New York, NY (August 16, 2011)—The New York Law School Law Review, the Center for International Law at New York Law School, and the Muslim Bar Association of New York (MUBANY) will bring together legal experts to discuss the place of Islamic law in the United States today and in the future at a symposium, “Sharia in America: Principles and Prospects.” The conference will take place on Thursday, August 25, 2011, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and Friday, August 26, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway.
“This conference presents a unique and timely offering of real experts on Islamic law—in the midst of so much demagoguery and misinformation—to give facts, dispel myths, and answer the public’s questions about ‘Sharia in America,’” Sadiq Reza, Professor at New York Law School and conference organizer, said.
The symposium—featuring commentary by leading authorities in Islamic, American, and Jewish law—will address the realities, possibilities, and problems of Islamic law, or “Sharia,” in American courts and American life in light of recent attention, misinformation, and hyperbole in the media. Speakers will address how recent Sharia bans at the state level inflame negative views of Muslim Americans and pose risks to the equal protection of Muslims as well as to U.S. national security. They will also discuss where Islamic law exists (or does not exist) in American courts in comparison to Jewish law, and what that means for legal practitioners. The conference is aimed at disseminating accurate information to and fostering informed discussion among policy makers, the media, legal practitioners. Papers will be published in a forthcoming issue of the New York Law School Law Review.
“The Sharia in America symposium presents an opportunity to foster dialogue on an important and provocative subject that is gaining attention not only within the legal academy, but among policy makers, the media, and the general public,” Marcey Grigsby ’06, Faculty Publisher of the Law Review, said. “The Law Review is excited to provide a forum, both at the live event and later in print and online, to explore the important legal and other issues at stake.”
A C.V. Starr Lecture will take place on Thursday night featuring Professor Frank Vogel, hosted by the Center for International Law. For more information about the lecture on Thursday, August 25, visit the Center for International Law. During the main conference on Friday, each speaker will present for 30 minutes and then answer questions from fellow speakers and audience members for another 30 minutes. A plenary discussion with a Q&A session will close the day’s program.
include distinguished legal scholars and practitioners:
• Michael Broyde, Professor at Emory University School of Law, Jewish Law
• Sherman Jackson, Professor at the University of Michigan School of Law, Constitutional Law
• Asifa Quraishi, Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Family Law
• Sadiq Reza, Professor at New York Law School, Criminal Law
• Kristen Stilt, Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, Constitutional Law
• Frank Vogel, Professor at Harvard Law School, Islamic Finance
For more information about the symposium, visit www.nylslawreview.com/sharia. Free registration is required. CLE credits will be available for $50 (free for NYLS alumni and members of MUBANY). A prayer room will be made available for attendees on Friday. Members of the media may RSVP to LaToya Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.431.2191
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