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Fall Break an Opportunity for International Study

Seton Hall Law faculty traveled the globe during Fall break, touching down in China, The Hague in the Netherlands, Brussels and Luxembourg, and Nicaragua for lectures and courses.

While Seton Hall Law students enjoy Fall Break this week, members of the faculty are pursuing innovative scholarship worldwide.

Professor Jonathan Hafetz, a constitutional law professor whose scholarship focuses on issues of national security and international human rights, presented a lecture on October 14 at the Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) as part of an ongoing lecture series.

His topic was “Detention in armed conflict and the significance of the Serdar Mohammed case.” As the HILAC lecture description explains, “In an important recent decision, the U.K. Court of Appeal ruled in Serdar Mohammed v. Ministry of Defense that British armed forces participating in the International Security Assistance Force lacked legal authority under international law to detain suspected forces in Afghanistan.”

During his lecture, Professor Hafetz writes, “I examined the effort by courts to develop new procedural guarantees to ensure respect for human rights in the face of changes in the nature of war itself, was rules are adopted to today's reality of armed conflicts against non-state actors rather than between states.“

On Monday, October 19, Professor Hafetz moderates a panel discussion at the New York City Bar Association, where he serves as Chair of the Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. The topic, “Preventive Prosecutions: Using the Material Support Statute to Prosecute Suspected ISIS Recruits,” takes into account the way in which terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, uses social media for recruitment. As Professor Hafetz explains, “We’ll discuss the way in which aggressive efforts to prosecute individuals for support of terrorism, while serving valuable preventive goals, can jeopardize First Amendment freedoms and also undermine support for counterterrorism within affected communities.”

Professor Margaret Lewis visited China this week as a member of a delegation organized by the State Department. The delegation visited Beijing for a Legal Experts Dialogue with Chinese counterparts, a dialogue, as the State Department describes, that “brings together government and non-government experts from the United States and China to discuss the benefits and practical implementation of the rule of law."

Professors Lori Nessel and Professor Tracy Kaye taught courses this fall that combined classroom and study abroad components over Fall break.

Professor Nessel brought her class to Nicaragua for the course, Transnational Lawyering Skills: The Rule of Law in Latin America, focusing on developing lawyering skills through an examination of various human rights and rule of law issues in Nicaragua and Latin America. While in Nicaragua, students are engaging in active presentations on United States law and policy related to issues of juvenile justice, domestic violence, and migration, particularly unaccompanied children.

Professor Kaye’s seminar, European Union Business Law, introduces students to the basic legal rules of the common market and the constitutional structure of the European Union. The travel component affords students the opportunity to travel to Belgium and Luxembourg to engage with educational partners at the Catholic University of Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve and the University of Luxembourg on a wide range of topics, including state aid, EU tax issues, EU company law, EU external relations, and tax transparency. Students are also visiting the Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Commission and Parliament in Brussels.