The NU Law Journal Announces Symposium Topic

The Northeastern University Law Journal is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Symposium on Prisoners’ Rights in the Modern Era in January 2014. In sponsoring this symposium, the Journal Staff hopes to continue its tradition of highlighting a relevant, yet nuanced social justice issue that is the focus of the work of many of Northeastern University’s alumni, faculty, and law students. This symposium will feature speakers and a series of panels on a range of subtopics, all viewed under the modern lens. Anticipated topics include post-conviction access to legal representation, rights of LGBT prisoners and other special prison populations, implications of the prison privatization movement, and prisoner access to services during incarceration and upon release. Planning is well underway and more information will follow in the weeks to come. Please stay tuned!

Student Post: Saving Roşia Montana from International Trade Law

This blog post was written by Northeastern University School of Law student Adam Cernea Clark for the Blog on the Huffington Post. Adam is currently on co-op in Bucharest, Romania.

After years of struggle and, most recently, historic protests throughout Romania and abroad, over 20,000 people took to the streets in Romania last week to protest a mining project in the western commune of Roşia Montana. Among the charges brought by the protestors were irrevocable harm to a historic location (the Romans mined gold there two thousand years ago), environmental harm through the use of over 13,000 tons of cyanide (for which there are now far cleaner alternatives for “green gold”), political corruption, and a lack of transparency. At issue is the state’s decision to sign a secret contract with Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources while at the very same time attempting to use its sovereign authority to take private property under the guise of serving the “public interest.”

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Extra! Extra! Read all about the NU Law Journal!

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The Law Journal recently launched Extra Legal, an online venue for articles written by NUSL students on a variety of compelling topics, which will be published periodically throughout the quarter.

You can also access PDF files of the print edition, including the most recent volume, Experience the Future: Experiential Education in Law (Vol. 6, No. 1 – Summer 2013).

Torture in Kenya: Ending Impunity by Speaking the Victims’ Truth

By Sari Long ’13

(Reprinted with permission from IntLawGrrls blog. You may find the original post here.)

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My heartfelt thanks to IntLawGrrls for the opportunity to contribute this introductory post.

This month, the Committee against Torture will meet in Geneva to conduct a review of Kenya’s progress in meeting its obligations under the Convention against Torture (UNCAT). I worked with Physicians for Human Rights to submit an alternative report in April on Kenya’s efforts to comply with UNCAT. The report highlights Kenya’s inability to address torture stemming from unchecked gang activity, its failure to stop the torture of domestic violence, and its de facto acquiescence to torture in the form of female genital mutilation.

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