BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, one of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law's oldest and most active journals, celebrates its 25th anniversary this spring. While that anniversary marks a significant history of scholarly excellence in important global issues, the journal will host a symposium March 23 and 24 that looks ahead to issues that may arise in the future.
Founded in 1992 by then-Dean Alfred C. Aman Jr., the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies has fostered dialogue among international communities of scholars in law, sociolegal studies, politics, economics, anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies and other disciplines. The intersection of those issues with the rapid spread of globalization over the past two decades has made the journal one of the leading outlets to publish such interdisciplinary scholarship.
"This milestone is a significant one," Aman said. "I think we have been true to our original goals of scholarly creativity and an interdisciplinary approach to global issues. We and our students can look back at an impressive body of scholarship developed by some of the leading scholars of our times on global issues. Our challenge now is to look ahead and ask how our understanding of and approach to global processes may change over time."
Globalization wasn't the buzzword in 1992 that it is today, where it's heard daily from nearly every sector, both public and private. For Aman, though, the term means more than a reference to an international connection.
"Globalization has meant so many things in so many different contexts, and the journal has been a wonderful forum for exchanging the many research agendas that involve the complex, dynamic legal and social challenges our world is facing," he said. "Global can be local or regional, too."
He cited work in developing the framework to slow the depletion of the ozone layer as an example of the many areas that need to be included to effect change.
"There you have different localities and different domestic legal regimes that had to respond to global forces in different ways," he said.
Several Maurer School of Law faculty, and even some of its Graduate Legal Studies students, will participate in the symposium, which will be held in the law school's Moot Court Room in Baier Hall and is open to the public.