University of Pittsburgh
September 27, 2001

U.S. Department of Defense Consultant and Pitt Law Professor to Discuss Legal Challenges in War Against Terrorism

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September 28, 2001

PITTSBURGH—James E. Jacob, California State University political science professor and United States Department of Defense consultant, will present a lecture, "The Legal Challenges in America's New War Against Terrorism," moderated by University of Pittsburgh Law Professor Jules Lobel, at noon Oct. 5 in the School of Law's Teplitz Moot Court Room, 3500 Forbes Ave.

The free lecture is sponsored by the law school's Office of Student Affairs.

For more than 20 years, Jacob has been a Department of Defense consultant in terrorism, Western versus Arab values, cross-cultural communication, and U.S. civil and military relations. Former dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, Jacob's current research concerns the question of how to end terrorism. His books include Language and National Unity (co-edited with William R. Beer) and The Hills of Conflict: Basque Nationalism in France.

Jacob is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and he earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Cornell University. He lived in France for three years and studied at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at the University of Bordeaux.

A member of the American Society of International Law, Lobel has litigated, through the U.S. Center for Constitutional Rights, issues regarding the application of international law in the U.S. courts. In the late 1980s, he advised the Nicaraguan government on the development of its first democratic constitution, and he also has advised the Burundi government on constitutional law issues.

Lobel is the editor of a text on civil rights litigation and of a collection of essays on the U.S. Constitution, A Less Than Perfect Union (Monthly Review Press, 1988). He is the author of numerous articles on international law, foreign affairs, and the U.S. Constitution. Lobel teaches Constitutional Law, International Law, Human Rights, and Foreign Relations Law in Pitt's law school. He received the B.A. degree in history from New York University and the J.D. degree from Rutgers University.