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The South Carolina Journal of International Law and Business (SCJILB) hosts an annual symposium on topics involving international law and business.

Past Symposium

The South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business is pleased to announce that our Fall 2022 Symposium, titled The Global Energy Transition, will take place on Friday, November 11, 2022! Our symposium will involve three separate panel discussions and a keynote address. The panels will include the following: (1) Corporations’ Role in Achieving Net-Zero Goals, (2) Supply Chain and Sourcing Issues in Green Energy Technology, and (3) Sociodemographic Disparities in Energy Insecurity.

The symposium will feature speakers from the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, Google, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Troutman Pepper, Fox Rothschild, Tesla, the Southeast Energy Efficient Alliance, the University of South Carolina School of Law, and private practice.

The Symposium will be held in the Karen J. Williams Courtroom at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The event is free to the public with a fee for CLE credit. The symposium is approved for 5 CLE credit hours by the South Carolina Supreme Court of the South Carolina Bar

The South Carolina Journal of International Law & Business is pleased to announce that our Fall 2020 Symposium, titled International Law in Times of Crisis, will take place on November 6, 2020! Our symposium will involve three separate panel discussions and a keynote address. Each panel will discuss one overarching topic in international law: (1) the Global Debt crisis, (2) Refugee Crises, and (3) Pandemic Crises.

The Symposium will be conducted virtually over the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra platform due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. Panelists are invited to present a paper or research topic if they so choose.

There will be no application fee for attendance or participation in the event, and is open to lawyers, students and other interested registrants.

The symposium is pending approval for 4.5 CLE credit hours by the South Carolina Supreme Court of the South Carolina bar.

Register for the Symposium here in order to ensure CLE credit!

This year’s symposium will explore the changes and global impact of innovation, policy, and technology in law and development and will feature discussions on municipal fiscal health, international law and the internet, and the use of technology for legal access. We are delighted to host international, national, and local panelists who will engage in constructive communication to share their breadth of experience and knowledge with attendees.

Attendees of the symposium are eligible for 4.5 hours of CLE credit. The event is free to the public with a fee for CLE. To register:

Thursday, November 8th:

5:30 P.M. Welcome and Introduction
Karen Williams Courtroom, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1525 Senate Street

5:45 P.M. Keynote Conversation
Jamil Jaffer
Founder of the National Security Institute and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason

Jay Richardson
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 

Friday, November 9th: 

8:30 A.M. Registration and Light Breakfast
School of Law Perrin Family Lobby 

9:00 A.M. Welcoming Remarks
Karen Williams Courtroom, South Carolina School of Law 

9:10 A.M. Panel 1: International Law and the Internet

  • Allyson Haynes Stuart
    Professor, Charleston School of Law
  • Mustafa Naseem
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Information, University of Michigan 
  • Moderator: Bryant Walker Smith
    Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina School of Law

10:40 A.M. Break

10:50 A.M. Panel 2: The Use of Technology in Legal Access

  • Gerald Abila
    Attorney and Founder of Barefoot Law
  • Brian Anderson
    Attorney, Everson Law Firm
  • John C. Few
    Associate Justice, South Carolina Supreme Court
  • Muluka Shifa
    Women Law and Policy Fellow and Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Chambliss
    Professor and Director of the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism, University of South Carolina School of Law

12:20 P.M. Lunch Break

1:30 P.M. Panel 3: Innovations in Improving Municipal and Fiscal Health

  • Louise Howells
    Professor, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Bruce McDonald
    Associate Professor and MPA Program Director, North Carolina State University
  • Ge Vue
    Associate Director of Instructional Design, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Moderator: Tigerron Wells
    Government Affairs Liaison, Municipal Association of South Carolina 

3:05 P.M. Closing Remarks

We look forward to seeing you in November! If you are unable to attend the symposium but would like to contribute to the journal, please donate here.

The 2016 Symposium has been approved for 3.35 hours of CLE credit by the SC Supreme Court for submission to the SC Bar. Uniform Certificates of Attendance will be available for self-reporting to other agencies.

Although climate change was once viewed as an issue in the distant future, it has shifted to the present, joining the forefront of major issues. Climate-related changes affect various environments and populations. For example, detrimental effects include longer and hotter summers, flooding, shorter winters, heavier downpours, ocean acidification, vulnerable coastal lifelines, and so forth. The legal responses and approaches to this global issue include regulations, climate policies, international treaties, and conventions—all for mitigation or adaptation. As a result of these worldwide responses, various global industries and businesses are affected in a myriad of ways.

