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ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law

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"I prefer the way we live in my home of Krevitsonitze," the Czech factory computer engineer named Dzhenek told me. Together we flew toward Prague, conversing in broken English and pitiful Czech with the aid of a bilingual dictionary. Dzhenek was going home after four months spent in Pennsylvania, where he had been part of a team installing his Czech company's first American export: a giant computer-directed lathe in a machine-tools factory. I, on the other hand, was beginning my journey. Through the courtesy of grants from Hofstra University, several foundations, and the U.S. government, I was visiting Prague, on my way to help to "install" a Western "export" in a city a hundred miles to the East. I was there as part of a project designed to nurture a new, western-modeled law school at Palatzky University in Olomouc (pronounced Alamohtz), an ancient city in Moravia, the region that now constitutes the eastern part of the Czech state.