Sunday, October 4, 2009

Congratulations to Mirjan Damaška

This was a weekend of dueling conferences: the annual meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law, held at Roger Williams University School of Law, and the Constitution in 2020 hosted at the Yale Law School.

I wish I could have attended both. But I ultimately chose to attend the former for several reasons. First, because I was appointed a delegate. Second, because one of my papers recently appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law (which operates under the auspices of the American Society of Comparative Law). Third, because the program included a number of interesting panels on such subjects as comparative law methodology and regionalism in comparative law. And, fourth, because the featured event was a dinner to honor Mirjan Damaška with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Damaška, who teaches law at Yale, holds Yale University's highest academic rank--a Sterling Professorship.

Damaška is a giant in the fields of comparative law, evidence, criminal law and legal history. What a privilege it was to be present as he was honored for his enduring contributions to the academy. Richly deserved.

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