By Rob Stein
The Global Scholars Incubator will bring an international group of legal scholars together with key attorneys from the Center for Reproductive Rights to exchange information about legal developments in different countries, catalyze new theories in reproductive rights law, and concretize existing scholarly theories that have recently been gaining traction in domestic and regional contexts. It will also provide an opportunity for U.S. scholars to learn more about foreign and international law developments and to discuss how these developments might impact U.S law.
The event is an informal gathering that will have a workshop format to encourage as much exchange as possible. The goal of this event is to discuss strategic approaches to reproductive rights — looking at the opportunities and dangers presented by each of the four frames: Health, Equality, Life-Fetal Personhood, and Dignity.
We are very pleased that Professors Paola Bergallo (Health), Rebecca Cook (Equality), Julieta Lemaitre (Life-Fetal Personhood), and Reva Siegel (Dignity) have agreed to play this role. Professors Ruth Rubio-Marin and Isabel Jaramillo will also be making some remarks to set the stage for the discussion along with Center President Nancy Northup, International Legal Program Director Luisa Cabal, United States Legal Program Director Cindy Soohoo, and Law School Initiative Director Diana Hortch.
Incubator Participants: We are excited to have Professor Alice Miller of the Berkeley Law University of California and Professor Julieta Lemaitre-Ripoll of the Universidad de Los Andes, among others. In total, we expect to host approximately seven scholars from Latin America, 12 from North America, three Europeans, and one from Asia. Unfortunately our attempts to secure an African faculty member were not successful, although the process of identifying and inviting candidates was useful for future work.