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Juergensmeyer Presents at Conference on Legal Education in Poland

Professor Julian Juergensmeyer, Ben F. Johnson Chair in Law, was a moderator and panelist on “Foreign Law and Legal Systems: To Teach or Not To Teach,” at the Conference on Legal Education and the Legal Profession in the Global World — Polish American Perspectives on June 16.

The conference was held at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration in Warsaw, Poland and was part of the commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of the founding of the Center for American Law Studies, which is a jointly sponsored program by the University of Warsaw and the University of Florida. Juergensmeyer was one of the founders of the American Center prior to joining the Georgia State Law faculty.

Juergensmeyer on American Land Use Planning and Development Regulation Law in Brazil

Juergesmeyer lectured on American land use planning and development regulation law at FGV Law School in Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Escola de Direito do Rio de Janeiro da Fundação Getulio Vargas) in October.

His lectures were part of an International Visiting Lecturers Program established by the school to enrich its comparative law curriculum. The attendees included law students as well as land development professionals – lawyers and planners. While in Rio, Juergensmeyer gave a special lecture to the Environmental Law Division of the Rio Bar Association on ”Sustainable Metropolitan Growth.”

Marshall: NEPA Review Delays Post-Disaster Responses

Ecology Law Quarterly, the University of California Berkeley School of Law’s environmental law review, will publish Assistant Professor John T. Marshall’s evaluation of the costly inefficiencies in the federal government’s implementation of environmental and historical review requirements.

The article, “Weathering NEPA Review: Superstorms and Super Slow Urban Recovery,” discusses the stunted rehabilitation of areas struck by natural disaster because of “rigid interpretation” of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

In this article, which includes the assistant professor of law’s recommendations for revised federal regulations, he notes the irony that NEPA, an act originally conceived to preserve environmental and historical resources by requiring a deliberate look at environmental impacts, has actually delayed government action to such a degree that valuable historic resources have become jeopardized.

The federal government is set to issue revised guidelines this fall to help streamline the environmental and historical review process.

Georgia State Launches Council for the Progress of Cities

Julian Juergensmeyer, Ben F. Johnson Jr. Chair in Law, and Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08) served on the steering committee for the Council for the Progress of Cities, helping to implement goal 4 of the university’s strategic plan to be a leader in understanding and responding to the complex challenges facing cities.

Among the achievements of the council in 2013-14 is the formation of Cities Conversations, a lecture series featuring distinguished faculty and guest speakers, and a website showcasing all of Georgia State University’s cities related research activities.

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