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Time: The big problem with President Trump’s record arms deal with Saudi Arabia - May 22, 2017 - Much of the military hardware from a nearly $110 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia will likely be pressed into service in the Saudi fight against its neighbor Yemen, where more than 10,000 people have been killed during two years of heavy airstrikes and fighting. This puts the U.S. in a precarious ethical position, say human rights groups and former U.S. officials. In a legal opinion sent to the U.S. Senate on May 19, the American Bar Association’s Human Rights Center argued that continued arms sales are illegal under American laws that ban sales to states that violate international law. The article quotes the opinion, which was authored by Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law. A related article in The Huffington Post also quotes Newton’s opinion. 

Professor Michael Newton joins On Point's Tom Ashbrook for a discussion on President Obama's plan to finally close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Feb. 24, 2016 LISTEN >>

Hydratext: Oral Argument (podcast) - July 25, 2016- Timothy Meyer, professor of law, was interviewed about the impact of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

International Criminal Justice Today: Opinion: The ICC is indispensable to a Syria solution - May 4, 2016 - Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, and his fellow members of the American Bar Association’s International Criminal Court (ICC) Project Board of Advisors write that the ICC is a permanent and central part of the international landscape and should be a part of any effort to combat impunity in Syria.

Federalist Society: Mike Lewis Memorial Teleforum—Defining the Laws of War, podcast - January 19, 2016 - Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, joins a panel of experts to critique the Department of Defense Manual. Does it provide the guidance necessary to troops on the ground, commanders, and all actors in between? How does it address modern warfare, terrorism, and asymmetrical war? How does it define lawful and unlawful belligerents? What does it say about interrogation and detention?

Bloomberg Radio interviewed Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law, about the U.S. Supreme Court’s first decision of its new term, which ruled a California woman cannot sue Austria’s state-owned national railway system in U.S. courts over an injury she suffered while boarding a train.

Nashville Public Radio interviewed Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law, about Gov. Bill Haslam’s joining other GOP lawmakers in a move asking federal officials to suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees to Tennessee following the Paris terrorist attacks.


The 2nd International Humanitarian Law Dialogs was held at Chautauqua Institution on Aug. 24-26, 2008. Here Prof. Michael Newton (Vanderbilt Law School) presents his book he co-authored with Michael Scarf entitled "Enemy of the State: Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein".

Meg Fowler '18 at the ICC in the HagueAfter attending Vanderbilt in Venice, Meg Fowler '18 is spending the second half of her summer working in the Peace Palace in The Hague for the International Bar Association-International Criminal Court Project.

 

Foreign Policy: To close Guantánamo, Obama will have to test the limits of presidential power - November 12, 2015 - The White House is soon expected to unveil its long-delayed plan to close the Guantánamo prison—a package that will include options for transferring the remaining detainees to high-security prisons in Colorado, Kansas or South Carolina and an assessment of the related costs and logistics. Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law, is mentioned.

Mic: Cockpit crew questioned legality of orders to bomb Afghan Doctors Without Borders hospital - October 18, 2015 - The world is calling into question the legality of a U.S. airstrike that killed at least 22 staff and patients at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3. To make matters worse for the U.S., the cockpit crew tasked with carrying out the airstrike actually questioned the legality of the order, according to NBC Nightly News. Michael A. Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

The Guardian: Doctors Without Borders bombing: Can it be prosecuted as a war crime? - October 9, 2015 - The aid group’s president has called the airstrike on its Afghan hospital ‘an attack on the Geneva conventions,’ and if the US military did not give the hospital warning of the strike it would indeed be a violation of international law. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

Duetsche Welle (Germany): Kunduz airstrike highlights systemic problems in US targeting - October 8, 2015 - Doctors Without Borders says the bombing of its hospital was a war crime, while the United States says it was a tragic mistake. The loss of civilian life is often the consequence of systemic problems in how strikes are conducted. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

FOX News’ Shepard Smith Reporting interviewed Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, about the Washington Post reporter who is awaiting a verdict on charges of espionage in an Iranian court. The live interview was conducted using VUStar, Vanderbilt’s broadcast facility.

