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USC hosts international events on emerging economic powers, Islamic peace

by Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

A pair of international events at the University of South Carolina April 13 – 14 will address Asian investment and development in Africa as well as Islamic peace.

The USC School of Law’s seventh annual Rudolph C. Barnes Sr. Symposium, which will take place Friday and Saturday, will focus on emerging economies and the recent economic investment by Asia into Africa.

International relations, economists and legal scholars from India, Indonesia, Europe, Africa and the United States will discuss economic, international law and human rights topics related to this “South-South cooperation.” Discussion will also include the role of the BRICs, which are the major economies that include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, as a driving force in the developing world.

The two-day symposium, titled “Legitimacy, Development and Change Revisited,” is free and open to the public, with sessions in the School of Law auditorium from 8:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The complete schedule is online. 

This year’s Barnes Symposium is sponsored by USC’s School of Law, the Walker Institute for International Relations and Area Studies and its Rule of Law Collaborative.

Separately in the School of Law auditorium, Muhammed Tahir-ul-Qadri, an Islamic scholar well-known for his work on world peace, including a 600-page Fatwa (Islamic ruling) on suicide bombings and terrorism, will give a public talk on Islam and peace from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the School of Law auditorium.

Qadri’s talk is also open and free to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to Additional information about the lecture is available on the religious studies department website.

USC’s department of religious studies and Peace and Integration Council of North America (PICNA) are co-hosts of Qadri’s lecture, which also is sponsored in part by USC’s School of Law and Walker Institute, Interfaith Partners of South Carolina and the International Association for Religious Freedom.

For more information about the Barnes Symposium, contact law professor David Linnan at or via phone at 803-777-4155. Questions regarding Qadri’s talk should be directed to Mardi McCabe at or 803-777-4100. 

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Posted: 04/09/12 @ 6:00 PM | Updated: 04/09/12 @ 6:10 PM | Permalink



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