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Agenda: Innovations In Managing Western Water: New Approaches For Balancing Environmental, Social, And Economic Outcomes, University of Colorado Boulder. Getches Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment 2015 University of Colorado Law School

Agenda: Innovations In Managing Western Water: New Approaches For Balancing Environmental, Social, And Economic Outcomes, University Of Colorado Boulder. Getches Wilkinson Center For Natural Resources, Energy, And The Environment

Innovations in Managing Western Water: New Approaches for Balancing Environmental, Social and Economic Outcomes (Martz Summer Conference, June 11-12)

Many aspects of western water allocation and management are the product of independent and uncoordinated actions, several occurring a century or more ago. However, in this modern era of water scarcity, it is increasingly acknowledged that more coordinated and deliberate decision-making is necessary for effectively balancing environmental, social, and economic objectives. In recent years, a variety of forums, processes, and tools have emerged to better manage the connections between regions, sectors, and publics linked by shared water systems. In this event, we explore the cutting edge efforts, the latest points of contention, and the opportunities for further progress.


Public Actors In Private Markets: Toward A Developmental Finance State, Robert C. Hockett, Saule T. Omarova 2015 Cornell Law School

Public Actors In Private Markets: Toward A Developmental Finance State, Robert C. Hockett, Saule T. Omarova

Robert C. Hockett

The recent financial crisis brought into sharp relief fundamental questions about the social function and purpose of the financial system, including its relation to the “real” economy. This Article argues that, to answer these questions, we must recapture a distinctively American view of the proper relations among state, financial market, and development. This programmatic vision – captured in what we call a “developmental finance state” – is based on three key propositions: (1) that economic and social development is not an “end-state” but a continuing national policy priority; (2) that the modalities of finance are the most potent means of fueling continuous ...


Buying Voice: Financial Rewards For Whistleblowing Lawyers, Nancy J. Moore, Kathleen Clark 2015 Boston University School of Law

Buying Voice: Financial Rewards For Whistleblowing Lawyers, Nancy J. Moore, Kathleen Clark

Nancy J Moore

“Buying Voice: Financial Incentives for Whistleblowing Lawyers”

Kathleen Clark and Nancy J. Moore

Abstract

The federal government relies increasingly on whistleblowers to ferret out fraud, and has awarded whistleblowers over $4 billion under the False Claims Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform and Consumer Protection Act. May lawyers ethically seek whistleblower rewards under these federal statutes? A handful of lawyers have tried to do so as FCA qui tam relators. They have not yet succeeded, but several court decisions suggest that they might be able to do so under confidentiality exceptions to state ethics law, which several courts have ...


The Revolving Door, Wentong Zheng 2015 University of Florida Levin College of Law

The Revolving Door, Wentong Zheng

Notre Dame Law Review

The revolving door between the government and the private sector has long been presumed to lead to the capture of regulators by industry interests. A growing body of empirical literature, however, either finds no conclusive evidence of a capture effect or finds evidence of an opposite effect that the revolving door indeed results in more aggressive, not less aggressive, regulatory actions. To account for these incongruous results, scholars have formulated and tested a new “human-capital” theory positing that revolving-door regulators have incentives to be more aggressive toward the regulated industry as a way of signaling their qualifications to prospective industry ...


A Taxing Endeavor: Local Government Protection Of Our Nation's Coasts In The "Wake" Of Climate Change, Simone Savino 2015 Florida State University College of Law

A Taxing Endeavor: Local Government Protection Of Our Nation's Coasts In The "Wake" Of Climate Change, Simone Savino

Simone Savino

A storm is brewing, and not just in our nation’s coastal waters. The effects of climate change are becoming alarmingly apparent: sea levels are rising, storm surges are intensifying and ocean temperatures are warming at increasing speeds. Higher storm surges have led to increased flooding in coastal zones and nearby low-lying regions. The need for greater disaster preparedness in areas vulnerable to storm surges is evident, not just in the United States, but worldwide. As a direct result, coastal towns and cities have been left with the daunting task, and cost, of implementing littoral adaptation measures such as beach ...