This symposium focuses on those effects on global industries. The symposium will be divided into three panels with distinct themes, each focusing on a specific industry:

  • The first panel will discuss the effects of climate policies and regulations on the transportation industry (i.e., aviation, automobiles, maritime/shipping).
  • The second panel will discuss the effects of climate policies and regulations on the energy industry (e.g., coal-industry, renewable sources, solar energy, etc).
  • The third panel will cover market-based mechanisms, which aim to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating financial incentives for greenhouse gas emitters to emit less. Further examples of market-based mechanisms include a carbon tax, a cap-and-trade program, a baseline and credit program, taxation, feed-in tariff systems, levies, and carbon stocks through agroforestry.

Each panel features academics and practitioners representing a wide range of legal knowledge and climate change-related experience. Law professors come from several different institutions, including the University of Utah, Widener University, Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Similarly, the practitioners represent a sundry of legal backgrounds, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Focus, and Van Ness Feldman, to name a few.  SCJILB is excited to bring these prominent individuals to discuss a vital global crisis that will continue to be addressed in the future.

Symposium Registration and Fees

USC faculty, students, or anyone not seeking CLE Credit – no fee; however, registration is required.

The following fees are for persons seeking CLE Credit:

Registration before November 10th: $75*
Registration fee on or after November 10th: $100*
(payment at the door will be accepted in cash or by check made payable to USC )

The symposium will consist of three panels, each discussing a topic in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Each panel will focus on a paper presented by a main speaker, with two or more commentators presenting their thoughts regarding the speaker’s presentation.

The Symposium has been approved for 5.16 hours of CLE credit.

Symposium Keynote Address:

  • Peter Selleck, President, Michelin North America

Main Speakers:

Professor Virginia Harper Ho

  • Professor Virgina Harper Ho is a professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. Professor Harper Ho teaches Business Organizations, Chinese Law, Corporate Finance, and Seminar in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and the Law. Professor Harper Ho’s research focuses on the intersections of law and governance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance, Chinese labor law reform, and corporate social responsibility, and her work has been published by the Vanderbilt and Columbia international law journals, the Journal of Corporation Law, the Columbia Journal of Asian Law and University of California-Berkeley’s Institute for East Asian Studies. She has also presented her work in in Chinese and English at several universities in China.

Professor Kish Parella

  • Professor Parella is a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. Professor Parella teaches International Business Transactions, Transnational Law, and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her research concerns issues at the intersection of law and global business with a particular focus on the private regulation of international production. Her current research explores the public governance functions performed by the transnational business sector.
  • Professor Parella will be presenting on her paper “Transnational Private Regulatory Responses to the Agency Cost Problem.”

Professor Kenneth Rosen

  • Professor Rosen is a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law. Professor Rosen teaches multiple courses including business organizations, securities regulation, international business transactions, economy in crisis, integrated financial regulation, and conflict of laws.  Before arriving at the University of Alabama, Professor Rosen served as the first Fellow for the Fordham University School of Law’s Center for Corporate, Securities and Financial Law in New York City. He has spoken both in the United States and abroad at events sponsored by such organizations as the Association of American Law Schools, the American Society of International Law, the Law and Society Association, the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Futures Industry Association, the Small Business Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, the Washington Campus, National Regulatory Services, and the United Kingdom’s City and Financial Conferences.
  • Professor Rosen’s presentation will examine the use of domestic regulation applied extra-territorially to affect business operations and behavior outside of the country in other jurisdictions.


Dr. Bama Athreya

  • Senior Specialist, Labor and Employment Rights, US Agency for International Development

Dr. Karin Buhmann

  • Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School
  • Associate Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark

George Jurch

  • Chief Legal Counsel. Continental Tire

Joey Lee

  • Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor of Law, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice, Fordham University School of Law

Dr. Andrew Spicer

  • Associate Professor of International Business, Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina


Thursday, February 5th

6:00 P.M.   Welcome and Introduction. Dean Robert M. Wilcox

6:15 P.M.   Keynote Address, Pete Selleck, President, Michelin North America

Friday, February 6th

9:00 A.M.    Welcome and Introduction. Ashley Kemp, Vice-Provost Harry J. Ploehn

9:15 A.M.    Panel: Limits on Exporting Corporate Social Responsibility through Domestic Regulation. Kenneth Rosen, Joey Lee, Dr. Karin Buhmann, Virginia Harper Ho

10:35 A.M.   Break

10:45 A.M.   Panel: Transnational Private Regulatory Responses to the Agency Cost Problem. Kish Parella, Bama Athreya, George Jurch, Kenneth Rosen

12:10 P.M.    Lunch break

1:30 P.M.       Panel: Corporate Responsibility in China: Assessing the Business Case for Strategic CSR. Virginia Harper Ho, Dr. Karin Buhmann, Andrew Spicer, Kish Parella

3:05 P.M.       Closing Remarks

  • The 2012 Symposium took place on Thursday, September 20, 2012 and Friday, September 21, 2012 at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • The 2012 SCJILB Symposium has been approved for 5.25 CLE credits by the South Carolina Bar Association.

