KU Law Lecture Series

The University of Kansas School of Law hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including an engaging series of conferences, workshops, lectures and symposia. Events feature nationally recognized scholars and speakers exploring timely topics in the law. For a full list of upcoming events, visit the KU Law Events Calendar.

Spring 2021 Events

Election 2020: Examining the Transition of Power

February 4, 2021 | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Virtual event, via Zoom

A panel of KU experts will discuss the legal, political and social implications of events occurring between the November election and the transition of power in January. Short presentations by each speaker will be followed by Q&A.

Faculty panelists:

  • Mark Johnson, Adjunct Professor, KU School of Law and KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications; Partner, Dentons
  • Richard E. Levy, J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, KU School of Law
  • Patrick Miller, Associate Professor, KU Department of Political Science
  • Lua Yuille, Professor, KU School of Law

The event is hosted by the KU School of Law and the KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register for the Spring 2021 lecture. 

Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy Symposium

"International Legal Challenges Facing the New U.S. Administration: Critical Analyses from the American Heartland"
February 12, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Virtual event, via Zoom

Legal scholars from around the world will present papers and discuss the topic of "International Legal Challenges Facing the New U.S. Administration: Critical Analyses from the American Heartland” at the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy’s annual symposium Feb. 12.

Speakers will include:

  • Raj Bhala, University of Kansas School of Law, international trade law
  • Laura Clark Fey, Fey LLC, privacy law
  • David Gantz, University of Arizona College of Law, trade and international economics law
  • Anupam Jha, University of Delhi Faculty of Law, international criminal and human rights law
  • Mark Johnson, Dentons U.S. LLP, election law
  • Petros Mavroidis, Columbia Law School, foreign and comparative law
  • Asif Qureshi, Korea University School of Law, international economic law

The Zoom webinar will open at 9:00 a.m. Sessions will begin at 9:10 a.m.

The online event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register and preview the complete schedule online.

Privacy Praxis Conference

"The Bridge: How Does Your Scholarship/Work Live in This World?"
February 25, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual event, via Zoom

The inaugural Privacy Praxis Conference will explore the broad spectrum of privacy expertise. The conference will highlight expertise in privacy by academic scholars as well as those with expertise outside of the formal academy.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register for the Privacy Praxis Conference.

Additional lecture series events

Diplomat's Forum

The Diplomat’s Forum is the law school’s most prestigious international and comparative law event. Its aim is to provide a platform for an open sharing of thoughts on international law and relations and the United States through the perspective of a professional with notable diplomatic experience in the service of a foreign government.

Recent Diplomat's Forum speakers and topics include:

  • “Animal Law: The Connection Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty - A New Zealand Perspective”
    Anita Killeen; Barrister at the Independent Bar of New Zealand; Former Chief Prosecutor of New Zealand's Serious Fraud Office
    March 5, 2018
  • “International Legal Accountability and the Right to Development: An African Perspective”
    Professor Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
    March 7, 2016
  • “The Middle East: Winds of Change and Quicksand – The Arab Awakening, Israel and the Region”
    Avi Melamed, Rosenzwog Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs, Eisenhower Institute
    March 27, 2014
Past Diplomat's Forum speakers and topics
  • Sean Hagan, general counsel and director, Legal Department, International Monetary Fund
    Fall 2012
  • Anthony Amunategui Abad, managing director, TA Trade Advisory Group, The Philippines
    Spring 2011
  • Ambassador Liu Zhenmin, deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, People’s Republic of China
    Fall 2008
  • Fawaz Al Alamy, deputy minister of commerce and industry and Chief World Trade Organization technical negotiator, Saudi Arabia
    Fall 2007
  • Takao Shibata, consul general, Japan
    Spring 2007
  • Robert Zischg, consul general, Austria
    Spring 2006
  • Margriet Vonno, economic counselor, Royal Dutch Embassy, The Netherlands
    Fall 2003

Robert C. Casad Comparative Law Lecture

The Casad lecture series is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Robert C. 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.

Past Casad lecture speakers and topics include:

  • “Comparing Constitutions in the Global Era: Opportunities, Purposes and Challenges”
    Professor Roberto Toniatti, University of Trento
    February 8, 2019
  • “Twentieth-Century Sovereign Debtors: From Germany to Greece”
    Richard M. Buxbaum, University of California Berkeley School of Law
    October 8, 2015
  • “The Cosmopolitan State”
    H. Patrick Glenn, McGill University
    September 14, 2012
  • “U.S. Class Actions and the ‘Global’ Class”
    George A. Bermann, Columbia Law School
    December 1, 2008

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