McGeorge School of Law

Global Center Annual Symposium 2014

Injury as Cultural Practice

The requirement of an injury is fundamental to civil actions in most countries of the world but the meaning of injury is constructed by cultural and social practices and not by law alone. The concept of an injury arises from prevalent understandings of the person-those aspects of human beings that are considered fundamental to their identity and worthy of legal protection. But understandings of the person vary widely across time and space; the law reflects these variations and, at times, produces them.

The Annual McGeorge Global Center Symposium will address some of the most difficult and important debates over injury now taking place in societies around the world. Issues will include the tension between physical and reputational injuries, relational and emotional harms, virtual injuries, the normalization and inequitable infliction of injury on vulnerable victims, the hidden issues of causation, and the paradoxical degradation of victims through legal actions meant to compensate them for their disabilities.

Participants include social scientists as well as lawyers, and the subject matter will extend to Europe and Asia as well as North America.


March 7-8, 2014


McGeorge School of Law

MCLE Credit

This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by The State Bar of California for 6 hours on Friday, March 7, 2014 and 2.5 hours on Saturday, March 8, 2014 for a total of 8.5 hours. McGeorge School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of The State bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

  • Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law
  • Samantha Barbas, Associate Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School
  • Pratiksha Baxi, Associate Professor of Law, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Anne Bloom, Associate Dean, Faculty Scholarship and Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • Khiara M. Bridges, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
  • David Engel, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY Buffalo Law School
  • Mary Ann Franks, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami
  • Marc Galanter, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • S. Lochlann Jain, Associate Professor (Anthropology), Stanford University
  • Greg Johnson, Associate Professor (Religious Studies), University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Yukiko Koga, Assistant Professor (Anthropology), Hunter College
  • Michael McCann, Professor of Political Science and Acting Chair, Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship, Director, Comparative Law and Society Studies Center and Director, Law, Societies, and Justice Program, University of Washington
  • Sagit Mor, Assistant Professor of Law, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel
  • Michael Musheno, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of Legal Studies, Center for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law, UC Berkeley
  • Gowri Ramachandran, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
  • Claire Rasmussen, Associate Professor (Political Science), Interim Director of Graduate Studies, University of Delaware
  • Maurice Stevens, Associate Professor (Comparative Studies ), Ohio State University
  • Yoshitaka Wada, Professor of Law, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan