IU McKinney to Host Comparative Law Conference


Nearly 100 comparative law scholars will travel from around the world to present their scholarship at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law April 18 and 19, 2013, for the second annual Younger Comparativists 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.

Program co-chairs of the event are Professor Shawn Boyne, co-chair of the Global Crisis Leadership Forum; and S.J.D. Candidate Mohamed Arafa, assistant professor of criminal law and criminal justice at Alexandra University Faculty of Law. 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 Program For International and Comparative law will participate in the conference, including Professors Yvonne Dutton, George Edwards, Margaret Ryznar, and Shawn Boyne. The highlight of the conference will be a lunch panel on April 19, moderated by Professor Frank Emmert, who is the program director of the law school’s Program on International and Comparative Law. 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, as well as multiculturalism and diversity.

The law school’s Program for International and Comparative Law is one of several programs and opportunities for students that are international in scope. Others include:

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

• Program in International Human Rights Law, which was founded in 1997 and has facilitated over 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 UN’s confidence that the program will provide reliable information to the UN.

The Younger Comparativists Conference is open to the public and will run from: 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 18 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 19. For more information, check the law school’s website.

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