International Law Weekend - South

Texas A&M University School of LawTexas A&M University School of Law, in cooperation with the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), held International Law Weekend—South: The Global Future of International Trade, Human Rights, and Development, on March 2-3, 2017.

The conference focused on a trio of areas that were the hallmarks and guiding principles of the international order created following the Second World War. That order is now undergoing change, with worldwide debate on what the future global order should look like. A range of experts from Texas A&M University School of Law as well other scholars, practitioners, and government officials spoke to such issues as how the emerging order will operate, who might gain, and how existing institutions including governments should respond.

A number of expert panels discussed such topics as:

  • International corruption and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Intellectual property and regional trade agreements
  • The role of judges in enforcing international and regional agreements
  • Making trade work for sustainable development: possibilities and challenges
  • New developments in resource management and trade, and
  • Career “practice tracks” in the international arena

Special thanks to ABILA members Associate Dean Charlotte Ku and Professor Peter Yu for their leadership in organizing this wonderful event.

ILW - South 2017 Program Available Here


ILW - South 2017

Law School Dean Andrew Morriss opened the conference, and ABILA President David Stewart made brief remarks.

Plenary speakers included Edward Kwakwa, Senior Director of the Department for Traditional Knowledge and Global Challenges (and former Legal Counsel) at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and


Professor David Gantz, Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law and Director Emeritus of the International Economic Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.