Lexington, VA • Friday, September 07, 2007
Washington and Lee University School of Law Dean Rodney A. Smolla will participate in the World Forum on the Future of Democracy, hosted by the College of William and Mary from September 16 to September 18, 2007. This is a signature event of America's 400th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the colony at Jamestown.
The World Forum on the Future of Democracy is the culminating event of the year-long International Conference Series on the Future of Democracy. The series is chaired by former United States Presidents George H.W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton and former British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.
At the World Forum on the Future of Democracy, scholars, public officials, activists, and experts in democratic development from around the world will gather to discuss the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities now presented for democratic governments. Representatives of emerging and mature democracies will explore diverse conditions and approaches for advancing human freedom and enlightened self-governance in the 21st century.
Dean Smolla will participate on a panel titled "Protecting Religious Freedom and Minority Rights", moderated by the Hon. Donald W. Lemons, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Joining Smolla on the panel are:
- Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of Islamic Society of North America
- Mr. Theodore M. Shaw, Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc.
- Mr. Mokhtar Lamani, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation, Ontario
The panel is scheduled for 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, September 18. Broadcast arrangements for the World Forum are incomplete at this time but will be noted on the conference website when available. Highlights of the conference will be available on this website soon after the World Forum concludes.