Past Events

The Center has hosted, and often organized as well, programs on a wide range of subjects.  Note that Professor Carter chairs the Sanctions Subcommittee of the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP) and Professor Stewart is a member of the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL).

November 3, 2015

Hague Convention Anniversary Conference

The Center on Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center presented a one day conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Hague Service Convention and the 45th Anniversary of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention. 


July 10, 2013

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee

Ambassador Daniel Fried, the Department of State's Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, and Peter Harrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Threat Finance and Sanctions, presented and discussed: "An Update on Recent Developments re: Iran Sanctions."


April 3, 2013

Address by Cameron F. Kerry, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, on "The Digital Economy, Rule of Law from Beijing to Baghdad, IP & Lots Else - The Job of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce

The general counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce "has one of the most diverse and fascinating jobs in the federal government," according to Professor Barry Carter. And, the current holder of that job, Cameron Kerry, spoke to Georgetown Law faculty, students, alumni, and other interested people about the digital economy, intellectual property and other topics.

"Scarcely any issue arises in the U.S. government that does not become a question for legal counsel sooner or later," said Kerry, who focuses on the legal and policy issues of everything from placing weather satellites in space to regulating trade with countries here on earth.

"The challenge that the United States faces ... is fostering a 21st-century economy that grows consistently enough and fast enough to sustain a promising future..." he said. "We need to do more to lay a foundation for sustained growth."

The department is working to adapt to virtual space the rules that apply in physical space, including commercial data privacy, cyber security, the free flow of information across borders and the protection of intellectual property.

On the foreign front, lawyers at Commerce have an ongoing dialogue with China on rule-of-law issues. "The course of world history ... will be shaped, for good or for ill, by the course of that relationship," Kerry said.

As for his own career, Kerry — the brother of the U.S. Secretary of State — said he feels extraordinarily fortunate. "I hope some of you will have the opportunity to serve in government," he said. "In the 21st century, we need the best lawyers to serve our country."


February 13, 2013

Symposium on "The Evolution of Economic Sanctions: Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust," co-sponored with the Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Georgetown Center for National Security and the Law, and the American Society of International Law. The Center co-organized the event with the Journal

This one-day Symposium had as its keynote speaker the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing, Daniel L. Glaser. In addition four panels of present and past government officials, academics, and practitioners addressed various aspects of economic sanctions, including: the legal basis and operation of financial sanctions; the impacts of financial sanctions; coordination and incongruity among U.S., EU, and UN sanctions; and other legal, political, and humanitarian issues raised by sanctions. Several papers from the Symposium will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal.


November 19, 2012

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee

Presentation by Assistant Secretary of State Jose W. Fernandez, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Peter Harrell, and the Department of Treasury's Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Adam J. Szubin: "A Report from State and Treasury on Developments on U.S. Sanctions re: Iran and Burma."


July 24, 2012

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee

Assistant Secretary of State Jose W. Fernandez, Deputy Assistant Secretary Peter Harrell, Linda Specht, and others discussed "U.S. Sanctions Development: Burma."


April 11, 2012

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee
Presentation by Assistant Secretary of State Jose W. Fernandez on "Economic Sanctions: Recent Developments in the Process and Implementation and the Department of State."


March 27, 2012

Symposium on "Corporate Responsibility and the Alien Tort Statute," co-sponsored with the Georgetown Journal of International Law and the American Society of International Law, and co-organized with the Journal

The keynote speaker was Donald Francis Donovan, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and President-elect of the American Society of International Law.  Four panels of academics, practitioners and other experts discussed the implications of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell (now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court) and other aspects of (and alternatives to) the Alien Tort Statute. The Journal will publish papers from the symposium in a special issue.


January 19, 2012

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee
Presentation by Linda Specht, Director of the Department of State's Office of Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy, and David Mortlock, Attorney-Adviser in the Department's Office of the Legal Adviser.


October 28, 2011

Symposium on "The 2010 UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts,"
Several distinguished speakers provided an overview of the Principles from a trans-Atlantic perspective, focusing on the most recent revisions and their potential impact on international commercial transactions and dispute resolution. The keynote was presented by UNIDROIT's Secretary-General, José Angelo Estrella Faria.


September 22-23, 2011

Meeting of the ACPIL
Open meeting of this federal advisory committee's annual review of developments in the field of private international law, covering recent activities in UNICTRAL, UNIDROIT, the Hague Conference, the European Union and the OAS on topics such as international investment securities, online dispute resolution, e-commerce, secured finance and consumer protection.


July 26, 2011

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee 
On the issue of conflict minerals, the speakers were Brad Brooks-Rubin, a special advisory in the Department of State's Bureau of Energy, Economic, and Business Affairs; Dr. Catherine Pickard in the Department's Africa Bureau, and Keith Adam from the Department's Office of Central African Affairs.


May 4, 2011

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee
Thomas L. Delare, the Director of the State Department's Office of Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy, and David Mortlock, an Attorney-Adviser in the Legal Adviser's Office, addressed the steps the Department and other Departments were taking to enforce the U.S.sanctions against Iran.


March 8, 2011

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee
Ambassador William B. Wood, the U.S. Envoy for International Sanctions Implementation, addressed U.S. diplomatic efforts to encourage full implementation of the international sanctions against Iran.


October 28-29, 2010

Meeting of the ACPIL
Annual meeting of the Advisory Committee, discussing developments in the areas of international commercial and investment arbitration, the Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention, international family law (abduction, adoption, enforcement of maintenance agreements), protocols to the Capetown Convention on railroad rolling stock, mobile construction equipment and space assets and issues of federalism in the implementation of private international law treaties in the United States.


July 28, 2010

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee
Thomas L. Delare, accompanied by David Mortlock from the Department of State, discussed the ongoing implementation process for the new U.S. sanctions. They were joined by Dr. László Deák, Political Counselor at the Delegation of the European Union, who provided an overview of the EU's use of economic sanctions and the new sanctions against Iran.


June 16, 2010

Meeting of the ACIEP Sanctions Subcommittee
Thomas L. Delare discussed his Office's activities and the possible roles of the Subcommittee.


April 26, 2010

Symposium on "Transparency in International Arbitration: A Focus on Best Practices,"
This symposium was undertaken in support of a joint project of the American Branch of the International Law Association and the American Society of International Law, with the support of the D.C. Bar International Law Section's International Dispute Resolution Committee and Georgetown's International Arbitration Society, and in light of the then-pending amendments to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Several panels of distinguished practitioners, academics and government officials discussed both benefits and pitfalls of transparency vs. confidentiality in commercial as well as investment arbitration. James Castello, Esq., of King & Spalding, LLP, gave the keynote.


April 15, 2009

"Designing Trade Policy: Lessons from the Global Communications and Information Markets,"
Speech by Dr. Peter F. Cowhey, Senior Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative, with dinner following.