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University of Iowa News Release

May 3, 2004

Sidel to Address Vietnamese, Chinese Law At Institut d'Etude Politiques

University of Iowa law professor Mark Sidel has been named to a prestigious visiting professorship in Asian law at a leading French teaching and research institution, where he will deliver a series of lectures in May about law and legal reform in post-Communist Vietnam and China.

Sidel will lecture in the "chaire Asie" at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Institute for Political Studies) and its Centre d'Etudes et de Reserches Internationales (Center for International Studies and Research). His five lectures focus on law and society and the reform and construction of law in Vietnam, with comparisons to similar and different efforts in China. Topics of his lectures will include constitutionalism and constitutional debate, corruption and the legitimacy of law, labor export, and law and civil society.

Sidel is a specialist in Vietnamese and Chinese law who managed Ford Foundation programs in Vietnam in the 1990s. He's taught Vietnamese law at UI and Harvard University and lectured on it at law faculties in London, Paris and elsewhere.

Sidel will hold the position with two other international scholars in 2004, one from India and one from England.

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