Raj Bhala, of the University of Kansas School of Law, will present the fall 2011 Law Journal Lecture at the University of St. Thomas School of Law on Wednesday, Nov. 2. His presentation is titled “The Doha Round as a Failed Instrument in Counter-Terrorism.”

Raj Bhala

Raj Bhala

The Doha Round is a program of the World Trade Organization. According to the WTO, the goals of the program are “To achieve major reform of the international trading system through the introduction of lower trade barriers and revised trade rules.” In his lecture, Bhala will focus particularly on the issues of agricultural tariffs and subsidies.

Bhala is the associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. His expertise is in the area of international trade law, including Shari’a (or Islamic law). Robert Delahunty of the St. Thomas School of Law and Frank Garcia from Boston College Law will respond to Bhala’s lecture.  

The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Frey Moot Courtroom on the St. Thomas School of Law’s Minneapolis campus.

Bhala is the author of “Understanding Islamic Law (Shari’a)” and is often called on for his expertise. He recently taught a course at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas as an elective to Command and General Staff College students through a program funded by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Bhala was charged with helping the leaders understand Shari’a law, and in some cases he indicated being able to help them understand where violence extremists are misusing the law.

A reception for attendees will be held immediately following the event. For more information or to register, email lawrsvp@stthomas.edu.