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Call for Papers: LAW, POVERTY AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY Valparaiso University School of Law April 3-4, 2008

School of Law April 3-4, 2008

The acceleration of economic globalization over the past few decades
engendered initial excitement about the possibilities it could generate,
but this excitement has been replaced by more cautionary sentiments, as
increasingly economic inequalities and poverty have become one of
globalization's defining features.   The ravages of poverty and economic
inequality are most pronounced in less affluent countries, particularly
those in Africa, but also are present in the Americas, Asia, and Eastern
Europe.   Even affluent northern countries like the United States have
not been able to entirely avoid some of the adverse consequences of
globalization, including the widespread loss of jobs, diminishing of
labor rights, depressed wages, and pervasive privatization of
governmental functions, leading to a concentration of economic power in
the private sector and greater resulting disparities of resources.

Poverty and persistent economic inequalities have differing consequences
but often overlapping impacts on a broad range of constituencies such as
children, racial and ethnic minorities, indigenous communities,
immigrants, refugees, women, and the elderly.

Valparaiso University School of Law will host a conference on April 3
and 4, 2008 to investigate these issues in a local and global context.
The conference hopes to raise the fundamental question about what the
law and legal institutions can do to alleviate poverty and economic
inequality.    The conference will explore contemporary constitutional
strategies, such as the incorporation of economic, social and cultural
rights in constitutions (as evidenced by the South African experience),
among other formal legal strategies, in relation to grassroots
anti-poverty campaigns, such as the poor people's economic and human
rights campaign in the United States and the homeless and landless
people's federation in Asia and elsewhere.   This investigation will
also examine the limitation of legal strategies in the face of
entrenched economic and social structural impediments to equality.

Invited keynote speakers are Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa's
Constitutional Court and Bob Herbert of the New York Times.

Valparaiso is 40 miles south of Chicago, with easy access to Chicago
O'Hare and Midway airports.

The accommodation costs and meals of presenters will be covered, and
there is some funds available for travel. Please indicate in your
abstract whether your institution will pay your travel costs, or whether
you will require funding.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send a one-paragraph
abstract by November 1, to:
Professor Penelope (Penny) Andrews
Visiting Professor of Law
Valparaiso University School of Law
656 S. Greenwich Street
Valparaiso  IN  46383
Ph: 219-465-7972
e-mail:  penelope.andrews@valpo.edu.

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