NEWS AND STORIES
AS COVID-19 PROLIFERATES MAYORS TAKE RESPONSE LEAD, SOMETIMES IN CONFLICTS WITH THEIR GOVERNOR
April 13, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has shown dramatically why local government, where mayors and health officials are on the frontlines of responding to global health threats like pandemics, is increasingly where effective governance happens in America. But as the nation’s mayors flex their muscles, they sometimes run into conflict with governors, who have primary authority in a public health emergency under most state laws. We’ve seen that this week, but also have seen how a proactive response by mayors can drive policy change at the state level. After all, viruses don’t respect city limits.
PARALYSIS OF NATIONS IS EMPOWERING CITIES
December 27, 2019
Cities and states are increasingly relevant, indeed critical, to solving the global challenges that confront us today. National governments can choose to work with the current or against it. History proves that cities and states will move forward and upward with or without them.
GEORGETOWN LAW LAUNCHES PROGRAM ON STATE AND LOCAL POLICY AND LAW
December 17, 2019
The allure of studying law in the nation's capital draws many students to Georgetown Law. A new academic program aims to remind them that opportunities to make a difference extend far beyond Washington, D.C.
BRIDGING HARLEM'S DIGITAL DIVIDE
December 9, 2019
LabGov Georgetown researches innovative ways to help people who live in cities enjoy and utilize shared living spaces and resources. Learn how the Harlem E-Project is working with community members to improve access to high-quality digital resources in Harlem neighborhoods.
THE CITY AND STATE DIPLOMACY ACT IN CONGRESS REFLECTS A NEW WORLD ORDER
October 30, 2019
If the City and State Diplomacy Act becomes law, the Office of Subnational Diplomacy it creates would give cities a formal role in U.S. international diplomacy.
CityLab.com (with C. Swiney)
PROFESSOR SHEILA R. FOSTER INSTALLED AS THE SCOTT K. GINSBURG PROFESSOR OF URBAN LAW AND POLICY
OCTOBER 8, 2019
Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor, Professor Sheila R. Foster and Professor Sheryll Cashin all spoke at Foster's installation as the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy on October 2.
CITIES ARE RISING IN INFLUENCE AND POWER ON THE GLOBAL STAGE
April 15, 2019
Cities are challenging their invisibility in global governance structures, like the United Nations, by forging new alliances to influence international policy.
CityLab.com (with C. Swiney)
CELEBRATING COMMONS SCHOLARSHIP CONFERENCE AT GEORGETOWN LAW
October 16, 2018
The Celebrating Commons Scholarship Conference at Georgetown Law, and sponsored by the International Association for the Study of the Commons, brought together scholars and practitioners from around the globe to discuss the nuances, applications, and critiques of Commons Scholarship, which can be traced back to Garrett Hardin’s famous 1968 article on “The Tragedy of the Commons.”
MCCOURT LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE: LABGOV GEORGETOWN
May 11, 2018
Spearheaded by McCourt Professor Sheila Foster, LabGov explores the idea that social and economic generation in cities can benefit from an “urban commons” framework in which communities and local governments work together and share responsibility for co-managing urban assets and resources.
MILLENNIAL MAYORS DISCUSS FRESH PERSPECTIVES, LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH GU POLITICS
January 27, 2018
On Jan. 23, three young mayors from across the country gathered in the Healy Family Student Center to discuss the future of “millennials” as leaders in local politics. The panel, called “What’s Working at City Hall: A Conversation on Challenges, Cities, and Careers with the Country’s Leading Millennial Mayors,” included three young mayors: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Lydia Mihalik of Findlay, Ohio, Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami, Fla.
Georgetown law and public policy professor Sheila Foster moderated the discussion between the mayors, who had arrived early for the 86th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C.
SHEILA R. FOSTER RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FROM THE IUCN ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
August 27, 208
“The scholarship of Professor Sheila Foster is impressive. Her research is of a global significance due to the range of problems she has raised and the interdisciplinary approach. Professor Foster is not only focused on law but includes social and ethical points of view. Therefore, her studies of environmental issues are holistic and provide the extensive analysis of the forces behind environmental injustices. Her work is also of a practical importance as she illustrates theory with ample examples from practice. Scholarly work of Professor Foster’s is characterised by in-depth research and originality of thought. Her writings have enriched knowledge of environmental law and social justice. I have no doubt they Professor Foster fully should be awarded.”