For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

2009-04-01

UW Law School Hosts Environmental Justice in Africa Symposium

The UW School of Law will host a symposium, Environmental Justice and Governance: African Perspectives in the Neo-Liberal Era, April 15-16 in William H. Gates Hall. The symposium's keynote address will be presented by Professor Kidane Mengisteab, Head and Professor of African and African-American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Wednesday, April 15 at 3:45 p.m. in Room 138.

This event will explore the inter-relations between the environment, peace, development, and legal and political governance technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Participants will inquire, from cross-disciplinary perspectives, into whether events in Sub-Saharan Africa in the last two decades demonstrate the need to prioritize, as a matter of policy, development, and legal intervention, issues related to environmental management, conflict resolution, and peace building over "traditional" economic development. Speakers and panelists include law school professors Bill Rodgers, Joel Ngugi, Michael Robinson-Dorn, and Sylvia Kang'ara. The event, presented by the UW African Studies Program, is sponsored by the UW College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, the Program on the Environment, the School of Law and the Asian Law Center.

Registration is required.