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McCarthy Receives Best Dissertation Award from APSA

Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, has received the Edwin S. Corwin Award for the best dissertation in the field of public law.

Her dissertation, "Trafficking (In)justice: Law Enforcement's Response to Human Trafficking in Russia" looks at the implementation of laws against human trafficking in Russia by law enforcement officials. It finds that "Russian law enforcement agents are prosecuting human traffickers, but not human trafficking."

The award, given through the American Political Science Association and named in honor of former American Political Science Association President Edward S. Corwin, is awarded annually to the top dissertation in the field of public law, "broadly defined to include the judicial process, judicial behavior, judicial biography, courts, law, legal systems, the American constitutional system, civil liberties, or any other substantial area, or any work which deals in a significant fashion with a topic related to or having substantial impact on the American Constitution." 

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