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Global experts convene at Loyola to discuss transparency in government

October 26, 2012

Jean-Yves Cherot, IALM president

Transparency is the theme of the XIIth Congress of the International Association of Legal Methodology, a free two-day event hosted by the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. It takes place in room 308 of the College of Law Thursday, Nov. 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is open to the public, but registration is recommended. A full list of speakers and topics is available.

College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D., and Jean-Yves Chérot, IALM president and law professor from Aix Marseille Université, will offer opening remarks.

About 20 scholars hailing from Europe and North America will convene on campus to discuss the many facets of openness in government. They will address what conditions need to be present to achieve transparency in different instances, how much room should be allowed for secrecy and confidentiality or for any other countervailing considerations in any of these contexts and discuss whether the information society is really the best breeding ground for the achievement of transparency.

Sessions include “Transparency of Legislative Procedure,” “Criminal justice Through the Prism of Transparency,” “Transparency of the Judicial Process in Modern Technological Courtrooms” and “Transparency and Private Law Contracts,” among others.

According to Loyola College of Law professor Dominique Custos, Ph.D., the Judge John D. Wessel Distinguished Professor of Law and organizer of this event, the requirement that government must operate in the sunshine radiates throughout the legislative, executive and judicial branches and is essential to holding public officials accountable for their actions.

“Transparency also informs contractual dealings whether in public procurement or among private parties,” Custos said.

For more information, contact Custos at dcustos@loyno.edu or 504-861-5660.

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