Monday, January 31, 2011

Symposium on Global Law and its Exceptions: Globalization, Legal Transplants, Local Reception and Resistance

Symposium on Global Law and its Exceptions: Globalization, Legal Transplants, Local Reception and Resistance
Friday, February 25, 2011
Program Information
Has there emerged such a thing as "Global Law"? The symposium will explore the idea that there is emerging in almost every field a core of law which we can call "Global Law" which is influencing domestic legal evolutions in particular ways. At the same time, there are areas of law which have traditionally staved off "global influences" such as family law which appear to be fair game in this round of "Global Law." This symposium will consider this emerging "Global Law", what is driving it and how the new phase of globalization of law is transforming legal education, practice and legal doctrines. In particular, the symposium will ask if the generation, circulation and entrenchment of global modes of legal consciousness which undergird the development of this "Global Law" serve to entrench and reproduce existing social (and legal) hierarchies or whether it can be harnessed as a site for producing greater social and political participation and equity. In other words, is it possible that "Global Law" can play both a universalizing (and hegemonic) function as well as a critical (and emancipatory) function?

The theme of this symposium has been at least fifteen years in the making. In 1996 the Utah Law Review hosted a much noted symposium on "New Approaches to Comparative Law." The conference considered whether there was a materialist catalyst in the renewed interest in Comparative Law seen in the 1990s. Inspired, in part, by the work of Gunter Frankenberg, the conference sought to locate the role of Comparative Law in the expansion of capitalist market economics and liberal political structures. The conference spawned a new generation of "critical" comparative legal scholarship. Fifteen years later, much has happened in the field. The "much" that has happened is reflected, at UW School of Law, in our increasingly contested inclusion of "Comparative and International Law" as a compulsory first year course. The Utah Conference articulated itself as both

CLE Credits:
This program has been approved for 6.50 General CLE Credits.
For information regarding CLE credits in other states, contact UW CLE at 206.543.0059 or 800.253.8648.

Pre-registration is required. Please register by February 18, 2011.
Conference without CLE credits: Free
Conference with CLE credits: $50 for CLE course materials

Accommodations for Disabilities:
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Very Uneasy Case Against Remittances: An Ex Ante Perspective

Adam Feibelman (Tulane Law) has an interesting new piece on The Very Uneasy Case Against Remittances: An Ex Ante Perspective. I think that he is correct and not merely for the reasons that he states. The most recent empirical work I have seen seems to suggest that remittances are not helpful to the home country. Overall, the empirical literature is mixed and those law professors that champion the idea of remittances have not thought through the practical administration within the payment system very well.