Professor John Bell of the University of Cambridge Law School will present the annual Bernstein Lecture, "The Relevance of Foreign Examples to Legal Development." The lecture will address three claims: governance through law is a universal and global activity and therefore its application cannot be confined to a specific jurisdiction; institutional activities of legislating and deciding cases are part of a conversation that extends beyond jurisdictional boundaries; and arguments based on foreign experience have only a limited persuasive status in national legal reasoning and therefore require discussion at a general rather than specific level. Bell is chair of the Council of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; he teaches and researches comparative law in Europe, particularly French law. His recent publications include Judiciaries within Europe (Cambridge University Press 2006) and a recently completed research project on European Legal Development examining the development of tort law in Europe 1850-2000. He has taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds, as well as at the Universities of Paris 1 and 2. For more information, contact Erin Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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