New York Times: Israeli government watchdog investigates military’s conduct in Gaza War - January 21, 2015 - Israel’s government watchdog, the state comptroller, said on Tuesday that he had opened an investigation into decisions made by military and political leaders during last summer’s 50-day war with the Hamas militant group in Gaza. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is one of three experts aiding in the inquiry led by Israeli state comptroller, Joseph Haim Shapira. The story was also reported in the Jerusalem Post: Shapira brings in outside experts to help judge IDF compliance with int’l law .

PBS Newshour: Kenyan president’s case a ‘litmus test’ for International Criminal Court - October 9, 2014 - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta appeared before the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday in the long-running case alleging that he fomented violence following the country’s disputed 2007 elections. International law expert Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

The August 5, 2015, edition of " On Point with Tom Ashbrook " featured Michael Newton in a discussion of the moral stakes of the Israel/Gaza conflict and possible war crimes charges arising from the conflict. 

ABC News: Will there ever be justice for Malaysia Airlines MH17 families? - July 22, 2014 - As international investigators descend upon the crash scene of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine this week, a massive effort to bring the perpetrators to justice will get underway. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international criminal law, is quoted.

The Daily Beast: Opinion: Iraqi insurgents circulate the lie that they killed the judge in Saddam's trial - June 30, 2014 - Rumors have been flying that ISIS has executed the judge who presided over Saddam Hussein's 2006 trial. The lies are just the latest attempt to destabilize a fractured country, writes Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international law and war crimes.

Al Jazeera America: Caribbean countries unlikely to see slave-trade reparations from Europe - January 13, 2014 - A coalition of Caribbean nations (Caricom) is threatening to sue 11 European countries over the lingering effects of the Atlantic slave trade. Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law, is quoted.

LawFare Blog: Foreign Official Immunity & Executive Branch Law-Making - December 12, 2013 - Professor Ingrid Wuerth discusses the constitutional power of the Executive Branch arguing it has no general authority to make domestic law, as the Court has held in Youngstown and Medellin v. Texas.

PILPG Invitation: Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts to Unveil Draft Statute for Syrian Tribunal - October 3, 2013 - The government of Syria has admitted possessing chemical weapons; the United Nations has confirmed that their use killed more than 1,400 people in the outskirts of Damascus last month; and an international process for ridding the country of such weapons has just commenced. Professor Michael Newton joins this panel to unveil the Chatauqua Blueprint, named such as it was finalized on the margins of a recent conference of several of the chief prosecutors of the various international criminal tribunals at the Chautauqua Institution.

Politico: Morning Money: Warren advisor joins Center for American Progress - August 28, 2013 - In this news round-up, it is noted that Ganesh Sitaraman, assistant professor of law and a former top advisor to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, has joined the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow focusing on economics and national security.

August 8, 2013 - FOXNews.com interviewed Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, on the military trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the soldier accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood. The live interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt's broadcast facility. The interview originally aired on the online show FoxNews.com Live.

August 1, 2013 - FOXNews.com Live interviewed Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, about the military trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was convicted on some counts of espionage in the WikiLeaks case. The interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt's broadcast facility.

Slate Magazine: The Geneva suspension - June 10, 2013 - U.S. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians in a military court on Wednesday, was charged with murder instead of war crimes because the U.S. military had jurisdiction over him. The research of Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international justice, is mentioned.

Professor Michael Newton in PeruMay 2013: Professor Michael Newton spent two days with the Supreme Court of Peru and the judges of the Sala Penal Nacionale discussing the law of command responsibility as a follow-up to a series of Practice Lab projects Vanderbilt Law students completed during 2012-13. "Practice Lab students have supported ongoing judicial system reforms in Peru with various projects, including an amicus brief we are filing in the InterAmerican Commission of Human Rights," Newton said. "Peru is facing a wave of difficult human rights cases as a result of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) terrorism of the 1990s, and its government is also in the midst of reforming the country's criminal code to move toward an adversarial model. We've been asked to work with the Peruvian courts to develop a broader outreach and education program for lower level judges, and I'll visit the Supreme Court again in fall 2013."

Ingrid Wuerth elected to American Journal of International Law Board of Editors
Release Date: Apr 08, 2013
AJIL is a distinguished peer-reviewed journal that features works by prominent scholars of international law and international relations.

