The University of Alabama School of Law hosts many international visitors. With the globalization of the market and the legal profession, we strive to bring an international perspective to our students.
The Chief Justice of Australia’s High Court delivered a lecture to Alabama Law’s students in January 2011. In Spring 2009, the Right Honorable Beverly McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, presented the Albritton Lecture. The Albritton Lecture was given by Aharan Barak in August 2007. He returns in Fall 2012 to teach at the Law School, which will be his third consecutive year here as a Visiting Professor. Visitors in recent years have also included Hanoch Dagan of Israel and Alda Facio the director of the Women Gender and Justice Program of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders.
Many international visitors participate in the various symposia at Alabama Law. For an update on upcoming symposiums and information about past ones, please visit http://www.law.ua.edu/programs/symposiums/symposium-archives/. A sampling of Alabama Law’s featured symposiums is below.
The Sarat Symposium studies the relationship between speech and silence in American law. Participants examine how the law values silence, focusing on the right not to speak, as well as the decision not to select a speaker, in both private and government discourse. David Dyzenhaus and Lorraine Weinrib of the University of Toronto joined us for the 2008 Sarat Symposium. The 2009 Sarat Symposium includes Desmond Manderson, the Research Chair in Law and Discourse at McGill University (Canada).
In 2007, to commemorate the University of Alabama’s Robert S. Vance Professor of Law Emerita, Martha Morgan, the faculty sponsored a special symposium in Professor Morgan’s subject area, involving scholars from around the world. This comparative law symposium aimed to help shape the globe’s agenda on gender equality. Her also had many international visitors, including Karen Knop of the University of Toronto, Rodrigo Jimenez, the Director of Rights of People with Disabilities Program of the United Nations Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, and Ruth Rubio-Marin, a professor of law at the University of Seville. Professor Rubio-Marin taught a mini-course at Alabama Law in 2008.