Law professor to be honored in Paris

March 22, 2013 11:00 AM

Barri Bronston

Vernon Palmer, co-director of the Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law at the Tulane School of Law, will be awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Paris–Dauphine.

Vernon Palmer

The University of Paris–Dauphine will confer an honorary doctoral degree upon Vernon Palmer, co-director of the Eason Weinmann Center for Comparative Law at the Tulane School of Law. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)

Laurent Batsch, president of the university, will confer the honorary doctorate to Palmer at a ceremony on March 27 in Paris “in consideration of his very important contribution to comparative law and for a better understanding between common law and civil law, not only in Louisiana and the USA but also beyond the border, in Asia and Europe.”

“I am absolutely thrilled,” says Palmer, Thomas Pickles Professor of Law who has spent several years as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris and has directed the Paris Institute of Tulane University nearly every summer for the past 20 years. “This comes from my peers and it feels wonderful.”

Comparative law is the study of differences and similarities among the laws and legal systems of the world’s countries. Such systems include common law, civil law, socialist law, Islamic law, Hindu law and Chinese law.

“Globalization has boosted the relevance of comparative law,” Palmer says. “And as globalization intensifies, it becomes that much more important. It makes programs such as ours necessities, not luxuries.”

Created with the help of a gift from John Giffen and Virginia Eason Weinmann in 1981, the Eason Weinmann Center is a leading think tank and academic hub for American and foreign scholars with an interest in expanding the international conversation about law.

Just as foreign scholars have taught at Tulane, Palmer has taught at universities throughout the world, including the Sorbonne in Paris and universities in Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Beginning in June the University Paris–Dauphine will host for the first time the Tulane Paris Institute of European Legal Studies, a summer abroad program for law students.

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