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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Justice Modibo Ocran
Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Rubloff Reception Area
9:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
PANEL #1: RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF A CONTINENT: RESTORATION, RECOVERY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Chicago-Kent College of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School
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
Judge Dennis Davis
Judge of the High Court of South Africa
Northwestern University School of Law
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.
Rubloff Reception Area
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
PANEL #3: BUILDING SOCIAL JUSTICE: THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTITUTION
City University of New York School of Law
Eric C. Christiansen
Golden Gate University School of Law
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
LUNCHEON KEYNOTE ADDRESS
University of Wisconsin Law School
For further information, please contact Ms. Katie Vannucci at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place, as seating is limited.