The LSU Law Center hosted an April conference focusing on the differences between common law and civil law approaches to commercial law and the impact on hemispheric trade. The conference, titled Challenges to Hemispheric Trade Posed by the Common/Civil Law Divide, was held at the Cook Conference Center and featured numerous speakers from throughout the United States and Latin America.
Discussion leaders from the conference included Boris Kozolchyk, President and Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade; Dale Beck Furnish, professor at Arizona State University and specialist in Commercial Law, Comparative Law and International Trade; Francisco Reyes, Senior Partner, Francisco Reyes and Associates, Bogota, Columbia; and Alejandro M. Garro, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University.
Adolfo A. Franco, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) served as Keynote Speaker. Former Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Emilio J. Cardenas served as host of the conference, along with Chancellor John J. Costonis and Professor John S. Baker, Conference Director.
Conference sponsors included the USAID, UNCITRAL, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, Stanford Private Wealth Management, Booz Allen Hamilton, the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, and the Law Center.