Monday, November 19, 2012

Gender and the Law

Gender Conf PhotoThe University of Lucerne Faculty of Law in Switzerland hosted the second workshop on "Global Approaches to Gender and Law" last week.  The workshop was well organized (but really, what else would you expect from Switzerland) and brought together professors and scholars from around the world.  

The workshop organizers were Lauren Fielder, Assistant Director of the Transnational Legal Studies Program, and Dr. Kyriaki Topidi, Assistant Director of the Center for Comparative Law and Religion.  Both are at the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law.  They also were the organizer's of last year's workshop on Religion and the Law.  Alexander Morawa, Professor of Comparative and Anglo-American Law at the University of Lucerne, also gave welcoming remarks to the participants in this year's workshop.  

Speakers and presenters included:

  • Dr. Werner Menski, a Professor of South Asian Laws at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London
  • Atieno Mboya Samandari (Kenya), currently at Emory University School of Law
  • Sharon Bassan (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Dr. Waheeda Amien (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Agustina Ramon Michel (Palermo University, Argentina)
  • Silava Andrea del Valle Bustos (a J.S.D. candidate at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis)
  • Renee Cochard (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Prof. Mark E. Wojcik (The John Marshall Law School-Chicago and Permanent Guest Professor, University of Lucerne Faculty of Law)
  • Prof. Sha-Shana Crichton (Howard University, Washington, D.C.)
  • Busingye Kabumba (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Sourav Kargupta (Jadavpur University, India)
  • Maia Araviashvili (Ilia State University, Republic of Georgia)
  • Chadni Basu (India, now at the Univeristy of Freigburg, Germany)

There were also other attendees from South America, Asia, and Europe at the Workshop.  Very few workshops or conferences have the the depth and diversity as these workshops held at the Univeristy of Lucerne.  Papers from the workshops are expected to be published in an edited volume.  (Scholars who write in the areas of gender or religion can contact the conference organizers to discuss publication opportunities.)

Congratulations to the workshop organizers Lauren and Kyriaki.  Your careful work and prepration reflects quite well on the University of Lucerne Faculty of Law.


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