Faculty News

As you might expect, our faculty continue to keep themselves busy with a range of activities both inside and outside of the classroom.  Some highlights of their years follow.

Katherine Beckett participated in the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System and, along with several others, presented its findings to the Washington State Supreme Court in March. She is also preparing to teach an honors research seminar next year in which LSJ honor’s students will conduct a collaborative research project and present their findings to local stakeholders and policymakers.

Angelina Godoy continues her work as director of the Center for Human Rights (provide hyperlink here).  She is presently working on a book manuscript focused on intellectual property rights and access to medicines.  She is also working on a new multidisciplinary and collaborative research project with communities seeking water rights in rural Guatemala; the disciplines/approaches involved include law, engineering, and human rights.

Rachel Cichowski gave an invited lecture at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict as part of their lecture series on “Religion and International Affairs: Through the Prism of Rights and Gender” in January.  Her talk was entitled “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Theory and Practice in Teaching and Research.”  She also gave a lecture and participated in a public debate on “The Role of Courts in Democracy” at Oxford University in February.

Steve Herbert began a five-year term as Director of the Law, Societies, and Justice Program, and continued on as Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Geography.  He also presented some preliminary analysis on a project focused on the Endangered Species Act at an invited lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles in February.

Michael McCann was elected to a two year term, 2011-13, as President of the Law & Society Association, where he recently served as Chair of the Labor Task Force. He and George Lovell earned a research grant from the National Science Foundation for a book project tentatively titled “A Union by Law: Filipino Cannery Workers and the Transpacific Struggle for Equal Rights, 1921-2001.”  He will be a Fellow at the Law and Public Affairs program at Princeton University in the 2011-12 academic year.

Jamie Mayerfeld presented a paper at the University of Frankfurt in May entitled “Extending Checks and Balances: Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law.”  Two other papers, “The High Price of American Exceptionalism: Comparing Torture by the U.S. and Europe after 9/11” and “A Madisonian Argument for Strengthening International Human Rights Institutions: Lessons from Europe”, were published in edited volumes.

Arzoo Osanloo gave invited talks at Brown University, Loyola University of Chicago, Columbia University, Duke University, and Arizona State University.  She is at work on a book manuscript based on her research in Tehran, Iran, on criminal sanctioning and the Islamic mandate of forgiveness. She will use a sabbatical next year at Princeton University’s Center for Law and Public Affairs to continue that work.