Lectures & Events

Rebuilding Nation Building
The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Symposium
APR 8, 2005
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

From the experience of post-colonial states in Asia and Africa to more recent experience in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, and Iraq, the conceptual clarity and goals of nation building have been difficult to achieve. Beyond the international recognition of what Benedict Anderson called an imagined community, what are the desirable features of the nation under construction, and what, if any, is the appropriate role of the international community in designing, financing, and building them? How should the government be chosen, and powers separated between branches, allocated between the center and the regions, or shared by competing ethnic or religious groups? What are the necessary tools of conflict resolution? How critical is the role of women? Is religion a divisive or unifying force? What is the role of the United States, the United Nations, or the international financial institutions? With a view to comparative experience, a candid look at Iraq, and perspectives on the future, this unique day-long symposium will bring several world-leading experts together to address these fundamental questions.
Speaker Information
Peter H. Schuck
Peter H. SchuckPeter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He has held this chair since 1984, and also served as Deputy Dean of the Law School. Prior to joining the Yale faculty in 1979, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (1977-79), Director of the Washington Office of Consumers Union (1972-77), and consultant to the Center for Study of Responsive Law (1971-72). He holds a B.A. from Cornell University, M.A. from Harvard University, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a LL.M. from N.Y.U. Law School. His major fields of teaching and research are torts, immigration, citizenship, refugee law, and administrative law, and he has written on a broad range of public policy topics. He is a contributing editor to The American Lawyer, and has served as an arbitrator and as an expert witness. He was awarded a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship (1968-70), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1984-85), and a Fulbright Senior Fellowship to lecture in India (2004).

Linn Hammergren
Linn HammergrenLinn Hammergren is a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist in the World Bank, Latin America Regional Department, working in the areas of judicial reform and anti-corruption. Before coming to the Bank she spent 12 years managing Administration of Justice Projects for USAID in Peru, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, headed USAID's Regional Administration of Justice Project, and held a USAID Democracy Fellowship. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, and taught Latin American and Comparative Politics at Vanderbilt University (1974-81). Her research and publications focus on local politics and decentralization, administrative reform, judicial politics and reform, judicial corruption, and the politics of foreign assistance. Included are two books, The Politics of Justice and Justice Reform in Latin America: Peru in Comparative Perspective and Development and the Politics of Administrative Reform: Lessons from the Latin American Experience, and a series of studies for the World Bank on “users and uses of justice” in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil.

Sean Hagan
Sean HaganSean Hagan is General Counsel at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to beginning work at the IMF, Mr. Hagan was in private practice, first in the New York office of Whitman and Ransom and subsequently in Tokyo at Masuda & Ejiri. Mr. Hagan received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and also holds a M.S. in International Economic Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chibli Mallat
Chibli MallatChibli Mallat is EU Jean Monnet Professor in European Law at Université St. Joseph, Beirut, and director of its Centre d'Études sur l'Union Européenne, which was recognized in 2004 by the EU as "Centre of Excellence." He is also an international legal practitioner, and the principal at Mallat Law Offices. As legal counsel, Professor Mallat has litigated a number of known affairs, including the Sharon case in Brussels and the disappearance of Imam Musa Sadr in Libya. He established Indict in 1996, the international NGO that worked to bring Saddam Hussein and his aides to justice. As law professor in London, then in Beirut, he has published several works in European, American and Arab laws, including The Renewal of Islamic Law, Muhammad Baqer as-Sadr, Najaf and the Shi'i International (Cambridge UP, 1993) (Albert Hourani Prize of North America, 1994), The Middle East into the 21st Century (London 1996) and Democracy in America (Beirut, in Arabic 2001). Among his recent publications is a two-part article, "From Islamic to Middle Eastern Law: a Restatement of the Field," American Journal of Comparative Law (2003-2004), L'Union Européenne et le Moyen-Orient (ed.), Beirut and Brussels, 2004. He is currently working on a restatement of Kant's Treaty on Perpetual Peace.

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There is a fee for CLE credit for this event and registration is required.

Reception following symposium at the School of Law.

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