicinity placed the nation’s liberty interest over their own political ambitions, thus revealing their true patriotic nature. In that, Kalir argued, we may still find some how that “We the People” can still stand as one. 

Howard Katz Presents at AALS New Law Teachers Workshop

Legal Educator in Residence Howard E. Katz made a presentation on teaching methods and facilitated two group discussions at the annual AALS Workshop for New Law Teachers held June 2-4 in Washington, D.C. Howard has made presentations on teaching to new professors at this conference the last five time it was held. The book Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching, which he co-authored with Professor Kevin F. O’Neill, was given to attendees, as were copies of books from the Strategies and Techniques series (edited by Professor Katz) that provide subject-specific teaching advice.

Professor Sterio Discusses Women’s Inclusion in Transitional Justice Processes

Professor Milena Sterio moderated a panel discussion on June 10, on the topic of “Women’s Inclusion in Transitional Justice Processes.” The panel was organized by the Public International Law and Policy Group.

The event link and a recording is available here.

Professor Sterio Presents on the Ukraine Conflict and the ICC

Professor Milena Sterio presented at the International Criminal Court Scholars’ Forum on June 10. Professor Sterio presented the article “The Ukraine Conflict and Its Impact on ICC’s Legitimacy,” which she is co-authoring with Professor Yvonne Dutton, of the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

Professor Sterio Discusses Ukraine-Russia Water Dispute on NPR

Professor Milena Sterio was quoted in an NPR story titled, “Russia has achieved at least 1 of its war goals: return Ukraine’s water to Crimea.” The story discusses how one of Russia’s first acts of war in its invasion of Ukraine was to blow up a dam that had been blocking water from flowing into Russian-occupied Crimea.

Professor Sterio discussed the international law aspects of Russia’s legal claims over this water supply. She noted that one of the complexities to this dispute is the fact that most of the world still views Crimea as belonging to Ukraine. “So if you consider the territory [Crimea] to be a part of Ukraine but occupied by Russia, then the law of occupation, the so-called Fourth Geneva Convention, clearly says that it’s the occupier that has the responsibility to ensure the welfare of the people living in that occupied territory,” Professor Sterio explained. She also discussed other aspects of this water dispute, noting that international law is not entirely clear on the subject of water rights.

The story is available here.

Professor Sterio Testifies Before Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Syria

On June 8, Professor Milena Sterio testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, at a hearing titled “The Path Forward On U.S.-Syria Policy: Strategy And Accountability.”

Professor Sterio testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The hearings focused on U.S.-Syria relations, and Professor Sterio’s testimony focused on mechanisms for accountability for atrocities committed by the Syrian government and non-state actors in the ongoing Syrian conflict. She explained that the “atrocities in Syria are among the worst in history,” and include “mass executions, widespread rapes, systematic torture, intentionally targeting hospitals, and repeated use of chemical weapons against civilians.” She described to the Committee various accountability measures that could be pursued, including “prosecutions in the courts of Syria and prosecutions in the national courts of various countries under the principle of universal jurisdiction, to the establishment of a hybrid tribunal for Syria, and prosecutions in the International Criminal Court at The Hague.”

The hearing also featured gripping testimony from a Syrian gravedigger, who appeared at the hearing anonymously in a full body and face covering due to the risk to his life. He testified that he was “witness to mass graves in Syria from 2011 to 2018 where men and women, children and elderly, were tortured, executed, gassed, and bombed by the Assad regime, Iran, and Russia and then callously thrown into trenches, their fate unknown to loved ones.” He described the horrors that he personally witnessed: “Every week, twice a week, three trailer trucks arrived, packed with 300 to 600 bodies of victims of torture, bombardment, and slaughter.”

Professor Sterio with the anonymous Syrian gravedigger, who testified to the atrocities he personally witnessed.

The hearings were live-streamed, and a recording can be viewed here.

Professor Hoffman Publishes Article on Telehealth

Professor Laura Hoffman has published an article, titled “Reconnecting the Patient: Why Telehealth Policy Solutions Must Consider the Deepening Digital Divide,” in the Indiana Health Law Review, Volume 19, No. 2.  The article explains the digital divide and its impact in access to telehealth for various populations including 1) race/minority populations, 2) aging adults, 3) individuals with disabilities, 4) non-English speakers, 5) individuals living in rural areas, 6) socioeconomic class, and 7) children.  Further, the article argues policy solutions involving telehealth must adequately address the various issues involved in the digital divide in order to prevent the furthering of existing healthcare disparities as well as ensure the success of telehealth for these populations.  The article is available here: 

Dr. Hoffman is Visiting Professor of Law and Acting Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy.