October 6, 2022

September Faculty Updates

Professor Jennifer Trahan has been working on a proposal for a Special Tribunal on the Crime of Aggression to adjudicate cases against political and military leaders implicated in the invasion of Ukraine.

During September, Professor Trahan was able to present on this topic as part of a blog post series running on Just Security with Oona Hathaway of Yale Law School, former US War Crimes Ambassador David Scheffer, and Astrid Reisinger Coracini of the University of Vienna. The posts (starting with the first one) can be found at The Case for Creating an International Tribunal to Prosecute the Crime of Aggression Against Ukraine. Professor Trahan's publication (the third in the series). 

Additionally, Professor Trahan presented at a conference titled "International Law and the New Cold War" held at Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio on September 30.  The panel she appeared on was "The Role of International Law in the Russia/Ukraine Conflict." She spoke on creating a Special Tribunal on the Crime of Aggression. For more on the conference, see International Law and the New Cold War | School of Law | Case Western Reserve University. 

Professor John V. Kane, PhD has a research article appearing in the latest issue of the journal, "Party Politics." Kane's co-authored research, "Partisans Use Emotions as Social Pressure: Feeling Anger and Gratitude at Exiters and Recruits in Political Groups", investigates how partisans might attempt to maintain and build political groups. The study features statistical analyses of large datasets from both the US and Denmark. The authors find that emotional expression--particularly the expression of anger and gratitude--is one way of keeping other members of the party from leaving, and also for encouraging members of the opposing party to join.

Adjunct Instructor Edward Price published “Could the mighty dollar fail?” in Barron’s.

Edward Price in Barron's recently: "Today, the global economy appears increasingly fragmented, (competing trade blocs, trade tensions), shrinking (lower growth prospects, climate change) and imbalanced (inflation, capital gluts). But that doesn’t mean the world has deglobalized, as many claim. Actually, it means the opposite."

Adjunct Instructor Chloe Demrovsky was interviewed by Candice Georgiadis as a part of Authority Magazine's Female Disruptors series on the three things you need to shake up your industry. A lot of her work is about applying the concept of resilience, or the ability to bounce back, across various spheres of influence, whether personal, professional, organizational, or systemic. On the systemic level, Chloe works on disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. She is currently working on a research project about how operational resilience can help companies disclose the impact that climate change is and will have on their finances and operations.

On 18 September Waheguru Pal Sidhu, PhD was interviewed by Doordarshan India’s Ramesh Ramachandran on the prospects of reforms in the upcoming 77th United Nations General Assembly meeting. While elaborating on the challenges of enlarging the UN Security Council, Professor Sidhu noted that India could still contribute significantly to making the world body fit for purpose in the 21st Century.

On the sidelines of the Transforming Education Summit convened by the United Nations, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and CGA co-hosted an event on "The Role of Higher Education Institutions and the SDGs" on 22 September 2022. Professor Sidhu moderated a virtual panel on Best practices and case studies from the UNAI SDG Hubs. The panelists included Juan José Vásquez, Legal Advisor and Professor of Conflict Resolution, Peace and Mediation at the University for Peace (SDG Hub for Goal 12); Katja Enberg, Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Bergen (SDG Hub for Goal 14); Sheryl Hendriks, Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development at the University of Pretoria (SDG Hub for Goal 2); and Jonas Richard, Professor and Head of the Department of Social Work at Kristu Jayanti College (SDG Hub for Goal 1), who shared their classroom experiences to highlight how they were making their courses more experiential and relevant.

On 23 September 2022. Professor Sidhu participated in a panel discussion on ‘Women, Technology and SDGs’, and presented the key findings of the report prepared by CGA students for the United Nations Foundation, titled, Towards a Global Digital Governance Architecture. He noted that while the majority were multistakeholder initiatives, they were also mostly from the global North. Additionally, most of the initiatives were aspirational rather than operational or enforceable. He argued for the need to regularly track such initiatives to monitor their efficacy and progress. The event was organized by the Observer Research Foundation, the Reliance Foundation and the UN Office in India.

Women, Technology, and the SDGs panel

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