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Professor to lead legal delegation trip to South Africa

Prof. Mark Kende

Drake Law School Professor Mark Kende has been selected by the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program to coordinate a delegation of professionals specializing in law, who will travel to South Africa on Oct. 19-29, 2015.

This South Africa program is open to participation by Drake Law School alumni, as well as other legal professionals and judges. The trip will include visits to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and other interesting locales.

The delegation will seek to increase collaboration with South African professionals and organizations on topics of mutual interest in the field of law. This will be combined with cultural activities highlighting the sights and sounds of the country including a safari. Delegates will enjoy insider views of the legal profession and the courts in South Africa, as well as experience the culture in ways that most travelers never do.

The People to People movement was initiated in 1956 by President Eisenhower as a method for seeking world peace. The program has sent approximately 500,000 people to seven continents and 40 countries in almost 50 years.

Kende is an internationally known scholar of comparative constitutional law. He is the James Madison Chair Professor in Constitutional Law and Director of the Congressionally-endowed Drake Constitutional Law Center. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor of Law in South Africa during the year 2000. In addition, Kende is the author of Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds: South Africa and the United States (Cambridge Univ. Press 2009) and the forthcoming Comparative Constitutional Law: South African Cases and Materials in a Global Context

Kende was recently one of the featured speakers at a conference on the 20th Anniversary of the South African Constitution in New York City sponsored by the Ford Foundation and New York Law School. He has served as the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Constitutional Law (2008) and Chair of the Section on Africa (2003). He was a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Paris II – Pantheon, and Notre Dame Law School. He has lectured and/or published scholarship in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain, the United Kingdom (Oxford University) and other countries.

More detailed information can be found at www.peopletopeople.com/markkende. Enrollment is limited in number so those who wish to participate should sign up soon.