Day 1

Friday, March 23, 2012


5:15–7:00 pm

Global Legal Education Forum: Opening Panel

This opening panel will introduce and anticipate some of the key debates that will take place during the Global Legal Education Forum. It will start with a discussion of the content (if any) of “global legal education” in dif- ferent fields of law and regions of the world. The panel will also discuss whether the globalization of Western legal thought and its debates—for example, between post-realist rationalists versus skeptics—is desirable in Asia, Africa, Latin America and parts of the West today, or whether the developing world demands a new language and a new understanding of law and legal theory that supports and fosters new possibilities of thought and action. The panel will then focus on the agenda of a global law school in the 21st century and question whether law schools are only “professional” schools or should also have a political agenda and a commitment to social change. Finally, the panel will discuss the role of doctoral programs in law in an increasingly globalized legal environment.



Daniel Vargas, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School



William Alford (JD ’77), Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law; Vice Dean,

Graduate Program and ILS, Harvard Law School

Gabriella Blum (SJD ’03), Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Harvard Law School

Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Frank Michelman (LLB ’60), Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School

David Wilkins (JD ’80), Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


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