McGeorge School of Law

Iraqi Delegation Meets with Faculty Members

August 22, 2011

Iraqi delegation

Left, Matthew Downs, assistant dean of Library Services and Program Support, and, right, Clemence Kucera, assistant director of the Centers of Distinction, organized the Iraqi delegation's visit.

A dozen law professors and retired judges from Iraq were on campus on Aug. 17 to discuss intellectual property law and experiential learning at American law schools with members of the McGeorge faculty.

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad are sponsoring the Iraqis' three-week visit to the United States. The delegation toured the Sacramento area, visiting McGeorge, U.C. Davis School of Law School, and state and federal offices and courts.

Assistant Dean for Library Research Services and Program Support Matthew Downs and Assistant Director of the Centers of Distinction Clemence Kucera organized a half-day agenda that allowed the Iraqi delegation to meet with Professor Frank Gevurtz, director of the Global Center for Business & Development, Mary-Beth Moylan, director of the Global Lawyering Skills program, and Professor Mike Mireles, who teaches several of the IP courses at the law school.

Among the people who welcomed the visitors to campus was Samir Alazawi, a Baghdad attorney who earned his LLM in Public Law & Policy at McGeorge last May and works with the Iraqi community in Sacramento.

The nation of Iraq has a long history of science and innovation so Iraqis are eager to improve their legal mechanisms of protecting and enforcing IP rights. Historically, the practice of law was not a popular field of study in Iraq under the regime of the late Saddam Hussein. But the role of legal education in Iraq has greatly expanded in the last few years, and many more young Iraqis are being drawn to the legal profession.