Monday, December 21, 2009

Applied Sustainability Presentations

Part-time LL.M. candidate Marie David, Director of Sustainability at Wal-Mart and Dr. Jon Johnson, Executive Director of the Applied Sustainability Center, and the Walton Professor of Sustainability at the UA Walton College of Business joined in a presentation on sustainability initiatives and life cycle analysis in the food industry. Marie presented a PowerPoint presentation on Wal-Mart's sustainability efforts, and Dr. Johnson discussed the work of the Center for Applied Sustainability and the new Sustainability Consortium.
The Sustainability Consortium is an independent group of scientists and engineers from leading academic research institutions around the world who engage with other leading researchers from the NGO, Governmental and Industrial sectors. The primary function is to develop the science to support the indexing of consumer products throughout all phases of the products life.

The consortium is jointly administered by the University of Arkansas and the Arizona State University. Dr. Johnson serves as co-director along with Arizona State University's Dr. Jay Golden.
"The Sustainability Consortium develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. The Consortium advocates for a transparent process and system, not individuals or organizations."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Professor Lisa Pruitt Speaks on Rural Issues

Special Presentations: Rural-urban Identity Issues / CEDAW and Rural Women

Professor Lisa Pruitt, of U.C. Davis School of Law delivered two presentations, the first on rural-urban identity issues in the context of recent political divisions. The second involved rural women in developing countries and their role in food production. The latter presentation focused on her recent article, Migration, Development & the Promise of CEDAW for Rural Women, on Art.14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, published in the MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW. Professor Pruitt is an alumna of the University of Arkansas School of Law and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review.
Professor Lisa Pruitt's career spans the globe, literally and figuratively. Before joining the UC Davis law faculty in 1999, she worked abroad for almost a decade in settings ranging from international organizations to private practice. Pruitt worked with lawyers in more than 30 countries, negotiating cultural conflicts in several arenas. It is not surprising that a common theme of her research interests is how law and legal institutions manage and respond to cultural difference and cultural change.
Professor Pruitt's work in rural studies, integrating the law and rural culture connects her to our work in agricultural and food law. She has been a great friend to the LL.M. Program and serves as a great inspiration to us. Be sure to follow her Legal Ruralism blog.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Making New Connections

Professor Christopher Kelley leaves tomorrow for the Republic of Belarus to teach a short course in Legal Writing in English at the Vlasova Mikhel & Partners law firm in Minsk, Belarus at the invitation of one of the partners, Alexey Anischenko. The firm was first established in 1990 by Lilia Vlasova and Natalia Kozyrenko as the first private practice law firm in the Republic of Belarus.

The firm now employs more than 20 lawyers. It has been recognized by the Ministry of Justice as one of the "best law firms in Belarus" for three consecutive years and it holds the international top ranking from both Chambers and Partners and IFLR 1000.

Vlasova Mikhel & Partners is part of "The CIS Leading Counsel Network (LCN), a professional network of nine leading law firms across the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) economic region offering clients integrated multijurisdictional legal advice. This network brings together law firms in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine, and "aims to combine highest international professional standards with a unique local insight in the regions, which are increasingly attracting international investments."