First-Ever Elmira College Mock Trial Team Established

The first-ever competitive mock trial team at Elmira College is gearing up for competition. Established by Dr. Daniel Clay, assistant professor of criminal justice, along with significant student support, the team joins over 400 colleges and universities across the United States in competing in the American Mock Trial Association’s annual national tournament structure. Though a component of the Pre-Law Association, Mock Trial is open to all undergraduate students at Elmira College regardless of major or post graduation plans.

The College will send one team (6-10 members) to the Regional Competition in February, where students will compete against teams from other regional colleges and universities Cornell and Syracuse. Students who do not compete on the Regional Competition Team can participate on the Scrimmage/Invitational Team and will compete if Elmira College receives an invitational bid. Everyone, regardless of team placement will meet together, go through the same training, and practice together. If the team performs well enough, it is possible to win a National Championship Opening Round bid.

The current team roster of students, who will attend and compete at both the Regional Competition Team and the 3rd Annual Bobcat Invitational Mock Trial Tournament at Quinnipiac Law School in January. . . . Clay will serve as the academic coach for the team. Students interested in more information, should contact Clay via his email,!/October/291

Students, Professor Present Research at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Earlier this month, two students, Anna Copp '18 and Ashley Kelly '18, along with Dr. Daniel Clay, assistant professor of criminal justice, presented a research paper during a conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

During the annual "Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Trafficking," the group presented a paper titled, "Decriminalizing and Deinstitutionalizing Victims of Human Trafficking: Article VI of the 2000 Protocol."

This independent research project focused on the United Nations Trafficking Principles and Guidelines (UNTPG), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the unlawful criminalization and detention of human trafficking victims.

Their analysis concluded that the obligation to provide appropriate housing for victims, in conjunction with the UNTPG condemnation of the detention of victims, serves as the appropriate legal basis and benchmark for countries aspiring to decriminalize and deinstitutionalize victims of human trafficking.

Dr. Daniel Clay Presents Research at International Law Conference

Dr. Daniel N. Clay, assistant professor of criminal justice, recently presented a research paper at the Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law: Its Intellectual Roots, Related Limits and Potential research conference in Delhi, India.

The paper titled, "An Analysis of Lockean Philosophy in the Historical and Modern Contexts of the Development of and the Jurisdictional Restraints Imposed by the Statute of the International Criminal Court," explored the philosophical foundations of the International Criminal Court from the perspective of philosopher John Locke.

Dr. Clay’s research paper will be published as a chapter in an anthology with the same name as the conference later this year.

The event was co-sponsored by the Center for International Law Research and Policy as well as the Indian Law Institute.

Click here to view Dr. Clay’s presentation

Dr. Daniel Clay Presents Research at Westminster Law School Conference

March 30 2017

Dr. Daniel N. Clay, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, recently presented a research paper at the Westminster Law School Conference in London, England.

The paper, titled, “Protecting Due Process During Terrorism Adjudications: Redefining ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ and Eliminating the Doctrine of Complimentary Jurisdiction in favor of the International Criminal Court,” used the Boston Marathon bombings as a case study around terrorism and due process. The presentation created a stirring academic debate and received praise from conference attendees from around the world – including representatives of the International Criminal Court.

Dr. Clay’s presentation at the conference, themed around “Righting Wrongs: Enforcing Human Rights, Administering International Criminal Justice,” helped position Elmira College as an institution supporting and engaging in quality international research, including international law.

The University of Arkansas will publish Dr. Clay’s paper in an upcoming edition of the Arkansas Law Review.