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CILI Marks a Quarter-Century with Expert Trade Panel Discussion

Approximately 70 people attended a discussion on recent developments in international trade held at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on March 24, 2011. 

Sponsored by Catholic University’s Comparative and International Law Institute, the panel was titled “The Past Ten Years: Main Developments in the U.S. Trade and Politics in Asia-Pacific, European and Latin-American Regions.”
The occasion was in celebration of three related dates: the 25th anniversary of the Comparative and International Law Institute; the 20th anniversary of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow; and the 10th annual trade panel discussion, which began in 2001.

Welcome remarks were offered by Marek Konarzewski, minister counselor for the science, education and technology section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland; Professor Rett R. Ludwikowski, director, Comparative and International Law Institute, Columbus School of Law;George E. Garvey, associate dean for academic affairs, Columbus School of Law; and Professor Ralph J. Rohner, Columbus School of Law.
The three panelists leading the trade discussion were:
Patrick A. Mulloy, commissioner, United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission and adjunct professor of international trade law at Catholic University’s law school.
Topic: Challenges and the U.S. Priorities with Regard to the Trade and Politics in Asia
Charles Shapiro, head of the Free Trade Agreement Task Force at the U.S. State Department.
Topic: Trade with Latin America and Caribbean Countries: Economic Growth in the Region, Rule of Law, and Pending Trade Agreements with the United States
Piotr Nowina-Konopka, director, European Parliament Liaison Office with the U.S. Congress.
Topic: How Remote is Nowadays EU from US? Political and Economic Perspective
The Comparative and International Law Institute was established by the Columbus School of Law in 1985 in response to the growing need to expose students to the public and private fields of international law, international trade and business, and private foreign investment. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the institute has graduated more than 500 students with extensive experience in the international arena.