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Hundreds of Chinese families seek wartime compensation from Japan

Richard Buxbaum quoted in Reuters, May 12, 2014

The families base their claim on the belief that Beijing did not forfeit the rights of individual war victims to seek compensation…. “German courts, interestingly enough, do not read these treaty waivers as barring such direct suits,” Richard Buxbaum, an expert on international reparations, said in emailed comments. He added that the courts, however, do bar them on other grounds such as statutes of limitations and prescriptions against “old” claims.


Richard Buxbaum Thinks London Court Will Decide Trans-Atlantic Soccer Deal

The Dallas Morning News, October 15, 2010 by Brendan Case
http://bit.ly/aZsrsD

The legal tug-of-war between courts in Dallas and London isn’t uncommon if each court has grounds for some jurisdiction over the parties, said Richard Buxbaum…. “Usually this kind of impasse gets resolved when the court that, on the total fact situation, has less claim to hear the merits [and] yields to the other,” he said. “Here, assuming that the club sale is a matter of English law, that would speak in favor of the English court eventually being the one to decide on the substantive claim.”


Richard Buxbaum Notes Precedent in Investors’ German Bonds Case

The Associated Press, September 6, 2010 by Curt Anderson
http://bit.ly/aDJnRZ

Richard Buxbaum … said the U.S. government set up a fund for investors by seizing Chinese assets in a case involving unpaid bonds from pre-communist China. In the German bonds case, he said, the key for a U.S. judge will be to decide if Germany’s system of authenticating the securities passes U.S. constitutional muster. ”You have to show some proof of ownership,” Buxbaum said. ”My guess is that the American courts would apply the German law.”


Herma Hill Kay and Richard Buxbaum Recall Kay’s 50 Years at Berkeley Law

The Recorder, December 29, 2009 by Petra Pasternak

http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202437298371

Kay’s career reflects the evolution of attitudes about, and expectations of, women…. Kay herself co-authored the state’s no-fault divorce law, which fellow Berkeley law professor Richard Buxbaum recalls as bellwether legislation. “She caught the temper of the times and led it.”

Kay said it wasn’t feminism so much as the civil rights movement that brought more women to law school. “The first women who came in were motivated by problems of race discrimination, not by sex discrimination,” Kay said.


Richard Buxbaum, Mel Eisenberg, Jesse Choper, Stephen Sugarman Remember Stephen Barnett

-Los Angeles Times, October 18, 2009 Editorial Board
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-passings18-2009oct18,0,3963453,print.story

Colleagues said Barnett, who retired in 2003, was a tireless advocate of free speech rights and had spent his last years as a vocal critic of the speed with which the California Supreme Court handed down its decisions and the way it went about much of its day-to-day business.

-The Recorder, October 19, 2009 by Petra Pasternak
http://www.law.com/jsp/ca/PubArticleCA.jsp?id=1202434697325&slreturn=1&hbxlogin=1

“If there is such a thing as a constructive gadfly, that was Steve,” said Berkeley law professor Richard Buxbaum, who knew him since Barnett joined the faculty in 1967…. He had an engaging way of making deans and faculty members uncomfortably aware of some of the consequences of their decisions,” Buxbaum said, “often to the betterment later.”

Choper said he often called Barnett a muckraker because the professor would uncover policies at the school he didn’t agree with and “he just wouldn’t let it go…. He wanted to do something about it.” Choper, who served for a time as the dean, said he’d receive regular memos from Barnett outlining what he could be doing better.

-San Francisco Chronicle, October 21, 2009 by Bob Egelko
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/10/21/BAH11A6VDB.DTL&type=printable

He was a leader in “shaping public policy concerning the industrial structure and public regulation of both print and visual media,” said Richard Buxbaum, a fellow Berkeley law professor.

“In his scholarship, Steve was a devastating critic of the practices of the California Supreme Court and the California State Bar,” said another UC Berkeley colleague, Melvin Eisenberg. “He did a lot of acute, penetrating research that no one else has done regarding judicial transparency and legitimacy.”

-The New York Times, October 21, 2009 by William Grimes
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/22/us/22barnett.html?_r=2

“Stephen Barnett was probably California’s leading analyst and critic of the way the California Supreme Court goes about its business,” said Stephen Sugarman, a professor and associate dean at Berkeley’s law school.