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Speakers to address international business

February 27, 2002

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The opportunities and effects of international business will be up for discussion during two separate events Friday in Lawrence.

Critics and supporters of global trade will convene for the 2002 Kansas Law Review Symposium: Globalization and Sovereignty, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Kansas University.

And David Lambertson, a former U.S. ambassador who recently helped oversee construction of a nuclear power plant in North Korea, will address a breakfast meeting of Kansas International at 7:30 a.m. at the Alvamar Country Club.

Both events will help expand knowledge for anyone looking to do business in the international arena, said Tim Holverson, executive director of Kansas International.

North Korea may be considered a peg of President Bush's "axis of evil," but that doesn't mean trade is out of the question, Holverson said.

"If we're going to want to trade with them in the future, we certainly have to have some understanding," he said. "It's crucial that we begin that process.

Lambertson, a Lawrence-area resident, served from 1991 to 1995 as U.S. ambassador to Thailand. Before that he was an assistant U.S. secretary of state, covering southeast Asia.

For details about the breakfast or to register, contact Holverson at 865-4411 or by e-mail at tholverson@ lawrencechamber.com.

In Green Hall at KU, the law symposium will gather five experts to discuss globalization.

Scheduled to speak from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.:

 John Head, a KU law professor, "Throwing Eggs at Windows: Legal and Institutional Globalization in the 21st Century Economy."

 Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, "NAFTA Chapter 11 Investor-to-State Cases: Bankrupting Democracy."

 Herbert Morais, chair of International Legislative Reform Group, "The Quest for International Standards: International Governance vs. Sovereignty."

 Raj Bhala, professor of international affairs at George Washington University's law school, "Theological Categories for Special and Differential Treatment."

 Daniel Bradlow, director of international legal studies at American University, "Should the International Financial Institutions Play a Role in the Implementation and Enforcement of International Humanitarian Law?"

The symposium is open to the public. For more information, contact Mikas Kalinauskas at 864-3463 or e-mail mikas@ku.edu.

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