University of South Carolina

Law symposium to focus on international business

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

The intersection of the rule of law, human rights and international business will be the focus of a seminar at the University of South Carolina School of Law on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21.

The seminar will open at the School of Law auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday with a keynote address by Sir Michael Burton, justice of the High Court of England and Wales and treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. The symposium is organized and hosted by the School of Law’s Journal of International Law and Business (SCJILB).

Titled “International Human Rights and the Rule of Law: The Impact on Global Business,” the symposium will address topics ranging from establishing positive policies in emerging market countries to preventing human trafficking.

Friday sessions will take place 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the School of Law auditorium. Two sessions will focus on China, including one on its approach to human rights in international business. The symposium will conclude with a panel discussion and closing remarks led by the South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal.

While Thursday’s opening address is free and open to the public, attendance to the Friday sessions requires registration. Admission is free for USC students, USC faculty, affiliates of the Rule of Law Collaborative, government employees and non-profit organizations who do not practice law. The event is approved by the S.C. Bar for 5.25 CLE credits. Practitioners may register for $100, and a discounted registration is available for practicing government employees and USC alumni.

For more information and to register online go to Information is also available from Caroline Scrantom, SCJILB symposium editor, at 843-222-1592 or via email at

The 2012 SCJILB Symposium is co-sponsored by the USC School of Law and the University’s Rule of Law Collaborative.


About the University of South Carolina School of Law

The University of South Carolina School of Law is the oldest and only public law school in South Carolina. In 2012, it was named one of the best schools for state and local clerkships, and was one of the top 25 "Best Schools for Bar Exam Preparation," both by National Jurist Magazine. Students benefit greatly from the Law School's partnerships with the National Advocacy Center, the training ground for the U.S. Department of Justice; the Rule of Law Collaborative, a university-wide initiative promoting justice and human rights; the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism, promoting ethics and professionalism in the legal profession; and the Children's Law Center, ensuring the best outcomes for cases involving children through education and training. The School of Law’s all-volunteer pro-bono program is the oldest in the nation. The School of Law is the only school in the nation to offer its students a course taught at Grays’s Inn, one of London's four Inns of Court.

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