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The Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, a leader in new thinking about international legal and institutional arrangements, is pleased to welcome Former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer as a Visiting Scholar.  His one-year appointment at the IGLP begins this month.

“Dr. Gusenbauer appointment is representative of the Institute’s strong commitment to engage leading public officials and policy practitioners as we seek out new ways to understand the global situation and to address our most urgent global challenges,” said David Kennedy, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of the IGLP.  “His expertise in the areas of social democratic politics, European security and defense policy, and the global economy will greatly enhance the Institute’s own research in these areas, and deepen our understanding of the contemporary challenges faced by these systems.  We are honored to have such prominent and distinguished  individual join us as a Visiting Scholar.”

Dr. Gusenbauer, who is also a member of the IGLP’s Honorary Advisory Council, was Chancellor from January 2007 to December 2008.  He has long been active in Austrian government and politics, serving as a Member of Parliament, Leader of the Social Democratic Party, Vice President of the Socialist International, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Development Cooperation, and Senior Researcher on Economic Policy.  Most recently he was a Visiting Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies from 2009-2011  and was James Leitner Fellow at Columbia University in 2009.   He earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Vienna.

As a Visiting Scholar at the IGLP, Dr. Gusenbauer will – in addition to his focus on the international economic and political crisis – carry out research and writing on his new project  “The Next Left: Globalised Social Democracy in the North and South.”  The project is an examination of the contemporary state of social democratic politics, and the ways it could become a driving force for political change in the 21st century.   The IGLP and Dr. Gusenbauer will, among other activities throughout the year, host a meeting of the project in October, 2011, bringing together experts and policy makers from Europe, Latin American and the US for three days of discussions at the Institute.