Saturday, November 3, 2007

International Law Symposium

The month of October was a particular busy month for faculty and candidates of the LL.M. Program. After completing the condensed course in Crop Insurance and Disaster Assistance, the LL.M. candidates had a week of regular classes, followed by a road trip to Des Moines, Iowa to attend the International Agricultural Law Symposium sponsored by the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University School of Law. The symposium, created and organized by Professor Neil Hamilton, provided an international perspective on the topic, The Role of Law in Promoting Sustainable Farming and Rural Development. The LL.M. Candidates attended the symposium as the special guests of Professor Hamilton, and the Graduate Program in Agricultural Law and the National Center for Agricultural Law served as co-sponsors.

The conference brought together an amazing group of agricultural law scholars and experts from eleven different countries. Included among the distinguished speakers were several alumni of the LL.M. program, including:

Domenico Viti is a Professor of Law at University of Foggia, Italy and this fall was the Lorvellec Visiting International Scholar at Drake University Law School. Professor Viti spoke about rural development and multifunctionality in Italy through the lens of his wife's experience in establishing a farm business in her family's historic masseria. Masseria Pilapalucci is a founding member of the Praesidium of Slow Food and business activities include organic olive oil and almond sales, agritourism opportunities, rental of the historic buildings for conferences and holidays, and will soon include a bed & breakfast and restaurant.

Bhargavi Motukuri, policy coordinator, International Network of Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), New Delhi, India. Bhargavi prepares fundraising proposals and produces policy papers for INBAR promoting bamboo as a sustainable product. Products that can be generated from bamboo include charcoal, pellets, furniture, and housing. Bhargavi spoke on the topic of Legal and Regulatory Impediments for Sustainable Growth of the Bamboo Sector: A Case Study of an Indian Grassroots Scenario.

There was a special International Workshop Banquet to Honor the memory of another LL.M. program alumnus, the honorable and much loved Professor Louis Lorvellec (1946-2001), University of Nantes, France. His wife Soizic Lorvellec was the guest of honor.

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