Penn State International Law Review


Michael Coper

First Paragraph

The role of a law school in modem times-and I speak of modernity with the arrogance of the present, that is to say, the early twenty-first century-has evolved over time, and has evolved differently from country to country; differently also, perhaps, even within countries, such as those with federal systems and their consequent jurisdictional divisions. And yet I am drawn irresistibly to ask whether there is not something universal about our task in the academy as legal scholars and legal educators; whether, in other words, we can avoid being totally captive to the imperatives of time, place and cultural relativism.