Symposia


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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Louisiana—as the lone Civil Law jurisdiction in the United States—has been instrumental in developing and maintaining one of the major legal traditions in the world, the Civil Law, in the English language. Indeed, having as its source Roman and Canon law, with Spanish and French influences dating back centuries, the Civil Law has developed over time to best suit the needs of the citizenry at the relevant time period. The development of this venerated legal tradition in English, particularly in Louisiana, has contributed to its influence and accessibility around the globe.

The continued viability of the Civil Law in Louisiana is possible because of the hard work of scholars throughout the state, and particularly the work of the great legal minds of the LSU Law Center. One such legal scholar is our very own Alain Levasseur, who has worked diligently to ensure that the Civil Law is accessible in English in Louisiana and abroad. This accessibility enables legal scholars from around the globe to share experiences and ideas regarding the history and future of the Civil Law tradition.

Please join the Louisiana Law Review, the Center of Civil Law Studies, and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center as we celebrate the development of the Civil Law in Louisiana, the accomplishments of Professor Levasseur, and the future of the Civil Law around the world.

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SCHEDULE

Friday March 18, 2016

Opening Remarks
8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Panel 1: The Law of Obligations in Louisiana and Abroad
8:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Break
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Commentator: Civil Code Drafting Styles and Conflicts of Law
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Lunch
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel 2: Translation of the Civil Law
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Commentator: Challenges and Rewards of Teaching
Comparative Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Break
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Commentator: U.S. Discovery and Blocking Statutes
2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

SPEAKERS

Opening Remarks

Melissa Lonegrass: Professor, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Panel 1: The Law of Obligations in Louisiana and Abroad

Participants will discuss the development of the law of Obligations in Louisiana and in France.

Ronald Scalise: A.D. Freeman Professor of Civil Law, Tulane Law School
David Gruning: Professor, Loyola University College of Law
Michel Séjean: Professor, Université de Bretagne-Sud, France
Mustapha Mekki: Professor, Université Paris 13

Commentator: Civil Code Drafting Styles and Conflicts of Law

Professor Symeonides will discuss the extent to which judges may deviate from the text of a statute by examining recent statutes in which the legislature itself authorizes such a deviation.

Symeon Symeonides: Professor, Willamette University College of Law

Panel 2: Translating the Civil Law

Participants will discuss how the Civil Law was translated using French and Spanish
sources and how the law has been translated contemporarily.

Agustín Parise: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Randy Trahan: Professor, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Commentator: Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Comparative Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean

Professor Ostroukh will discuss the challenges she has faced in teaching comparative law at a university in the West Indies, and will focus on how certain characteristics of the region have shaped her experience of teaching comparative law.

Asya Ostroukh: Senior Lecturer, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados

Commentator: U.S. Discovery and Blocking Statutes

Professor Curran will discuss the relationship between U.S. discovery practices and blocking statutes in France and Germany that have for decades impeded discovery efforts by U.S. entities.

Vivian Grosswald Curran: Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

PARKING

Parking for the Symposium is available at LSU Union Square, located on East Campus Drive next to the LSU Law Center.  The rate is $1.50 per hour every day from 7 AM to 10 PM. Click here for a map of the parking area.

HOTELS

Nearby hotels include:

The Cook Hotel at LSU
3848 W. Lakeshore Dr.
225/383-COOK (2665)

Hampton Inn & Suites
462 Lafayette Street
225/382-2100 or 800/426-7866
Downtown Baton Rouge

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette Street
225/344-5866 or 800-955-6962
Downtown Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Marriott
5500 Hilton Ave.
225/924-5000 or 800/228-9290

CONTACT

Louisiana Law Review
lawreview@law.lsu.edu
225/578-1683