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Comparativists coming to Tulane Law March 18-19

March 07, 2016

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Professor Sally Brown Richardson, a property law specialist, was instrumental in bringing the Younger Comparativists Committee Global Conference to Tulane Law March 18-19.

Tulane Law School welcomes more than 100 young scholars from around the world March 18-19 to explore issues as wide-ranging as property law conflicts, global litigation strategies, family law developments and comparative legal education.

The American Society of Comparative Law's Younger Comparativists Committee Global Conference is being held at Tulane for the first time, with financial support from alumnus Gordon Gamm (L ’70) and his wife, Grace, who in 2014 created an award to promote the work of early-career professors.

Tulane Law Professor Sally Brown Richardson, the 2015-16 recipient of the Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar Award, said hosting the conference is “an excellent opportunity to showcase the comparative law talent of Tulane University on what is truly a worldwide stage.”

Conference participants are coming from 83 institutions and every continent except Antarctica.

Comparative scholars research and compare different legal systems around the world, examining areas such as estate planning in the United States and France, constitutional amendment procedures in Iraq versus Brazil or the intricacies of selling American-made products in newly opened international markets.

“Comparative research allows countries and legal systems to learn from one another,” said Richardson, the first Tulane professor on the Younger Comparativists Committee executive board. In an age of globalization, she said, “individuals can no longer plan to act only in their individual jurisdictions.”

Tulane Law, with its rich history and tradition in civil, maritime and international law, offers a comparative perspective across the curriculum, and faculty members have long been leaders among comparative law scholars. Currently, Vice Dean Ron Scalise chairs the American Society of Comparative Law’s finance committee, and Professor Jim Gordley chairs the editorial board for the American Journal of Comparative Law.

Sessions run 2:45-6 p.m. on March 18 and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. March 19 at Tulane’s Weinmann Hall and are open to the public. For more information, email YCC2016AnnualConference@gmail.com.

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