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Wayne Law Professor Lends Expertise Globally, Examines Minority Groups in Cambodia

April 09, 2009

DETROIT (April 9, 2009) – Known internationally for his vast expertise in health law and policy, Wayne State University Law School Professor Peter Hammer recently joined forces with the Center for Khmer Studies on the development a set of conference proceedings titled "Living on the Margins: Minorities and Borderlines in Cambodia and Southeast Asia." Professor Hammer served as editor of the project.

Developed from the Center for Khmer Studies’ Rockefeller Foundation-funded Capacity Building in Higher Education Program covering vulnerable peoples and ethnic minorities in Mainland Southeast Asia, the conference proceedings examine minorities and vulnerable groups “on the margins” who have been systematically denied access to important social resources.

“Cambodia is undergoing dramatic political, economic and social changes, placing new pressures on minority groups and vulnerable peoples,” said Professor Hammer. “‘Living on the Margins: Minorities and Borderlines in Cambodia and Southeast Asia’ is the culmination of papers, presentations and panel discussions by Cambodian and international scholars interested in analyzing trends and theories linked to social exclusion and minority groups in Southeast Asia.”

To download a full pdf version of "Living on the Margins: Minorities and Borderlines in Cambodia and Southeast Asia," please visit http://www.law.wayne.edu/livingonthemargins.php.

Professor Peter Hammer has served on the Wayne Law faculty since 2003 and has been instrumental in the redesign of the Law School’s growing Health Law curriculum. In addition to Contracts in the first-year curriculum, he teaches Health Care Quality, Licensing & Liability; Health Care Organization & Finance; International Organizations & Public Health; and Health Policy: The Firm, The Market & The Law.

In 2007, he served as a visiting professor at the Center for Khmer Studies, teaching in their Capacity Building in Cambodian Higher Education program focusing on Cambodia at the Margins: Minority Groups and Borderlines. The recipient of two research grants from the Center, Professor Hammer was a founding board member and past-president of Legal Aid of Cambodia, a non-profit, non-governmental organization providing free legal services to Cambodia’s poor. At the University of Michigan Law School, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor at the School of Public Health in the Department of Health Management and Policy, he founded and directed the School’s Program for Cambodian Law & Development. He is also presently a Board Member of the Life & Hope Association, an organization in Siem Reap, Cambodia, run by Buddhist monks to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. 

Prior to entering academia, Professor Hammer was an associate at the Los Angeles office of O’Melveny & Myers, where he maintained an active practice in antitrust, health law and the presentation of expert economic testimony. Before entering private practice, he clerked for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin, former Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Professor Hammer earned his J.D. and Ph.D. (in economics) from the University of Michigan. He is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as lead editor for “Uncertain Times: Kenneth Arrow and the Changing Economics of Health Care,” a book published by Duke University Press (2003). 

About Wayne Law
Wayne Law University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, five live-client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit www.law.wayne.edu.  



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