WHITE PLAINS, NY, August 11, 2011–Two Pace Law School professors have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2011-12. Professor Darren Rosenblum will be based in Paris, France studying a new French law that sets a quota for gender balance on corporate boards. Professor Ann Bartow will serve as a Distinguished Lecturer teaching intellectual property law at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 1,100 American faculty and professionals will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-12.
Studying gender equality on corporate boards in France
Professor Rosenblum will be hosted as a Fulbright Research Scholar at Université de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines from July to December 2011. His study, “Gender Balance, Equality and the French Corporate Board Quota: A Comparative Analysis,” will examine a law passed this year by the French legislature, which compels large or publicly traded companies to set a floor of forty percent of their boardroom positions for either sex. The law, which will require compliance within six years, is modeled on Norway’s Corporate Board Quota, which has effectively raised female representation on boards from under 10 percent to 44 percent since it came into effect in 2008. Prof. Rosenblum’s study will contrast the French context with the Norwegian, and will juxtapose France’s current efforts with its past efforts in requiring political parties to name women as 50 percent of all candidates for public office. He will examine the implication of this shift in French corporate governance norms for potential similar inequality remedies in other countries.
“Quotas mandating female representation on corporate boards are gaining traction in Europe, with laws coming into effect over the last few years in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Given globalization, corporate norms that become prominent in one important region of the developed world are by necessity going to affect the norms in other regions,” Rosenblum said.
Intellectual property law in China
Professor Bartow will hold a Distinguished Lectureship in Law position for the 2011-2012 academic year at Tongji University, one of China’s leading universities directly under the State Ministry of Education. There, she will teach U.S. and international Intellectual Property Law to Chinese law students and work with graduate students on their legal research and scholarship. She will also study Chinese Intellectual Property Law to learn more about how Chinese Copyright, Patent and Trademark statutes are administered and enforced in China. In addition, Professor Bartow hopes to lecture at other universities throughout China through the Fulbright Speakers Bureau program in intellectual property and feminist legal theory topics.
“The Fulbright Scholar program helps to build an international scholarly community, foster understanding and research, and share ideas,” said Professor Bartow. “I hope to develop lifelong connections in the academic community in China, and perhaps bring a few of the scholars I meet in China to Pace Law School to continue the relationship.”
Pace Law School has a proud tradition of Fulbright Scholars
Four Pace Law School faculty members previously received Fulbright Scholarships: Professors John Nolon (1994-95, published book in English and Spanish on Sustainable Development under Article 41 of the Argentine Constitution); Alexander “Sasha” Greenawalt (1995-96, historical foundations of nationalism in Croatia), Linda Fentiman (2003, taught American Criminal Law and Comparative Health Law and Bioethics in Poland’s University of Warsaw Faculty of Law), and David Cassuto (2010, developed the Brazil-American Institute on Law and Environment and taught at FGV Direito Rio Law School in Brazil).
In addition, Pace Law School currently has two visiting Fulbright scholars. Andri Akbar Marthen, of Indonesia, is currently an SJD Candidate in Environmental Law, and Jingru Feng, of China, is a visiting researcher.
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