UVA Law Symposium to Explore Weaknesses Within Global Economy

Students and experts will come together on Feb. 17 at the University of Virginia School of Law to explore how the global economy consistently faces a number of barriers that have the potential to forestall future market growth.

Impediments to the Global Economy Poster“Impediments to the Global Economy,” sponsored by the Virginia Journal of International Law and the J. B. Moore Society of International Law, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Purcell Reading Room and Caplin Pavilion.

“The well-being of the global economy is a pressing issue for our times,” said Katherine Chang, a second-year law student and symposium director of the J.B. Moore Society.

“In the past year alone, we saw high-profile hacks on major players in both the public and private sector, rampant cases of corruption in major international projects and events, and heated debates over future U.S. economic relations with countries like Russia and Iran. These barriers to steady market growth all affect how businesses from emerging and growth-leading economies will act going forward,” Chang added.

Matt Perault, head of global policy development for Facebook, will deliver the keynote address at 11:30 a.m. in Caplin Pavilion. An RSVP is required to attend the lunch.

Perault develops Facebook’s positions on global public policy issues. Prior to working at Facebook, he was counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel, worked as a consultant at the World Bank and clerked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Perault graduated from Harvard Law School in 2008.

The day's events will kick off with opening remarks by Craig Kramer, vice president of  Governmental Affairs at Johnson & Johnson. The symposium also will host three panels during which leading scholars and practitioners from across the country will discuss how cyberattacks, sanctions and corruption may have significant effects on the modern international economy.


Impediments to the Global Economy

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Events are in the Purcell Reading Room, except where noted.

9:30-10 a.m. 
Opening Remarks and Breakfast
Craig Kramer, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Johnson & Johnson

10-11:20 a.m. 
Panel I: Corruption and Economic Development

  • Rachel Brewster ’03, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
  • Trevor N. McFadden ’06, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Milan Vaishnav, Associate, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Moderator: Paul B. Stephan, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address, Caplin Pavilion
Matt Perault, Head of Global Policy Development, Facebook
RSVP to receive lunch.

1-2:20 p.m.
Panel II: The Effectiveness of Economic Sanctions in Modern Diplomacy

  • Paul Delaney ’02, Partner, Kyle House Group
  • Edward Fishman, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of State
  • Scott Lincicome ’04, Counsel, White & Case
  • Moderator: Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

2:30-3:50 p.m.  
Panel III: Financial Markets in the Aftermath of Cyberattacks

  • David Burg, Principal, Global and U.S. Cybersecurity Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Brent J. McIntosh, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
  • John W. Woods, Jr. ’95, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
  • Moderator: Ashley S. Deeks, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

4-4:30 p.m.  
Closing Remarks and Reception


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