All posts by Cynthia Alkon

Thoughts on our future in Afghanistan

On December 7, 2009 at 2-4pm EST, the United States Institute for Peace is bringing together speakers to discuss “The Way Forward in Afghanistan.”  It will be broadcast via webcast at: http://www.usip.org/webcast.html The invitation states: “On Tuesday, December 1, 2009 President Obama gave a major address on Afghanistan, committing additional U.S. soldiers, civilians, and assistance … Continue reading Thoughts on our future in Afghanistan

Mandatory Employment Arbitration Talk

Professor Theodore J. St. Antoine will be speaking at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on “Mandatory Employment Arbration:  Keeping it Fair and Keeping it Lawful” tomorrow, November 19, 2009, at 5-6pm (EST).  The lecture will be broadcast live on webcast and be available for later viewing at: http://law.case.edu/lectures.

Law & Society Association Call for Papers

The next Law & Society Association Annual Meeting is in Chicago from May 27-May 30, 2010.  Proposals for individual papers and panels are due on December 8, 2009. To learn more see: http://www.lawandsociety.org/ann_mtg/am10/call.htm The Law & Society Annual Meeting brings together a wonderfully diverse group of scholars from a variety of fields and countries.  There are … Continue reading Law & Society Association Call for Papers

Should we negotiate with the Taliban?

A good friend of mine is a journalist in Afghanistan who was in the Hotel Serna in Kabul this morning when it was hit by mortar.  You can read her account at: http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/afghanistan/091028/the-unexpected-hazards-life-war-zone.  The New York Times reported that attack and the deadly attack that same morning by the Taliban at a UN guest house … Continue reading Should we negotiate with the Taliban?

Jon Stewart & the Franken Amendment

Last night Jon Stewart did a piece on the Daily Show about the Franken Amendment to the Job Arbitration Bill (reported by Sarah Cole on this blog on Oct. 9). It doesn’t show a strong understanding of arbitration…but it is funny. See http://www.thedailyshow.com/ (under “coming up” and “Rape Nuts”).

Problem Solving Courts Symposium in Maryland

The University of Maryland School of Law will hold a symposium on November 6, 2009:   Problem Solving Courts: A Conversation with the Experts. The conference announcement states: Please join us for a conversation with a diverse array of Maryland practitioners and national experts about past, present and future role of problem solving courts in our judicial system. … Continue reading Problem Solving Courts Symposium in Maryland

“Meting out justice with sympathy”: The race for NY District Attorney

Imagine a race for District Attorney where the lead candidates  talk about alternative ways to handle criminal cases, including problem solving courts, and are not simply competing to see who will be “tougher” on crime. This seems to be happening in New York City. The three contenders for District Attorney in next week’s Democratic primary … Continue reading “Meting out justice with sympathy”: The race for NY District Attorney

Can Bias Help President Obama in the Health Care Debate?

James Surowiecki had an interesting piece in last week’s New Yorker describing the endowment effect and the status quo bias and applying them to the current health care debate.  In looking at the endowment effect (when you own something you tend to overvalue it) Surowiecki states: “What [the endowment effect] suggests about health care is … Continue reading Can Bias Help President Obama in the Health Care Debate?

Collaborative Law Conference and Call for Papers

Hofstra Law School will hold a conference on “Collaborative Law: Opportunities, Challenges and Questions for the Future” on November 19 and 20, 2009. The conference announcement states: “The conference will cover topics in Collaborative Law in the context of legal ethics and professional responsibility, mediation, arbitration and other ADR processes, access to justice and vulnerable … Continue reading Collaborative Law Conference and Call for Papers

Restorative Justice Conference in Missouri for Missouri

The Restorative Justice in Adult Courts Committee of the Missouri Restorative Justice Coalition is sponsoring a symposium on Restorative Justice in Adult Criminal Courts on Friday Nov. 13, 2009, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.  During the morning plenary session experts in the field, both academics and practitioners, will present papers on restorative justice in adult courts.  The workshops in … Continue reading Restorative Justice Conference in Missouri for Missouri

What are their interests? Negotiating with North Korea

North Korea recently sentenced two U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, to 12 years of hard labor for illegally crossing the North Korean border.  By all accounts imprisonment in North Korea, especially in a labor camp, is horrible and potentially life-threatening.  The question now is whether their early release can be negotiated.    This … Continue reading What are their interests? Negotiating with North Korea