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Constitutional adviser to groups in Iraq speaks, April 26-28

Three lectures on the theme "The Ethics of Nation Building: What We Owe Iraq" will be presented at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 26-28, in McCosh 50.

The speaker will be Noah Feldman, assistant professor of law at New York University. The titles of his lectures are:

  • Monday -- "Nation Building: To What End?";
  • Tuesday -- "Trusteeship, Paternalism and Self-Interest"; and
  • Wednesday -- "The Magic of Elections and the Way Home."

Feldman will examine the concrete policy problems engaged by the United States' continuing nation building efforts in Iraq through the lens of ethics, international law and political theory. The lectures will include personal reflections from Feldman's experiences in Baghdad as a constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority and to members of the Iraqi Governing Council.

Feldman received his A.B. summa cum laude in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. Selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a D.Phil. in Islamic thought from Oxford University in 1994. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1997, and served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Associate Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feldman's talks are designated as Walter E. Edge Lectures in Public and International Affairs and are part of the University's Public Lectures Series .

Contact:Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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