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Dec. 7, 2005

UI Law School Hosts Paris Conference On Vietnamese Economy

The University of Iowa's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies and the College of Law are teaming up with several prominent French academic institutions to co-sponsor an international symposium on the rapidly changing nature of labor and enterprises in Vietnam. The conference, "Workers, Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and the State in Vietnam," will be held in Paris Dec. 9 and 10.

The symposium will be co-chaired by Mark Sidel, a UI law professor, and will feature prominent scholars of Vietnam from countries around the world, including Vietnam, France, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain and the United States. Among the topics they will discuss are the effectiveness of Vietnamese labor law and the changing nature of the Vietnamese labor movement; the role of gender in Vietnamese labor relations and in Vietnamese enterprises; government policy toward state enterprises and entrepreneurs, and a range of related topics.

The French academic sponsors of the event include the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationale (CERI) and the Groupe d'etudes sur le Vietnam contemporain.  Sidel has previously taught as visiting professor of Asian law in the "chaire Asie" at CERI's parent institution, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

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