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Panelists to Discuss Signs of ‘Spring’ in the Middle East


Wayne McCormack, E. Wayne Thode professor of law (moderator)
Amos Guiora, professor of law
Ibrahim Karawan, professor emeritus, political science
Chibli Mallat, presidential professor of law, professor of Middle Eastern law and


Open forum and panel discussion



Thursday, March 3, 12:15 p.m.


S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland moot court room
University of Utah campus

March 1, 2011 — Revolution is sweeping across the Middle East; non-violent resistance has toppled authoritarian regimes and promises to give birth to new political systems. All of this will have an enormous impact on the region’s economic and political environment. But, what happens after the revolution? University of Utah law and political science experts will tackle this question at a panel discussion and open forum on March 3.

The forum is titled, “Spring in the Middle East: Revolution 2.0,” in reference to the “Prague Spring,” a nickname for the uprising in Czechoslovakia in 1968, according to Law Professor Amos Guiora, who is one of the organizers of the panel.

Panelists will consider whether resistance movements will be able to create democratic institutions and resolve ideological conflicts as well as disputes over valued resources. They’ll also discuss what impact current events may have on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other geopolitical issues of the region.

A light lunch will be provided to attendees. Free parking is available, no permit required, in the Rice Eccles Stadium lot. The panel will be webcast live on the College of Law dashboard at It is presented in collaboration with the U’s Institute of Public and International Affairs.