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International Legal Studies Colloquium

scholarly events

The International Legal Studies Colloquium provides an informal and supportive forum for faculty from Boston College Law School, other departments of the university, and faculty from other law schools to discuss their works-in-progress, recent articles, or ideas, on any aspect of international, foreign or comparative law.  The Colloquium is open to students, faculty and staff at Boston College and faculty members from other universities. 

The Colloquium typically meets in Stuart 410 at the Boston College Law School during the lunch period.  Participants bring their own lunch; coffee and dessert are provided.   For further information, please contact Gail J. Hupper,  Director of LL.M. and International Programs.


2011-12 Colloquia:

March 28, 2012
Dr. Katharine Young spoke on the topic “The Enforcement of Economic and Social Rights: How Rights to Food, Water, Health, Housing and Education are Changing Public Law.” Dr. Young, a Visiting Scholar at Boston College Law School, is a Senior Lecturer at Australian National University College of Law.

The presentation drew on Part II of Dr. Young’s forthcoming book, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (OUP, June 2012). When rights to food, water, health, housing and education are entrenched in law, they raise a wide range of institutional challenges. Drawing on international and comparative examples, Dr. Young’s presentation discussed some of the institutional responses by both administrative agencies and courts. With respect to the latter, she presented a variety of modes of judicial review, and of judicial role conceptions, that have emerged in the attempts to scrutinize government policy and legislation, and to provide remedies for infringement. She argued that institutional experimentation around the world shows that the most useful role for enforcement is one that is responsive to whether government intransigence, incompetence, or inattentiveness has caused the rights-infringement in issue. This raises a more salient set of questions, rather than any strict division between negative and positive rights.

October 4, 2011
Professor Dr. Raymond Atuguba spoke on  "Conversations, Stories, Experiments: Africa's March Forward."  The presentation, which drew on Professor Atuguba's own experience in the constitutional and legislative reform process in Ghana,l critically examined lawyers' ability to participate meaningfully in these processes in emerging African polities.  Professor Atuguba is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana.

2010-11 Colloquia:

March 24, 2011
Professor Dr. Frank Bayreuther spoke on the topic “Abolish Free Collective Bargaining? What Wisconsin’s Public Service Workers, Finnish Seamen and German Railway Engineers Have in Common.” Professor Bayreuther holds the Chair of Civil Law and Labour Law at the University of Passau, Germany, and was a Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School during the spring of 2011.
The right to organize in unions, to strike and to engage in free collective bargaining is recognized in many legal systems, but is also under challenge. Beginning with current developments in the State of Wisconsin (whose legislature has restricted the collective bargaining rights of its public sector workers), the presentation examined both similar and contrary developments in the European Union. These developments raise the question of how essential collective bargaining is for society as well for a functioning economy.

March 3, 2010
Professor César Arjona presented his paper “Transnational Law as an Excuse: How Teaching Law Without the State Makes Legal Education Better.” His paper argues that “transnational law”, which includes both state and non-state forms of normativity, is a legitimate part of legal education. Professor Arjona is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Law at ESADE Law School in Barcelona, Spain.

November 4, 2010
Mr. Harn Yawnghwe spoke on “The Burmese Democracy Movement.” Harn, the son of the first President of the Republic of the Union of Burma, directs the Euro-Burma Office, a European Union project helping the Burmese democracy movement prepare the transition to a democratic government. The event was co-sponsored by the Southeast Asian Students Association, the Law Student Association, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, the Political Science Association, the Christian Legal Society, and Boston University.

October 4, 2010
Roland Adjovi of Arcadia University spoke on “International Criminal Justice in African Affairs.”  Mr. Adjovi focused on legal, institutional and political aspects of the subject, drawing on the examples of the Hissène Habré, Omar el Bashir and Paul Kagame cases.  Mr. Adjovi is currently Academic Director of Arcadia’s Tanzania Programs; his prior experience includes work as a Senior Legal Officer within the Registry of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The event was co-sponsored by Boston College Office of International Programs and the LL.M. Office.

September 22, 2010
Professor Shi-Ling Hsu of the University of British Columbia spoke on “The British Columbia Carbon Tax:  A Cutting-Edge Experiment to Address Global Warming.”   His presentation explored arguments for a carbon tax, as contrasted with other means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, using the British Columbia carbon tax as an example.  The event was co-sponsored by the Land & Environmental Law Program and the LL.M. Office.