Latest UChannel offerings (May 2009)

Title: The Swine Flu Outbreak: Can a Pandemic be Prevented?


— Adel Mahmoud M.D., Senior Policy Analyst and Lecturer with the rank of Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and the University’s Department of Molecular Biology, and former president of Merck Vaccines;
— Laura Kahn, M.D, Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program on Science and Global Security; and
— Lynn Enquist, the Henry L. Hillman Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton.

Location:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date:  May 6, 2009

A 3-part conference on “The Newspaper Crisis”, with keynote by Paul Starr:

  • Pt 1 – Keynote: Goodbye to the Age of Newspapers: (Hello to a New Age of Corruption), Paul E. Starr, Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
  • Pt 2 – Panel: The Newspaper Crisis in the Region; Local newspapers across the country are in crisis, and those in our region are no exception. Closures, lay-offs, and decreased circulation have resulted in less news coverage and diminished transparency. What does that mean to the public and how does that affect the democratic process? Expert panelists will discuss the decline of the local newspaper industry in New Jersey and Philadelphia, particularly the implications for coverage of state and city governments. They will discuss the dimensions of the crisis in the region, the changes in local journalism, and how those changes impact urban policy.

• Charles Layton, Senior writer for the American Journalism Review; former editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
• Richard A. Lee, Director of Communications, Hall Institute of Public Policy
• Jim Willse, Editor, Star Ledger
– Wendy Warren, Editor and VP,

  • Pt 3 Panel:  Responding to the Newspaper Crisis:  National Models; New forms of local and regional journalism are emerging online. How are these alternative models structured and how are they funded? What are the opportunities for positive innovation and the risks of lower editorial quality? Panelists will discuss the emerging on-line news services, alternative funding for newspapers through non-profits or philanthropy, and the changing face of news in light of the diminished number of traditional newspapers and the increased use of the Internet as a source of information.

• Stephen Engelberg, Managing Editor, ProPublica
• Charles Firestone, Executive Director, Communications and Society Program, Aspen Institute
• Joel Kramer, CEO and Editor,
• Dunstan McNichol, former reporter, Star Ledger

Location:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date:  May 1, 2009

Title: China-U.S. Relations in the New Era
Speaker: Zhou Wenzhong, China’s ambassador to the United States

Location:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date:  Apr 29, 2009

Title: President Obama`s New Strategy on Afghanistan: What`s new, will it work?
Speaker: Ambassador Zahir Tanin, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Apr 21, 2009

Title:Guns in America
– Peter Brooks, a lecturer of Comparative Literature at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and a Mellon Visiting Professor
– James Jacobs, the Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University School of Law
– Nicholas Johnson, a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law
Moderator: Stanley Katz, a Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date:  Apr 7, 2009

Title: Negotiating Peace to Civil War – Lessons from Central America and the Middle East
The Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) presented “Negotiating Peace to Civil War: Lessons from Central America and the Middle East,” a discussion with Francesc Vendrell (Former Head of the United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan, Secretary-General’s Representative in the Guatemala peace negotiations, Secretary-General’s Deputy Representative in the El Salvador peace process and Nicaraguan Peace Negotiations); and Alvaro de Soto (International Mediator). This is the second event in the CICR series “Conversations with Alvaro de Soto.” [April 22, 2009]

Location:  Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date:  Apr 22, 2009

Title: The Role of the Ambassador in International Relations

Speaker: Ambassador Donald Blinken discussed his new co-authored book, Vera and the Ambassador: Escape and Return.

Location: Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date: Apr 6, 2009

Title: A Future Beyond Peacekeeping? (in 4 parts)

Luiz Carlos da Costa, Principal Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Mission for Stabilization in Haiti

David Harland, Director of Europe and Latin America Division, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Alain Le Roy, Under Secretary General for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

Michelle Montas, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General

Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund

Jorge Urbina, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Costa Rica

Moderated by Elisabeth Lindenmayer, Director of the UN Studies Program, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

More: The United Nations Studies Program (UNSP) hosted a panel discussion focusing on the relationship between peacekeeping and development in Haiti. The event followed the recent mission of a SIPA research group to Haiti, which was facilitated by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Speakers included representatives from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations and other branches of the UN.

