Symeonides to Address the Grand Dilemmas of Private International Law

Symeon C. Symeonides will explore the grand dilemmas of private international law in the inaugural lecture by the Alex L. Parks Distinguished Chair for the Dean of the College of Law on March 5.

Symeonides will examine seven philosophical and methodological options or dilemmas encountered in designing solutions to conflicts of laws resulting from cross-border activity. Among them are the dilemmas between unilateralism and multilateralism, territoriality and extraterritoriality, conflicts justice and material justice, and legal certainty and flexibility. Symeonides will compare how American and European systems resolved these dilemmas at the beginning of the 20th century and how they approach them now, as we move into the 21st century.

Symeon C. Symeonides was named the inaugural holder of the Alex L. Parks Distinguished Chair in Law in early 2009. The 19th dean of Willamette University College of Law, Symeonides joined the law school in July 1999. He is recognized internationally as one of the world’s top experts in conflict of laws.

Thursday, March 5, 2009
5 p.m. Lecture
Reception to follow
Collins Legal Center, Great Hall — Room 201

Willamette University College of Law welcomes your attendance at this free public event. For more information, call 503-370-6605 or send an e-mail to