Archive for December, 2010

Johanna E. Bond: Gender, Discourse, and Customary Law in Africa

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Professor Johanna E. Bond recently published her article, Gender, Discourse, and Customary Law in Africa, in the Southern California Law Review (83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 509). It was also featured on the AVON Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School.

The article is the first to comprehensively explore the potential of discourse ethics and deliberative democracy theory, as embodied in procedural, dialogical human rights provisions, to improve women’s rights within Africa. It provides a blueprint for resolving broader questions that arise in the context of tension between the rights of cultural minority communities and the individual members of those communities.

Professor Bond draws upon philosophical currents in discourse ethics theory to argue that inclusive deliberative processes, such as the procedural rights in select human rights treaties, allow women to systematically engage with cultural meaning and facilitate acculturation of human rights norms among traditional leaders in Africa. The article argues that discourse ethics do not adequately account for the very real power disparities that pervade localized discussions of customary law. It proposes a two-part solution. First, Professor Bond proposes limiting the scope of deliberation in the context of African customary law. She argues that dialogue should focus not on norm definition, but on localized modes of implementation. Second, Professor Bond argues that litigation is a useful backstop in Commonwealth Africa when dialogical political decision-making results in illiberal outcomes.

Congratulations to Professor Bond on the publication of this article.

Lyman P. Q. Johnson: Advisor to The Institution of Experience: Self-Regulatory Organization in the Securities Industry, 1791-2010

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society launched a virtual exhibit, The Institution of Experience: Self-Regulatory Organization in the Securities Industry, 1792-2010, available at their website. Professor Lyman P. Q. Johnson, in addition to serving on the Society’s Museum Committee, served as an advisor for the exhibit.

The exhibit shines a light on more than 200 years of self-regulation in the securities industry. It offers an exploration of the role self-regulation has played in America’s financial history so that current debates regarding financial reform may be better understood. The exhibit also provides an avenue to access over 4,300 documents, photographs and papers relating to the history of financial regulation.

Access to the SEC Historical Society’s virtual museum and the self-regulation exhibit is free to the Internet public.

Congratulations to Professor Johnson for working hard to help get this valuable tool and resource online.