College of Law to Host Symposium on “Non-State Governance”

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is presenting a daylong symposium, “Non-State Governance,” on Friday, February 6, 2009 in the Sutherland Moot Court Room at the College of Law. The symposium, which will run from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. is organized by the College of Law, the Utah Law Review, and the Global Justice Think Tank, will consist of a keynote address by University of Utah President Michael Young and four panel discussions among top practitioners and renowned scholars in this field.

“This symposium will address a critical, emerging issue facing the world, yet one that is poorly-understood,” said Amos Guiora, a College of Law professor who teaches courses on international and criminal law, terrorism and related topics.

The symposium will explore a variety of “non-state” issues involving insular religious communities, Indian tribes, survivalists, sects and cults and others with global reach. The U.S. Constitution grants wide privileges and protections. But when is it appropriate to limit freedoms, such as Speech, Religion and Association, if some members of these communities are at risk?  With terrorism, often an inherently multi-national challenge, can nations set aside competing interests to work together to find solutions?

With the symposium’s focus on “non-state governance,” Guiora predicts the program will interest anyone concerned about pressing issues facing the United States and the world.

Dean Hiram Chodosh of the College of Law will offer opening remarks, followed by an introduction by The Honorable Michael McConnell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

The symposium consists of four panels: (1) What is Non-State Governance; (2) Non-State Governance in an International Context; (3) Religion and Non-State Governance; and (4) State Responsibility. The panelists include: Dean Paul Schiff Berman; Prof. Steven F. Bernstein; Prof. Laura Dickinson; Prof. Patrick Garry; Prof. Frederick Mark Gedicks; Prof. Bob Goldberg; Prof. Bruce Landesman; Prof. Ralf Michaels; Attorney General Mark L. Shurtleff; and Dean Kevin Worthen.

The symposium is open to the public. A donation of $75 is requested, not required. The request is waived for University faculty, students and staff.  6.5 hours of CLE credit are available.

The College of Law is located at 383 South University Street in Salt Lake City, Utah 84112. For more information: (801) 581-6833.