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February 1, 2013

Elizabeth Brown awarded Hans Linde Fellowship

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics is pleased to announce that it has awarded the Hans Linde Fellowship for Spring 2013 to University of Oregon law student Elizabeth Brown. The fellowship honors Justice Hans Linde and supports research and activities on the law, operations and development of institutions that can address issues that extend beyond traditional borders. brown

Brown’s research proposal focuses on damage and permanent loss associated with climate change impacts, particularly in developing countries. She will explore the potential legal obligations of an international mechanism that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is considering establishing to address this issue.

Brown, a third-year law student, was selected for the inaugural fellowship term from a group of highly qualified applicants with diverse research proposals.

Margaret Hallock, Director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, which houses the Linde Fellowship, said “Elizabeth Brown is an excellent candidate for the inaugural Hans Linde Fellowship. She is a big-picture thinker on issues of climate change, but she also understands the importance of creating avenues for successful action in the face of global climate disruption. This is very much in the spirit of Justice Linde’s work.”

The fellowship was established in honor of Hans Linde, who served as justice of the Oregon Supreme Court from 1977 to 1990. Professor Linde is a former professor of law at the University of Oregon and held the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics. He is currently the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Willamette University College of Law. His publications include a course book on legislative and administrative processes and more than 75 articles, lecturers, and reviews. He is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Each year, the fellowship will provide a stipend to a second- or third-year UO Law student who is actively interested in addressing legal problems that extend beyond national or state borders. For academic year 2013-14, applications will be due in August 2013, the term of the fellowship will be the full academic year, and will carry a stipend of $4000.

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