Keynote Information

    • The keynote address was delivered by The Hon. Mr. Justice Burton, Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, on Thursday, September 20. All speakers, authors, students, SC Bar attendees, and members of the community were cordially invited to attend the keynote address.
    • Mr. Justice Burton ‘s address was entitled “The Rule of Law: A Help or Hindrance to International Business?”  and primarily focused on the European Convention of Human Rights, as incorporated in the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act.



The Hon. Mr. Justice Burton, Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

The Hon. Mr. Justice Burton is the current Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, and a Justice of the High Court of England and Wales. He studied Classics and Law at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1970, he was called to the Bar and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984. He later became head of Littleton Chambers and held that position until his appointment to the High Court in 1998. As a Justice, he served as President of the Employment Appeals Tribunal from 2002-2005, and was responsible for significant reforms to that body. He also served as Chairman of the High Court Judges Association until 2011. He is Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee and Vice President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. He has published numerous papers, edited a book on civil appeals, and contributed to a book on civil pleadings. He has appeared as Counsel in the UK, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Bermuda, and the United States. He has significant experience acting as an arbitrator and mediator, and has spoken extensively on Human Rights and European Law.

Professor Daniel Chow

Professor Chow is a Professor at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Professor Chow focuses his scholarship on China, International Trade Transactions, International Intellectual Property, and Foreign Trade and Investment. He has taught classes on a variety of topics including International Law, International Transactions, Jurisprudence, Asian Law, and Property. Prior to his career in academia, Professor Chow served as a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York, and worked as an associate with Debevoise and Plimpton in New York City.

Professor Chow received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

Professor Kiel Downey

Professor Downey is the Director of the Masters Program in International Studies at the University of South Carolina. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Political Science. Prior to his arrival at USC, Downey served as Senior Research Associate to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, in Washington, D.C. He also previously worked on democracy and human rights programs in Taipei.

Professor Downey received his B.A. in Linguistics and International Relations from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on Asia-Pacific Law and Development, from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is professionally proficient in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese and Spanish.

Dr. Gerald McDermott

Dr. Gerald McDermott is Associate Professor of International Business at The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, and a senior research fellow of IAE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College in 1988.  In 1998, he received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he presented his dissertation, entitled “The Communist Aftermath: Industrial Networks and the Politics of Institution Building in the Czech Republic.”  He has been a visiting researcher and professor at Universidad de San Andres and a visiting professor for the Yale LL.M. program at Universidad de Palermo, both in Buenos Aires.  He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. McDermott is a prolific author, having published a book, Embedded Politics: Industrial Networks and Institutional Change in Post-Communism, as well as having authored numerous articles and book chapters.  He has lectured and presented papers at conferences around the world.  He is an editorial board member of Small Business Economics, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Journal of International Business Studies, and Comparative Economic Studies and has refereed numerous journals. He is a co-organizer of USC’s Rule of Law Seminar Series, the International Business Seminar Series, and last year’s Symposium on the Arab Spring.  His research focuses on the intersection of international business and public policy emerging economies, particularly those in Latin America and East-Central Europe. He research currently focuses on how developing societies can restructure their innovative capacities in order to become competitive in the global market.

Anna Shavers

Anna Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law.  She graduated from Central State University in Ohio with a degree in Biology Education in 1967. She received her M.S. in Business from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1973, and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1979.  Prior to entering academia, she practiced as an Associate Attorney at Faegre & Benson Law Firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in Banking, Commercial, and Business Litigation. She has led international delegations and given presentations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

She has contributed significantly to the legal community at the University of Nebraska College of Law through her various positions at the law school. She has also significantly contributed to the legal community through her involvement with various ABA Councils, Committees, and Sections. She has taught Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Gender Issues in U.S. law, International Gender Issues, and Refugee and Asylum Law.  She has published extensively, and has a forthcoming article entitled “Crossing the Border Through Immigration, Importation, Illicit and Other Means and the Implications for Human and Civil Rights” in the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development.

Dr. Andrew Spicer

Dr. Andrew Spicer is an Associate Professor of International Business at The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.  He received his B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.  Prior to coming to the Moore School, he served as an Assistant Professor at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management of the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Spicer has been published in several academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Strategic Organization, Advances in Strategic Management, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and Industrial and Corporate Change.  He authored and co-authored book chapters and policy publications for The World Bank and other publishers.  He has presented at conferences in the US, Canada, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Sweden.  He currently is the Director of Sustainable Enterprise and Development Initiative at the Moore School, developing curricula, supporting research, and forging relationships with relevant organizations and institutions.

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