RIA Novosti (Russia): Obama opens window for Russians to contest Magnitsky Sanctions - April 9, 2013 - In a move the White House called a "routine delegation" of responsibilities, President Obama formally tasked the United States Treasury and State Departments with implementing key aspects of the Magnitsky Act, which introduces visa and financial sanctions on Russian officials suspected of human rights abuses. Kevin Stack, associate dean for research, is quoted.

Vijay Padmanabhan was interviewed about Guantanamo detainees for the show "Crosstalk" on the English-language Russian TV network RT. The live interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt's campus broadcast facility. (Watch)

Ingrid Wuerth elected to membership in American Law Institute
Release Date: Mar 29, 2013
Wuerth joins organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law.

The Hill: Remembering the chemical attacks against the Kurds - March 26, 2013 - The ongoing slaughter in Syria is neither the first nor the worst tragedy in that neighborhood. 25 years ago this March, Iraqi forces coordinated a calculated campaign of genocide against the Kurds. Professor Michael Newton blogs about the important anniversary.

Michael Waibel, Professor of Law at Cambridge University, to teach a short course, International Trade - March 22, 2013

Vanderbilt team of Scott Friedman and Alex McVeagh reach semi-finals in International Commercial Mediation Competition - February 28, 2013 - First Vanderbilt team to participate in International Chamber of Commerce competition wins "Best Public Speakers" award, advances to semi-final round.

U.S. v. Siriwan Filing Sheds Light On Extradition Relations With Thailand In Pivotal Justice Department Case , a post by 3L Mike Dearington, was featured on the FCPA Professor blog, a forum devoted to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, on July 31, 2012. Dearington is the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology for 2012-13.

Los Angeles Times: Congo rebel leader acquitted on war crimes charges - December 18, 2012 - A rebel leader accused of leading a brutal attack on a Congolese village nearly a decade ago was acquitted Tuesday by the International Criminal Court, which said prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mathieu Ngudjolo was responsible for the mass rapes and murders that devastated the town. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

Ingrid Wuerth has been chosen to contribute to an influential guide to foreign relations law - October 31, 2012 - Wuerth was selected as a reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, published by the American Law Institute. The volumes cover both international law as it applies to the United States and domestic law that has substantial foreign relations or international law consequences. Read more...

CNN World: Opinion: About that genocide indictment proposal... - October 25, 2012 - Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, writes about Monday night's debate where Mitt Romney reiterated his call for a stronger response to the growing prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. Romney said that he would "make sure that [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad is indicted under the Genocide Convention." Although a genocide case against Ahmadinejad is potentially feasible; it's fraught with practical and political barriers.

"Talking Foreign Policy" is a one-hour radio program in which experts discuss the salient foreign policy issues of the day. Hosted by Michael Scharf, Professor of Law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, the program is produced in association with WCPN 90.3 Idea Stream. In the premier episode , a panel of experts including Professor Michael Newton covered the controversial use of predator drones, humanitarian intervention in Syria, and responding to Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons. The September 27 broadcast focused on presidential power in a war without end.

WTVF Channel 5: Interview with Michael Newton - September 13, 2012 - WTVF, Channel 5 interviewed Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international law, about recent violence in Libya that included the murder of the U.S. ambassador.

Associated Press: Japan to honor Alexander of Tenn. - May 16, 2012 - Japan is bestowing national decorations on Sen. Lamar Alexander for his work to expand trade between Japan and the United States, and John Haley, professor of law, for furthering the study of Japanese law in the United States.

The Washington Times: For mass killers, time in court offers stage for their warped agenda - May 6, 2012 - As Anders Behring Breivik has given shocking and remorseless accounts to a Norwegian court of how he massacred 77 people, his testimony has revived a debate about how much of a public platform mass murderers should be given in trials. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international criminal law, is quoted.

Associated Press: Breivik's publicity at trial just what he wanted - April 25, 2012 - The testimony of Anders Behring Breivik, accused of massacring 77 people in Norway, has revived a debate about how much of a public platform mass-murderers should be given in trials. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international criminal law, is quoted.