European Community: European Commission And Denmark Reach Settlement Of Dispute Over Construction Contract Granted By Denmark To Six-Party Consortium In Violation Of The Public Procurement Provisions In The Treaty Of Rome., G. Brian Raley 2015 University of Georgia School of Law

European Community: European Commission And Denmark Reach Settlement Of Dispute Over Construction Contract Granted By Denmark To Six-Party Consortium In Violation Of The Public Procurement Provisions In The Treaty Of Rome., G. Brian Raley

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


The Aftermath Of Governor Mcdonnell’S Corruption Trial: Proposing Comprehensive Ethics Reform In Virginia, Lisa J. Lindhorst 2015 George Washington Law School

The Aftermath Of Governor Mcdonnell’S Corruption Trial: Proposing Comprehensive Ethics Reform In Virginia, Lisa J. Lindhorst

Lisa J Lindhorst

On September 4, 2014, a federal court convicted former governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell of eleven counts of corruption, bribery, and fraud for accepting over $165,000 worth of gifts and loans from the CEO of a local company. The egregious actions that led to these federal criminal convictions, however, were startlingly “legal” under Virginia’s ethics laws. The disparity between federal criminal standards and Virginia’s ethics standards illustrates the severe inadequacies that plague Virginia’s current system of ethics laws. Virginia’s absence of appropriate ethics laws and enforcement led to the state’s failing State Integrity Investigation ...


Protecting Government Defense Contracting With A Purpose: Interpreting Civil Liability Under The Anti-Kickback Act, Bryan C. Curran 2014 Boston College Law School

Protecting Government Defense Contracting With A Purpose: Interpreting Civil Liability Under The Anti-Kickback Act, Bryan C. Curran

Boston College Law Review

The Department of Defense awards over $600 billion in government defense contracts to private contractors every year. The magnitude of these awards and the structure of defense contracts place the government at serious risk if fraud and misrepresentation are not adequately regulated and prosecuted. The Anti-Kickback Act of 1986 seeks to protect the government from fraud by imposing damages on prime contractors that either accept kickbacks or include the cost of kickbacks in their contract prices. The Act’s civil liability provision provides for direct and vicarious liability against prime contractor corporations whose employees or subcontractors engage in kickback activity ...


Renegotiating Investment Contracts: The Case Of Mining Contracts In Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Lukanda F. Kapwadi 2014 University of Pretoria, Centre for Human Rights, International Development Law Unit

Renegotiating Investment Contracts: The Case Of Mining Contracts In Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Lukanda F. Kapwadi

Lukanda F Kapwadi

This article examines the issue of renegotiating an existing investment contract which does not provide for renegotiation clause. A prevailing theory in this respect asserts that a claim for renegotiating an existing agreement which contains no renegotiation clause should be disregarded as it amounts to an undue interference. This article addresses the question whether a contract concluded with unelected government or leaders of military factions in contravention to prevalent laws should escape revision. In particular, it assesses the rules and principles pertaining to renegotiation of an existing agreement against the Congolese process of renegotiation which involved over sixty mining contracts.


An Argument For Ratification: Some Basic Principles Of The 1994 Inter-American Convention On The Law Applicable To International Contracts, Justin P. Fletcher 2014 Supreme Court of England and Wales

An Argument For Ratification: Some Basic Principles Of The 1994 Inter-American Convention On The Law Applicable To International Contracts, Justin P. Fletcher

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Agency Costs And The False Claims Act, David Farber 2014 Fordham University School of Law

Agency Costs And The False Claims Act, David Farber

Fordham Law Review

The False Claims Act represents the U.S. Justice Department’s most effective tool in detecting, punishing, and deterring fraud against the government. The effectiveness of the False Claims Act is due in large part to the law’s qui tam provisions, which provide a private right of action to whistleblowers who may sue fraudsters on behalf of the government in exchange for a percentage of the recovery. The resulting relationship between the government and whistleblowers has led to increased detection and recoveries from corporate defendants who defraud and abuse government programs.
However, these whistleblower provisions also come with social ...


