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globalization; legal education; Legal Theory


This keynote address, delivered on the occasion of the 5th Canadian Graduate Law Students Conference, held in Toronto on May 6.7, 2005, addresses the challenges for legal theory, legal practice and education in a globalized environment. Legal education is described as deeply embedded in the changing political economy of legal scholarship and legal practice. With increased subjection of law schools to allegedly clearly definable market demands, strong winds blow through the law schools in North-America and elsewhere. From the LL.B./J.D. program through graduate studies, curricular reform becomes enmeshed in larger considerations of greater inter-school competition and greater compatibility to the outside world. In the midst of it, the aims of the law, its potential and its limits, move out of sight.