Challenges and Opportunities in Arab Spring Nations the Focus of Dallas Symposium

ABA, SMU Dedman School of Law Co-sponsor One-Day Event Featuring Former Sen. Hutchison

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 23, 2013 — Challenges to the rule of law in the Arab Spring nations —including drafting constitutions, producing and allocating energy, and reforming the economy — will be the focus of a one-day symposium sponsored by the _ Section of International Law and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.

Judges and other officials from the Middle East/North African countries, lawyers practicing in those nations and academics will be among the speakers during the following panels:

  • Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law;
  • Energy and the Middle East/North Africa;
  • Doing Business in MENA and the Rule of Law; and
  • Dispute Resolution and the Rule of Law.

The luncheon keynote address will be given by former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), and will focus on the political system and constitutional reform.

The Arab Spring: Doing Business and the Rule of Law

Thursday, Feb. 7
8 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.

SMU Dedman School of Law
Karcher Auditorium
3315 Daniel Ave., Dallas

A full program agenda can be found here.  The symposium will be held in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting.

For media credentialing, please contact Patricia Gaul at .  Media unable to attend but interested in reporting on the issues to be discussed at this conference should contact .  There is no charge for media to attend this event.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.