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The Law School's China Law Center sponsored a workshop in June that brought U.S. and Chinese journalists, legislators and policymakers to discuss law and the media.

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China Law Center. In June, The China Law Center, under the direction of Professor Paul Gewirtz, held a pathbreaking workshop in Beijing on controversial issues concerning law and the media, including freedom of the press and legal regulation of media. The event was co-sponsored by Tsinghua University's Law and Journalism Schools. Among the U.S. participants were U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh '54 B.E. and former U.S. Solicitor General Seth Waxman '77 J.D.

Jamie Horsley, the center's deputy director, organized a workshop at Yale this summer in which Chinese and U.S. experts examined possible reforms of the Chinese system of expropriating agricultural land to promote urbanization and expropriating urban real estate to promote redevelopment -- a system that has become one of the most burning issues in China today.

The center also put together a group of U.S. scholars and other experts on community-based corrections to work with the city of Shanghai in developing innovative alternatives to incarceration in dealing with certain types of criminal offenses.

War crimes. Each summer, Yale law students help collect and prepare evidence on violations of the laws of war for presentation to the Eritrea Ethiopia Claims Commission. The State of Eritrea (represented by Professor Lea Brilmayer of Yale) maintains an office in Asmara where summer interns interview witnesses, collect photographic evidence and other documentation, and prepare legal analyses of key issues of international humanitarian law in order to set forth claims for compensation. This year one Yale student traveled with a team of young Eritrean lawyers to IDP (internally displaced people) camps to interview villagers pushed from their homes in the 1998-2000 border war. The evidence will be presented to the commission in November of this year.

Kirby Fellows. The Law School's Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights awarded Kirby Simon Summer Fellowships to 36 students to work in 26 different countries this summer, including Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, East Timor, Micronesia, Mongolia, Sierra Leone and Switzerland. The students' projects focused on civil and political rights, issues of human rights and development, the prosecution of war crimes and other human rights abuses, the right to education, the land and water rights of indigenous communities, judicial reform, establishment of the rule of law, the rights of people infected with HIV, refugee rights, human rights in the context of the war on terrorism, and workers' rights.

SELA delegates. Eleven Law School professors and seven students participated in the Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política (SELA) on "The Limits to Democracy," held June 10­13 in Oaxaca, Mexico. This annual gathering brings together scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.

Linkages. In addition, 12 Law School students took part in the Linkages in South America program, directed by Professor Owen M. Fiss. Through this partnership with law schools in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, Yale students travel to Latin America each summer, attending classes and workshops, doing research, meeting with professionals in the field and helping with local projects, such as legal clinics. Students from the South American schools then visit Yale in the winter.


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