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Institute Co-sponsors Dean’s Invitational Forum

The Institute for International Law and Public Policy will co-sponsor the Dean's Invitational Forum and luncheon on Monday, September 22 from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in Shusterman Hall. Our guest speaker will be Nancy Updike, an award-winning and internationally recognized public radio and television producer and writer, who will be speaking about her international experiences and about the power of storytelling.

Ms. Updike is one of the founding producers of the public radio show This American Life. Her work has also been featured on other radio programs like All Things Considered and has been published in The New York Times Magazine, LA Weekly, The Boston Globe and salon.com. She won a Peabody Award in 1996 for her work as a producer on This American Life. Her hour-long Iraq documentary, “I’m From the Private Sector, and I’m Here to Help,” won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best news documentary (2005) and the Scripps-Howard National Journalism Award in radio (2004). She was nominated for an Emmy award for a story she produced during the first season of the television version of This American Life.

Since lunch will be provided, those who wish to attend need to RSVP to reserve a seat. Please go to www.mytlawconnection.com/deansforumfall14 to reserve your seat at your earliest convenience, and no later than September 18. Seating will be limited.


Panel to Feature Institute Co-Director's New Book Lives in the Balance

On Monday, September 15, at noon in Klein Hall Room 1C, Temple Law Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales and her co-authors, Profs. Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag of the Georgetown University Law Center, presented a talk based on their recently published book, Lives in the Balance.  Click here for panel comments.

Although Americans generally think that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is focused only on preventing terrorism, one office within that agency has a humanitarian mission.  Its Asylum Office adjudicates applications from people fleeing persecution in their homelands.  Lives in the Balance is a careful empirical analysis of how Homeland Security decided these asylum cases over a recent fourteen-year period.  Day in and day out, asylum officers make decisions with life-or-death consequences: determining which applicants are telling the truth and are at risk of persecution in their home countries and which are ineligible for refugee status in America.  In Lives in the Balance, the authors analyze a database of 383,000 cases provided to them by the government in order to better understand the effect on grant rates of a host of factors unrelated to the merits of asylum claims.