December 2018 & January 2019

Professor Brad Heckman delivered the keynote speech at the Annual Nobel Peace Prize Luncheon on December 9 at the Dayton International Peace Museum. The event honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, and Brad unveiled his portraits of the Laureates, which will be on permanent display at the Museum. Brad’s speech focused on his local and international peacebuilding work, including his initiatives with the NYPD, ethnic minorities in the former Soviet Bloc, and at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs.

Clinical Assistant Professor John V. Kane published a chapter from his dissertation in the peer-reviewed journal, Political Research Quarterly. The article, “Fight Clubs: Media Coverage of Party (Dis)Unity and Citizens’ Selective Exposure To It“, examines how mass media depicted relations between former U.S. president, Barack Obama, and various politically-relevant groups in society. In addition, the article uses experiments on over two-thousand respondents to determine whether the nature of relations between presidents (both Obama and Trump) and their respective political “base” affect citizens’ willingness to selectively consume these articles.

Dr. Sylvia Maier co-edited the volume “EU Development Policies: Between Norms and Geopolitics” with Dr Sarah Beringer and Dr Markus Thiel. The volume was published by Palgrave.

Additionally, Dr. Maier gave a guest lecture via skype on the “Changing Representations of Gender in the Media” at Doha College in Doha, Qatar.

Profesor Andras Vamos-Goldman’s article, “When providing expert/specialist assistance to justice mechanisms, what factors must be considered prior to any investigation, and what risks must be born in mind going forward” was published in the Nuremberg Forum 2017 by the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, an academic institution jointly established by the German Federal government as well as the government of the state of Bavaria to promote the Nuremberg principles and the advancement of international criminal law more generally. It’s location, gives it some cachet, as does its access to the famous Court Room 600 where the war crimes trial of the 22 principal Nazi officials took place. This publication is essentially a collection of contributions of those attending the 2017 Forum – interventions turned into short articles for publication. 

Prof. Vamos-Goldman also delivered a keynote address at the University of Zurich, Department of Economics (Centre for Child Well-Being and Development) Social Entrepreneurship Summit. Each year, the Department of Economics holds a social entrepreneurship competition where teams of students create, prepare, and present social enterprise projects on various topics; this year’s theme was helping refugee children. Having founded and run a successful social enterprise – Justice Rapid Response – based in Geneva, Prof. Vamos-Goldman was asked to speak on what it takes to be a successful social entrepreneur. His presentation was entitled: “If not you, who?”

In December, Professor Jennifer Trahan spoke on two side-event panels in The Hague, Netherlands, at the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties — a panel on the International Criminal Court’s crime of aggression, sponsored by Liechtenstein, and a panel on “Hard Law Obligations, Atrocity Crimes and the Veto,” sponsored by Liechtenstein, Costa Rica and The Netherlands. She then delivered remarks relating to the latter topic in Madrid, Spain, where she served as an expert and moderator at a retreat on Security Council reform hosted by the Government of Spain.

Professor Trahan also successfully led a Global Field Intensive to Rwanda, January 3-14, along with Katie Dobosz Kenney, Professor Belinda Cooper, and fifteen CGA students. The GFI included many site visits, meetings with government officials and others working in the justice sector, and concluding with a 1-day safari at Akagera National Park.

On January 23, Professor Trahan presented to the Working Group of the EU Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on the initiative “Legal Limits to the Veto in the Face of Atrocity Crimes.” She was also featured speaker on a series at Columbia University entitled “The Problem of Peace,” on January 30.