Upcoming Events

PSRJ Speaker Series: Susannah Pollvogt

Date: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

BIO: Susannah Pollvogt's primary area of scholarly interest is the law of equal protection, in particular the doctrine of animus. She has published numerous articles and essays in this area, and is active as an amicus in litigation touching on equal protection issues.

Professor Pollvogt also specializes in assisting students in developing academic skills and passing the bar exam. She has a particular interest in methods of active learning and self-assessment.

Knight LAMP: Robert Picard

Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Media pluralism: The European Union’s pursuit of evidence and policy

This presentation addresses the policy issues and developments surrounding the European Parliament’s concerns about constraints on information and ideas. These have pushed the European Commission to seek evidence about the state pluralism in Europe and consider whether European-wide policy can effectively address the concerns. National apprehensions are also leading some member states to reconsider how they domestically address pluralism, most recently provoking a UK House of Lords inquiry and review by the national communication regulator Ofcom.

Bio: Prof. Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A specialist in media economics and policy, he has consulted and carried out assignments for governments in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and for international organisations including the European Commission, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has worked with the European Commission on issues of media pluralism for two decades and testified to the UK House of Lords inquiry on media pluralism in 2013-14.

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 3 - Call for Papers

Date: 
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and Information Society Project at Yale Law School will host the third annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC) at Yale Law School on May 2-3, 2015.

The conference brings scholars together to discuss their works-in-progress concerning freedom of speech, expression, press, association, petition, assembly, and related issues of knowledge and information policy.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Robin Feldman

Date: 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Federalism, First Amendment & Patents: A Clash of Titans

 ABSTRACT: Problems related to aggressive patent assertion and so-called patent trolling have been the subject of considerable federal legislative and regulatory attention in recent years. The states, however, have been largely sidelined. Citing doctrines related to the First Amendment right to petition government, recent Supreme Court decisions related to freedom of corporate speech, and Supremacy Clause analyses, appellate courts and commentators suggest that the states have little or no role to play. Such conclusions, however, are based on a subtle twisting of logic that shifts the analyses far from their precedential roots. The issues are further complicated by the fact that areas such as pre-emption and corporate speech are in a state of flux in modern jurisprudence.

The Legal Medium

Date: 
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00am

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Yale University will host a major symposium titled The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law. Leading artists and thinkers of our time will gather to engage in a series of panels, presentations, performances and an art exhibition. 

Rather than focusing on the practice of art law, this symposium will examine law as an artistic medium, in and from which artists create. It will focus on how artists encounter, take advantage of and seek to mold law.

Confirmed speakers include