Location:  Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date:  Apr 7, 2009

Title: Intelligence, Creativity and Wisdom:  Assessments of Abilities for the 21st Century
Speaker:  Robert J. Sternberg, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Psychology, Tufts University

Location:  Wake Forest University
Date:  Apr 21, 2009

Title: Perspectives Series: Rick Noriega, former Texas State Representative
Speaker:  Rick Noriega, Former Texas State Representative

Location: University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Date:  Mar 25, 2009

From Case Western Reserve University, School of Law —  a 7-part conference on:  The International Criminal Court and the Crime of Aggression


About the Symposium
Sixty years ago, the Nuremberg Tribunal convicted the Nazi leaders of waging a war of aggression, prompting Nuremberg Prosecutor Robert Jackson to declare that this was the most important contribution of the Nuremberg Tribunal. Until the advent of the International Criminal Court, however, none of the modern international tribunals had been given jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. But the ICC Statute stipulates that before the Court can exercise jurisdiction over this crime the States Parties must adopt a provision at the Review Conference (scheduled for 2010) setting forth a definition of aggression and the conditions under which the Court could exercise its jurisdiction over it. The ICC Assembly of State Parties has set up a Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, whose work is in progress, but the United States has refused to participate in the proceedings.

In an effort to advance the initiative, Case Western Reserve University’s Frederick K. Cox International law Center and the above named co-sponsors are hosting a symposium and experts meeting, featuring foremost academic and international experts on the topic of the ICC and the Crime of Aggression. The Report of the Experts Meeting, along with articles generated from the symposium, will be published in the spring 2009 issue of the Case Western Journal of International Law, copies of which will be provided to the participants of the ICC Special Working Group and the members of the Assembly of State Parties.


Pt 1: Welcome
– Prof. Michael Scharf, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

– Gregory L. Peterson
, Board Chairman, Robert H. Jackson Center
– Benjamin Ferencz and Prof. Henry King, former Nuremberg Prosecutors

Pt 2:  Keynote – “Historical Evolution of the Crime of Aggression”
Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, Chair of the Drafting Committee at the Rome Diplomatic Conference to Establish the International Criminal Court

Pt 3:  Panel I – “Substantive Elements of the Crime of Aggression and Contemporary Case Studies”
Moderator: Christopher Rassi, Thompson Hine, D.C.; former Legal Adviser to the Chambers of the ICTR
– Prof. William Schabas, Irish Centre for Human Rights, author of the book, An Introduction to the International Criminal Court
– Prof. Mark Drumbl, Washington and Lee University College of Law
Oscar Solera, author of the book Defining the Crime of Aggression (Cameron 2007)

Pt 4:  Panel II – “Drawing the Line: Humanitarian Intervention, Actions to Combat Terrorism, and the Crime of Aggression”
Captain Keith Petty, Office of Military Commissions
– Prof. Sean Murphy, George Washington University School of Law
– Prof. Michael Newton, Vanderbilt University School of Law, co-author of the book Enemy of the State (St. Martin’s Press 2008)
Elise Leclerc-Gagné, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
– Prof. Lawrence M. May, author of the book Aggression and Crimes Against Peace (Cambridge 2008)

Pt 5: Lunch Keynote – “Including Aggression in the Rome Statute – Consequences for the International System”
Introduction: Gary J. Simson, dean and Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Professor
Speaker: Ambassador Christian Wenaweser (Liechtenstein), President of the ICC Assembly of State Parties

Pt 6:  Panel III – “Jurisdictional Issues and Trigger Mechanism”
Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association
– Prof. David Scheffer, Northwestern University School of Law, former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues
Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Head of International Law, Chatham House; former Deputy Legal Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Great Britain)

Pt 7:  Panel IV – “A Roundtable Discussion about the Process by which Aggression is Included in the Statute and its Effect on Non-Party States”
Moderator: Don Ferencz, Director, The Planethood Foundation
– Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul University College of Law
– Prof. Roger Clark, Rutgers University School of Law
Astrid Reisinger Coracini, University of Graz, Austria
Stefan Barriga, Counsellor/Legal Adviser, Permanent Mission of Lichtenstein to the U.N.

– Prof. Michael Scharf, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Title: International Security in a New Era of Crisis – Keynote: What is Grand Strategy?
Speaker: John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History, Yale University

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Apr 30, 2009

A Symposium to mark the launch of the Woodrow Wilson School’sCenter for International Security Studies

Title: Geography and the Construction of U.S. Poverty Policy
Speaker: Amy Glasmeier, Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Apr 14, 2009

Title: The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: Revisiting Reagan`s Role in the End of the Cold War
Speaker: James Mann, Foreign Policy Institute Author-in-Residence, Johns Hopkins University

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Apr 9, 2009

Title: Afghanistan`s Presidential Elections: An Opportunity and a Challenge
Speaker: Francesc Vendrell, Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School and former EU Special Representative to Afghanistan

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Apr 2, 2009

Title: Off to a Green Start: Obama`s Record on the Environment
Speaker: Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Apr 1, 2009

Title: The Challenges of the Khmer Rouge Trials

Speaker: Robert Petit, International Prosecutor, Khmer Rouge Tribunal / Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Location: Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date: Jan 31, 2009

Robert Petit discusses the unique challenges presented by the “Killing Fields Trials”  before the United Nations-established Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. In light of the scale of the atrocities, the passage of 30 years since they were committed, the hybrid nature of the Tribunal, and the fact that the defense is led by the infamous Jacques Vergès, known for his strategy of trial by disruption — these are among the most challenging war crimes cases ever to be tried.

