Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law CrimProf Jason Gillmer helped plan with the University of Gloucestershire, the Central Gloucester Initiative, and the City of Gloucester “Too Pure an Air: Law and the Quest for Freedom, Justice, and Equality Conference” recently in Gloucester, England.
The conference marked the 250th anniversary of the appointment of Lord Mansfield as Chief Justice of England (1756), who decided the important Somerset v. Stewart decision prohibiting slavery in England.
Approximately 70 scholars from countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States attended the conference. Presenters not only celebrated the legacy of the Somerset case, but also discussed in depth the role that law plays in furthering social justice, racial and gender equality and human rights.
“Professor Frank Snyder, Jason Gillmer, Stephen Alton and I brainstormed the idea,” Texas Wesleyan Professor of Law and conference co-coordinator Reginald Oh said. “We wanted a topic that dealt with issues of civil and human rights in an interconnected, global society. Jason and I will be in charge of the substantive program, while Stephen will be in charge of logistics. We look forward to working with the City of Gloucester to create yet another wonderful conference.”