Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Go On! "What Is the Global Family?"

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia of interest) On March 20-21, American University Washington College of Law's Women and International Law Program and the Harvard Law School Program on Law and Social Thought will be hosting a Workshop on Comparative Family Law: What is the Global Family? Family Law in Decolonization, Modernization and Globalization. The Workshop is part of a series of workshops aimed at assessing the "exceptional" place of the family and family law in decolonization, modernization, and development. The 2009 workshop will bring together scholars from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to compare systems of family law worldwide, providing a rich methodological framework for exploring the impacts of immigration, globalization, and public policy on the family, and vice versa. The inquiry seeks to find the role of family and family law in different legal discourses about post-colonial identities, nation-building and modernization, law and development, international trade law, comparative constitutionalism, the relations among state, society and individual, and private/public distinctions within domestic legal regimes. For more information, visit the conference website.

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