Sunday, August 29, 2010

1st African Conference on Int’l Commercial Law - Douala, Cameroon

The University of Basel in Switzerland and the University of Buea in Cameroon, with the support of UNCITRAL (United Nation Commission on International Trade Law) and OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonised Business Law in Africa) are organising an international conference entitled “The 1st African Conference on International Commercial Law.” The Conference will be held in Douala, Cameroon, Jan. 13-14, 2011. The Conference will focus on topics related to international sales law, international arbitration and unification of general contract law.

During this conference early career researchers also have the opportunity to present recent research papers relating to the topics of the conference. Early career researchers interested in submitting abstracts are invited to do so before Oct. 1, 2010. The abstract should be submitted as a word or pdf document with 12-point font, 1.5 line spacing and should not exceed 1500 words. The abstract should be sent via email to Jeanalain.Penda [at] A jury of established academics will select the successful eight abstracts. The researchers of the selected abstracts will be given 10 minutes to present their papers during the “Early Career Researchers Panel.” The travel and accommodation expenses of the selected candidates will be covered.

Who is an Early Career Researcher?
Early Career Researchers are people who are within two years of the start of their research careers when submitting their abstract. They should be currently undertaking a dissertation, Ph.D. thesis or the like, or have received a doctoral degree not earlier than 2008.

For additional information please contact:
Jean Alain Penda at Jeanalain.Penda [at] or
Stephanie Wassem at Stephanie.Wassem [at]

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Law and Development Institute Inaugural Conference

The Law and Development Institute (LDI) is an international academic network established as a non-profit research institution in Sydney, Australia, with an objective of promoting law and development studies and projects. Law and development concerns the impacts of law on economic and social development, and the LDI aims to become an international centre for law and development studies.

Law and development studies concern the impact of international and domestic legal orders on economic development, which has become increasingly relevant to our economic lives due to the rapid globalization that has taken place in the recent decades. Law and development issues have become a subject of considerable attention in the recent Doha Round negotiations of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in relation to international trade law. The Doha Round was suspended because of the large gaps between the developed and developing countries in their positions on key international trade law and development issues. There are also many unresolved issues about the role of domestic laws and regulations as well as international law in economic development.

The LDI addresses those issues and seeks to help find solutions to poverty issues around the world by clarifying the impact that law has on economic development. Currently a number of preeminent scholars and professionals from several countries, includng the United States, Canada, China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Australia, Korea, Israel, and Singapore, are participating in the LDI.

LDI will be hosting its innagural conference, which will focus on trade issues.

Morning Session: Panel presentation I



Professor Gary Horlick, former Head of U.S. Department of Commerce Import Administration

Professor Jai Sheen Mah, Ewha Womans University
"Law and Development in Korea: A Success Story"

Professor Jiangyu Wang, National University of Singapore
"Law and Development in China: Present and Future"

Dr. Salim Farrar, University of Sydney
"Law and Development in the Islam World: New Possibilities"

Dr. Malcolm Cook, Lowe Institute for International Policy
"Strategic Dimensions of National Development: Case of East Asia"

Afternoon Session: Panel presentation II



Dr. Salim Farrar, University of Sydney

Professor Gary Horlick, former Head of U.S. Department of Commerce Import Administration
"The Future of the World Trade Organization: From Development Perspectives"

Professor Y.S. Lee, The Law and Development Institute
"Theoretical Basis and Regulatory Framework for Microtrade: Combining Volunteerism with
International Trade towards Poverty Elimination"

Professor Won-Mog Choi, Ewha Womans University
"WTO Rules and Agricultural Development Cooperation between Developed and Developing

Professor Colin Picker, University of New South Wales
"International Trade and Development Law: A Legal Cultural Critique"

Afternoon Session: Panel presentation III



Professor Y.S. Lee, The Law and Development Institute

Professor Mitsuo Matsushita, University of Tokyo and former WTO Appellate Body member
"Positions of Developing Countries in Free Trade Agreements"

Professor Maureen Irish, University of Windsor
"Special and Differential Treatment, Trade and Sustainable Development"

Professor Andrew Mitchell, University of Melbourne
"The Development Aspect of Trade & Health"

Dr. Tomer Broude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"Settling International Development Disputes through Conciliation"