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tropical rainforestThe Global Legal Profession

Thursday, April 12, 2012
12:30 - 6:30 pm
Millstein East, Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School

This marquee conference will inform and extend the critical dialogue begun last year in New Delhi with respect to our multidisciplinary global research collaboration on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies. This unprecedented research initiative brings together leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners from around the world to examine how economic liberalization and other forces of globalization are reshaping the corporate legal profession in important emerging economies such as India, China, and Brazil—and how these changes are in turn reshaping legal education, the delivery of legal services, and the rule of law.

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12:30 pm

Opening Address   [Video]

  David Wilkins, Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession and Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

1:00 - 2:30

Panel 1:   The Need for a Global Legal Profession   [Video]

  Framing Moderator: Ary Oswaldo Mattos Filho, Professor, FGV and Partner, Mattos Filho
Georges-Albert Dal, Immediate Past President, Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe
Akira Kawamura, President, International Bar Association
Brad Smith, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 4:30

Panel 2:   The Role of Government in Helping to Build a Global Legal Profession [Video]

  Framing Moderator: Mark Wu, Professor, Harvard Law School
Hon. Justice Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Bombay High Court
Hon. Nicole Lamb-Hale, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services
Hon. Antenor Madruga, Partner, Barbosa Müssnich & Aragão Advogados and former Brazilian National Secretary of Justice

4:30 - 5:00


5:00 - 6:30

Panel 3:   Globalization of Legal Education: Training Global Lawyers  [Video]

  Framing Moderator:  David M. Trubek, Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), University of Wisconsin-Madison
C. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean, Jindal Global Law School
Martha Minow, Dean, Harvard Law School
Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Dean, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School São Paulo

7:00 pm

Keynote Speaker and Dinner (Invitation Only)

  Hon. Harold Koh, Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State and former Dean of Yale Law School

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