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July 30, 2002

Press Contact:
Shahreen Abedin, Texas International Law Journal, Symposium Committee Chair, (512) 232-1277
Allegra Young, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330

Texas International Law Journal’s Symposium to
Examine Global Judicial Systems


AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas International Law Journal will host “Judicialization and Judicial Globalization in International Law,” a symposium to be held on September 5 and 6 at The University of Texas School of Law, and will address the increasing legislative and executive roles of courts and the global dialogue of Supreme Courts. Notable judges, scholars, and practicing attorneys from around the world will be in attendance.

The format of the symposium consists of the first day dedicated to the topic of judicialization, and the second day to address globalization of the judiciary. Noted international speakers include Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, Former Member of the World Trade organization Appellate Body and Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Francis Jacobs, Advocate-General of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, Jean-Paul Costa, Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, and Carl Baudenbacher. Professor Baudenbacher serves as Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association, Director of the European Law Institute at the University of St. Gallen, and visiting professor at UT School of Law.

Speakers from within the U.S. include: José E. Alvarez, Professor at the Columbia University School of Law, whose introductory discussion entitled, “ The New Dispute Settlers: (Half)-Truths and Consequences,” will kick off the event on September 5th. The luncheon address on Friday September 6th will be given by Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips of the Texas Supreme Court, who will speak about the U.S. Supreme Courts. UT Law Professor and Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law Jay Westbrook will discuss “International Bankruptcy Law: A Case for Judicial Globalization. Patricia Hansen, another UT Law professor, will discuss judicialization in international law in her lecture “Dispute Resolution Under NAFTA.” Constitutional law scholar and UT Law Professor Ernest Young and Dean William C. Powers, Jr. will also address topics in judicialization and judicial globalization.

The need for this event was initially recognized by Professor Dr. Carl Baudenbacher, who has since spearheaded the symposium in conjunction with the Journal.

The symposium will be held in the Kraft Eidman Courtroom and the Connally Center Atrium and includes CLE credit for registering attorneys. There is a $25 charge for lunch and a fee for receiving CLE credit; however, there is no charge for attending the panel discussions. For more information or to register, contact the Texas International Law Journal at (512) 232-1277 or by e-mail at tilj@mail.law.utexas.edu. Information on the symposium may also be found at www.utexas.edu/law/journals/tilj/symposium/index.html.