UTAH COUNTYEuropeans will offer their perspectives on recent changes in Eastern Europe during a conference at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School and the University of Utah School of Business Feb. 21-23."The Opening of Central and Eastern Europe: Problems and Perspectives" will feature top European political and business analysts speaking on a variety of issues, according to Sid Unrau, a BYU law student who is coordinating the event.
"The purpose of the conference is to give a European legal and economic perspective on what is going on in Eastern Europe, because almost all of what we are exposed to here is from an American point of view," said Unrau, who predicts many divergent opinions from the international guests.
A $25 registration fee will entitle registrants to participate in all conference sessions and to receive all conference materials, including final versions of papers published in the BYU Law Review. For registration information, contact Car-olyn Young at the BYU Law School, 378-6384.
Andreas Van Agt, European Community ambassador to the United States, will headline the conference, lecturing on "The New Europe: A European Community Perspective" Friday at 8:30 a.m. All BYU sessions will take place in 303 Law School Building.
The symposium will open Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with Helmut Steinberger, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Federal Republic of Germany, who will discuss "Germany Reunified: International and Constitutional Problems."
Panel discussions on Friday will consider:
- the dilemma of privatization for nations and peoples who have never held private property before;
- problems facing the Soviet Union, including the future of perestroika and recent developments in foreign investment potential;
- various perspectives on the reunification of Germany, including those of Donald P. Kommers of Notre Dame Law School, whom Unrau describes as "one of the leading experts in the United States on German constitutional law."
George P. Fletcher of the Columbia Law School will speak on "Proving the Rule of Law" on Friday afternoon. "All of these Eastern Bloc countries are now rewriting their constitutions and are inviting experts like Fletcher to help them," said Unrau. "He will be speaking on the advisability of constitutions."
On Saturday, the symposium will move to Mark A. Green Hall in the Frances Madsen Building at the University of Utah, where a panel of Utah business and education leaders who have recently visited Central and Eastern Europe will discuss their perspectives on the East.
Panel members will include University of Utah President Chase Peterson, Lee H. Radebaugh, associate dean of the BYU School of Management, Dean John Seybolt of the University of Utah College of Business, and James H. Gardner, co-director of the BYU-University of Utah Center for International Business Education, who will chair the panel.
Later that day, a panel of scholars will consider "The Political and Economic Situation in the Soviet Union: Problems and Prospects." Panel members include Andrei Markov, professor at the College of Economics at Moscow State University and Peter Serdiukov, department chair at the Kiev Institute of Foreign Languages, as well as several BYU and University of Utah professors.
Sponsors of the event include the BYU Law School, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott School of Management and the BYU Political Science Department. It is also sponsored by the BYU-University of Utah Center for International Business Education.