The Center for American and International Law’s Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (“SWIICL”) has released the recordings from its virtual Symposium on Global Business: The Challenges of Doing Business in an Imperfect World held on June 27, 2022.
Against the backdrop of ongoing global issues rising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, SWIICL convened 12 leaders from the academic, legal, and corporate sectors to facilitate discussions about the modern risks of international business in an imperfect world. Some discussion topics included the role of global companies in peacebuilding, the risks brands face when corporate decisions ultimately aid bad actors, the emergence of governance as a form of peacebuilding, and corporate actors in the role of peacebuilders.
2022 Symposium on Global Business Video Series:
- Part One: “Keynote: Why Globalization is About Peacebuilding and What Business Has to Do with It” features Ambassador Lee S. Wolosky (Jenner & Block, NYC & Washington, D.C.)
- Part Two: “Business Decision-Making in the Wake of Ukraine” features moderator M. Imad Khan (Winston & Strawn LLP, Houston) and panelists Yousuf Aftab (Director, Atelier Aftab P.C., NYC), Ellen Hewitt (Managing Director, FTI Consulting, New York, NY), Richard L. Kilpatrick, Jr. (Assistant Professor of Business Law, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC).
- Part Three: “Do No Harm: How Global Businesses Can Be Agents for Sustainable Development and Community Building” features moderator Daniella D. Landers (Womble Bond Dickinson, Houston, TX) and panelists Diane Desierto (Professor of Law and Global Affairs & LL.M. Faculty Director, Notre Dame Law School), Lisa E. Sachs (Associate Research Scholar, Director - Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, NYC), Frédéric Gilles Sourgens (Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS)
- Part Four: “Corporate Diplomacy: In the Room Where It Happens” features moderator Frédéric Gilles Sourgens (Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law, Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS) and panelists David L. Attanasio (Dechert LLP, Washington, D.C.), Lucinda A. Low (Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, D.C.), Julia Simon (Chief Legal Officer and Chief Diversity Officer, Mary Kay, Addison, TX).
About the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law - The Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (SWIICL) was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1963 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, an international nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. Since 1963, SWIICL has offered annual programs focusing on international business transactions and private investments worldwide while developing professional relationships among distinguished lawyers, business leaders, and government officials worldwide. SWIICL's premier annual event is the Academy of American and International Law, a multi-week program that has provided more than 3,300 participants from 130 countries the opportunity to study American law and process in the United States.