AUWCL Hosts 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law
Dec. 1, 2017
From October 26-28, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) hosted the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL). AUWCL Professors Padideh Ala’i and Fernanda Nicola, along with Professor Maximo Langer of UCLA Law organized the two-day conference that attracted more than one hundred participants. This year's conference theme was “Comparative Law, Faith, and Religion: The Role of Faith in Law.”
Welcomed by Dean Camille Nelson and ASCL President Vivian Curran, comparativists from all over the world, through contextual and functional comparisons, engaged at plenary and concurrent panels in discussions about how political, market, and social institutions address private and public law conflicts in societies that fall under either faith-based or non-faith based legal traditions, or accommodate religions as orthodoxies or orthopraxis.
The Vice-President of the Italian Constitutional Court, Marta Cartabia gave a keynote address on constitutional pluralism and religious accommodation, entitled “The Many and the Few: Clash of Values or Reasonable Accommodation?” Cartabia later met with members of AUWCL's Italian Law Students Association to address the recent jurisprudence of the Italian constitutional court.