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19th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law to Feature Laurence Helfer

Duke University School of Law Professor to speak April 7 at The College of Wooster

30 March, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Laurence Helfer, professor of law at Duke University School of Law, will present "LGBTQ Rights in International and Comparative Law: Progress and Contestation" at the 19th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law on Thursday, April 7, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

Helfer received his B.A. from Yale University, M.P.A from Princeton University and JD from New York University, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was articles editor of the New York University Law Review. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before beginning his academic career, Helfer practiced with the New York law firm of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinksy & Lieberman, P.C., focusing on international law, intellectual property litigation, and civil liberties.

An expert in international law and institutions, international adjudication and dispute settlement, human rights (including LGBT rights), and international intellectual property law and policy, Helfer is co-director of Duke Law's Center for International and Comparative Law and a Senior Fellow with Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics. He also serves as a Permanent Visiting Professor at the iCourts: Center of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2014.

Helfer has authored more than 70 publications and has lectured widely on his diverse research interests. His articles have appeared in leading American law reviews, including the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems, as well as in numerous peer-reviewed political science and international law journals, such as International Organization.

The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law was endowed in 1999 by Jennie M. Bell and Samuel H. Bell, a 1947 College of Wooster graduate and a Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The purpose is to engage students, faculty, members of the legal profession, and members of the community in a legal issue that has broad implications for society. The Bells hope, by way of this lectureship, to bring the best minds of the legal profession to Wooster students and the local community. This lectureship also joins their long-held affection for the law and faith in the values derived from a liberal arts education.

The Bell Lectureship is sponsored by The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law Fund and The College of Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or e-mail.