Learning from Each Other: Enriching the Law School Curriculum in an Interrelated World

Soochow University, Kenneth Wang School of Law
Suzhou, China
October 17-19, 2007

The conference is designed to give law school faculty members and administrators an opportunity to discuss how the law school curriculum could be better designed to teach students about concepts from legal systems other than their own.

The program is premised on the belief that ordinary legal problems admit of many solutions, which may be equally functional and, in context, culturally appropriate. Accordingly, our students need to understand that the particular solution they are taught as applicable in their own legal system may well not be the solution which lies in the minds of the lawyers around the world with whom they will deal in the course of their working lives. Or, in other words, they will constantly need to – and therefore, we also need to – learn from each other. How to train them to have this open-minded and inquisitive approach, is the subject of this conference.

This conference is supported in part by grants from The Wang Family Foundation and
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

In addition, LexisNexis has provided a grant to support global participation in this conference.

IALS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2:00–5:00 p.m.
General Assembly

17:15 – 19:15
IALS Reception Sponsored by The Law School Admission Council

Greetings
James Vaseleck , Associate Counsel and Executive Assistant to the President, Law School Admission Council, United States

IALS EDUCATIONAL PROGAM
Effective Techniques for Teaching about Other Cultures and Legal Systems

Friday, May 30, 2008

9:00-9:15
Welcome
Carl C. Monk, IALS President

Introduction
Chuma C. Himonga, University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law, South Africa, and Chair, IALS Educational Program on Effective Techniques for Teaching About Other Cultures and Legal Systems

9:15-9:30
Reflections on IALS Conference in China:How to Introduce Similarities and Differences and Discuss Common Problems in the Classroom
Rosalie Jukier, McGill University Faculty of Law, Canada
Francis SL Wang, Kenneth Wang School of Law, Soochow University, China

9:45-10:45
The Role of Culture in Teaching About Other Legal Systems
Chuma C. Himonga, University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law, South Africa
Commentators:
Michael Coper, Australian National University Faculty of Law, Australia
Aliza Gail Organick, Washburn University School of Law, United States

10:45-11:00
Refreshment Break

11:00- 12:15
Local Experiences: Six Delegate Reports on Effective Teaching Techniques
Fatou K. Camara, University of Dakar, Senegal -view materials-
Shashikala Gurpur, Symbiosis Law School, India
Věra Kalvodová, Masaryk University in Brno Faculty of Law, Czech Republic
Samrieng Mekkriengkrai, Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Law, Thailand
Lee Peoples, Oklahoma City University School of Law, United States
Fernando Villarreal-Gonda, Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, Mexico

12:15-13:00
Effective Teaching Techniques Practical Demonstrations
Fatou K. Camara, University of Dakar, Senegal
Lee Peoples, Oklahoma City University School of Law, United States

13:00 – 14:30
IALS Luncheon

14:30 -15:30
Teaching Techniques for Cross Teaching and the Question of “Difference” in Teaching about Other Legal Systems
Obeng Mireku, University of Venda School of Law South Africa
I Nyoman Nurjaya, Universitas Brawijaya Fakultas Hukum, Indonesia
Christopher Waters, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Canada

15:30-16:00
Conclusions

 

Planning Committee

Marcelo Alegre, University of Palermo, Italy

Fatou K. Camara, University of Dakar, Senegal

Fiona Cownie, Keele University, United Kingdom

Clifford Larsen, Bucerius Law School, Germany

Carl C. Monk, IALS President

Todd D. Rakoff, Harvard Law School, United States, Chair

Paul Rishworth, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Francis SL Wang, Kenneth Wang School of Law, China

This conference is supported in part by grants from The Wang Family Foundation and
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius

In addition, LexisNexis has provided a grant to support global participation in this conference.