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Reforming International Investment Law: Opportunities, Challenges, Paradigms

Wednesday, Oct 25, All Day
East Wing Classroom 115B

The law school is hosting an international conference on the ferment surrounding international investment law and how this crisis can be an opportunity to reform the system towards better global governance.

The legitimacy crisis in international investment law today offers an opportunity to fundamentally re-conceptualize this legal regime away from its history as a functionalist system of investor protection, towards becoming a key element in global economic governance alongside...

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Legal History Roundtable: "The Corporate Constitution: The Origins of Written Constitutionalism in the Massachusetts Bay Company"

Thursday, Oct 12, 4:30 pm
Boston College Law Library, Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room

"The Corporate Constitution: The Origins of Written Constitutionalism in the Massachusetts Bay Company"   Nikolas Bowie, Reginald Lewis Law Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School A funny thing about the U.S. Constitution is that it's written down. Words might seem like an obvious feature of a constitution, but they're notably missing from much of the constitution of the United Kingdom, the country from which the United States seceded. Historians have often assumed that the quirky U.S....

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Senator Ed Markey: A View From Capitol Hill

Tuesday, Oct 10, 3 pm
Boston College Law School, East Wing, Classroom 120

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series Co-sponsored by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at BC Law Guest Speaker:  Senator Edward J. Markey '72, United States Senator, Massachusetts

Senator Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, has a prolific legislative record on major issues across the policy spectrum and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts and...

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Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Allowing Online Content to Cross Borders -- Europe's Quest for a 'Digital Single Market'

Thursday, Sep 21, 12 pm
East Wing Classroom 400

Speaker:  Professor Giuseppe Mazziotti, Trinity College, Dublin The removal of territorial barriers in content distribution has become a priority for the European Union in the context of its 'Digital Single Market' strategy. Smooth access to high-quality and customized content offerings is expected to give a boost to markets for creative works at a time when such markets are still affected by high piracy rates. Access to copyright works on a multi-territorial basis in Europe entails...

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Boston College Homicide Forum

Saturday, Oct 14, 9 am
Boston College Newton (Law School) Campus
Forum Website

Boston College Connell School of Nursing, in collaboration with Boston College Law School and Northeastern University Atypical Homicide Research Group, presents a multidisciplinary conference on homicide. This is a great opportunity to learn from and network with experts in the field, who will be presenting on a range of topics including forensics, mass murder, gang homicide, cybercrimes, updates in technology, and more.

Additional information to be posted...

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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy: Rewriting the Canadian Constitution

Friday, Oct 20, All Day
Barat House, Boston College Law School

All are welcome to Boston College Law School for a major two-day conference on October 19-20, 2017 to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada. The program, entitled “Rewriting the Canadian Constitution,” will feature four panels over the two days in Barat House and a moderated luncheon keynote conversation with the Hon. Russell Brown of the Supreme Court of Canada on October 20 at 12:15 pm in East Wing, Classroom 120.

The conference is organized by a team of...

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After Charlottesville

Wednesday, Oct 4, 4:30 pm
East Wing, Classroom 120

A Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy event

Please join a distinguished group of BC Law panelists to discuss the future of race relations and public policy in the wake of the tragedy at Charlottesville. The aim of this event is to bring our community together and provide a forum for reflection on the fundamental and difficult issues raised.

This event is open only to current BC students, faculty and staff. 

Vincent Rougeau, Dean, Boston College...

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Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy: The Trump Administration & the Constitution

Wednesday, Sep 13, 12 pm
East Wing, Classroom 120
The Trump Administration & the Constitution Constitution Day Panel:

Panelists: George Brown, Law, Boston College Daniel Kanstroom, Law, Boston College Heather Richardson, History, Boston College Kay Schlozman, Political Science, Boston College Moderator: Vincent Rougeau, Dean, Law, Boston College


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The Two Primitive Modes of Imagining Property: Owning Land, Owning Human Beings

Monday, Sep 18, 5 pm
Barat House, Boston College Law School

Part of the Clough Distinguished Lectures in Jurisprudence Series

Featuring James Q. Whitman

Professor Whitman is the Ford Foundation Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University and Law School and also holds an M.A. in European History from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Intellectual History from the University of Chicago. From 1988-1989, Professor Whitman clerked for the Hon. Ralph K. Winter of the...

