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Symposium on Global Business: The Challenges of Doing Business in an Imperfect World

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Other Programs |  Southwestern Institute for International And Comparative Law
Daniella Landers |  Frederic Sourgens |  M. Imad Khan |  Ambassador Lee S. Wolosky |  Yousuf Aftab |  Ellen Hewitt |  Richard L. Kilpatrick Jr. |  Diane Desierto |  Lisa E. Sachs |  David L. Attanasio |  Lucinda A. Low |  Julia Simon
Original Program Date:
Jun 27, 2022
Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


Global businesses are playing a greater role in peacebuilding and improving the world through development. Whether they do so from a sense of moral obligation or because of the encouragement of governments, investors, or customers; businesses have attempted to position and promote themselves as positive forces for change.

At the same time, businesses face significant risks to their brands if their business actions ultimately aid bad actors, including combatants, terrorists, oligarchs, and oppressive governments. The ability of businesses to claim adherence to sustainable development goals or ESG obligations by relying on the idea that more business leads to more peace is being questioned.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the response of global businesses to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. From Shell to McDonald’s to Coca-Cola to MasterCard, companies have suspended or withdrawn from doing business in Russia to create pressure in excess of sanctions imposed by their home countries. Similarly, law firms and other professional associations have withdrawn from representation of the Russian government and its accomplices and stated they will suspend their operations or close their offices in Russia.

Are we witnessing an emerging governance paradigm shift coming out of the global business world with governance as a form of peacebuilding and corporate actors in the role of peacebuilders? Will it expand beyond Russia? If so, how should business fulfill this role? And does business do so in its big decisions of pulling out of certain economies as well as in the seemingly small decisions in choosing suppliers and policing supply chains? How can law firms use law and lawyering as a tool to promote peace through business?

This Symposium will facilitate a discussion of these important considerations and allow you to be better prepared to handle the risk of international business in an imperfect world.


MCLE credit has not been requested for this program.

MCLE credit has not been obtained for this program and will not be requested by The Center for American and International Law. You may be able to obtain credit in certain jurisdictions (self-study credit), but the rules vary greatly by jurisdiction. Please review your jurisdiction’s MCLE rules and regulations before purchasing or viewing this program.


Daniella Landers's Profile

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Womble Bond Dickinson

Daniella focuses her practice on a broad range of environmental compliance, transactional and litigation matters. She counsels energy companies, manufacturers, industrial facilities, financial institutions, real estate interests and other businesses on complex environmental and related land use issues, including environmental risk assessment, crisis management and incident response, environmental permitting and compliance, environmental due diligence in acquisitions and transactions, management of environmental issues affecting the upstream, midstream, downstream, and renewables/alternative energy sectors, natural resources damages claims, climate change initiatives, and pollution exposure disputes. 

Daniella frequently counsels clients on corrective actions, brownfields redevelopment, environmental closures and groundwater remediation as well as assists in the review and audit of operations to address air, water and waste compliance issues for manufacturing, industrial or waste disposal facilities. She has been seconded by clients as in-house counsel on several occasions to handle environmental issues.  

Daniella helps clients navigate environmental crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation. She handles governmental investigations of environmental matters, environmental enforcement defense, responses to citizen protest actions, cost recovery claims and Superfund litigation.  

Frederic Sourgens's Profile

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Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law

Washburn University School of Law

Freddy is the Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center. He serves as Editor in Chief of Oxford University Press' InvestmentClaims reporter of international arbitral awards between states and foreign investors. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books on international energy law, international dispute resolution and transnational law, including relevantly for our program Evidence in International Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2018) (with Kabir Duggal & Ian Laird) and A Nascent Common Law,  The Process of Decisionmaking in International Legal Disputes Between States and Foreign Investors (Brill | Nijhoff, 2015). Freddy is an active member on the IEL’s International Practice and Academic Outreach committees. 

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Atelier Aftab P.C.

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Managing Director

FTI Consulting, Inc.

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Assistant Professor of Business Law

College of Charleston

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Professor of Law and Global Affairs & LL.M. Faculty Director

Notre Dame Law School

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Associate Research Scholar, Director

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

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Chief Legal Officer and Chief Diversity Officer

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