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Law conference to address corporations’ growing role in governance

The School of Law will host “The New Roles of Corporations in Global Governance” conference Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall.

The conference is open free to the public; however, registration is requested for planning purposes.

The conference will include three panel discussions exploring the differing roles corporations now play in global governance and their influence on the international law-making process. The topics include how corporations self-regulate by acting as transnational networks to create international voluntary standards that they collectively agree to follow; perform public functions that traditionally have been allocated to the state; and influence the creation of domestic and international public policy.

The keynote address will be delivered at 1 p.m. by Bennett Freeman, who currently serves as senior vice president for sustainability research and policy at Calvert Investments. From 2003 to 2006, he led Burson-Marsteller’s global corporate responsibility practice. He previously served in three positions as a presidential appointee in the U.S. State Department, including as deputy assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor from 1999 to 2001.

For more information or to register, see or contact Matt O’Brien at