'Crossing Borders: Transnational Public Interest Law: Perspectives from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Eastern Europe, Ghana, and the United States'

The UCLA School of Law's Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA) invites you to its twelfth annual symposium on "Crossing Borders: Transnational Public Interest Law."

Friday, February 29, 2008
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room 1347
UCLA School of Law Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Registration is requested; to register:

  • email jilfasymposium@gmail.com or
  • call 301-909-9545

Schedule (subject to change):

8:30 – 9 AM  --  Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 AM – Opening Remarks by Dean Michael Schill, UCLA School of Law

9:15 – 9:30 AM – Introduction by Gary Blasi, UCLA School of Law

9:30 – 10:30 AM – Transnational Public Interest Law: A Provisional Map of Emergent Practice

  • Scott Cummings, UCLA School of Law
  • Louise Trubek, Wisconsin School of Law

10:30 – 10:45 AM – Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Building Public Interest: Law Systems in Transitional Countries

  • Titi Liu, Washington University School of Law, “Transmission of Public Interest Law: A Chinese Case Study”
  • Edwin Rekosh, Public Interest Law Initiative, Columbia University, “Constructing Public Interest Law: Transnational Collaboration in Central and Eastern Europe”
  • Discussant: Joel Handler, UCLA School of Law

12:15 – 1:15 PM – Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 PM – Public Interest Law and Development in Latin America

  • Helena Alviar, Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, “Notes on the Relationship Between Clinical Legal Education, Economic Development and Social Transformation”
  • Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Fundacao Getulio Vargas Law School, Brazil, “Public Interest Law: A Brazilian Perspective”
  • Discussant: Maximo Langer, UCLA School of Law

2:45 – 3 PM – Break

3:00 – 4:30 PM – Mobilizing International Law for Domestic Causes

  • Raymond Atuguba, University of Ghana, “Rights and the Limits of Public Interest Law: Ghana’s Reaction to a Messy World Phenomenon”
  • Ruth Buchanan & Rusby Chaparro, Osgoode Hall School of Law, “Lawyering within Transnational Legal Systems: A Case Study of the NAFTA Side Labor Agreement”
  • Beth Lyon, Villanova Law School, “Changing Tactics: Globalization and the U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Worker Rights Movement”
  • Discussant: Ann Southworth, Case Western School of Law

4:30 – 5 PM – Concluding Remarks by Richard Abel, UCLA School of Law

**Reception to Follow

For a complete list of cosponsors, for more info, for a copy of the event flyer, please visit the website – www.law.ucla.edu/JILFA/Symposium.htm

Directions to UCLA School of Law and Parking Information:

  • All-day parking on the UCLA campus is $8.  For parking, please go to the parking kiosk at the Westholme and Hilgard Avenue entrance to the UCLA campus and ask to park in Lot 2, the parking lot to the south of the parking kiosk.  The School of Law is due north of Lot 2 and the parking kiosk.  For additional map and directions to UCLA and the School of Law, see http://www.ucla.edu/map




Food will be provided, so please register.

Cost : Free and open to the public, but registration is requested to jilfasymposium@gmail.com or call 301-909-9545.

UCLA School of Law's Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA) or  Catherine Mayorkas
301-909-9545 or 310-206-9155


Sponsor(s): , UCLA Law