Czech prime minister to speak at Law SchoolKeynote speaker for panel discussion on Central Europe Vaclav Klaus, prime minister of the Czech Republic, will give the keynote address as part of a panel discussion titled "The Integration of Central Europe Into the European Union and the Western World," at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, in the Law School auditorium.
A founding member of the leading political organization in the country, the Civic Forum, Klaus was elected its chairman in 1990. In 1991, the Civic Forum split into two factions, one of which became the Civic Democratic Party, and Klaus was elected chairman of that party at its founding congress in April 1991. He became deputy prime minister of Czechoslovakia in October 1991, and in June 1992, after a victory in the parliamentary elections, he was appointed prime minister of the Czech Republic.
Born in Prague, Klaus is a 1963 graduate of the Prague School of Economics, where he studied international economic relations and international trade. He later continued his studies in Italy and at Cornell University. Klaus is the author of several books and articles on inflation, monetary and fiscal policies, comparative economics and economic transformation. He is a member of the University's Graduate School of Business International Executive M.B.A. Council in Barcelona.
University faculty members participating in the event are Gary Becker, University Professor in Economics; John Gould, Distinguished Service Professor in the Graduate School of Business; Stephen Holmes, Professor in Political Science; and Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School. Holmes and Sunstein are also Co-Directors of the Center for the Study of Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe.
Additional panel members are Anne Krueger, professor of economics at Stanford, and Michael Mussa, economic counselor and director of research at the International Monetary Fund.
The event is organized by the European Students Association in the Graduate School of Business and co-sponsored by GSB External Affairs & International Programs, the International Law Society and the Center for International Business Education and Research.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 753-0321 or 753-0269.