Professor Donald Jones recently spoke on a panel titled “Searching for Justice: Racial Profiling in the 21st Century” in Atlanta, Georgia hosted by the National Bar Association. His talk centered on themes from his recent book Fear of a Hop-Hop Planet: American’s New Dilemma. The panel also consisted of Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sherrilyn Ifill, Chair of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Professor David Greene of North Carolina Central University School of Law. Professor Jones teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Employment Discrimination at the law school at Miami Law.
Professor Kele Stewart, co-director of Miami Law’s Children & Youth Law Clinic recently published two articles on international children's rights and immigrant children. In “Implementing the Child Protection Provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Trinidad and Tobago,” published in the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review, Professor Stewart provides a framework for implementing the child protection provisions of the CRC. Using Trinidad & Tobago as an example, she argues that the CRC requires signatories to prioritize family integrity and that Trinidad & Tobago should leverage its tradition of extended kinship care in developing its new civil child protection system. Her article Unequal Access to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: State Court Adjudication of One-Parent Cases, published in American Bar Association’s Children’s Rights Litigation addresses Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, a path to lawful permanent residency for immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected. The article examines an issue in which the federal law has been subject to divergent interpretation by state judges, to whom Congress delegated certain predicate factual findings. Professor Stewart concludes that some state courts impermissibly serve as gatekeepers for immigration relief creating unequal treatment among similarly situated vulnerable immigrant children.
Professor Markus Wagner was invited to speak at the Faculty of Law at the University of Sao Paulo. His presentation on “Private Standards and International Trade Law” analyzed the challenges the increasing privatization of regulatory affairs poses to the international trading system and how private standardization fits into this legal framework. Professor Wagner teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. His recent scholarship has focused on the development of autonomous weaponry and its compatibility with international humanitarian law and various aspects of international economic law.