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Solving Global Problems: Perspectives from International Law and Policy

Preface: Policy-Oriented Jurisprudence and Contemporary American Legal Education
by Tai-Heng Cheng

I have the pleasure of contributing this preface at the invitation of the Law Review of New York Law School, on whose tenured faculty I previously served. On April 12, 2013, the Institute for Global Law, Justice, and Policy, together with the Law Review, hosted a symposium titled Solving Global Problems: Perspectives from International Law and Policy. This issue contains scholarship generated from the symposium…Read more

The Geography of Solving Global Problems: Reflections on Polycentric Efforts to Address Climate Change by Hari M. Osofsky

In approaching the symposium topic of “solving global environmental problems,” I faced three dilemmas regarding the problem—climate change—that has occupied much of my time over the past several years. First, I do not regard it as “global.” While certainly climate change has global dimensions, which makes attempts to solve it through international law critical, the problem is deeply multiscalar both physically and legally…Read more

Lionfish as a Metaphor for Governance in an Era of Climate Change by Rebecca M. Bratspies

A symposium titled Solving Global Problems is, by its very nature, an ambitious undertaking. The grandly expansive title stakes a claim to human agency and suggests a confidence that law is capable of ensuring “the dignity of men and women in an increasingly universal public order.” In the realm of international law discourse, a commitment to solving global problems means taking a very definite position in an ongoing debate over the efficacy of international law as a tool for the progressive realization of human rights and other worthwhile social goals….Read more

Expanding the “Geography” of Policy Options to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Commentary on Hari Osofsky’s The Geography of Solving Global Environmental Problems by William Ascher

Professor Hari Osofsky is to be lauded for her efforts to expand the “geography” of international law and policy to encompass multiple levels of municipal, county, state, national, and international jurisdictions. She provides important insights into the nonformal collaborations that enhance the potential for subnational efforts to rein in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. My commentary builds on her insights, and presents some modest proposals on how to extend her analysis to encompass additional approaches to gain commitments to reducing GHG emissions….Read more

The Conceptual and Jurisprudential Aspects of Property in the Context of the Fundamental Rights of Indigenous People: The Case of the Shuar of Ecuador by Winston P. Nagan and Craig Hammer

The conceptual and jurisprudential basis of property in indigenous culture differs from notions of property, especially private property, in the modern economic order. Private property is a central and pivotal precept in the modern economic order; it holds a place of primacy and deference. In part, this is because private property functions significantly as a foundation of economic exchanges at all levels of society around the world…Read more

Reflections on the New Haven School by Molly Land

New York Law School’s symposium, Solving Global Problems: Perspectives from International Law and Policy, provided an important opportunity to consider the insights that the New Haven School of jurisprudence might yield with respect to some of the most important problems international law faces today. The purpose of the symposium—to consider possible solutions to pressing global problems—was ambitious, but this ambition both reflects and exemplifies the New Haven School…Read more

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Law Review Diversity Report

In 2011, 2012 and 2013, the New York Law School Law Review published its law review diversity reports examining female and minority student representation among law review membership and leadership nationwide. The reports are based on research conducted in collaboration with Ms. JD and include results based on surveys of the flagship, general interest law review or journal at ABA-approved law schools. More information is available here.