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How Law and Lawyers Help Drive Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Thursday, Oct 5, 5:30 pm
Stuart House, Classroom 411

Part of Boston College Law School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship programming

Four distinguished panelists will discuss the topic from the point of view of their positions in the innovation and entrepreneurism fields. Dean Vincent Rougeau will give opening remarks, and then the panel discussion will begin. Innovation and Entrepreneurism Panelists: Nikki Hadas, BC Law ’97, Sr. V.P. and GC, Akebia Therapuetics Paulina Hill, PhD, Partner, Polaris Partners Joseph Theis, MCAS '00, BC...

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Regulation & Markets Workshop: "The Role of Competition in the Regulation of Investment Funds"

Tuesday, Nov 14, 5 pm
Stuart House, Classroom 410

Guest Lecturer:  Cary Martin Shelby, DePaul University School of Law Cary Martin Shelby is an associate professor of law at DePaul University College of Law. She teaches Business Organizations, Securities Regulation and a seminar on Investment Company Regulation. She also serves as DePaul’s faculty advisor for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and received the BLSA Outstanding Faculty Member Award during her first year of teaching. In May 2016, Professor Shelby was also awarded...

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Regulation & Markets Workshop: "Free Funds: Retirement Saving as Public Infrastructure:

Tuesday, Oct 17, 5 pm
Stuart House, Classroom 410

Guest Lecturer:  William Birdthistle, Chicago-Kent College of Law

William A. Birdthistle joined the faculty of IIT Chicago-Kent in 2006. Previously, he practiced for five years at Ropes & Gray in Boston, where he was a corporate associate in the investment management practice. While at the firm, Professor Birdthistle worked primarily on matters involving mutual funds and hedge funds, focusing specifically on governmental investigations into allegations of malfeasance in the...

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Regulation & Markets Workshop: "Consumer Law as Tax Alternative"

Tuesday, Sep 26, 5 pm
Stuart House, Classroom 410

Guest Lecturer:  Rory Van Loo, Boston University School of Law 

Rory Van Loo’s research focuses on consumer transactions, with a particular interest in the intersection between technology and regulation. His most recent project, “Consumer Law as Tax Alternative,” was selected by blind peer review for the 2017 Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum, and his work has appeared in the Duke Law Journal, Yale Journal on Regulation, and the University of Pennsylvania Law...

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Regulations & Markets co-sponsored with Tax Policy Workshop: "The Shaky Case for a Business Cash-Flow Tax"

Tuesday, Nov 28, 12:15 pm
Stuart House, Faculty Lounge, Room 414

Guest Lecturer: Lily Batchelder, NYU School of Law

Lily Batchelder is professor of law and public policy at NYU School of Law and an affiliated professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. From 2014 to 2015, she was on leave, serving as deputy director of the White House National Economic Council and deputy assistant to the President, and from 2010 to 2014 she served as majority chief tax counsel for the US Senate Committee on Finance. Batchelder’s research and teaching...

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Tax Policy Workshop: "Taxes and Transfers"

Thursday, Oct 26, 12:15 pm
Stuart House, Classroom 410

Guest Lecturer:  Zachary Liscow, Yale Law School

Zachary Liscow is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research interests focus on tax law, tax policy, empirical legal studies, and law and economics. Liscow earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012 and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2005 with degrees in Economics and in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He has been a Staff Economist at...

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Tax Policy Workshop: "State Aid"

Tuesday, Oct 10, 12:15 pm
Stuart House, Faculty Lounge, Room 414

Guest Lecturer:  Ruth Mason, University of Virginia Law School

Ruth Mason joined the University of Virginia School of Law faculty in the 2013 fall semester as a professor of law. Prior to joining the Law School, Mason was the Anthony J. Smits Professor of Global Commerce at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Mason has also been a visiting professor at Johannes Kepler University, Leiden University, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne), and Yale Law School. She...

