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April 19, 2005

Iowa Asian Law Specialist To Teach At Melbourne Law School

University of Iowa law professor Mark Sidel will serve as a senior fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in Australia this month and teach a postgraduate seminar on civil society and the law in Asia.

In the course, Sidel will address the relationships between government and nonprofit organizations in South, Southeast and East Asian countries, the laws that govern the nonprofit sector, and how those evolving legal frameworks are affecting state-society relations, nonprofit governance, accountability, funding and other issues.

Sidel's research focuses on law, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, as well as comparative law in Asia with a focus on Vietnam, China, and India and South Asia. He has also taught comparative and Asian law at Harvard Law School, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, among other institutions. 

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