Emory Report
February 19, 2007
Volume 59, Number 20

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February 19, 2007
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Emory Law's 26th annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium, set for Friday, Feb. 23, will explore "The New Federalism: Plural Governance in a Decentered World." Building on last year's event, panels will examine the cross-jurisdictional interactions of government entities in both transnational and comparative settings.

According to Emory professor Robert Schapiro, an expert on constitutional law, federalism has been the focus of renewed interest in the United States in recent years, and issues surrounding layers of governance have assumed a greater significance throughout the world. "In many arenas, the nation-state no longer represents the sole source of legal regulation," Schapiro said. "Supranational bodies, such as the European Union and the World Trade Organization, create rules that overlap -- and even supersede -- national laws. The adoption of constitutional federalism in new settings, such as Iraq and Ethiopia, allows for additional levels of laws."  

Individual panels will address federalism and transnational governance, comparative federalism, federalism and intersystemic governance, and innovations in federalism. The symposium begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends with a reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Thrower Symposium is part of an endowed lecture series sponsored by the Thrower family and hosted by the Emory Law Journal and Emory School of Law. The symposium is free and open to the public. Five hours of general CLE credit are available for a $50 registration fee. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. Registration in advance is strongly encouraged.

Participants may register online at www.emorylawjournal.org. For more information, e-mail thrower@law.emory.edu.