Thursday, January 20, 2011

Professor Kelley Begins Fulbright Position in Moldova

While we will miss him in the LL.M. Program this spring, we are honored to announce that Professor Christopher Kelley will be a Fulbright Scholar in Chisinau, Moldova during this semester.  He will be back next summer.

Professor Kelley teaches in the areas of economic and environmental regulation of agriculture in the LL.M. Program and teaches Administrative Law and the Rule of Law Colloquium in the UA J.D. Program. He will be on leave this semester, serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Moldova. He will continue to be involved with the LL.M. candidates and keep us abreast of his work through email and digital video conference (DVCs). We have plans for two DVCs with him in our Food, Farming & Sustainability class.

Professor Kelley is well recognized for his work in Eastern Europe. In 2005, he received his first Fulbright award, teaching in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Since then, he has traveled frequently to Ukraine and has lectured at nearly a dozen Ukrainian universities. In 2009 and 2010, he traveled to Minsk, Belarus, where he taught a condensed course at Belarusian State University.

With the assistance of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, Professor Kelley has coordinated numerous digital video conferences between law students and law professors in Ukraine and professors and students in Arkansas. This fall, his Agriculture & the Environment class in the LL.M. Program held a DVC with law students in Ukraine to discuss environmental issues related to agriculture in both countries.

Professor Kelley has also developed expertise in the instruction of U.S. legal writing to international students.  He teaches law students at the prestigious Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine and at Moldova State University using the DVC technology. In addition, he teaches an annual U.S. legal writing seminar at the Inyurpolis law firm in Kharkiv, where he is a consultant.  He has also held legal writing workshops with law firms in Belarus.

Professor Kelley serves as Co-Chair of the Russia/Eurasia Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. He serves on the steering committees for the Section's dispute resolution conferences in Moscow, Russia. He also participated in both of the World Justice Forums in Vienna, Austria, sponsored by the World Justice Project. And he was a delegate on the American Bar Association Section of International Law's International Legal Exchange (ILEX) program in Australia and New Zealand in 2010. He currently serves on the planning committee for the ILEX program in Jordan and Lebanon in 2011. He is also a member of the International Bar Association.

Professor Kelley left for Moldova last week, and we will do periodic posts to the blog to update friends and alumni on his activities.

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