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CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series – Behnoosh Payvar & Martin Sybblis

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
invites you to the 
CSLS Visiting Scholars Speaker Series
an occasional series of presentations & discussion

Moderated by Jonathan Simon

Friday, November 17th  
In the Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave.
3:00 to 4:30 pm


Behnoush Payvar, Lund University
“Information and Communication Technology and Education in Muslim Context”

Teaching and learning faced transformations following the rapid but not geo-graphically equal development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Information technology and media engage all value types, and use of ICT for the purpose of education can be challenging in the Muslim context due to Internet content. Interconnection of classroom and cyberspace creates a realm for exchange of meanings. Culture at the education setting is found to be a key element, however with increased access to information and communication tools at the classroom level, often still reflects the pre-ICT educational norms.


Martin Sybblis, Princeton University
“State Identity, Capacity and the Standardization of Law”

International organizations, in their role as “global lawmakers,” have paid very little attention to how efforts to standardize commercial law across all countries have impacted smaller countries with specialized economies. These countries are often limited in their ability to implement multiple complex legal reforms simultaneously. As a result, model laws and standards promoted by international organizations that are appropriate for larger, multi-sector economies, place them in a “Catch-22” situation. Smaller countries can engage in legal standardization that does little to advance their economic development—because it is financially costly and leads to enforcement gaps. Or smaller countries can reject model laws and standards promoted by international organizations and face the harsh repercussions of lower rankings on global indicators and reductions in foreign aid. This Article argues that, given the unique characteristics of smaller developing states, international organizations interested in the efficiency gains associated with having standard laws across countries and the reassurance that high quality regulations and legal institutions underpin the global financial market should consider: (1) the economic structure of the country or its economic identity; (2) the state’s bureaucratic capability to implement transplanted laws effectively; and (3) how the two interact when promoting legal reform. This novel economic identity-state capacity conceptual framework for legal transplantation would reduce the gap between the types of legal reforms globalization dictates smaller developing states must undertake and the types they should prudently pursue.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday! 
Light refreshments & beverages will be provided.


Friday, November 17, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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