Osgoode Symposium Looks at Law & Revolution in the Middle East


TORONTO, March 13, 2013 – York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School will host a day-long Symposium on Law & Revolution in the Middle East on Friday, March 15 to examine the recent ‘revolutionary’ uprisings in the region through the lens of the law.

A number of scholars and practitioners will critically examine a range of theoretical and practical questions related to the interaction between law and revolution in a social, economic, and political context.

Three main themes will guide the program. The first will explore the general theoretical relationship between law and revolution and resulting political reconstruction, possible economic reorganization, and enduring social transformation. The second theme will concentrate on the aftermath of the events known as the “Arab Spring” and what seems to be the demise of the ancièn regime and the rise of new forces trying to consolidate their power through constitutionalization. The third theme will examine the effects of the social, economic, and cultural context on law.

The symposium, which has been organized by Osgoode Professor Hengameh Saberi and students in Osgoode’s Juris Doctor and Graduate programs, is sponsored by the Law School’s Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society and the Jack and Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security.  Please click here for program details including a list of speakers.

WHAT: Osgoode Hall Law School Symposium on Law & Revolution in the Middle East

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 2013, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Keele Campus, Ignat Kaneff Building, Room 1014 (building 32 on map)

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