Learning from the Past to Appreciate the Present

Photo:  Martha Stewart

On the occasion of his appointment as the inaugural Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, Professor William Alford ’77, the vice dean for the Graduate Program and International Legal Studies, the director of the East Asian Legal Studies Program, and chair of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, delivered a chair lecture entitled “Learn from the Past to Appreciate the Present, That is What Makes One a Teacher 温故而知新,可以為師矣: Confucius, Cohen(s) and Contemporary China” to an overflow audience of close to 200.

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An exchange of ideas

Harvard Law School Professors I. Glenn Cohen ’03Holger Spamann S.J.D. ’09, and Lucie E. White ’81 traveled to France in June to teach at the eighth annual Intensive Doctoral Week (IDW) at the law school of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, more commonly known as “Sciences Po.”

Cohen, Spamann and White participated in the IDW as part of the cooperative agreement in place between HLS and Sciences Po Law School, which allows students from both schools to spend a semester abroad at the other institution, and provides opportunities for professors to teach or conduct research in Paris or Cambridge. Harvard Law School currently has similar agreements with ten other schools around the world.

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HLS hosts conference on law and development

ghrs-conferenceLegal scholars from across the globe gathered at Harvard Law School in July for a two-day conference on law and development. The conference is the latest in a series of conferences held periodically by a loose consortium of schools–including Harvard Law School, the University of Geneva, Renmin University of China, and the University of Sydney, Australia–on themes of broad shared interest. Previous meetings focused, respectively, on property, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. This year’s conference also included participants from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Seoul National University, the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. This year’s session explored law and development from five vantage points: Business and Trade; Gender and Family; Disability; China as a Case Study; and Three Examples of Potential for Reform.