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Release: Aug. 13, 1999

UI law students to present international finance center at Austria conference

IOWA CITY — Three University of Iowa College of Law students will travel to Vienna, Austria, in October to present the Web-oriented University of Iowa Center for International Finance and Development at the World Jurist Association's biennial conference.

Third-year law students Kristen Berg and Daniel Werner and second-year law student James Oliver will be accompanied at the conference on Oct. 8 by Enrique Carrasco, professor of law. Carrasco conceptualized the Web-based Center, which serves as an educational resource about international finance and development for people worldwide. The Center's prominent feature, the E-Book, helps laypersons understand how their lives are affected by global political and economic events.

The students will explore how the Internet has affected capital markets; its influence on non-governmental organizations such as Attac; and how governments are reacting to fundamental changes in those markets due to Internet use and NGO activism.

The fall trip marks the third time the Center's staff members will have presented at a forum designed to bring attention to international finance and law.

In March staff members represented the Center at an International Law Students Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., and last October Berg and Carrasco presented the Center before the Society of American Law Teachers at its conference in Los Angeles. Since the E-Book debuted online in April 1998, it has received more than 140,000 hits.

The Center can be accessed online at <>