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Around the Academy

Hot topics at the lectern.

Lina Khan

The chair of the Federal Trade Commission spoke at BC Law about the agency’s work and her role in overseeing the nation’s antitrust and consumer protection laws. The discussion also covered topics including government service, labor issues, and Big Tech. In her work, Khan has led efforts to ban noncompete clauses and protect people’s data.

Andrew Lanham

At the Legal History Roundtable, Lanham presented on his book Radical Visions for the Law of Peace: How W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Antiwar Movement Reimagined Equal Rights in a World at War. A Climenko Fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School, his work explores how social protest movements have reshaped civil rights in the United States.

Luís Roberto Barroso

The president of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil spoke to students about his career and how he built a reputation as a progressive force, fighting to protect the electoral process and democratic institutions of Brazil. In his work, Barroso has advocated for issues such as gender equity, environmentalism, and the protection of Brazil’s Indigenous population.

Tricia Wood ’96

Liberty Mutual’s chief privacy officer spoke on a panel (alongside Damon Hart ’99) about how AI is changing legal practice. She explained how practitioners are working to leverage AI while managing issues of confidentiality, bias, and accuracy. “We must realize both the benefits and the limitations, and ensure that there’s human accountability,” she said.

Noha Aboueldahab

Delivering the Owen M. Kupferschmid Memorial Lecture, Aboueldahab discussed the roles of the International Court of Justice and United Nations in upholding human rights and ensuring justice. Her remarks addressed a common question in international law debates: “If the ICJ has no enforcement power, then what’s the point?”