Law360: Copyright Enforcement Push May Have Backfired, Expert Says - March 29, 2012 - The aggressive push by the entertainment industry for copyright enforcement legislation and treaties around the world may have backfired by turning the public against the idea of copyright protection, according to Daniel Gervais, FedEx Research Professor of Law and Co-Director, Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program. (subscription required)

Thomson Reuters News & Insight: Analysis: Legal manuevering around Saudis in 9/11 case - March 8, 2012 - Fresh questions about the possible involvement of the Saudi government in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks might make waves in Washington, but it's unlikely they will be considered by a judge on the case for years -- if they are heard at all. Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law and Director, International Legal Studies Program, is quoted.

Vanderbilt expert Vijay Padmanabhan talks about Guantanamo Bay - February 28, 2012 - Vanderbilt law professor Vijay Padmanabhan talks about Guantanamo Bay, interrogation issues, and why it's been difficult for the Obama administration to shut the detainee camp down. (VIDEO)

“ICJ Issues Jurisdictional Immunities Judgment” by Ingrid Wuerth, Professor of Law and Director, International Legal Studies Program, was posted on the Opinio Juris blog on February 7, 2012. Professor Wuerth discusses the implications of the judgment in favor of Germany in Jurisdictional Immunities of the State ( Germany v. Italy : Greece Intervening).

2012 Jessup teamVanderbilt team places first at the regional 2012 Jessup International Moot Court competition
Release Date: Feb 13, 2012
The team will compete in the international competition in March in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Reuters: Analysis: U.S. sanctions hamper Iran bid to recover $1.75 billion - January 15, 2012 - Iran's effort to recover some $1.75 billion frozen in a U.S. bank faces a new obstacle due to a law President Barack Obama signed last month, potentially further squeezing Tehran's economy and exacerbating tensions between the two countries. With such a large sum on the line and with Iran beset by economic sanctions from Western countries skeptical of its assertion that it does not seek to develop atomic bombs, Iran's central bank plans to file a motion for the funds next month. Ingrid Wuerth, professor of law, is quoted.

USA Today: U.S. vows investigation of incident with corpses - January 13, 2012 - The Marines and the Obama administration promised a full investigation into a video that purports to depict four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters, images that could be used as propaganda by America's enemies, experts say. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international criminal law, is quoted. Professor Newton was also quoted in a similar story in the New York Times: Reprehensible behavior is a risk of combat, experts say .

ABCNews.com: The Note: Protests mark Guantanamo Bay detainee center's 10th anniversary - January 12, 2012 - Opponents of the Guantanamo Bay detention center today marked its 10-year anniversary with protests from Belgium to Washington, D.C. Vijay Padmanabhan, assistant professor of law and former State Department chief counsel on Guantanamo, is quoted here and was interviewed for a related story on CNN International. The CNN interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt's campus broadcast facility.

Public Radio International: The Takeaway: What's the future of Guantanamo? - January 11, 2012 - Wednesday marks the tenth anniversary of the United States opening a detention camp in Guant�namo Bay, Cuba. The past decade has seen no shortage of controversy about the base, both on legal and moral terms. There are currently 171 prisoners being held there, and no signs of shutting the facility down in the near future. Vijay Padmanabhan, assistant professor of law at the Vanderbilt Law School, discusses the legal and political future of the base.

Ingrid Wuerth appointed to State Department Advisory Committee on International Law
Release Date: Nov 15, 2011
Wuerth directs Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program.

Newton on Fox 2011 OctOctober 25, 2011 - “Fox News Liveinterviewed Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international law and war crimes, about the recent developments in the Libyan revolution. The live interview was conducted at VUStar, Vanderbilt's campus broadcast facility and aired live on FOXNews.com.

 

 

The Take Away: Building a Democratic Libya After Dictatorship - October 21, 2011 - The death of Moammar Gadhafi and the capture of Sirte brings to close a prolonged struggle between the Gadhafi regime and Libya's pro-democracy rebels, ending years of conflict and clearing the way for a new era of rebuilding, with challenges of its own. With the fall of a ruler who has been in power for more than four decades, Libya in many ways will be starting from scratch. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and legal adviser to the Libyan rebels, is interviewed along with former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb.

