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Former U.S. ambassador to Holy See gets award at Duquesne University
archived from: 2013-10-11
by: Colleen Derda

Mary Ann Glendon receives Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award

Mary Ann Glendon, the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, came to Pittsburgh on Sept. 24 to receive the Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award and present a public lecture on one of her chosen fields of study, comparative law.

More than 200 people attended the presentation at Duquesne University and heard why Glendon has hope for the area of legal inquiry in a “shrinking, interdependent world.”

Comparative law studies the similarities and differences between the laws of two or more countries or legal systems. During the lecture and a question-and-answer session, Glendon discussed increased attention to foreign law in American courts, legislatures and law schools.

“Professor Many Ann Glendon is one of the world’s leading experts on international law and globalization,” School of Law Dean Ken Gormley said of Glendon’s visit. “We are honored that she came to Pittsburgh to present this lecture and receive the prestigious Murray Award, which is named after another world-renowned legal scholar.”

Dr. John Murray Jr., Duquesne University chancellor and professor of law, established an endowment fund to enhance scholarship and bring legal scholars to the School of Law through the Excellence in Scholarship award. Federal Judge Richard Posner was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2012.

In addition to comparative law, Glendon writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, constitutional law and political theory. She is president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and vice chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, and the International Association of Legal Science. Glendon served two terms as a member of the U.S. President’s Council on Bioethics and represented the Holy See at various conferences, including the 1995 U.N. Women’s conference in Beijing, where she headed the Vatican delegation.

Pope Francis recently appointed her to a five-member pontifical commission to study the Vatican’s financial institution, the Institute for Religious Works.

Glendon’s widely translated books, which bring a comparative approach to a variety of subjects, include “The Forum and the Tower,” a series of biographical essays published in 2011 exploring the relation between political philosophy and politics-in-action; and “Traditions in Turmoil,” a collection of essays on law, culture, and human rights.

Her 1989 book, “The Transformation of Family Law,” received the legal academy’s highest honor, the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award. Her 1987 publication, “Abortion and Divorce in Western Law,” won the Scribes Book Award for best writing on a legal subject.

Glendon’s prizes and honors also include the National Humanities Medal, the Bradley Foundation Prize, and honorary doctorates from numerous universities including the Universities of Chicago and Louvain.

The Murray Excellence in Scholarship presentation, “Comparative Law in the Age of Globalization,” will form the basis for a special issue of the Duquesne Law Review. Twelve international legal scholars are contributing to the publication. The School of Law will publish the issue in January 2014.

The School of Law’s student-run newsmagazine, Juris, interviewed Glendon before her public presentation. The video is available online at http://jurismagazine.com/juris-magazine-sits-down-with-professor-mary-ann-glendon/.




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