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March 14, 2014

Law, Peace, and Violence

8:30 a.m.  -  5:30 p.m.
Location: Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Can the law help forge a more peaceful world? Does peaceful protest and rhetoric pose special hazards to vulnerable groups? Is peace activism a luxury of the privileged?  In this symposium, legal scholars will study law's potential to increase domestic and international peace, and will focus on the ways that peace rhetoric is used to marginalize outsiders' direct action efforts. 

The symposium will feature four sessions, featuring 4-5 speakers and one moderator in each session.  The symposium participants include professors from various national and international universities and law schools.  Participants will examine the law of war and peace, resistance movements, human rights issues, and peace in the context of property rights.

To RSVP, please contact Roxana Florea at florear@seattleu.edu

8:30 am - 9:00 am

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

9:00 am - 9:30 am

INTRODUCTION:

Yxta Maya Murray, Loyola University School of Law

9:30 am - 11:00 am

PANEL 1:  LAW, PEACE, AND PROPERTY

 

Topics Addressed: 

·         Violent roots of property rights in context of Native American religious relics

·         Violence in the context of eminent domain and its fragmentation of communities

·         Creating a theory for environmental protection based on the work of Gandhi and the concept of mindfulness

·         Underwater mortgages and the Fifth Amendment

 

Featured Panelists:
Sonia Katyal,  Fordham University School of  Law

David Dana, Northwestern University School of Law
Nehal Patel, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Sociology/Criminology Dept.

Robert Hockett, Cornell University Law School

Nadav Shoked,  Northwestern University School of Law

11:00 am - 11:15 am

BREAK

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

PANEL 2:  WAR AND PEACE

 

Topics Addressed:

·         Addressing the needs and responsibilities of child soldiers

·         No end to "wartime"

·         International law community's failure to hold war crime aggressors accountable

·         How law stigmatizes in civil society the "courage" it demands in war

·         Lawyering's martial past

 

Featured Panelists:

Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University School of Law  
Mary Dudziak,  Emory University School of Law

David Glazier, Loyola University School of Law

John Kang,  University of St. Thomas School of Law
Bernard Hibbitts,  University of Pittsburgh School of Law

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

LUNCH

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

PANEL 3:  PEACEMAKING, RESISTANCE, AND THE LAW

 

Topics Addressed:

·         Nonviolence rhetoric and its stigmatization of the direct action effort of vulnerable groups

·         Nonviolence resistance movements in Arizona and in the context of trade among East African women

·         Irish nationalist resistance against the British administration

·         Direct action of Native American groups

 

Featured Panelists:

Dean Spade,  Seattle University School of Law

Kathryn Abrams,  Berkeley Law School
Uche Ewelukwa,  University of Arkansas School of Law

Amy Maguire,  The University of Newcastle - Australia

Glen Coulthard, The University of British Columbia, Political Science/First Nations Program

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

BREAK

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

PANEL 4:  LAW, PEACE, AND HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Topics Addressed:

·         Gay teen suicide and society's consideration of what is "grievable"

·         Domestic violence and its roots in childhood

·         The harm caused to victims by anti-rape laws in prisons and anti-trafficking laws/crimes    

 

Featured Panelists:

Priscilla Ocen, Loyola University School of Law (Moderator)

Chandan Reddy, University of Washington, English Dept.

Jane Stoever,  UC Irvine School of Law

Kathleen Kim,  Loyola University School of Law

Gabriel Arkles,  Northeastern University School of Law

Deborah Weissman,  UNC School of Law