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Creative Scholarship Book Award Goes to Derek Jinks

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) selected a new book co-authored by Professor Derek Jinks for its 2014 Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship award. The award is one of three given annually to international law books by the ASIL, a scholarly society. “Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International […]

Professor Chesney Reacts to Obama NSA Speech

President Barack Obama announced intelligence gathering reforms in a speech Friday in response to intelligence leaks and disputes about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. Professor and national security expert Bobby Chesney listened to Obama’s NSA speech, live tweeted it from @BobbyChesney and shares his reaction to the much-anticipated speech below. “Today’s NSA speech was […]

Justin Driver Wins 2013 Cromwell Article Prize

Professor Justin Driver has been awarded the 2013 Cromwell Article Prize which is given by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation for “the best article in American legal history published by an early career scholar,” according to its website. The award was announced during the American Society for Legal History annual meeting Nov. 9 in South […]

UT Law School’s Robert Chesney Appointed New Director of Robert S. Strauss Center

A research center working at the crossroads of security and policy solutions, the Robert S. Strauss Center announced it has appointed as its new director UT Law Professor Robert Chesney. A renowned national security law scholar, Chesney previously served as a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars. He will assume his new role in January 2014, succeeding […]

Enforced Disappearances: Clinical Professor Among U.N. Experts in Official Visit to Spain

Two members from the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* will visit Spain Sept. 23-30 to examine the measures taken by Spain on issues related to the prevention and eradication of enforced or involuntary disappearances. The experts will analyze issues related to truth, justice, reparation and memory for victims of enforced disappearances. […]

Texas Assessment Team Releases Report on State’s Death Penalty System, Cites Urgent Need for Reform

The Texas Capital Punishment Assessment Team, organized by the American Bar Association (ABA), today issued a comprehensive report with recommendations to help ensure fairness and accuracy in the state’s death penalty system. “Evaluating Fairness and Accuracy in State Death Penalty Systems: The Texas Capital Punishment Assessment Report” is the culmination of a two-year review of […]

John A. Robertson, Vinson & Elkins Chair

John Robertson analyzes the fetal pain ban debate for the Austin American Statesman

Professor John Robertson, Vinson & Elkins Chair in Law, discusses the scientific and constitutional issues at play in the laws passed by ten states and now being considered in Texas to ban abortions after 20 weeks because of the scientifically controversial claim that fetuses are then capable of feeing pain.

Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M Parker Endowed Chair in Law and codirector of the Capital Punishment Center.

Jordan Steiker analyzes Supreme Court’s decision in McQuiggin v. Perkins for SCOTUSBlog

Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M. Parker Chair in Law and codirector of the Law School’s Capital Punishment Center, has written an analysis of the Supreme Court’s opinion in McQuiggin v. Perkins, which was published May 28, 2013.

Linda Mullenix, Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy

Professor Linda Mullenix previews American Express class-action appeal before Supreme Court arguments

Professor Linda Mullenix, Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy, has written an article in the American Bar Association’s Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases previewing the issues and arguments in American Express Corp. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, et al. (PDF link), for which the Supreme Court will hear arguments on February 27, 2013.

Russell J. Weintraub, Ben H. & Kitty King Powell Chair Emeritus in Business & Commercial Law

Russell J. Weintraub, Ben H. & Kitty King Powell Chair Emeritus in Business & Commercial Law, has died

The Law School community is saddened to learn that Russell J. Weintraub, Ben H. & Kitty King Powell Chair Emeritus in Business & Commercial Law, passed away December 13, 2012.