Reconstructing Iraq: An Analysis Of, And Proposed Solutions To, The Financing Challenges Facing Iraqi Small And Mid-Sized Businesses, Timothy B. Mills 2014 Patton Boggs LLP

Reconstructing Iraq: An Analysis Of, And Proposed Solutions To, The Financing Challenges Facing Iraqi Small And Mid-Sized Businesses, Timothy B. Mills

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


The European Union, State-Sponsored Gambling, And Private Gambling Services: Time For Harmonization?, Matthew W. Mauldin 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

The European Union, State-Sponsored Gambling, And Private Gambling Services: Time For Harmonization?, Matthew W. Mauldin

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Rethinking The Role And Regulation Of Private Military Companies: What The United States And United Kingdom Can Learn From Shared Experiences In The War On Terror, A. Grayson Irvin 2014 University of Georgia School of Law

Rethinking The Role And Regulation Of Private Military Companies: What The United States And United Kingdom Can Learn From Shared Experiences In The War On Terror, A. Grayson Irvin

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Turning Off The Tap On Thailand's Graft Pipeline: Renewed Emphasis On Mega-Projects And Counter-Corruption Needs Renewed Emphasis On Public Procurement Law, Daniel J. Mitterhoff 2014 China-Mekong Law Center

Turning Off The Tap On Thailand's Graft Pipeline: Renewed Emphasis On Mega-Projects And Counter-Corruption Needs Renewed Emphasis On Public Procurement Law, Daniel J. Mitterhoff

Daniel Mitterhoff

This commentary uses the Thai government's simultaneous emphases on implementing large scale infrastructure projects and controlling corruption to advocate that the Thai government needs to engage in fundamental public procurement law reforms; reforms that have been neglected for far too long.


Regulatory Institutions Of The Global South: Why Are They Different And What Can Be Done About It?, Yugank Goyal 2014 Jindal Global Law School

Regulatory Institutions Of The Global South: Why Are They Different And What Can Be Done About It?, Yugank Goyal

Yugank Goyal

Developing countries suffer from underperforming regulatory agencies compared to those in the developed world. The paper attempts to theorize general reasons behind such divergence. It argues that the differences lie in developing countries’ (a) higher priorities for redistribution, (b) structurally different institutional endowments, especially at informal level, and (c) limited informational channels. The paper proposes that a multi-stakeholder (with increased emphasis on judiciary and civil society) approach has potential to address the shortcomings. It tests these claims through studying cases of telecom and electricity regulation in India.


Drawing The Line: Board Of Contract Appeals' Jurisdiction To Make Determinations Of Fraud, Benjamin Williams 2014 The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Drawing The Line: Board Of Contract Appeals' Jurisdiction To Make Determinations Of Fraud, Benjamin Williams

Catholic University Law Review

No abstract provided.


Qualified Immunity: Discretionary Function, Extraordinary Circumstances, And Other Nuances, Karen M. Blum 2014 Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Qualified Immunity: Discretionary Function, Extraordinary Circumstances, And Other Nuances, Karen M. Blum

Touro Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Military-Environmental Complex, Sarah E. Light 2014 Wharton school, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department

The Military-Environmental Complex, Sarah E. Light

Boston College Law Review

Two competing theories vie for dominance regarding the relationship between the U.S. military and the natural environment. On the one hand, because legal rules permit the military to disregard environmental laws when they conflict with the military’s national security mission, one might be left with the impression that the military always stands opposed to environmental protection. Yet the military is currently engaged in an extensive undertaking to improve its sustainable energy use by reducing demand and developing renewables in its multiple roles as a war fighter, a landlord, a first user of pre-commercial technologies, and a potential high-demand ...


Judicial Influence And The United States Federal District Courts: A Case Study, Justin R. Hickerson 2014 University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Judicial Influence And The United States Federal District Courts: A Case Study, Justin R. Hickerson

University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects

No abstract provided.


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