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October 17, 2011

Conference to examine ‘Capitalism and the Common Good’

Event to welcome experts and scholars from across the globe

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The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the Oregon Review of International Law are holding the conference “Capitalism and the Common Good,” to examine the relationship between capitalism and international law. This conference is part of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), a scholarly and political movement.

The conference will take place Oct. 20-22 at the University of Oregon’s Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

Co-organizer Michael Fakhri, assistant professor at the UO School of Law, stated, “This is an exciting opportunity for the law school and university to host a group of dynamic scholars and experts from across the globe. Our agenda at the conference is to rethink capitalism and reinvent international law.”

The event will welcome keynote speaker Professor B.S. Chimni of Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. His address, “Capitalism, Imperialism and International Law in the 21st Century,” will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in room 175 of the Knight Law Center.

Chimni is a professor at the Centre for International Legal Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was formerly vice chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at the International Center for Comparative Law and Politics at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, visiting fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, and a visiting scholar at the Refugee Studies Center at York University in Canada. He served as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees from 1996-2000.

The purpose of TWAIL is to challenge the prevailing trend in international law that has legitimated global processes of marginalization and domination. TWAIL looks to the everyday lives and struggles of third world peoples as the historical context from which one might imagine an emancipatory international law.

The conference is sponsored by The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the UO School of Law, the Oregon Review of International Law, the UO Office of Academic Affairs, the UO Office of International Affairs, the UO Multicultural Center and Global Oregon.

Additional conference information, including a complete schedule is available at http://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/twail/index.htm.

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