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Temple Law Spotlight: Beijing LLM alum, Zhao Jianwei BJLLM ’03

In July 2021, Henan, China was suffering from severe rainstorms. Houses were flooded, roads turned into rivers, and public transportation was destroyed. Many civilians were stranded in the middle of the flood, with no water, electricity, or internet. Zhao Jianwei, a 2003 alumnus from Temple’s Beijing LL.M. program and appellate court judge in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, responded right away to the disaster. Judge Zhao used to be an outdoor rescue team leader, so when he heard about hundreds of civilians awaiting rescue, he picked up his rescue equipment and drove straight to the disaster zone with his colleagues. Soon after he left home, the road was blocked by the floodwaters, making it impossible to drive a car. Zhao unloaded his kayak and let the passengers sit in it, while he was pushing the kayak in the water. When Zhao reached Kangzhuang village, the rescue team was already in action with motorboats. However, due to the complex alleys and roadblocks, the motorboats were unable to reach the center of the district. With no time …

Human Rights Protections Through International Criminal Law

One of the tools in the toolkit of human rights protection is international criminal law. However, application of this body of law is generally limited to the most serious human rights violations: atrocity crimes. In her recent book, Shocking the Conscience of Humanity: Gravity and the Legitimacy of International Criminal Law, Professor deGuzman examines what it means for crimes to be so grave that they concern all of humanity. She shows that the concept of gravity remains highly undertheorized, and uncovers the consequences for the regime’s legitimacy of its heavy reliance on this poorly understood idea. She argues that gravity’s ambiguity may at times enable a thin consensus to emerge around decisions, such as the creation of an institution or the definition of a crime, but that, increasingly, it undermines efforts to build a strong and resilient global justice community. Having elucidated the consequences of the regime’s reliance on the ambiguous idea of gravity, Professor deGuzman suggests how gravity could be reconceptualized to take account of global values and goals in the various decision-making contexts …

LRW Faculty Summer Update: Legal Writing Institute Conference

This summer, Professors Carpenter, DeJarnatt, Margolis, Murray, Stanchi, and Tavares attended the 18th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Professor Kristen Murray shares a short summary of how she and the Temple Law Legal Research and Writing faculty are involved in the Legal Writing Institute. For news from our Legal Research and Writing Faculty, follow @TempleLawLRW.

Temple Law ICC Moot Court Team Competed at The Hague

In May, Danielle DerOhannesian ’18, Hwui Lee ’18, and Alison Smeallie ’19 traveled to The Hague, Netherlands. Over a period of five days, they conducted oral arguments and presented briefs about human trafficking in the shrimp industry in the country of Northeros. The country, like the victims—and all allegations in the case—are fictional. The setting of the final round, however, was an actual courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and actual ICC judges adjudicated the fictional case. The Temple Law squad was one of two teams representing the U.S. in the international round of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition. The other U.S. team is fielded by Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. The teams won the honor of representing the U.S. in March, when students from 15 U.S., Canadian, and Guatemalan universities convened at the annual regional competition, held at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in White Plains, NY. While Temple ICC Moot Court teams have advanced to the semi-final round three times in the past …

Running for State Representative – Q&A with Maggie Borski and Nick Elia

At Temple Law, students don’t wait for graduation to start chasing their dreams and building their careers. Currently a third-year law student, Maggie Borski is running to represent the 177th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She and her campaign manager, fellow 3L Nick Elia, sat down with Temple Law for a Q&A last month during finals to share their experiences so far. Temple Law: What made you decide that you wanted to run for district representative? Maggie Borski: I actually did an internship with State Representative Donna Bullock last spring and it was wonderful. I got to know her pretty well, and her staff. I had mentioned to her that, maybe down the line, pursuing public service, public office, would be something I’d be interested in. When the semester began, literally the second week of classes, I get a Facebook message from Donna and it was an article saying my representative, John Taylor, was not seeking reelection. It was kind of like a light bulb went off, you know, if there’s ever a …

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Law Library

Welcome to the law library!  Not just a physical space with desks, printers, and laptop chargers, we offer numerous services – in-person and remotely – to students and faculty.  We are happy to help you in any way that we can. Research Help For research help, please stop by the library’s Research Help Desk and ask one of our reference librarians.  There is no appointment necessary, and we have evening hours.  If you can’t make it in person, you can call (215-204-7891) or email (tulawlib@temple.edu) your inquiry.  Even if your question is not specifically about legal research or the law library, please feel free to ask. We also offer 1-on-1 research meetings for more detailed questions.  Are you trying to find specialized legal or interdisciplinary sources for a research paper?  Do you need to do a preemption check for your journal note, but don’t know where to start?  Do you want a refresher or introduction to a database as you prepare for your summer position?  One of our reference librarians will meet with you to …