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March 10, 2006

Sidel To Discuss Vietnam At Council On Foreign Relations

University of Iowa law professor Mark Sidel will speak to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City about legal and economic reform in Vietnam on March 21.

The forum, "Vietnam's Legal and Economic Reform: 20 Years On," will also include JM Quinn of Stanford Law School. Sidel will discuss recent legal reforms in Vietnam, including an upsurge of interest in constitutionalism, and the emergence of public interest law and a new corps of public interest lawyers.

Sidel's research focuses on law and comparative law 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, the University of Melbourne and the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, among other institutions. He is serving this year as Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national organization, nonpartisan research center and publisher. Founded in 1921, the council is dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individuals and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students and interested citizens, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments.

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