ICAR Professor Goodale Returns from Fulbright Study in Romania

Posted: August 30, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Mark Goodale had just unpacked after moving to George Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) from Emory University last summer when he refilled his suitcases to head to the University of Bucharest. The assistant professor of conflict analysis and anthropology had received a senior Fulbright scholarship to study democratization, human rights, and the rule of law in Romania. While there, he combined research and lectures to graduate students and faculty. Goodale returned to ICAR this summer to complete his research and continue his writing and teaching at Mason.

Goodale’s Fulbright study responds to Romania’s plan to enter the European Union (EU) in 2007, and the nation’s need to upgrade its legal institutions and human rights laws, especially in relation to the minority Roma, or gypsies. The country also lacks an independent judiciary. Goodale’s lectures in Romania focused on what it means to have human rights and independent legal institutions free from corruption. His research involves building a data set on how the Romanian legal and political systems work. He hopes to use that information to help Romania foster reforms before 2007 so it can enter the EU on schedule.

Previously the Marjorie Shostak Distinguished Lecturer in Anthropology at Emory, Goodale taught on culture, human rights, anthropology, and the law. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, his JD from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and his LLM from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has written a book, Practicing Ethnography in Law, and numerous articles on the law and Latin America. He contributed the entry on Romania to the Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Historical Encyclopedia, and was recently named editor-in-chief of the journal Social Justice: Anthropology, Peace, and Human Rights.

Goodale is teaching two graduate courses, Philosophy and Methods of Conflict Resolution I and Human Rights Theory and Practice, this fall.

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