Comparative Gender-Relevant Legislative Change in Muslim and
Non-Muslim Countries

October 1 and 2, 2005
Hauser Hall, Harvard Law School

Saturday, October 1, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Marie-Claire Foblets
(Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium)
"Muslim Personal Law in Continental Europe: Which Law Applies in Case of Divorce? Recent (Legislative) Developments in France, the Netherlands, and Belgium"

Danaya Wright
(University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville)
"Institutional Barriers to Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century English Family Law"

Mounira Maya Charrad
(The University of Texas, Austin)
"Nation-building and Legislative Change: Postcolonial Perspectives"

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ruth Miller
(University of Massachusetts, Boston)
"Abortion, Adultery, and the Rights of the Citizen in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey"

Louise Halper
(Washington and Lee University School of Law)
"Comparison of Some Political and Social Conditions of Change in Gender-Relevant Law in Early Republican Turkey, Pahlavi Iran, and the IRI"

Ziba Mir-Hosseini
(Senior Research Associate, SOAS, London)
"When a Woman's Hurt Becomes an Injury: 'Harm' as a Ground for Divorce in Iran"

Sunday, October 2, 2005
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

General Discussion and Conclusions