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USC Launches Global Center

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

 USC launches new center to help businesses navigate the global marketplace

 - By Gilien Silsby 

USC Gould School of Law has tapped Brian Peck, a top international trade specialist in Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, to launch a new center focusing on transnational law and addressing challenges facing the global business regulatory framework.

Peck, who served as deputy director of international affairs and business development for California Gov. Jerry Brown and senior director at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, assumes his new position as director on Nov. 15. 
 
The USC Center for Transnational Law and Business promotes world-class policy analysis and debate to help
 Brian Peck is the director of USC's Center for Transnational Law and Business
international businesses navigate the complex matrix of varied trade and compliance policies around the world.
 
 “The reality of business is global,” said Dean Andrew Guzman, an international law scholar. “Though laws are made at the national level, businesses act across borders and so must adapt to regulations and requirements that vary from place to place and time to time. The mission of the Center is to engage in cutting edge research in the area of international law and business and to bring academics, business people, lawyers, and government officials together to discuss and debate the most important topics in the field.” 
 
The new center will serve USC as well as the broader international business law community. 
 
“The center will facilitate expanded interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching and research to address critical problems and challenges in transnational business, and that will make doing business around the globe easier,” Peck said.
 
The center's activities include:
 
production of scholarly research and policy proposals on transnational business law issues
 
convening government officials, lawyers and business people for conversation and debate
 
training a new generation of domestic and foreign attorneys and policymakers for leadership in global law and business
 
The center will also launch its inaugural conference in January, focusing and providing world-class policy analysis, research and education on antitrust enforcement in a global context. Regulators from several jurisdictions, in-house counsel, law firm attorneys and academics will discuss matters of transparency, due process and comity — all of which have been at issue in investigations worldwide involving high-tech companies in the antitrust area.
 
Featured speakers who are leading experts in the field include, Andy Chen, former commissioner of the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission; Vicky Eatrides, Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Competition Bureau; Lu Wanlin, Deputy Director General of the Antimonopoly and Anti-Unfair Competition Enforcement Bureau in China; Lynda Marshall, Assistant Chief, Foreign Commerce Section of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division; Hideo Nakajima, Secretary General of the Japan Fair Trade Commission; and Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.
 
“We are proud to be a thought leader in the area of international law and business,” Guzman said. “As a top law school, we believe it is our responsibility to contribute practical and lasting solutions to issues facing global leaders and businesses.”

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