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Sabbatical at the University of California, Berkeley, for Professor Brad Roth
Posted Tue, 12/16/2014
 
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Brad Roth, Professor of Political Science and Law, spent his winter 2014 sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on several scholarly projects, including a volume on treaties in United States law (contracted to Cambridge University Press) that he is co-editing with Wayne Law Professors Gregory Fox and Paul Dubinsky.  The volume's authors (including the editors), leading scholars in U.S. foreign relations law, grapple with the paradox that treaties are constitutionally designated as part of the "supreme law of the land," and yet seldom function that way in the practice of U.S. courts.  Dr. Roth also continued his work on the jurisprudence of international criminal justice, the topic of his recent article in the Arizona Journal of International & Comparative Law: "Just Outcomes, Overreaching Rationales: How International Criminal Law's Achievements Augur Flawed Responses to Political Violence."
 
As one of three American Branch representatives on the International Law Association's research committee on Recognition/Non-Recognition of States and Governments, Professor Roth addressed the current Ukraine crisis in a presentation at the ILA's biennial meeting in Washington, DC in April.  His continuing work on the formation and dissolution of states includes a forthcoming article on legal aspects of the breakup of Yugoslavia, a Croatian-language translation of which will appear in the Croatian Political Science Review.  In May, Dr. Roth presented this article at a meeting of Croatian scholars at the Political Science Faculty of the University of Zagreb; he also delivered lectures on related topics at the University of Zadar (Croatia), as well as at two of continental Europe's leading international law faculties: the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University (Netherlands).

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