Dr. Bamford is one of the country's leading writers on intelligence and national security issues. His books include "The Puzzle Palace" and "Body of Secrets," the only two books on the National Security Agency, and most recently "A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies". Mr. Bamford has also written for many magaines, including investigative cover stories for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. He also spent a decade as the Washington investigative producer for the ABC News program, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and taught at the University of California, Berkeley, as a distinguished visiting professor.
Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington Bureau Chief, Managing Editor and Executive Editor. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at The Wall Street Journal as the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics. She is currently a lecturer with the department of English at Harvard University.
This lecture will take place at Yale Law School, on the Yale University campus in New Haven, CT.
This lecture series is part of a book project titled Journalism After Snowden: The Future of Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be published by Columbia University Press in the Fall of 2015.
The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.
Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.
The Sanctions against Russia: What did the West Expect?
ABSTRACT:Russia's aggresion in Ukraine - which began with the annexation of Crimea in March and has since escalated with repeated incursions into eastern Ukraine - has been met with a barrage of sanctions instituted by the U.S. and the European Union. some of these are having a definite impact on Russia;s economy, already weakened by a drop in oil prices. But so far, they have had no effect on Russian behavior: for the second time in four months, Russians tanks and equipment are moving across the border into eastern Ukraine. This stalemate has shifted the focus back onto the sanctions themselves, and what the western governments expected to achieve. Were they supposed to change behavior, or to change the regime? What do they say about prevailing Western analysis about how best to deal with Putin, and Russia?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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