For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

October 30, 2009

Law Lecture Examines Small Business Associations in Kenya

The first installment of "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series", a UW School of Law lunchtime discussion series, will examine the role of small business associations in Western Kenya in furthering economic development. The lecture will be given by Elin Cohen, a doctoral candidate (J.S.D.) from Stanford Law School, on Friday, November 6, 12:30-1:20 PM, Room 119 of William H. Gates Hall.

Improving the Business Climate Under the Hot Sun: Do Small Business Associations Make a Difference? A Study of Western Kenya explores whether non-state actors- in form of small business associations could take actions which improved their members' business environment. Based upon both qualitative and quantitative field work from western Kenya, this presentation will discuss the potential benefits small business associations could have and what it is that small business associations in western Kenya actually do.

An alumna of the UW School of Law (LL.M. '03), Cohen is a J.S.D candidate at Stanford Law School. As a Fulbright-Hays scholar, she conducted field work in western Kenya from May-December 2007. She also holds a LL.M degree from Stockholm University, Sweden. In addition, she has worked for the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Kenya and has studied international law in France.

The "Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series" is coordinated by the Asian Law Center.