Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium: April 12, 2013

A Comparative Perspective on Social Justice Lawyering in Asia:
Conditions, Practices and Possibilities

The Wisconsin International Law Journal is pleased to announce its 2013 symposium on the emergence, development and transformation of lawyering for social justice in Asia, held in:

Room 2260, University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall, Madison WI 53706

Approved for 8.5 hours of CLE Credit for WI Attorneys

Organized by the Wisconsin International Law Journal with Professors Scott L. Cummings (UCLA Law School), Frank W. Munger (New York University Law School) and Louise G. Trubek (University of Wisconsin Law School).

WILJ Symposium Editors: Kyle Engelke and David Groose

Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Harding (National University of Singapore)


Final Program with Biographies of Speakers and Commentators


Panelists' Papers (password protected)

The symposium gathers leading Asian practitioners and academics studying law practice in Asia to explore what social justice advocacy means across a range of countries and contexts, how it is organized and practiced, what role local and global institutions play in shaping possibilities for transformative legal advocacy--and how such advocacy, in turn, may reshape institutions.

A key question is how lawyers acquire power in different types of political, economic and professional contexts and how they use it to build--and redefine--the role of law as a force for greater material and political equality. Also important is the question of how social change advanced by lawyers is embedded, guarded, and reinforced over time. In engaging with these issues, participants will draw upon a range of practical and scholarly perspectives to examine the relationship between local and global governance structures in supporting social justice practice, offering insights based on systemic empirical analysis and the trajectories of individual legal careers. In this way, the symposium will break new ground by advancing theoretical understandings of the globalization of public interest law while enhancing practical knowledge of how law is used to challenge injustice around the world.

Panelists/Paper writers

Nicholas Cheesman (Australian National University)
Scott Cummings (UCLA Law School)
Cynthia Farid (NGO Lawyer, Bangladesh)
John Gillespie (Monash University, Australia)
John Givens (University of Louisville, USA)
Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash (Private Practitioner, Mongolia)
Shanmuga Kanesalingam (Private Practitioner, Malaysia)
Shahdeen Malik (BRAC University, Bangladesh)
Kyaw Min San (Burma)
Frank Munger (New York University Law School)
Arvind Narrain (Alternative Law Forum, India)
Jothie Rajah (American Bar Foundation)
Jennifer Rasmussen (American Bar Association)
Harry L. Roque Jr. (University of the Philippines College of Law)
Arun Thiruvengadam (National University of Singapore)
Louise Trubek (UW Law School)
Duean Wongsa (NGO Project Director, Thailand)


Lynette Chua (National University of Singapore)
Alexandra Huneeus (UW Law School)
Mark Sidel (UW Law School)


UW Law School
East Asian Legal Studies Center
Global Legal Studies Center

Associated Students of Madison
Institute for Legal Studies
Lectures Committee

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