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.


Humanitarian and NBA All Star Dikembe Mutombo talks at HLS

Dikembe Mutomb. Photo by Heratch Photography.

Photo by Heratch Photography.

Mutombo visited Harvard Law School on Oct. 23 for a talk sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, the Harvard African Law Association, and the Law and International Development Society. Introducing Mutombo to the standing-room only audience, Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ‘77, who serves with Mutombo on the board of the Special Olympics International, noted “When I say I look up to Dikembe Mutombo, I’m not talking about his height, I’m talking about his humaneness. [He] is one of the world’s greatest humanitarians.”

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University of Geneva Launches Internet Law Summer School

The University of Geneva is offering a new summer program, Internet L@w Summer School, June 16-24. Located in the city where the World Wide Web was born, the program includes discussions of privacy and surveillance, intellectual property, freedom of expression, and Internet governance. Discussion leaders include HLS Cyberlaw Clinic Managing Director Chris Bavitz and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society’s Faculty Director Terry Fisher, who will join experts from such institutions as the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization, and the World Economic Forum.

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A virtual classroom brings law students in China and at Harvard together








It’s Wednesday night in Cambridge and Thursday morning in Beijing, and their seminar rooms are some 6,700 miles apart, but for 30 students from Harvard Law School and the Renmin University of China School of Law, common interests and videoconferencing equipment easily bridge these distances.

During this spring semester, students in a reading group taught by HLS Professor William P. Alford and an advanced negotiation skills class taught by Renmin Assistant Professor Alonzo Emery ’10 have come together electronically to consider the roles of China and the U.S. in a world order in flux.

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