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September 11, 2017   Inside UGA

Daylong conference on expert trade law to be held Sept. 18

By Kate Doty | September 11, 2017
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The Dean Rusk International Law Center and the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law will host the daylong conference "The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements" Sept. 18 in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall.

During the conference, which will mark the center's 40th anniversary, expert academicians, policymakers, corporate counsels and practitioners will explore the shifting trajectory of trade agreements. Spurring this change are events like Brexit, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calls to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the acceleration of talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and China's One Belt One Road initiative, according to Harlan G. Cohen, Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law, faculty co-director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center and conference adviser.

"We are honored to bring these experts to campus for a conference in commemoration of the 1977 dedication of the Dean Rusk International Law Center," Cohen said. "Trade has been pushed back to the front of the global agenda, and with global politics in flux, we are at a unique moment for creative thinking and reform. We hope this conference will be an incubator for some of the best ideas for moving forward."

Participants will include Cohen and four School of Law graduates: Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, former director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center; Terry Smith Labat, U.S. Department of Commerce senior policy adviser; Tina Termei, Amazon.com corporate counsel; and Audrey Winter, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative deputy assistant.

Co-sponsoring the conference are law school student organizations the Business Law Society and the Corsair Law Society as well as the UGA School of Public and International Affairs.

There is no cost for the conference, but registration is required online at law.uga.edu/gjicl2017. Attorneys are eligible for continuing legal education credit for a fee.