International law comes home at U.Md.

Local,Mike Silvestri
A increasingly globalized economy is pushing the University of Maryland to focus on international law.

The school boosted its reach with a conference in Baltimore this weekend that included some of the biggest names in the global fight for human rights. Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and high commissioner for human rights, joined Arthur Chaskalson, Nelson Mandela’s attorney and former chief justice in South Africa, and others at the conference, which was called to reflect upon the progress made in the 60 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was formed in the wake of World War II.

The discussion at the international law program’s inaugural symposium focused on several topics within human rights, including the roles played by gender, the global economy and various cultures.

Pieces of the symposium will be published in a series of
essays in the Maryland Journal of International Law, which had stopped publishing but plans to release its first issue in years in 2009.
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