September 2011: Students in Professor Michael Newton's International Law Practice Lab completed an analysis of issues surrounding the political/legal dynamic of the trials that are continuing in the Extraordinary Chambers in Cambodia, commonly known as the “Khmer Rouge Tribunal.” The tribunal is prosecuting senior Khmer Rouge leaders allegedly responsible for serious violations of Cambodian penal law, including the Killing Fields in Cambodia from 1975-79. The students' analysis formed the basis for a report issued by the International Bar Association , which has been circulated worldwide. Practice Lab students who worked on the report during summer 2011 are A.J. Gochenaur '11, Oluwafunmito Phillips Seton '12 and Valerie Han Wang LL.M '11.

2011 Newton IAPL Award Michael Newton , professor of the practice of law, was awarded the International Association of Penal Law, American National Section's 2011 Article of the Year Award for his article, Evolving Equality: The Development of the International Defense Bar, published in the Stanford Journal of International Law (47 Stanford Journal of International Law 379, 2011). The annual award honor scholarly contributions to the field.

Global Post: Irrefutable and nearly immediate proof of war crimes in Sudan - August 31, 2011 - The wall of impunity that has long protected war criminals is crumbling. And that process is now accelerating through the use of technology. Atrocities committed during military actions or in campaigns of ethnic cleansing used to be routinely denied, disputed, and covered up for years. Now, through innovative use of satellite imagery and analysis, these crimes are being exposed in near real time. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, is quoted.

National Public Radio: Deaths could challenge Norway's views on justice - July 25, 2011 - If the shooting and bombing rampage that killed dozens of people in Norway last week had happened in the United States, the man who confessed to the assault could be facing the death penalty. Instead, the maximum sentence Anders Behring Breivik faces � at least initially � is 21 years, although the court could theoretically extend his sentence in five-year increments if he is still deemed a threat to society. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international law, is quoted.

The Tennessean: For legal experts, insanity plea on trial in Little Rock - July 24, 2011 - Terrorism and legal experts are watching closely to see how an insanity defense plays with an Arkansas jury in the case of Abdulhakim Muhammad, who opened fire on a Little Rock Army recruiting station in 2009, killing one soldier and wounding another. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in terrorism law, is quoted.

Yesha Yadav joins Vanderbilt's law faculty as assistant professor of law
Release Date: Jun 24, 2011
Professor Yadav enters legal academy after serving in the Legal Vice-Presidency of the World Bank.

Vijay Padmanabhan joins Vanderbilt's law faculty as assistant professor
Release Date: Jun 16, 2011
Professor Padmanabhan will be affiliated with Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies and Criminal Justice programs.

China Daily: Opinion: South Sudan's gathering storm - June 9, 2011 - Coauthored by Michael Newton , professor of the practice of law - Sudan's government, led by President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, has taken a page from its Darfur playbook by waging war once again on civilians and their property, this time attacking the disputed border region of Abyei on the eve of South Sudan's legal secession next month, writes Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, and John C. Bradshaw, executive director of the Enough Project. The commentary was also published in Nigeria's Business Day, Egypt's Daily News and other English-language news outlets around the world.

CBC Radio (Canada): The killing of Osama bin Laden - May 12, 2011 - Mike Newton, professor of the practice of law and international law adviser to the Iraqi High Tribunal, is interviewed about the legality of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) announces the convening of a high-level Piracy Working Group devoted to addressing the challenges posed by modern maritime piracy, comprised of 24 leading experts from academia, government and legal practice, including Michael A. Newton . Its mandate is to provide legal and policy advice to domestic, regional and international counter-piracy mechanisms. PILPG will be publishing the " Piracy News Update " biweekly electronic newsletter covering piracy-related developments around the world. The group convenes May 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C .

46 students to date accept international positions for summer or fall
Release Date: Apr 26, 2011
Students will work with 41 different organizations in 18 countries and the U.S.

WSMV Channel 4 interviewed John Owen Haley on March 15, 2011, about conditions in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami. Professor Haley was in Japan when the earthquake occurred. (Watch)

Tatiana Boza and Mark Hammervold win Top Oralist Awards at International Law Moot Court Competition
Release Date: Feb 18, 2011
Vanderbilt students competed in the 2011 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Midwest Super Region

Michael Newton, who specializes in accountability and conduct of hostilities issues, will deliver the keynote address, "Of Law and Legitimacy: Developing Dynamics of 21st Century Conflicts," at Loyola University Chicago School of Law's International Law Review Symposium 2011, "The Laws of War: International Conflict and the Global War on Terror," on February 25.

Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Advisor to the U.S. State Department, addresses limits to diplomatic immunity in 2011 Burch Lecture - February 4, 2011 - Koh's Burch lecture, entitled "Foreign Official Immunity after Samantar: A U.S. Government Perspective," was the keynote address for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 's symposium on "Foreign State Immunity at Home and Abroad." The lecture offered an illuminating policy perspective on the impact of an important 2010 Supreme Court decision, Samantar v. Yousuf, addressing the limits of diplomatic immunity.

2011 Charney Lecture explores impact of climate change in Arctic region - February 3, 2011 - With "Three Images of the Arctic and the Law and Politics They Suggest," Law of the Sea scholar Daniel Caron, addressed governance and other legal and political issues created by the Arctic's rapid transition from an area inhospitable to both travel and commercial development to an area where important natural resources are now accessible during at least part of the year. Caron is the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-directs the Law of the Sea Institute, an international consortium of scholars that has played a major part in studies of ocean law since the 1970s. He is also president of the American Society of International Law. .who is the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-directs the Law of the Sea Institute, an international consortium of scholars that has played a major part in studies of ocean law since the 1970s, and he is also president of the American Society of International Law.who is the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-directs the Law of the Sea Institute, an international consortium of scholars that has played a major part in studies of ocean law since the 1970s, and he is also president of the American Society of International Law.

White paper by International Practice Lab students addresses genocide prevention - November 30, 2010 - When Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt, was asked to serve as a member of a working group on genocide prevention, several students in his International Law Practice Lab gained an opportunity to support his work with their own substantive research on what makes international networks work effectively. Read the full story.

What lies ahead for Omar Khadr? - October 14, 2010 - CBC.com (Canada) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has come under repeated attack for not intervening in the case of Omar Khadr, the only Canadian detained at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, especially in light of new evidence that he has been treated harshly. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and a former military prosecutor, is quoted.

Cardin calls for faster processing of special immigrant visas for Iraqi allies July 22, 2010 � United States Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Florida) hosted a hearing to focus on the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees who continue to languish in Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) partner State, Jordan, and in Syria and other countries in the region. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law, testified.

35 Vanderbilt law students to serve in international law externships and placements - May 04, 2010 - The International Legal Studies Program has announced student and graduate placements for summer 2010.

Updated edition of Terrorism: International Case Law Reporter , edited by Michael A. Newton , released in May 2010 by Oxford University Press. In addition to researching a 2010 edition, students in Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program have assisted with the Reporter since its initial 2007 edition, contributions include researching terrorism cases in nations worldwide and editing headnotes for these cases. "Students who work on assembling and commenting on these cases are at the vanguard of the cutting-edge research related to ongoing judicial and institutional counterterrorism efforts," Professor Newton says. "Vanderbilt students who work on this casebook gain an in-depth understanding of the interconnected nature of modern jurisprudence related to acts of terror around the world."

International court's progress slow - May 14, 2010 - Washington Times - Since its founding in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has not issued any verdicts or completed a single trial. Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in international law, is quoted.

Shannon Fyfe, Class of 2010, wins Helton Fellowship for work in Tanzania - Mar 23, 2010 - 2010 graduate Shannon Fyfe will work with the Public International Law and Policy Group to address treatment of albinos during summer and fall 2010.

Enemy of the State , a book coauthored by Michael A. Newton , named International Association of Penal Law's 2009 "Book of the Year." The book, coauthored with Michael Scharf, chronicles the capture, trial and execution of Saddam Hussein. Professors Newton and Scharf served as advisors to the Iraqi High Tribunal during the establishment of Iraq's High Criminal Court and throughout the trial of toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.

Send more troops or U.S. loses war - September 23, 2009 - The Tennessean - Michael Newton, professor of the practice of law and expert in the international justice system, wrote this opinion piece about the importance of having enough troops on the ground in Afghanistan to police the activities of al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Professor Mike Newton testifies before the United Nations Fact-Finding Commission on the Gaza Conflict - July 7, 2009