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January 17, 2014

UO hosts visiting Gabonese law professor for environmental lecture

The Gabon-Oregon Center at the University of Oregon will host juridical advisor to the presidency of Gabon and law professor Guy Rossatanga-Rignault for a lecture from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 21.

Rossatanga-Rignault’s talk, "Law and Environment in Traditional Gabonese Society: A Legal-Anthropological Perspective," will be held at the Knight Law Center Campbell Auditorium. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A session.

The lecture will explore the role of environmental law in Gabon today, as well as the past role of law and environment in Gabonese tradition. It will be given in French, with simultaneous translation by UO professor Géraldine Poizat-Newcomb.

Rossatanga-Rignault received his law degree from Omar Bongo University in Libreville, Gabon. He obtained his political science and international public law and international organizations master’s degrees, followed by a doctorate in political science, from l'Université de Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France.

Rossatanga-Rignault joined the law and economics faculty in 1992 at Omar Bongo University, where he currently teaches, and is also a faculty affiliate at Boston University, Leiden University and other institutions. He serves on the international advisory board for the Gabon-Oregon Transnational Research Center on Environment and Development. He is a consultant for a number of public and private international and Gabonese entities, and is president of the Raponda-Walker Foundation for Science and Culture, a nonprofit organization that promotes culture and science in Gabon.

He has published 19 books and articles on law and political science, including his most recent works, “The White Man's Work Never Ends. The African, Time and Modern Work,” “Washing the Body: Symbolism and Therapeutics of Water in Africa” and “Gabon and the State: History and Institutions.”

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