International comparative law scholars to present scholarship at IU McKinney School of Law

  • April 17, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- Nearly 100 comparative law scholars will travel from around the world to present their scholarship at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law on the IUPUI campus Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, for the second annual Younger Comparativists Committee Conference, sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law. The conference aims to highlight, develop and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparative law scholars.

The conference is open to the public and takes place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 18 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19.

Program co-chairs of the event are professor Shawn Boyne, co-chair of the Global Crisis Leadership Forum; and Doctor of Juridical Science candidate Mohamed Arafa, assistant professor of criminal law and criminal justice at Alexandria University Faculty of Law in Egypt. Conference participants will come from all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Several IU McKinney faculty who teach in the law school’s Center for International and Comparative Law will participate in the conference, including professors Yvonne Dutton, George Edwards, Margaret Ryznar and Shawn Boyne. The conference will also feature a plenary session April 19, moderated by professor James P. Nehf, associate dean for graduate studies. The panel will focus on the topic “Law in the Changing Middle East.” Other panels will examine global perspectives on corporate governance, intellectual property and technological change, and multiculturalism and diversity.

The law school’s Center for International and Comparative Law is one of several programs and opportunities for students who are international in scope. Others include the Joint Center for Asian Law Studies and the Program in International Human Rights Law.

The Joint Center for Asian Law Studies, a collaboration between the law school and Renmin University of China School of Law in Beijing, offers a Chinese Law Summer Program that contains a Chinese law firm summer internship component for interested students.

The Program in International Human Rights Law, founded in 1997, has facilitated more than 150 internships in nearly 60 countries around the world. This program was granted special consultative status with the United Nations in 2011, making it one of approximately 2,000 organizations from 200 countries that have this status and reflects the U.N.’s confidence that the program will provide reliable information to the U.N.

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