A two-day symposium sponsored by the Gonzaga Journal of International Law drew scholars and attorneys from around the world.
Two professors from China and one from Japan and an attorney from Nepal were among those who spoke to the symposium’s topic “International Trade: Law or Politics?” held at the Gonzaga University School of Law, February 28 and 29, 2008.
The symposium focused on international trade. Most who spoke have intimate knowledge of the World Trade Organization and other international groups that deal with economics and inter-border trade issues.
The distinguished speakers included:
- Willamette College of Law Professor
- James Nafziger, a former Fulbright Scholar who discussed arbitration of the North American Free Trade Agreement: UPS vs. Canada
- Itron Corporate Attorney and GU Law school alumnus John Holleran, who discussed the realities of international trade;
- University of Montana Professor David Aronofsky, who discussed the World Trade Organization and international trade relations with China
- Brian Pangrle, a managing patent attorney with the Spokane law firm Lee and Hayes, discussed patent law in emerging markets
- Nepalese attorney Hem Mohan Bhattarai discussed Nepal and the WTO;
- Heng Wang, a law professor at the Economic and Trade Law School, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, China, discussed China WTO issues
- Japan’s Ichiro Araki, a law professor at the International Graduate School of Social Sciences,
- Yokohama National University, addressed Japan-U.S. Trade;
- Gonzaga Law Professor Upendra Acharya examined the WTO and the least developed countries
- Law Professor Xinjuan Zhang from the China Youth University for Political Sciences, discussed WTO Membership from China’s perspective.
Panelists include attorney Monica Holland, of the International Trade Alliance and Gonzaga Law Professors George Critchlow, Mike McClintock, Mary Pat Treuthart, Gerry Hess, Brooks Holland, Nadine Farid and Megan Ballard.
The International Trade Alliance, primary co-sponsor of the symposium, is a local nonprofit association that supports and promotes international businesses in Eastern Washington and helps local businesses enter global markets. The ITA also is the primary conduit for bringing a local flavor to an international topic.