Law School Briefs - 10/12/11

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Law School Briefs

Law School Briefs is Indiana Lawyer’s section highlighting news from law schools in Indiana. While IL has always covered law school news and continues to keep up with law school websites and press releases for updates, we gladly accept submissions for this section from law students, professors, alumni, and others who want to share law school-related news. If you’d like to submit news or a photo from an event, please send it to Jenny Montgomery at, along with contact information for any follow-up questions at least two weeks in advance of the issue date.

Counterterrorism event

On Oct. 27 and 28, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis will hold a counterterrorism discussion and simulation as part of professor Shawn Boyne’s Seminar in Comparative National Security Law.

Nicholas Beadle, CMG, United Kingdom National Security Council, Cabinet Office, London, will talk about “The Legality of NATO’s Intervention in Libya” at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Wynne Courtroom, Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. A reception is scheduled at 6 p.m. One hour of continuing legal education credit is available.

Beadle is a former senior adviser to the prime minister of the UK. He led the cabinet office’s Afghanistan/Pakistan strategy teams and is currently working on Libya, Yemen and Syria.

On Oct. 28, a counterterrorism simulation will be webcast at 8 a.m. At noon, former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton will lecture on homeland security. From 1:30 to 3 p.m., a panel will discuss intervention in Libya. One hour of CLE credit is available. Additional agenda information is available by visiting and selecting “upcoming events.” To attend, call 317-278-4300 and leave a name and telephone number.

Human rights study

Two Indiana University research centers will share a $100,000 grant from the United States Department of State for the study of human rights violations in Libya.

The IU Maurer School of Law Center for Constitutional Democracy and the IU Center for the Study of the Middle East will collaborate with the Istituto Superiore Internazionale di Scienze Criminali in Siracusa, Italy, on the project. Together, they will gather evidence of human rights violations in support of the investigation of the Libya Inquiry Commission appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The project will be under the supervision of three faculty at the Maurer School of Law: Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul Istrabadi, University Scholar in International Law and Diplomacy and director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East; David C. Williams, John S. Hastings Professor of Law and executive director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy; and Timothy William Waters, associate professor of law.

“We are pleased to receive this grant and look forward to working with the State Department and the U.N.,” Istrabadi said. “The funding confirms the strength of Middle Eastern studies and human rights at Indiana University.”

The Libya Inquiry Commission is chaired by M. Cherif Bassiouni, an IU alumnus and Distinguished Research Professor of Law Emeritus at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. The other two commissioners are Philippe Kirsch, the first president of the International Criminal Court, and Asma Khader, a Jordanian women’s rights lawyer and former cabinet minister. The team’s research is expected to be completed in 2012.•


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