Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Arab Spring: Doing Business and the Rule of Law

SMU MENA ConferenceThe American Bar Association Section of International Law held a one-day program on "The Arab Spring: Doing Business and the Rule of Law" on February 7, 2013 at the SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas.

The morning keynote speaker was the Honorable Adel Omar Sherif, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, who is pictured here with me and with Conference Co-Chair John B. Attansio, Dean of the SMU Dedman School of Law.  The luncheon speaker was former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, whose comments focused on the importance of educating women and young girls as a critical factor in building democratic society.

Panels today include:

  • Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law
  • Energy and the Middle East/North Africa
  • The Political System and Constitutional Reform
  • Doing Business in MENA and the Rule of Law
  • Dispute Resolution and the Rule of Law 

The program is at capacity and the presentations highly interesting.  Attendees are from all around the world, including Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and even New Jersey.  And of course there's a lot of Texans here too.

Congratulations to SMU Dean John Attanasio and Steve Richman (Duane Morris LLP) who are the co-chairs of today's conference.


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