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Opening Remarks

Melissa Lonegrass: Professor, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Panel 1: The Law of Obligations in Louisiana and Abroad

Participants will discuss the development of the law of Obligations in Louisiana and in France.

Ronald Scalise: A.D. Freeman Professor of Civil Law, Tulane Law School
David Gruning: Professor, Loyola University College of Law
Michel Séjean: Professor, Université de Bretagne-Sud, France
Mustapha Mekki: Professor, Université Paris 13

Commentator: Civil Code Drafting Styles and Conflicts of Law

Professor Symeonides will discuss the extent to which judges may deviate from the text of a statute by examining recent statutes in which the legislature itself authorizes such a deviation.

Symeon Symeonides: Professor, Willamette University College of Law

Panel 2: Translating the Civil Law

Participants will discuss how the Civil Law was translated using French and Spanish
sources and how the law has been translated contemporarily.

Agustín Parise: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Randy Trahan: Professor, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Commentator: Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Comparative Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean

Professor Ostroukh will discuss the challenges she has faced in teaching comparative law at a university in the West Indies, and will focus on how certain characteristics of the region have shaped her experience of teaching comparative law.

Asya Ostroukh: Senior Lecturer, Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies in Barbados

Commentator: U.S. Discovery and Blocking Statutes

Professor Curran will discuss the relationship between U.S. discovery practices and blocking statutes in France and Germany that have for decades impeded discovery efforts by U.S. entities.

Vivian Grosswald Curran: Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law