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California Western -- 2010-2011 Joint Speaker Series

2010-2011 California Western/UCSD Speaker Series
Transplanting Law

Transplanting Law explores the movement of law across borders. Throughout the world, countries modify their traditional norms, rules, and institutions with legal transplants from abroad. Economic factors and political considerations drive some of these transformations. At the same time, local traditions are sometimes invoked as anchors for the development of new international norms.

For example, countries seeking membership in the World Trade Organization, the European Union, and other international or regional bodies often must change their national laws and regulatory structures to become members. Countries striving to develop or consolidate democratic rule have changed their legal systems to promote transparency and respect for the rule of law. Many of these countries look abroad, especially to North America and Europe, for guidance, while others look to international law. These legal transplants are often grafted onto local norms, rules, and institutions, with varying degrees of success.

The speakers in this series explore the dynamics behind the transplantation process, the results of these efforts, and the growing competition to shape legal harmonization and fusion.

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Monday, October 18, 2010
Ugo Mattei

Alfred and Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law and Professor of Civil Law, University of Turin, Italy
"Between Plunder and Prestige: Legal Transplants and Comparative Law Ideology"
12:10p.m. - 1:05 p.m., California Western School of Law, Lecture Hall 1

Ugo Mattei holds the Alfred and Hanna Fromm Chair in International and Comparative Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California and serves as a Professor of Civil Law at the University of Turin, Italy. He is the Academic Coordinator of the International University College of Turin, Italy, a new school where issues of law and finance in global capitalism are critically approached.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010
James Cooper

Institute Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
"This Year's Model: Legal Transplants in the Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis"
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building, Room 107

James Cooper serves as Assistant Dean for Mission Development, Institute Professor of Law, and co-director the Center for Creative Problem Solving at California Western School of Law. He also directs Proyecto ACCESO, a legal skills training and rule of law public education program, and oversees the Chile Summer Program for the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education. In the 2009-2010 academic year, he joined the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies at UC San Diego as a visiting scholar.


Friday, February 11, 2011
Kwai Ng
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

"The Globalizers in the Common Law World"
12:10 p.m. - 1:05 p.m., California Western School of Law, Lecture Hall 1

Kwai Ng received his B.S. in journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. His research interests are in sociology of law, theories of linguistic practice, and sociology of religion. He has conducted field research on Chinese ethnic churches in the United States and the bilingual courtrooms in Hong Kong.


Monday, March 21, 2011
Raj Bhala

Rice Distinguished Professor of Law, Kansas University School of Law
"Islamic Law (Shari'a): Comparisons, Contrasts, and Transplants"
12:10 p.m. - 1:05 p.m., California Western School of Law, Lecture Hall 1

Raj Bhala holds the Rice Distinguished Professorship at the University of Kansas School of Law. His scholarly reputation in international trade is global, based in part on a publication record including an acclaimed treatise on GATT Law, a leading textbook on international trade, and more than two dozen articles. Currently, Bhala is finishing a new book, Understanding Islamic Law (Shari'a), which is designed to be the first-of-its-kind text for use in law schools, and as a reference for practitioners throughout the English-speaking world.

Monday, May 16, 2011
Brendan O'Leary

Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
"The Kurdistan Region and the Making of Iraq's Constitution"
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., UCSD Social Sciences Building, Room 107

Brendan O'Leary is the Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Program in Ethnic Conflict. Between 1983 and 2003, he was on the faculty of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was Professor of Political Science, chair of its Government Department, and an elected Academic Governor. O'Leary's research interests include theories of the liberal democratic state, nationalism, national and ethnic conflict regulation, political violence, and power-sharing in deeply divided places.


Speaker Series Sponsors

The International Legal Studies Program at California Western offers an enriched J.D. curriculum in international and comparative law. The classroom emphasis on theory and practice is complemented with curricular programs that highlight the role of international law in today’s global economy. The program also promotes scholarly work in international and comparative law through faculty development, research support, and scholarly exchange.

The Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) promotes research on international, comparative, and cross-regional topics at the University of California, San Diego. IICAS coordinates and supports faculty research in departments, area studies programs, and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). It is closely associated with undergraduate and graduate education in international studies, including Eleanor Roosevelt College, the undergraduate international studies major, and IR/PS.