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    10.22.10 Symposium - Governing Civil Society: NGO Accountability, Legitimacy and Influence
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    Friday, October 22
    9:00 am -- 3:30 pm

    250 Joralemon Street
    Subotnick Center

    Co-sponsors
    The Dennis J. Block Center for International Business Law and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

    About the Symposium
    The symposium will bring together prominent scholars and experts in a range of subject matters and disciplines to address how improving NGOs as institutions relates to the legitimacy of their role in civil society. International organizations scholars consider NGO legitimacy both among the constituencies affected by NGO efforts and as they operate within international institutions that develop norms and make law. Nonprofit law scholars tread similar ground, but often focus on the internal workings and external regulation of nonprofit organizations and how their missions can be accomplished most accountably and effectively. This program will bring together these disparate, but linked, disciplines for an important conversation on enhancing these essential institutions.

    Co-Sponsors
    Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
    The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law was established by Brooklyn Law School to provide students the opportunity to study and shape international business law and policy, drawing upon its faculty’s depth of scholarship, experience, and strong international and business law curriculum. It sponsors outstanding symposia that bring together leading practitioners, government officials, and legal scholars from around the world to discuss topics including securities regulation, trade, banking, and intellectual property law.

    Brooklyn Journal of International Law
    For over three decades, the Brooklyn Journal of International Law has demonstrated a commitment to publishing substantive, scholarly articles, making it one of the top-ranked international journals in the nation. Published three times a year, the journal features articles on public and private international law by leading authors from academia, government, and private practice.


    Topics

    • Assessing the Influence of NGOs on International Organizations
    • Models for Governance and Regulation of NGOs
    • Linking Legitimacy and NGO Accountability


    Speakers
    Shamima Ahmed
    Professor of Public Administration, Interim Chair, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, Northern Kentucky University

    Kenneth Anderson
    Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
    Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

    Dana Brakman Reiser
    Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

    Oonagh B. Breen
    Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University College Dublin
    Visiting Scholar, Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Brooklyn Law School

    Steve Charnovitz
    Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

    Garry W. Jenkins
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

    Claire R. Kelly
    Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

    Thomas A. Kelley
    Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law

    Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer
    Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School

    Mark Sidel
    Professor of Law and Lauridsen Research Fellow, University of Iowa
    President, International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)

    Sophie E. Smyth
    Associate Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law


    Commentators
    Edward S. Cohen

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Westminster College

    Mary Kay Gugerty
    Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington

    Adam Parachin
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario

    Brooklyn Law School Professors Claire R. Kelly and Dana Brakman Reiser organized this symposium.

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