News & Events: Faculty Scholarship Highlights

An update of the scholarly activities of GGU Law faculty through Spring 2017

Faculty Scholarship Highlights


Paul Kibel's paper "California Rushes In - Keeping Water Instream for Fisheries Without Federal Law" will be published by the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Benedetta Faedi Duramy presented her paper "Food Industry and Childhood Obesity: a Child Rights-Based Approach" at the 3rd Annual Conference on Business and Human Rights at Santa Clara University on September 15-16, 2017. At the same conference, Benedetta also served as a discussant of the paper "African Regional Attempt Towards a Policy Framework on Business and Human Rights: Prospects and Challenges" by Romola Adeola from McGill University.

On September 13, 2017, Kathleen Morris (with the help of a translator) gave two two-hour lectures at UC Berkeley's lower campus to an audience of Chinese government officials from the Zhejiang province. The lectures were presented as part of Berkeley's Zhejiang Delegation Studies Program. The first lecture was titled "Consumer Protection Enforcement in the United States." The second lecture was titled "Creation and Activities of Local Administrative Agencies in the United States." The lectures were based in large part on Kathleen's research related to state and local government law, consumer protection law, and local enforcement of civil federal, state, and local laws. (Kathleen does not know how the Chinese government found her. But she's glad they did, because it was a really fun day, and also because the delegation presented her with a gorgeous silk scarf from Zhejiang as a thank you.)

Eric Christiansen

Eric Christiansen's article, "Substantive Equality and Sexual Orientation: Twenty Years of Gay and Lesbian Rights Adjudication Under the South African Constitution, was recently published by Cornell International Law Review. It was originally an invited piece for the 20th anniversary of the post-apartheid constitution in South Africa. It is a critique of current circumstances and a retrospective on the very first research Eric ever did, reviewing the (now unavailable) primary source materials related to the inclusion of sexual orientation as a protected equality category in the South African Constitution. Read the abstract here.

Helen Kang

Helen Kang's chapter "Enforcement by Local Governments" was recently published in the Edward Elgar Publishing's book, Compliance and Enforcement of Environmental Law. The book recognizes that key problems in bridging the gap between legal requirements and sustainability outcomes is deficiencies in compliance and enforcement programs. The publisher says that the book "brings together leading experts to provide a detailed overview of compliance and enforcement tools."

Kathleen Morris

On the evening of Friday June 9, Kathleen Morris moderated a plenary panel at the American Constitution Society's (ACS's) National Convention in Washington, D.C. The panel, entitled "Progressive Federalism: A New Way Forward?," was one of only three plenaries and had an audience of over 1,000 policy makers, professors, lawyers, and law students. The panelists included Professor Heather Gerken, incoming Dean of Yale Law School; Yvette McGee Brown, a former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court who is now a partner at Jones Day; David Frederick, a prominent Supreme Court and appellate litigator with an expertise in preemption; Terry Goddard, the former Attorney General of Arizona; and Deep Gulasekaram, Associate Professor of Law, Santa Clara University. The panelists discussed how progressives are seeking to use state and local governments, state courts, and state constitutions as avenues to protect and advance rights. The panelists discussed also the costs and benefits of progressive federalism, considering which issues might gain traction at the local and state levels, and which could suffer. A video of the panel is featured on the ACS website.

Laura Cisneros

On April 1, Laura Cisneros presented her paper, 'The Production of Utopian Discourse in Living Originalism" at the Association for the Study of Law Culture and the Humanities annual conference at Stanford Law School.

Paul Kibel

​On April 7, Paul Kibel presented his paper "California Rushes In: Keeping Water Instream for Fisheries Without Federal Law" at the Confluence Water Law symposium a the University of Denver School of Law.

Eric Christiansen

In March, Eric Christiansen offered a series of three presentations in the undergraduate law program titled "Purposes and Processes in Comparative Global Constitutionalism." The lectures focused on 1) the motivation for modern constitutionalism, 2) decision-making in constitutional drafting, and 3) the implications for the EU constitutional processes.On March 30, Eric delivered his keynote Fulbright lecture, titled "The United States Supreme Court and the Trump Presidency" to a standing room only crowd of 125+ graduate students and law school leaders at the University of Valencia law school.On April 3, Eric presented his preliminary Fulbright research findings to the University of Valencia graduate faculty. The presentation was titled: "Spanish Adjudication of Constitutional Social Welfare Rights: Lessons from the Contrasting Extremes of American and South African Jurisprudence ." In mid-April, Eric was asked to lead a second panel discussion of Best Practices in Law Teaching with a group of Spanish, French, English, and American law professors and graduate teaching assistants. The presentation/discussion was the second of multiple practical legal pedagogy sessions at the University of Valencia called "INNOtalk-Law." As a Senior Fulbright Scholar, Eric supported the grant application for the program that resulted in funding the Spanish government. Finally, this week (April 27) Eric completes the teaching portion of his Fulbright with a guest lecture in the core first year program for law students getting their first law degree in English. His presentation is on The Modern Era of U.S. Supreme Court Adjudication.

Kathleen Morris

On March 24-25, Kathleen Morris presented at a Yale Law School conference entitled "Bending the Arc: Strategies To Advance Democracy, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in the New Administration." The conference brought together professors, practitioners, and students in a collaborative environment to discuss trans-substantive strategies to protect the rule of law, democracy, and human rights. She spoke on a panel entitled "The California Model," which highlighted counter-strategies by California's state and local governments to protest the most vulnerable among us. She also attended the 10th Anniversary reunion of the Yale clinic known as the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP), an innovative affirmative litigation clinical program she and Heather Gerken co-founded ten years ago. On April 6, Kathleen Morris presented "Uncooperative Localism" at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers. The general topic in which she presented was entitled "The Where of Rights," and her panel was entitled "The Where of Struggles." Geography scholars are increasingly interested in doing cross-disciplinary work with legal scholars, and Kathleen is embarking on a new scholarly project that will attempt to connect state and local legal structures to geography, and use the mapping concepts geographers use, to help re-theorize state and local government law.

Marc Greenberg

On March 31, Marc Greenberg delivered a talk on Fan Fiction, Art and the Law to the Comic Arts Conference, which is a part of the WonderCon Pop Culture Convention, held in Anaheim, California. Also, on April 3-6 Marc attended the ABA IP Law Section Annual Conference in Arlington Virginia, in my capacity as a Director of the ABA IP Section Books Editorial Board, and as the Vice-Chair of the Literary Works Committee.

Benedetta Faedi Duramy

Finally, Benedetta Faedi Duramy's paper "Food Industry and Childhood Obesity: a Child Rights-Based Approach" was just selected by The Santa Clara University School of Law, the University of Washington School of Law, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance and the Business and Human Rights Journal to be included in the Third Business and Human Rights Scholars Conference, to be held on September 15-16, 2017 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.