On November 2, 2012, The Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society sponsored a Reception at the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum for the Henri Capitant Society’s Twelfth Congress of the International Association of Legal Methodology, which was held at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law November 1-2, 2012.
Transparency was the theme of the Congress and more than 20 scholars hailing from Europe and North America convened at the Loyola College of Law to discuss the many facets of openness in government. The requirement that government must operate in the sunshine radiates throughout the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Transparency also informs contractual dealings whether in public procurement or among private parties. Questions which were debated at the Congress included: What are the conditions to achieve transparency in these different instances? How much room should be allowed for secrecy and confidentiality or for any other countervailing considerations in any of these contexts? Is the information society really the best breeding ground for the achievement of transparency?
SCLHS board member María Pabón López, Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, welcomed Congress participants, as did SCLHS member Alain A. Levasseur, Professor, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University.