25 November 2013

CONFERENCE: Legal Research, Sudan and the Durham Archive

LEGAL RESEARCH, SUDAN AND THE DURHAM ARCHIVE
Islam, Law and Modernity, 
Grey College and the Bill Bryson Library
University of Durham
16-17 December 2013

This conference is intended to encourage and support legal research on Sudan. It is jointly organised by Islam, Law and Modernity, a research group based in Durham Law School, and Grey College.

Durham is ideally placed to host the Conference, as it is the home of the Sudan Archive and Collection. The Archive is the leading collection of material on Sudan outside Khartoum. It was founded in Durham in 1957 to collect and preserve the papers of administrators from the Sudan Political Service, missionaries, soldiers, businesses, doctors, agriculturalists, teachers and others who had served or lived in the Sudan during the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium (1898-1955). The Archive also includes a significant amount of material relating to the period before and after the Condominium, as well as material relating to other countries in the region.

The keynote speaker is Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law. Other speakers include Ms Jane Hogan (Assistant Keeper, Archives and Special Collections, Durham University), Mr Ali Abdelrahman Khalil (Partner, Shami, Khalil & Siddig Advocates, Khartoum), Mr Jeffrey Sachs (Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University), Dr. Ali Sulieman Fadlalla (Fellow of the Faculty of Law, University of Khartoum), Dr Lutz Oette (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), Ms Margaret Zimmerman (Queen’s University – Belfast, School of Law) and Prosper Maguchu (Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany).
Conference attendees are asked to arrange their own travel and accommodation. Durham is conveniently located on the main east coast railway line, with regular service from London and elsewhere.  Rooms are often available from the University at a reasonable cost. To contact the booking office, call 0800 28 99 70 or email event@durham.ac.uk (further information is available at https://www.dur.ac.uk/event.durham/tourism/). 

The Conference venue is Durham Law School, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham.  There will be a conference dinner in Grey College on evening of December 16; there is no charge for attending the Conference, but there is a charge of £25 for the dinner and places are limited. To reserve a place at the Conference, or the dinner, please contact Mrs. Joyce Dover, joyce.dover@dur.ac.uk, 0191 334 5900, Grey College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LG.

For all other communications, please contact Professor Tom Allen, Grey College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LG; tel. +44 (0)191 334 5600 Thomas.Allen@dur.ac.uk.

This event is intended to encourage and support legal research on the Sudan. The University of Durham is the home of the Sudan Archive and Collection, the leading collection of archive material on Sudan.

The Conference is jointly organised by Islam, Law and Modernity, a research group of the University of Durham, Grey College, Durham and the Bill Bryson Library.

DAY 1 – 16 December  (Durham Law School)
9:00-9:30              Registration
9:30-9:45              Welcome and Introductions
9:45-10:45           Keynote address: Professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law.
10:45-11:00         Break
11:00-12:30         Panel 1: The Significance of the Sudan Archives
Ms Jane Hogan, Assistant Keeper, Archives and Special Collections, Durham University
Mr Ali Abdelrahman Khalil, Partner, Shami, Khalil & Siddig Advocates, Khartoum

12:30-1:30           Lunch
1:30-3:00              Panel 2: Sudan Past
‘Judicial Sovereignty’, Mr Jeffrey Sachs, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
‘Justice Kevin Hayes: Three Significant Decisions’, Dr. Ali Sulieman Fadlalla, Fellow of the Faculty of Law, University of Khartoum
3:00-3:30              Break
3:30-5:30              Panel 3: Sudan Present
‘Human Rights in Sudan: Transition, separation, and challenges ahead’ Dr Lutz Oette, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

‘Transitional Justice in Darfur’, Ms Margaret Zimmerman, Queen’s University – Belfast, School of Law

‘A Critical Analysis of Political Corruption in South Sudan’, Prosper Maguchu, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

DAY 2 – 17 December  (venue TBC)

9:00-10:30           Breakfast meeting: Ways forward

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