01 March 2018

CONFERENCE: Beyond Harvard: Transplanting Legal Education (Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto; 5-6 June 2018)

We have the following announcement for a conference on the role of US legal education in law schools, law and lawyering across the 20th century.


The UTAS Law Faculty, along with the American Society for Legal History and Osgoode Hall Law School, is pleased to support an upcoming symposium to critically examine the role US legal education has played in law schools, law and lawyering across the 20th century.

In addition to providing rich historical insights, the symposium will speak directly to some of the inherited and global challenges of curriculum design and pedagogy confronting law schools today. By presenting the contingency of dominant influences and highlighting comparative experiences, the symposium should stimulate ideas for reforming legal education.

The symposium brings together legal scholars who share an interest in the history of legal education, legal transplants and US legal theory.  Presenters will speak on the history of US transplants in: China, Japan, Israel, the Philippines, Nigeria, Ghana, France, Sweden, Estonia, England, Australia and Canada.  In addition one paper will examine attempts to use US models to create programs to educate global lawyers.


Day 1 Tuesday 5 June

8 Breakfast and Registration
9 Welcome Message
9.15 Introduction to the symposium and ‘Beyond Harvard’ project, Susan Bartie and David Sandomierski
9.20 Examining Legal Education through the Lens of National and US Politics (Session 1: Ghana, China and Estonia)
·       John Harrington and Ambreena Manji, ‘Pericles and the Professors’: Legal Education and Cold War Politics in Ghana 1956-1966
·       Jedidiah J Kroncke, Refractions of Legal Pedagogy in Sino-American Relations
·       Merike Ristikivi, Irene Kull & Aleksei Kelli, Transplants in Legal Education in Estonia
10.50 Coffee Break
11.10 Surprising Transplants – US Models Flourishing in Unlikely Places (Session 2: Canada, France and Sweden)
·       Philip Girard, American Influences, Canadian Realities: How “American” is Canadian Legal Education?
·       Jean-Louis Halperin, Legal Education in France Turns to the Harvard Model
·       Model Kjell Å Modéer, The Turn to the West: American Legal Education and Educational Reforms in the Swedish Welfare-State 1950 – 2000
12.40 Lunch
1.40 National and Foreign Tensions and Hybrids (Session 3: Philippines, Nigeria and Japan)
·       Emily Sanchez Salcedo, Socratic Method Philippine Style: To Unhave or Uphold?
·       Josephine J Dawuni & Rebecca E Badejogbin, Internationalization, Domestication and the Transformation of Legal Education in Nigeria: 1962-2016
·       Yoshiharu Matsuura, American Socratic Method in the Context of New Japanese Professional Law Schools
3:10 Break
3:25 Re-Examining the Extent of the Influence (Session 4: England, Australia and Canada)
·       David Sugarman, A Special Relationship? American Influences on English Legal Education, 1870-1965
·       Susan Bartie, “Look Over There” – US Distractions in Australian Legal Education
·       David Sandomierski, Rise and Fall of US Legal Process Ideas in Two Canadian Law Faculties
4.55 End of day 1 presentations
Reception (offsite; Location TBD)

Day 2 Wednesday 6 June

8:45 Breakfast
9:30 Educational Transplants and the Americanisation of Law (Session 5: Israel, Global)
·       Pnina Lahav, American Moment[s]: When, How, and Why Did Israeli Law Faculties Come to Resemble Elite US Law Schools?
·       José Garcez Ghirardi, Legal Teaching and the Reconceptualizing of the State: Discussing Global Law Programs
10.30 Coffee Break
10:45 Synthesis and Commentary
Student rapporteurs provide summaries of synthetic themes
Robert Gordon and Susan Carle provide critical and reflective commentary from
US perspective.
12 Lunch
1 Next Steps & Videography Session
Presenters and Attendees assemble as a plenary to discuss future questions for
deliberation (facilitated by Susan Bartie and David Sandomierski). Videographer
records profiles with presenters, commentators, and attendees (concurrently)
2.30 End of Symposium

For more information, see the following announcement on the website of the University of Tasmania

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