Events

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.


Recent Events

IBL Annual Lecture: Globalization's Wrong Turn

Wednesday, March 13

About the Program
To fix globalization, we need to understand where we took a wrong turn. In this lecture, Professor Dani Rodrik will explore the shift to what he calls “hyperglobalization” that took place during the 1990s and why it was based on a faulty understanding of how markets work. He will then outline an alternative perspective that is more consistent with inclusive prosperity at home while preserving multilateralism abroad.

The lecture will be immediately followed by a roundtable discussion.

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

Presenter
Dani Rodrik
Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

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

Steven Dean
Professor of Tax Law, NYU School of Law
Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Robin Effron
Professor of Law & Co-Director
Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
Brooklyn Law School

J. Benton Heath
Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, NYU School of Law

Sanjay Reddy
Associate Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research

Thomas Streinz
Institute for International Law and Justice Fellow, NYU School of Law

Past Events

IBL Brown Bag Lunch with Judge Andrew Effron, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Wednesday, September 26

Join the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and the International Law Society for a Brown Bag Lunch with speaker Judge Andrew Effron, former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and Professorial Lecturer in Law, The George Washington University Law School.

IBL Roundtable on International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation with Professor Tsilly Dagan

Wednesday, October 3

The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law is pleased to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion
International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation
A Conversation with Author and Professor of Law Tsilly Dagan
Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

About the Roundtable Discussion
Professor Tsilly Dagan will present her book International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation (Cambridge University Press 2017). Bringing a unique voice to international taxation, Dagan argues against the conventional support of multilateral cooperation in favor of structured competition as a way to promote both justice and efficiency in international tax policy. She analyzes international taxation as a decentralized market where governments have increasingly become strategic actors. While many of the challenges of the current international tax regime derive from this decentralized competitive structure, Dagan maintains that curtailing competition through centralization is not necessarily the answer. Conversely, competition—if properly calibrated and notwithstanding its dubious reputation—is conducive rather than detrimental to both efficiency and global justice. She opens the book with a discussion of the basic normative goals of income taxation, explaining how competition transforms them and analyzing the strategic games states play on the bilateral and multilateral level. Dagan then considers the costs and benefits of co-operation and competition in terms of efficiency and justice.
 
Commentators:
Julian Arato, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Brooklyn Law School
Steven Dean, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Yehonatan Givati, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Visiting Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

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

 

Brooklyn Colloquium on International Economic Law

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.).

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.

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

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

Moderator
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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Participants
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.

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Panelists
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

Moderator
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).

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RECENT EVENT


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

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Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
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250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201