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February 20, 2009

“The Constitution and the Family in Comparative Perspective” conference, February 20, 2009

Legal and political issues surrounding the Constitution and the family are the focus of multi-disciplinary conference.

A conference titled “The Constitution and the Family in Comparative Perspective” will be held Friday, February 20, 2009, in the Eidman Courtroom at the University of Texas School of Law. The event, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public.

This conference is devoted to a consideration of the family in legal and political thought and practice. It seeks to explore the variability with which the institution is imagined and experienced within different national contexts. In particular, it intends to pursue the multitude of challenges the family poses to legal and constitutional development. Is the family, with its competing loyalties and codes of human behavior, a threat to regime stability or a necessary component of it?

Scholars in anthropology, political science, government, history, and the law from across the country will speak at the conference. The opening remarks will be made by the primary organizers of the conference: UT government professor Gary Jacobson, UT government and law professor Sanford Levinson, and UT government professor Gretchen Ritter, also the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

Sponsors of the conference include the university’s Government Department, the Malcolm Macdonald Chair in Constitutional and Comparative Law, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Center for Women in Law, the W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, and the School of Law.

View the conference program

Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or, or Professor Gary Jacobsohn, UT Department of Government,