Bermann of CLS to Moderate Panel on Turkey's Role in Europe

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September 17, 2007 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School Professor George A. Bermann will moderate a panel of experts who will discuss Turkey’s European Union accession process, recent political and legislative developments in Turkey, the recent elections there, and the larger question of Turkey’s role in Europe.
The event is organized by the European Affairs Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
WHAT: ``Turkey and its Role in Europe,’’ a panel discussion
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 from 6 to 9 p.m. EST
WHERE: House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, N.Y.
MODERATOR: George A. Bermann, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, Director of European Legal Studies at Columbia Law School
SPEAKERS: Richard H. Langan II, program chair and Columbia Law School Class of 2000; Mehmet Samsar, consul general of the Republic of Turkey in New York; Nuri M. Colakoglu, managing director of CNN-Turk and vice president of the executive committee of Dogan Media Group; Steven A. Cook, Douglas Dillon fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations; Yakup Atila Eralp, director of the Center for European Studies at Middle East Technical University; Semith Idiz, columnist for Milliyet and Turkish Daily News; Bahadir Kaleagasi, director of the Brussels office of TUSIAD EU and lecturer on EU institutions at the University of Brussels; Lawrence M. Kaye, partner with Herrick Feinstein LLP; Gerald Knaus, director of the European Stability Initiative in Istanbul; and Maria Francesca Spatolisano, economic and trade counselor with the European Commission Mission to the United Nations.
The event is sponsored by the Committee on European Affairs, the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in New York, the American Turkish Society and the Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, send email to [email protected]