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September 7, 2012
Contact: Sarah Shebek, School of Law, 785-864-2388

McGill University professor to give Casad Comparative Law Lecture at KU

H. Patrick Glenn


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LAWRENCE — An award-winning expert in comparative law will highlight the importance of the state as a political and legal institution at the second Robert C. Casad Comparative Law Lecture at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Professor H. Patrick Glenn of McGill University will deliver the public lecture “The Cosmopolitan State” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in 107 Green Hall. A reception will follow in the informal commons. The lecture will disprove the idea of a nation state and argue that all states are unique in both populations and laws.

Glenn has extensive experience in the world of comparative law. He is the former director of the Institute of Comparative Law at McGill University and a member of both the Royal Society of Canada and the International Academy of Comparative Law. In 2000, his book "Legal Traditions of the World" (Oxford University Press, 2000), received the Grand Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law. And in 2006, he received the Prix Léon-Gérin, a prestigious award from the Québec government, in recognition of his contribution in comparative law over his career.

Glenn teaches the subjects of comparative law, private international law, civil procedure and the legal professions at Montreal-based McGill University, where he has served since 1971. During his academic career, he has also been a Henry G. Schermers Fellow, a Bora Laskin National Fellow in Human Rights Law, a Killam Research Fellow and a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, England.

The lecture series is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Robert Casad, who has been on the faculty at the KU School of Law since 1959 and is internationally known for his scholarship in comparative civil procedure. In 1997 he retired from classroom teaching but continues to conduct research and publish books and articles. The inaugural lecture, in 2008, featured George A. Bermann of Columbia Law School.



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