Africa-Focused Symposium Will Take Place at CLS

Critical Connections Conference on April 24, 2008

Press Contact: Sonia von Gutfeld, 212-854-1453, [email protected]

April 18, 2008 (NEW YORK) – Experts in law, development, health and policy in Africa will convene at Columbia Law School to discuss global emigration of African peoples and neocolonialism.

The first-ever Critical Connections Conference, hosted April 24 by the African Law Student Association at Columbia University and the Center for African Education at Teachers College, seeks to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and create links between the legal educational system in the U.S. and practitioners working on the African continent. Columbia Law School Professor Peter Rosenblum will deliver closing remarks.

This year’s conference, titled Law, Education, Scholarship & Practice: Re-imagining Africa(ns) in Light of Global Emigration & Neocolonialism, will explore questions of discriminatory immigration laws and trade policies; the movement of refugee populations; the development of new legal norms reflecting African cultures and identities; and the health and well-being of African migrants throughout the world.

WHAT:          Critical Connections Conference
Law, Education, Scholarship & Practice: Re-imagining                         Africa(ns) in Light of Global Emigration & Neocolonialism

WHEN:          Thursday, April 24, 2008, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:       Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Annex, 435 West 116 Street, bet. Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive, New York City. Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.

To view the agenda, please click here. To register for the conference, please click here.

The African Law Student Association (ALSA) is dedicated to promoting legal education about the African continent. Founded at Columbia Law School two years ago, ALSA provides a forum for students, professors and professionals to meet and pursue their interest in Africa. The organization sponsors events that provide insight into African laws, cultures, history and the relationship between Africa and the rest of the world.

The Center for African Education promotes research and teaching about education, broadly defined, in Africa and the African Diaspora. Its central aim is to create a community of students, faculty, and staff with common interests and commitments to the fields of Education and African Studies. Interdisciplinary study and discussion across Teachers College and Columbia University are promoted through research projects, conferences, lecture series, and courses.

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.