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Resistance Lawyering: Dan Farbman

Thursday, Sep 14, 12 pm
Merkert Chemistry Center Room 130

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

In the fight against slavery, abolitionist lawyers argued that the entire legal system upholding slavery was unjust, corrupt, and procedurally atrocious. Nevertheless, alongside broad arguments for systemic change, abolitionist lawyers practiced within that atrocious procedure to resist the legal regime from within. The result was a form of resistance from within the system that yielded surprisingly good results for...

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Twenty Years After ProCD: Has Private Law Has Trumped Public Law in Intellectual Property?

Thursday, Mar 30, 2:30 pm
East Wing, Classroom 100

Sponsored by Boston College Law School's Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the UCC Reporter Digest

Co-Sponsored by the Boston Bar Association

ProCD v. Zeidenberg (7th Cir. 1996) was not just a validation of shrink-wrap contracts, it recognized a “license” as a restriction of use where there was no copyright to be licensed.  Much of software licensing over the generation since has relied on such “chattel servitude” control of downstream use or disposition. ...

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North Korea Through a Jurist's Eye: Australian Justice Michael Kirby

Monday, Apr 10, 12 pm
Barat House, Boston College Law School

A BC Law and Clough Center Distinguished Lecture in Jurisprudence

Michael Kirby is an international jurist, educator and former judge. He served as a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission (1975-83); Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission (1975-84); Judge of the Federal Court of Australia (1983-4); President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal (1984-96); President of the Court of Appeal of Solomon Islands (1995-96) and Justice of the...

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Judicial Conference Federal Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules

Thursday, Oct 26, All Day
East Wing, Classroom 200

Boston College Law School will host a major meeting of The Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules on October 26-27. The meeting will include open sessions of the committee meeting on October 26 from 1:00-5:00 pm, as well as a symposium on October 27 from 8:30 am-3:00 pm (see below).

The Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Judicial Conference on the Federal Rules of Evidence, which codify the evidence law that applies in US federal courts. Many states have either adopted...

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The European Union as a Frankenstein Experiment: Keynote Speaker Neil Walker

Thursday, Feb 9, 12 pm
Barat House, Boston College Law School

Neil Walker holds the Regius Chair of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the University of Edinburgh. Previously he was Professor of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence (2000-8). He has published extensively on the constitutional dimension of legal order at sub-state, state, supranational and global levels. He has also published at length on the relationship between security, legal order and political community. His most recent books...

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Future of Constitutionalism in the Age of Trump

Thursday, Dec 1, 5 pm
Barat House, Boston College Law School

In partnership with the College of Law and Business


Part of the 12th International Human Rights Researchers' Workshop, this event explores constitutionalism in the wake of the 2016 US Presidential election as it relates to aspects of globalization on constitutional law and rights, and what are the consequences of this redefined global constitutionalism? 

Vlad Perju (Director, Cough Center for the Study of Constitutionalism, Boston College Law School) in...

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Not Isolating Isolation: Whippings, Solitary Confinement, Prisoner, Disenfranchisement, and the Bounding of Licit Punishment

Thursday, Nov 3, 5 pm
Barat House, Boston College Law School

A Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy event

Speaker: Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, citizenship, feminism and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination.  She currently chairs the Law School's Global Constitutionalism Seminar and is the editor of its yearly...

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The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity

Monday, Nov 14, 12 pm
East Wing 120

Please join us in welcoming:

Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice

Kimberly Robinson Professor, University of Richmond School of Law

Professors Ogletree and Robinson will discuss their book, "The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity."

Signed copies will be available after the event.

Sponsored by the Office of the...

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Joseph Kennedy III Lecture: Access To Legal Services

Tuesday, Oct 11, 12 pm
East Wing 120

Joe Kennedy III serves the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress, will discuss his initiative to ensure access to legal representation, regardless of income.

Many low-income families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence are forced to navigate the judicial system alone, without any legal help or counsel simply because they can't afford it -- with devastating results.

To rectify that wrong, Congressman Kennedy (D-MA) and Susan Brooks (R-IN) launched the Access...

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