September 27, 2007 13:58 Age: 7 yrs

Emory Law Hosts Balashikha Project on Women’s Health

The World Law Institute of Emory University hosted the Balashikha Project, a program on women’s reproductive health issues in Georgia and Russia, at Emory Law Thursday, September 27. The presentation at Emory Law consisted of two panel discussions on legal and public policy support of the maternal and perinatal health care delivery systems both in Russia and in the state of the Georgia. Speakers and panelists had the opportunity to discuss the issues and challenges facing each health care system and developed an action plan for the future.

Emory Law professors Robert Schapiro, Johan Van Der Vyver and Harold Berman gave the welcome address of the day-long presentation, and John Straub, founding member of the World Law Institute and President of the Future of Russia Foundation, introduced the panel discussions. The Honorable Mary Margaret Oliver 72L, a visiting professor at Emory Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, was a panelist for the morning discussion on the perinatal health care delivery system in Georgia. Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and Director of the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project, Liza Vertinsky, Assistant Professor of Law, and Nancy Stafford, Program Associate of the FLT Project, participated in the afternoon discussion.

The Balashikha Project at Emory Law was one day in a week-long program in Atlanta as part of the Open World Program, developed by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Reproductive Health in conjunction with the Future of Russia Foundation, the Claus M. Halle Institute of Global Learning of Emory University and the Rotary Club of Atlanta. The Open World Program is an initiative sponsored by the Open World Leadership Center that enables leaders from Russia and other Eurasian countries to experience American democracy and society in action.

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