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Visiting law professor to speak on Russian progress toward rule of law

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Alexander Domrin will speak on "Russia's 'Progress' Toward the Rule of Law" Tuesday, Aug. 5 at noon at the Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E. Jefferson in Iowa City.

Domrin is a visiting professor at the UI College of Law where he teaches Comparative Constitutional Law of Russia and Newly Independent States. He also held a fellowship at the College of Law in 1991 and was visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Villanova University's political science department.

From 1994-96 he served as coordinator of the Russian-American Parliamentary Development Program, the U.S. Congressional Research Service in Moscow and the Russian Federal Assembly in Moscow. He holds degrees from the Institute of International Relations, USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law, Russian Federation Supreme Soviet. He anticipates receiving his doctor of juridical science in January 1998 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

An optional lunch will be served and reservations will taken through Monday morning. Reservations are $6 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

WSUI-AM (910) will broadcast the program following the noon news Wednesday, Aug. 6

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a nonprofit association of persons interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy and world affairs. The goal of the group is to provide members with the opportunity to hear about many of the experts who visit the University of Iowa campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area in order to increase interest in and knowledge about world affairs and international understanding.

This event is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) and the University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative Studies. The program is sponsored in part by Mike Hubber of Toyota of Iowa City.

From September to June, the ICFRC hosts two to three meetings per month, usually from noon to 1 p.m. These meeting times allow for participation by business, professional and academic persons as well as other area residents.

ICFRC currently has about 200 members. To join the ICFRC, annual membership fees are as follows: general member's dues - $50; household of two persons, $75; and student/visiting scholar - $20.