Lecture - Afghanistan: Decline and Renewal?

Presenter: Professor Charles H. Norchi
Council for International Educational Exchange(CIEE)
300 Fore St. Portland
September 28, 2010
12:00PM -1:00PM

As Afghans prepare for the withdrawal  of American and allied forces, what are the future prospects for the state and the people of Afghanistan?  We will consider that question by reviewing history, current developments, and promising projects for reconstruction and development.  

Charles H. Norchi is Professor and Director of the Marine Law Institute at the University of Maine School of Law where he teaches Public International Law, Oceans Law, International Development , and Comparative Law.  He also holds an appointment as Research Fellow in the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Professor Norchi's current research projects are in the areas of international boundaries and the law of treaties, development and law in Afghanistan, maritime boundary delimitation, and maritime claims in the South China Seas.  His recent publications are "Fixing a Fractured State", Asia Pacific Law Review (2010), "The Public Order of Ports," Ocean and Coastal Law Journal (2009), "Thinking Below the State: Legal Philosophy for Nation-Building,"Archives de droit du philosophie, Paris, France (2009) and "Nation-Building: A Legal Architecture?" Maine Law Review (2008).  At the University of Maine School of Law he directs a joint program in comparative marine law with the Center for Maritime and Ocean Law at the University of Nantes, France.  Dr. Norchi is a Fellow of the Explorers Club; Member of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Maine; Member of the Executive Council of the Society of Policy Scientists; serves as Co-Chair of the institute for Law and Development Policy in Geneva, Switzerland; and as Treasurer of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.  He has consulted in more than two dozen countries on behalf of international organizations, specialized United Nations agencies and the United States government.  Professor Norchi holds a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a Masters of Law (LL.M) and a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School.   He resides in Portland, Maine.


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