October 27, 2011
McGeorge played host to the annual meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law Oct. 20 through 22, 2011. Professor Frank Gevurtz, the director of the law school's Global Center for Business & Development, organized the event that brought together more than 70 faculty members from ABA law schools and abroad.
The central component of the conference was a workshop on identifying and achieving the objectives of a comparative law curriculum. It consisted of two-day sessions on the core comparative law course, comparative law in subject specific and country specific contexts, and comparative law in cultural and interdisciplinary context.
"The ASCL conference was an exceptionally successful event," Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker said. "Our guests praised the organization and planning of the conference. Professor Gevurtz did a remarkable job. A number of people came up to me and raved about our law school and its contributions to international legal education, both at this conference and at our annual AALS meeting breakfasts."
Professor Raquel Aldana was a panelist on the topic of "Comparative Law in Cultural and Interdisciplinary Context." Professors Linda Carter, Thom Main and Steve McCaffrey were moderators for other panel sessions. Speakers included law faculty members from the University of Connecticut, Boston College, Duke, Seton Hall, University of California, Berkeley, Michigan, UNLV, Stanford, Chicago-Kent, San Diego, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and the University of New South Wales. Judge Fausto Pocar, who was McGeorge's Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence last week, was also on a panel.
Founded in 1951, the American Society of Comparative Law is the leading organization in the United States promoting the comparative study of law.