February 18, 2011
The most recent round of World Trade Organization negotiations and many other factors, including the most recent global financial crisis, have led some to question the direction in which international trade is heading. However this question is answered, it is important that decision makers are informed in their framework of analysis. In order to make progress in the area, the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, Dean Rusk Center, Business-Law Society, and the Graduate Business Association will be hosting a conference intended to bring academics, business professionals, and legal professionals together to facilitate discussion of the topic. University of Georgia faculty and staff have helped identify topics and speakers that are integral to the issue, which will be brought together to shed light on where the United States is and should be heading with regard to international trade.
The conference will be held on February 18, 2011. It will be composed of three panels and a keynote address, delivered by Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Deputy United States Trade Representative. The first panel will contemplate the business aspects of international trade, including the pros and cons of increased and open international trade. The second panel will discuss the challenges for the future of international trade, such as labor relations, environmental regulation, and public perception. The third panel will deliberate the future of multilateral trade negotiations and dispute settlement, exploring the future role of the WTO and what form future agreements might take. Upon its conclusion, the conference should further understanding and hopefully shape the discussions regarding international trade moving forward.
(Registration is necessary to be guaranteed breakfast and/or lunch.)
Walker Room, 4th Floor, Dean Rusk Hall
8:00 - 9:00: Registration
9:00– 9:15: Commencement
9:15- 10:45: Panel 1: Business Aspects of International Trade
10:45 - 11:00: Break
11:00 - 12:30: Panel 2: Challenges for the Future of International Trade
12:30 - 1:00: Break and Start of Lunch
1:00 - 2:00: Keynote Address
2:00 - 2:15: Break
2:15 - 3:45: Panel 3: Future of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Dispute Settlement
3:45 - 4:00: Concluding Remarks
*Schedule subject to change.