Kaukehakeha: Faculty Scholarship Spotlights

Kaukehakeha (at the highest level) celebrates our faculty scholars whose legal expertise, scholarship and contributions in the field are recognized locally, nationally and internationally. We’re proud to share the following scholarship awards and selected publications. Please check back for more updates.

Carole J. Petersen

In Women’s Rights, in The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia, Professor Carole Petersen compares the extent to which constitutional law and strategic litigation has been used to promote gender equality in four jurisdictions: Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Miyoko T. Pettit-Toledo

In Collective Memory and Intersectional Identities: Healing Unique Sexual Violence Harms Against Women of Color Past, Present and Future, Professor Miyoko Pettit-Toledo sketches possible avenues to address the past and persisting sexual violence wounds of women of color, and suggests that by recognizing and creating spaces for women of color to develop their individual and collective memories of sexual violence harms—through storytelling in truth and reconciliation commission investigations and hearings—we may begin to counter dominant, traditional narratives of sexual violence atrocities against women during conflict.

D. Kapuaʻala Sproat

In Reframing Wai as Waiwai: The Public Trust Paradigm in Hawaiʻi Nei, forthcoming in Waiwai: Water and the Future of Hawai‘i (edited by Professor Kamanamaikalani Beamer), Professor Kapua Sproat & Mahina Tuteur contend that Hawaiʻi’s public trust doctrine, rooted in Kānaka Maoli values of managing wai, could be the most important tool for water resource management in Hawaiʻi and beyond. They call on decision-makers to embrace the public trust as a paradigm—especially its Indigenous values and management principles—to restore waiwai for generations to come.

Melissa Stewart

Professor Melissa Stewart received the 2023 AALS Section on International Law inaugural New Scholars Award for her article, Cascading Consequences of Sinking States. In Cascading Consequences, Prof. Stewart examines the phenomenon of sinking states—low-lying island states at risk of the submergence of the entirety of their territory due to sea level rise—and offers a novel perspective on what the existence of sinking states reveals about cracks in the foundation of international law.

A. Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum

In Aia i Waiʻoli ke Aloha ʻĀina: Re-centering ʻĀina and Indigenous Knowledge for Restorative Environmental Justice, Professor Uʻilani Tanigawa Lum deploys a contextual inquiry framework to explore Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) community efforts to re-center principles of Indigenous biocultural resource management practices in decision-making to more fully realize restorative environmental justice.

Richard Wallsgrove

In the Chapter on Hawaiʻi and US-Affiliated Pacific Islands for the Fifth National Climate Assessment, Professor Richard Wallsgrove and others report that climate change impairs food & water access, undermines human health, threatens cultural resources, exacerbates inequities & disrupts economic activity & diverse ecosystems in Hawaiʻi and the US-Affiliated Pacific Islands, but that Indigenous knowledge systems strengthen island resilience.

Eric Yamamoto

In Reparations Delayed: Japanese Latin Americans and the United States’ WWII Human Rights Transgressions, Emeritus Professor Eric Yamamoto & Hanna Wong Taum employ a multidisciplinary framework of social healing through justice to assess U.S. moral & legal responsibility to repair harms to thousands of Latin American citizens of Japanese ancestry, who were kidnapped by the U.S. from their home countries, internationally transported & incarcerated – alongside Japanese Americans – in U.S. concentration camps during World War II as racial hostages for trading with Japan.