The Center spearheads an exciting calendar of events throughout the academic year that spotlights current and emerging issues in international business law and policy. The schedule includes symposia and lectures, breakfast roundtables, international economic law forums, brown bag luncheons, and student-organized programs. Videos are available online for some of the events and presentations.

Upcoming Events

Brooklyn Colloquium on International Economic Law

The Dennis J. Block Center is pleased to announce the inaugural Brooklyn Colloquium on International Economic Law. The IEL Colloquium is presented by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, and convened by Professors Julian Arato and Robin Effron.

Spring 2018 Schedule

2/5 - Wolfgang Alschner (Ottawa), “The Impact of Treaty Design Differences in Precedential Reasoning in Investment Arbitration
2/26 - Hanoch Dagan (Tel Aviv) & Michael Heller (Columbia), “The Choice Theory of Contract and International Law
3/19 - Pamela Bookman (Temple), “Arbitration Exceptionalism
4/16 - William Magnusson  (Texas A&M), “Financial Regulation in the Bitcoin era
Colloquium sessions are open to the public, and members of the NYC International Law community are encouraged to attend. Public sessions will be held on Mondays from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., at Brooklyn Law School (Subotnick Center, 250 Joralemon St., 11th fl.).

Past Events

The Brooklyn Lecture on International Business Law
ISDS: The Wild, Wild West of International Law and Arbitration

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6:30 p.m. Registration and light refreshments
7 to 8:30 p.m. Program

Brooklyn Law School
Subotnick Center
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY

About the Program
George Kahale III will be discussing his experiences in investor-state dispute settlement (“ISDS”). He will focus particularly on issues explored in his recent paper, “Rethinking ISDS.”

Sponsored by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.

George Kahale III
Chairman, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Robert Howse
Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law, NYU School of Law

Julian Arato
Assistant Professor of Law & Co-Director, Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Brooklyn Law School

IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism: The Future of Economic Integration

Friday, November 10, 2017
8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast and registration
9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Program

Brooklyn Law School
Subotnick Center, 10th Floor
250 Joralemon St.
Brooklyn, NY

About the Symposium
Not long ago, globalization seemed to have a veneer of inexorable progress. Despite long-simmering controversies and moments of backlash, economic integration and its institutionalization was on the rise – in trade in goods, services, data, finance, and investment alike. By the early 2000s, multilateral organizations, ever-proliferating regional institutions, bilateral arrangements, and informal networks were struggling to keep the pace and mark their space in a globalized economy. But the picture looks very different today. After the financial crisis of 2008, and, more recently, the nationalist waves cresting in Europe and the U.S. since 2016, the future of economic integration is subject to considerable doubt. This conference will consider the shape of integration to come, focusing on the varying strategies and instruments by which States might pursue (or resist) global economic integration – at the multilateral, regional, bilateral, and even national levels – and what political and distributional effects these choices may entail.

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Julian Arato, Brooklyn Law School
Eyal Benvenisti, University of Cambridge
Sungjoon Cho, Chicago-Kent School of Law
Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
James Thuo Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Robert Howse, NYU School of Law
Joanna Langille, NYU School of Law
Simon Lester, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Paul Mertenskötter, Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law
Thomas Streinz, Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law
Joel P. Trachtman, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Joseph H.H. Weiler, NYU School of Law

Sponsored by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law

Recent Events

CLE Roundtable Discussion: Corporate Planning Through International Law: The Use and Abuse of Tax Treaties, Investment Law, and Political Risk Insurance

Wednesday, February 1

About the Program
Corporations are not formally subjects of international law. Yet in diverse fields, business entities can make use of robust treaty regimes to protect their ventures around the globe. By navigating a labyrinth of thousands of bilateral and multilateral treaties, corporations can unlock access to valuable benefits and protections far in excess of what is ordinarily available under national law – including especially tax treatment, protections for foreign direct investment, and political risk insurance.

Corporate planning through international law is fast becoming a critical field of practice in our increasingly globalized economy.  At the same time, international economic law in these areas continues to feed into global anxiety over the distribution of benefits and burdens across the globe, and the national community’s loss of sovereignty. The international legal bar remains bitterly divided over how far international tax and investment law ought to discipline the domestic regulatory action of sovereign states.

The panel of scholars and practitioners in international tax, the law of foreign direct investment, and political risk insurance examined how multinational corporations can use international law to plan for growth in the 21st century. The speakers explored practical aspects of corporate planning through international law, with due attention to the broader social consequences and legitimation concerns attending such maneuvers.

Review the Agenda.

Steven Dean, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Ivan Ilescas, Senior Counsel, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group
Simon Batifort, Associate, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Julian Arato, Assistant Professor of Law & Assistant Director, Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Brooklyn Law School

IBL Breakfast Roundtable: Controlling the Complexity and Cost of Civil Litigation: A View from a British Judge

Wednesday, November 30
The Right Honourable Lord John Dyson
Formerly Master of the Rolls
About Lord John Dyson
The Right Honourable Lord Dyson recently retired from his position as Master of the Rolls, who serves as the presiding officer of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal and Head of Civil Justice, the second most senior judicial position in England and Wales, after the Lord Chief Justice.

Dyson was called to the bar (Middle Temple) in 1968 and made a bencher for Middle Temple in 1990. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, and his first judicial appointment was as a Recorder from 1986 to 1993. He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Justice for 1993 to 2001. He also was the Presiding Judge for the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001, when he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal. In 2010, Dyson was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court. He studied Classics at Wadham College, Oxford.

IBL 2016 Scholars Roundtable

Friday, October 14
Trade and Treaties

Julian Arato (Brooklyn Law School) The Logic of Contract in the World of Investment Treaties

Olasupo Owoeye (University of South Australia) Regionalism and WTO Multilateralism: The Case for an African Continental Free Trade Area

Thomas Streinz (NYU) The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Framework for the Digital Economy

International Issues in Anti-Corruption

Branislav Hock (Tilburg University) Effectiveness of Transnational Bribery Enforcement and Collective Action

Sean Griffith & Thomas Lee (Fordham Law School) The Political Economy of Foreign Anti-Corruption Law

Finance and Financing in the International Arena

Sarah Dadush (Rutgers Law School) No Financial Harm, No Foul? Or the Problem with the Market Value

Lan Cao (Chapman University) Currency Wars and the Erosion of Dollar Hegemony

Victoria Shannon Sahani (Washington & Lee) Governing Third-Party Funders

Summer Kim (UC Irvine) Regulating Private Equity

Saturday, October 15
International Corporate Issues

Andrew Verstein (Wake Forest Law School) National Security Corporate Law

Gregory Shill (Harvard Law School) Activist Loyalties

Afra Afsharipour (UC Davis School of Law) Legal Transplants in the Law of the Deal – M&A Agreement in India

Past Event

International Economic Forum

February 11, 2016

Aaron A. Dhir, Associate Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, spoke about his new book Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity (Cambridge University Press 2015).

  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism
  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism
  • IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism


Brooklyn Lecture on International Business Law — Kahale on ISDS: Wild West of Int’l Law & Arbitration (CLE) on April 3.


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Brooklyn Law School
Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
Attn: Joanne Ferris
Fellowship Program
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201