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Tulane partners with Yale on international law conference in China

October 02, 2014

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Tulane Law Professor Guiguo Wang and Yale Law Professor Michael Reisman are lead organizers of The 6th International Conference on the New Haven School of Jurisprudence, Oct. 30-31 in Hangzhou, China.

Photo courtesy of Yale Law School 

Tulane Law School is partnering with Yale University this fall to bring together leading scholars from around the world for discussion about how legal principles and policies can advance human dignity.

The 6th International Conference on the New Haven School of Jurisprudence, set for Oct. 30-31 in Hangzhou, China, will feature an address by Yale Law Professor Michael Reisman, who is considered the foremost authority on the New Haven School’s approach to achieving the goal of public order focused on human dignity. 

Professor Guiguo Wang, who joined the Tulane Law faculty in August as the Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law, is a lead organizer of the event, which is being hosted by the Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University. Wang helped found the conference when he was dean of City University of Hong Kong in order to introduce Asian scholars to a new theory for examining contemporary problems. 

This is Tulane’s first year as a co-sponsor. “It is important for Tulane to have its presence in Asia in such an important enterprise,” Wang said. Setting up a platform for scholars to exchange views “should be considered part of the mission of major universities, and Tulane is one of them.”

Tulane Professors Adeno Addis, newly appointed to a W.R. Irby Chair, and Vernon Palmer, the Thomas Pickles Chair, also are participating.

At each conference, scholars from various disciplines and across the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia gather to analyze how the New Haven School’s approach can be applied to modern social needs and political realities.

One aspect is to look at gaps between laws as they are written and the manner in which they are enforced. Once the reasons for discrepancies or incorrect implementation are determined, Wang said, scholars can “recommend some alternatives for achieving the overall goal’’ of protecting human dignity.

The New Haven School of thought recognizes that lawmakers, lawyers representing clients, judges or arbitrators all might have a different perspective on what a law says, does, intends or should do. “Scholars can look at it from a more objective point of view,” Wang said. If the law doesn’t help improve human dignity, then they can suggest whether it should be revised or abolished. 


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