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International Law Review: 2007 Symposium

The Rule of Law and Delivering Justice in Africa

February 15 - 16, 2007

The Loyola University Chicago International Law Review will be hosting a unique academic symposium which will address legal development, access to justice, constitutional development, and human rights issues in Africa.

Justice Modibo Ocran, a Supreme Court Justice from Ghana, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday evening, February 15. Justice Ocran's address is titled "Socio-Economic Rights in the African Context: Problems with Concept and Enforcement." The keynote will set the tone for the panel discussions and lunch address on Friday.

The program on Friday, February 16 will be divided into three panel discussions and a lunch address. The first panel discussion will address how Africa has responded to unique challenges. The speakers will present on the topics of post conflict accountability in Africa, modes of recovery from mass atrocities in Africa, and legitimizing property rights. The second panel discussion will address legal transformation in Africa and the role of courts, institutions, and individuals in the transformative process. The speakers will present on judicial reform, transformative adjudication, and the impact of law schools, government, NGO's, and non-lawyers on access to justice and dispute resolution in Africa. The final panel discussion will address the South African Constitution and how it has helped to build social justice. The speakers will present on women's rights, the right to education, and socio-economic rights.

The symposium will conclude with a luncheon keynote address by Professor Heinz Klug from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Klug recently wrote a book on South Africa's democratic transition entitled Constituting Democracy.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Katie Vannucci at kvannuc@luc.edu.

AGENDA

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kasbeer Hall

6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Kasbeer Hall

Justice Modibo Ocran
Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Reception
Kasbeer Hall

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Rubloff Reception Area

9:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
PANEL #1: RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF A CONTINENT: RESTORATION, RECOVERY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Rubloff Auditorium

Bernadette Atuahene
Chicago-Kent College of Law

William Burke-White
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Erika George
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
PANEL #2: LEGAL TRANSFORMATION: THE ROLE OF COURTS, INSTITUTIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS
Rubloff Auditorium

Judge Dennis Davis
Judge of the High Court of South Africa

Thomas Geraghty
Northwestern University School of Law

Patrick Keenan
University of Illinois College of Law

Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange
U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma and former member of the International Judicial Relations Committee

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Coffee Break
Rubloff Reception Area

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
PANEL #3: BUILDING SOCIAL JUSTICE: THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION
Rubloff Auditorium

Penelope Andrews
City University of New York School of Law

Eric C. Christiansen
Golden Gate University School of Law

Kevin Malunga
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Heinz Klug
University of Wisconsin Law School

Symposium Editor
Katie Vannucci

For further information, please contact Ms. Katie Vannucci at kvannuc@luc.edu.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this event at no charge to current students, faculty, and alumni of Loyola University Chicago.

To those outside of the Loyola University Chicago community, there will be a nominal attendance fee of $50, which includes lunch. Please contact Katie Vannucci at kvannuc@luc.edu to reserve your place, as seating is limited.

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