December 17, 2021

November Faculty Updates

Penguin Random House is about to publish the international paperback version of Professor Christian Busch's book CONNECT THE DOTS: THE ART & SCIENCE OF CREATING GOOD LUCK. The "wise, exciting, and life-changing book" (Arianna Huffington) that offers "excellent practical guidance for all" (former Unilever CEO Paul Polman) is based on Dr. Busch's research with dozens of leading CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. He develops a science-based framework, along with inspiring stories and practical exercises, that helps develop a “muscle” for the unexpected in order to enable people to live more joyful, meaningful, and successful lives.

Professor Jennifer Trahan is pleased to announce her article "The Criminalization of Cyber-operations Under the Rome Statute" was published by the Journal of International Criminal Justice (2021). The article examines how a cyber-operation that has consequences similar to a kinetic or physical attack — causing serious loss of life or physical damage — could be encompassed within the crimes prosecuted before the International Criminal Court (ICC). It explains when and how such a cyber-operation could fall within the ambit of the ICC’s crimes — genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The article additionally acknowledges some limitations as to which cyber-operations would be encompassed, given the ICC’s gravity threshold as well as the potential difficulty of attributing conduct to a particular suspect through admissible evidence that could meet the requirement of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Notwithstanding such limitations, increased awareness of the previously largely overlooked potential of the Rome Statute to cover certain cyber-operations could potentially contribute to deterring such crimes.

Professor Jennifer Trahan was pleased to be the speaker, along with Professor Anne Peters, at the November 20, 2021 committee meeting of the International Law Association's Committee on the Use of Force: Intervention on Request. Professors Trahan and Peters spoke on "Invitation to Atrocities: When Military Intervention on Request is Unlawful" due to the atrocity crimes of the state requesting intervention.

Professor Trahan also organized and spoke on the NYU CGA panel “Cyberattacks and the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute,” on November 5, 2021 remotely.  The panel also marked the launch of “The Council of Advisers’ Report on the Application of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to Cyberwarfare.”  Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, delivered the keynote address. Pano Yannakogeorgos, Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director, M.S. in Global Security, Conflict and Cybercrime, NYU CGA provided a technical overview. The panelists were Oona A. Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and Counselor to the Dean, Yale Law School; Charles C. Jalloh, Professor of Law, Florida International University School of Law and U.S. representative to the International Law Commission; Matthew Cross, Appeals Counsel, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court; and Professor Trahan.  The moderator was Noah Weisbord, Associate Professor, Queen’s University School of Law.  The panel was jointly sponsored by NYU’s Center for Global Affair, The Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, and The Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression.

Professor Trahan additionally organized and spoke on the panel “When Vetoes Enable Atrocity Crimes:  What If the Security Council Were Not Blocked from Acting When Faced with Atrocity Crimes?” held virtually on November 17, 2021.  The panel featured Ambassador Bob Rae, Permanent Representative, Mission of Canada to the United Nations; Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative, Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations; Ambassador Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations; and Professor Trahan, author of the book “Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes.”  It was moderated by NYU CGA Adjunct Faculty member Andras Vamos-Goldman, formerly Founder and Executive Director, Justice Rapid Response and formerly Political Coordinator and Legal Adviser, Canadian Mission to the United Nations.

Professor Anne Marie Goetz participated in the follow events:

  • Webinar: ‘In a World of Interlinked Crises, is the Green New Deal Enough? How a Feminist and Decolonial Green New Deal Can Transform Systemic Inequalities’, Boston University Consortium on Gender, Security & Human Rights. On December 9, Professor Goetz took part in an extended online discussion with Bhumika Muchhala, Third World Network, on the subject of green and feminist economics, with a focus on whether a feminsit green new deal can support post-conflict economies to recover swiftly, provide employment, and resist incentives to resume conflict.

  • UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2022 – 2025: Over the course of three workshops in November/December 2021, Anne Marie Goetz was an expert contributor to in-depth deliberations by the UNDP Gender Team (led by Raquel Lagunas) on priorities for its new gender Equality Strategy. Participants included nine UNDP Resident Representatives, six experts, two UNDP Assistant Administrators (Mirjana Spoljaric-Eger and Haoliang Xu), and a former foreign minister of Costa Rica.

  • Social Practice of Human Rights 2021 conference: Anne Marie Goetz participated in two sessions in this annual conference held at the University of Dayton, Human Rights Center. On Thursday, December 9, she spoke on a panel on: ‘Feminist leadership, gender-based pedagogy and educating future practitioners’, and she presented at a plenary session that same day on:

    ‘Anti-rights movements and democratic regression’. Other speakers at the plenary were:
    • Alexander Laban Hinton, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University
    • Chloe Schwenke, Center for Values in International Development
    • Mabrouka Mbarek, former member of the Constituent Assembly of Tunisia [virtual]
    • Jo Weiss, Head of Global Citizenship, White & Case
  • Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) and Women Peace and Security (WPS): Kvinna til Kvinna, Oslo: On Novmeber 25th Professor Goetz spoke at a virtual event on the connecitons between women’s economic empowerment and the achievement of women peace and security goals, such as increased levels of women’s participation in peace-making. The orgnaiser, Kvinna til Kvinna, is a women’s peace group based in Oslo, Norway.

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