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Kader to teach at Sarajevo University

April 13, 2010

Professor David Kader has been invited to teach a course, Law and Religion: Global Perspectives, at the University of Sarajevo Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, this summer.

As part of the ASU-University of Sarajevo Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS) program, Kader will teach June 12-19 in the landmark program, which is the first of its kind in post-Communist, former Yugoslavia to offer an academic study of religion apart from the more narrow training of priests and imams.

The program was incubated by ASU's Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies in collaboration with the ASU School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, under a grant from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

It has generated widespread publicity in the Balkans, where 15 years ago religious and ethnic loyalists within Bosnia were in open warfare against each other, according to Stephen Baltaden, Director of the Melikian Center.

"For this very reason, and because much of the instruction is in English, the MARS program has generated participation from throughout the Balkan region, well beyond the Serbian, Croatian, and Bosniak communities of the immediate country of Bosnia and Herzegovina," Baltaden said.

Kader teaches in the areas of criminal procedure, torts, state constitutional law and religion and the Constitution. He recently lectured on "Religion & the American Constitution" at Sarajevo University in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Open Society Institute Conference on Religion in Civil Society. Kader is the co-editor of the new book, Poetry of the Law: From Chaucer to the Present, which is described as the first serious anthology of law-related poetry ever published in the United States.

He is a Faculty Affiliate in the Center for the Study of Religion & Conflict, the Center for the Study of Medieval & Renaissance Studies, the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian & East European Studies, and the Jewish Studies Program at ASU.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law