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Law professor to speak at Harvard Law and International Development Society symposium

Oct 28, 2014

Jean-Marie Kamatali, assistant professor of law at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, will be a guest speaker at the Harvard Law and International Development Society’s (LIDS) annual symposium, “Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development,” on Friday, Oct. 31.

The LIDS symposium will highlight the challenges faced in rebuilding the rule of law in the aftermath of a conflict, and in moving from an emergency situation to longer-term development and reconstruction. The symposium will focus on best practices and consider barriers countries have faced in utilizing rule of law reform for economic growth and development, in reforming justice systems to improve access to justice for poor communities, and in implementing effective security sector reform. This symposium aims to first consider key elements of post-conflict reconstruction and discuss the meaning of “rule of law” in such a context.

Kamatali was selected to speak because of his experience in Rwanda, including in legal and institutional reform in the post-genocide period through the rebuilding of legal education, constitutional and legal reform, national reconciliation, and the Gacaca system. Kamatali has developed a depth of expertise in diverse areas of rebuilding the rule of law in post-conflict societies.

At ONU, Kamatali teaches International Human Rights Law, Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies, and International Comparative NGO Law. Kamatali is the former dean of the law faculty at the University of Rwanda and has served as a consultant for a number of U.S. government institutions, including the Department of Justice and USAID. He also has been a consultant to a number of international organizations, including the World Bank, UNICEF, FAO and Danish Center for Human Rights.

Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is the second oldest of the nine Ohio law schools, enrolling more than 250 students from more than 40 states in its full-time juris doctor and LL.M. programs. The college’s dedicated and esteemed faculty provides personalized instruction to students with passions for legal scholastic excellence. The College of Law is located in Ada, Ohio, with an off-campus legal clinic in Lima, Ohio. Additional information is available at

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