Title: The Changing Meaning of `Unauthorized Access`

Speaker: Julie E. Cohen, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Location: Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date: Feb 23, 2009

In recent years, the law has been asked to respond to a variety of disputes involving accessibility of information and related technical standards and practices. These disputes cover the waterfront from the design of proprietary media players to network neutrality to privacy protection for search queries. So far, the law has been unable to generate compelling discourses and principles for evaluating them.

Prof. Cohen offers another way of thinking about issues of accessibility and unauthorized access. The reference point for this exercise will not be innovation, competition or expressive freedom, but rather the concept of “everyday practice,” a term intended to encompass all of the ways in which situated users experience and interact with networked information technologies and the purposes for which they do so.

Attention to the demands of everyday practice suggests that the law should shelter hacking and tinkering in many instances, and explains why those activities are valuable both intrinsically and instrumentally. But altering the law to privilege technical self-help is not a panacea. Prof. Cohen will argue that the law also should pay closer attention to the design of network standards and related “expert” processes.

Title: Designing Dispute Resolution Machinery in the Employment Context

Speaker: Arnold M. Zack, Arbitrator and Senior Research Associate, Labor and Worklife Program; Harvard Law School

Location: Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date: Feb 25, 2009

We are familiar with the role of mediation and arbitration in resolving workplace disputes in the unionized sector, but that represents only 10 percent of the workforce. Are there, or should there be comparable protections for the remaining 100,000,000 workers?

This issue is not unique to the United States. Governments and private employers around the world have experimented with a variety of employment dispute resolution procedures, some with more success than others. Prof. Zack looks at what has been created, in places as diverse as South Africa, Cambodia and China, and discusses concepts to be considered when developing such procedures.

Title: The Mysterious Disappearance of Labor . . . and of Labor Law?

Speaker: Harry Arthurs, University Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto and former president, York University, and former law dean.  Professor Arthurs discusses how the disappearance of labor as a collective presence in the workplace, as a sociological category, as a political force and as a domain of public policy may come to influence the practices and even the very existence of labor law as a field of professional interest and academic scholarship.

Location: Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date: Mar 4, 2009

Title: Not in Front of the Children: Civil Liberties and Internet Censorship

Speaker: Chris Hansen, Senior National Staff Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

Location: Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date: Mar 19, 2009

Imagine not being able to read the latest on, express yourself on websites like, or get information on sexual health.

In 2000, the ACLU challenged the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), a piece of legislation making it illegal to distribute content on the Internet acknowledged as protected speech for adults but deemed “harmful to minors,” including the web content mentioned above. If implemented, COPA would have imposed harsh criminal sanctions, such as huge fines and prison time.

In January 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not hear the government’s appeal of COPA, officially ending the 10-year legal battle. In his talk, Chris Hansen shares his experience challenging COPA and other Internet censorship efforts.

Title: The Roberts Court as a Business Court

Speaker: Paul Clement, Partner, King & Spalding
former Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice
Senior Fellow, Supreme Court Institute and Visiting Professor
Georgetown University Law Center

Location: Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date: Apr 8, 2009

A great deal has been written and said about the extent to which the Roberts Court is a “business court,” that is, a court that is favorably disposed towards business interests. The lecture will look at both the business cases on this year’s docket as well as broader trends in the Court’s jurisprudence. The lecture attempts to get beyond broad, and not terribly meaningful, labels, such as pro- or anti-business, and examines the underlying trends in the Court’s handling of cases. Although general labels are not particularly illuminating, some clear trends emerge, such as the Court’s skepticism to the claims of antitrust plaintiffs in those cases that have reached the Court for plenary review.

3 from National Singapore University’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy:

Title: Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Asian Realities
Speaker:  Prof. Sir Adam Roberts, President-elect of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University
Date:  Mar 5, 2009

Title: How do you Govern Afghanistan?
Speaker:  Dr. Hamish Nixon, The World Bank, Afghanistan
Date:  Feb 26, 2009

Title: Building Peace in Kashmir
Speaker:  Amitabh Mattoo, Prof. of International Politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu
Date:  Mar 27, 2009

2 from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin:

Title: Approaching the Heart of the Artichoke? International Institutions and the State Monopoly of Force
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Markus Jachtenfuchs (Professor of European and Global Governance, Hertie School of Governance)
Date: Mar 5, 2009

Title: The Politicisation of International Institutions
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Michael Zürn (Dean, Hertie School of Governance)
Date: Apr 2, 2009

Reforming High Schools: Tools to Help Promote Change:  a five-part conference from Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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