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Clason Speaker Series to Explore Criminal Law Reform in Iran

Friday, February 18, 2011

Western New England College School of Law's Clason Speaker Series will feature a talk by Professor Intisar Rabb on Wednesday, February 23 at noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. The talk, titled "Internal Criticism and Legal Change in Islamic Law: Criminal Law Reform in Iran," is free and open to the public.

Rabb will examine the types of arguments and legal strategies used by internal critics in Iran to effect legal change in the sensitive area of Islamic law, usually deemed unduly harsh and unwaveringly immutable. While these changes may stem from international pressure as well, the presence of internal critics may offer greater legitimacy and longevity to legal reform in Islamic law.

Rabb is an Assistant Professor at Boston College Law School, where she teaches in the areas of advanced constitutional law, criminal law, and comparative and Islamic law. She is also a research affiliate at the Harvard Law School Islamic Legal Studies Program and a 2010 Carnegie Scholar. She has published a number of articles on law reform in the Muslim world.

Now in its 22nd year, the Clason Speaker Series hosts expert lecturers to enhance the academic environment at the Western New England College School of Law. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served as Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. For more information, call 413-796-2279.

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