[JURIST] US News & World Report has just posted online a free basic edition of its 2004 law school rankings, a few hours in advance of their officially-announced April 4 release date. Tier 1 and Tier 2 schools have been combined in a "Top 100" list. More information is available online for payment, or in the print edition.
[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court [official website] ruled Thursday that it would review the death sentences of 27 inmates to determine whether the men should be resentenced. The Court declined to throw out their convictions in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling from 2002 [Ring v. Arizona - decision syllabus] that found Arizona's death sentencing law unconstitutional because judges, not jurors, decided the sentence. Review State v. Ring [PDF text]; more State v. Ring documents are available from the Arizona Supreme Court website.
[JURIST] Harvard University President Lawrence Summers announced Thursday afternoon that the next Dean of Harvard Law School will be HLS professor and administrative law scholar Elena Kagan [faculty profile]. Read the Harvard Law School press release.
[JURIST] Columbia University President Lee Bollinger [official profile], former President of the University of Michigan and defendant in the Grutter and Gratz affirmative action admissions cases, spoke to the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday. Recorded audio is now available from NPR.
[JURIST] Recorded video of the Second Annual Duke Magazine Forum, featuring Duke Law School professor James Boyle in conversation with University of North Carolina Law School professor Adrienne Davis, is now available online from Duke Law. The Forum took place on March 28.
[JURIST] Recorded video of a panel discussion on the war in Iraq held Tuesday at the Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, is now available online. Among the panelists is international law scholar Mary Ellen O'Connell, a JURIST Forum guest columnist whose November op-ed Resolution 1441: Compelling Saddam, Restraining Bush is still available online.
[JURIST] The FBI has launched a new website on counterterrorism. In addition to numerous links regarding the 9/11 hijackers, the Anthrax investigation, and the Bureau's reports on terrorism in the US, the site also contains descriptions of the State Department's 35 designated foreign terrorist organizations.
[JURIST] In a rapid come-back to the 2002 US State Department Human Rights Reports released March 31 which contained, among other things, a critical report on the current state of human rights in China, the Chinese government has released its own report on human rights in the United States in 2002. The report concludes:
The United States has been releasing annually Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, censuring other countries for their human rights situations, but it has turned a blind eye to serious violations of human rights on its own soil. This double standard on human rights issues cannot but meet with strong rejection and opposition worldwide, leaving the United States more and more isolated in the international community.
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