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February 14, 2008

Oregon Review of International Law’s Annual Symposium Held Friday, Feb. 15

The Oregon Review of International Law’s second annual symposium, “Multiscalar Civil Society?: Legal Pluralism and Inequality,” will be held Friday, Feb. 15, in the Lewis Lounge on the fourth floor of the Knight Law Center at the University of Oregon.

The symposium will examine the increasing range of actors engaging in new ways of making international law and policy and address the questions:

  • When people have multiple affiliations to place across scales, how should their citizenship be characterized?
  • What are the implications of such characterizations for immigration, emigration and transnational governance?
  • To the extent that non-state actors may have less formal accountability than governments, does involving them in formal international decision-making support or hinder the democratic process? 
  • How should the boundaries of formal international law be drawn and how much does it matter what formally counts?

Beginning at 9 a.m. with welcome and opening remarks by C. Athna Mansoory, editor-in-chief of the Oregon Review of International Law, and Oregon Law Professor Hari Osofsky, the symposium features three sessions on separate topics.  Session one, “Conceptualizing Legal Pluralism, Scale and the Nature of International Law,” will be held from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.  Session two, “Legal Pluralism and the Evolving World Order,” will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and moderated by Oregon Journalism and Communication Professor Kyu Ho Youm.  Session three, “Structuring Inclusion and Exclusion at Multiple Scales,” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and moderated by Oregon Law Professor Michelle McKinley.  Session speakers include law professors from across the nation.

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