Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Biosafety Discussion with Ukraine

In another of our exchange activities with Ukraine, today I was honored to participate in the ninth and final Digital Video Conference (DVC) of the academic year. These DVCs provide for open debate and a discussion of current legal issues between our faculty and the faculty of some of the top universities in Ukraine. Today, the topic was The Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety and genetically modified organisms in food products. We discussed regulatory mechanisms, labeling issues, consumer interests and potential civil liabilities. Others participating on behalf of the University of Arkansas School of Law were Professors Christopher Kelley, Sharon Foster, Rob Leflar, and Steve Shepherd, along with graduating LL.M. Candidate, Jennifer Fiser. Special thanks to the U.S. Embassy for arranging for the DVCs this year.

Appreciation is extended to our IT department, led by Library Director, Professor Randy Thompson. Randy, Bob Wheeler, and others have made these DVCs run smoothly all year. We hope to use more DVCs next year in the LL.M. Program to bring the best experts in the world into our classrooms.

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