2011 Events


The Center instituted a series of public lectures on "Global Justice and the Global South" by leading scholars of international and comparative law. The first lecture was delivered in October 2010 by Prof. Peter Fitzpatrick, Professor of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. The second lecture was delivered in April 2011 by Dr. Denise da Silva, Queen Mary-University of London. In April 2011, an inter-disciplinary conference entitled "Engaging Global South: Terms of Engagement" was held at the Law School. Faculty members of Seattle University, both from the Law School and other disciplines, and leading scholars from North America, Europe and Latin America presented scholarly papers at this conference. In April 2011, the Center partnered with Center for Ethics and Politics, Queen Mary-University of London and the School of Law of University of Leeds to hold a day-long workshop on "Racism, Colonialism and Law: Excavations, Operations and Iterations." Attended by over two dozen scholars from different disciplines and difference countries, this workshop was part of an on-going International Research Collaborative (IRC) sponsored by the Law & Society Association on Colonialism, Race and the Law. The papers produced by this IRC will be published as an edited volume in spring 2014.

The Center partnered with Inter-American University, Puerto Rico and Latina/o Critical Legal Theory, Inc. ( LatCrit) to sponsor the South-North Exchange on Theory, Culture and Law (SNX), a project designed to bring together critical theorists from various disciplines and regions of the Western hemisphere to discuss problems in the application of legal theory to current social problems and policy issues. In May 2011, the SNX was convened in May 2011 in the Dominican Republic; the theme was Migratory Currents in the Americas.

In March 2011, it sponsored a student delegation to Columbia to learn about human rights abuses.  Before each visit, workshops were held to train students about appropriate protocols of field work related to issues of Global Justice in the Global South.

Engaging Global South: Terms of Engagement

Saturday, April 9, 2011. 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 110
Global Justice and the Global South is the guiding theme of the Center for Global Justice at Seattle University School of Law. However, we remain mindful of Benjamin Disraeli's (in)famous and evocative statement: "The East is a career." Therefore, our guiding theme warrants a continuing interrogation of some basic questions about the terms of engagement with the Global South - Where is it? What is it? How did it come to be what it is? What is its history of engagements by the outside? How does this history inform engagements with the Global South Today? This one-day conference will explore these questions with the aim to inform projects that seek to promote Global Justice with particular reference to the Global South. The conference will be organized around four themes: Theorizing Global South, Containing Global South, and Learning Global South.

The full day's program is available here.

Law and Media: A Complicated Relationship
Derecho y prensa: una relación complicada
Public Lecture on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. 3:30 p.m. in Room 109

Pilar Úcar Ventura is a colleague from the Jesuit university Pontificia Comillas in Madrid where she is a professor in the Department of Traducción e Interpretación. She is visiting Seattle University to talk about her current research analyzing the clarity and transparency with which legal matters are presented/represented (and sometimes lost in translation) by mass media. Journalists often interpret and analyze the law for citizens, she points out, but seldom is their use of juridical language analyzed. The language of legal news and public opinion is Professor Úcar's area of investigation, and she will share findings as well as recommendations that result from her project.

Maestra (teacher)
U.S. Premier Tour of Cuban Documentary Film
The 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign: Transforming Cuban Women and Society

Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Sullivan Hall room C5
Cuban gender justice activist Norma Guillard and U.S. documentary filmmaker Catherine Murphy visit Seattle University as part of a national tour sponsored by the U.S. Women and Cuba Collaboration, The Literacy Project, and WILPF. Guillard and Murphy will talk about the role of women in the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign and will screen Murphy's 30-minute documentary film, Maestra, which features Norma Guillard recalling her coming of age in the Literacy Campaign as a young woman of 15 who left home to work in the countryside as a literacy teacher, una maestra. The history of Cuba in the early years of the Cuban Revolution, as well as celebrating the reality of Cuban women's lives in Cuba today will be included in discussion by the speakers.

Students studying in front of Sullivan Hall