2012 Symposium: International Human Rights and the Rule of Law – The Impact on Global Business

  • The 2012 Symposium took place on Thursday, September 20, 2012 and Friday, September 21, 2012 at the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • The 2012 SCJILB Symposium has been approved for 5.25 CLE credits by the South Carolina Bar Association.

Keynote Information

    • The keynote address was delivered by The Hon. Mr. Justice Burton, Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, on Thursday, September 20. All speakers, authors, students, SC Bar attendees, and members of the community were cordially invited to attend the keynote address.
    • Mr. Justice Burton ‘s address was entitled “The Rule of Law: A Help or Hindrance to International Business?”  and primarily focused on the European Convention of Human Rights, as incorporated in the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act.



The Hon. Mr. Justice Burton, Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

The Hon. Mr. Justice Burton is the current Treasurer of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, and a Justice of the High Court of England and Wales. He studied Classics and Law at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford. In 1970, he was called to the Bar and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1984. He later became head of Littleton Chambers and held that position until his appointment to the High Court in 1998. As a Justice, he served as President of the Employment Appeals Tribunal from 2002-2005, and was responsible for significant reforms to that body. He also served as Chairman of the High Court Judges Association until 2011. He is Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee and Vice President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. He has published numerous papers, edited a book on civil appeals, and contributed to a book on civil pleadings. He has appeared as Counsel in the UK, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Bermuda, and the United States. He has significant experience acting as an arbitrator and mediator, and has spoken extensively on Human Rights and European Law.

Professor Daniel Chow

Professor Chow is a Professor at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Professor Chow focuses his scholarship on China, International Trade Transactions, International Intellectual Property, and Foreign Trade and Investment. He has taught classes on a variety of topics including International Law, International Transactions, Jurisprudence, Asian Law, and Property. Prior to his career in academia, Professor Chow served as a law clerk to the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York, and worked as an associate with Debevoise and Plimpton in New York City.

Professor Chow received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University.

Professor Kiel Downey

Professor Downey is the Director of the Masters Program in International Studies at the University of South Carolina. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the University of South Carolina’s Department of Political Science. Prior to his arrival at USC, Downey served as Senior Research Associate to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, in Washington, D.C. He also previously worked on democracy and human rights programs in Taipei.

Professor Downey received his B.A. in Linguistics and International Relations from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on Asia-Pacific Law and Development, from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is professionally proficient in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese and Spanish.

Dr. Gerald McDermott

Dr. Gerald McDermott is Associate Professor of International Business at The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, and a senior research fellow of IAE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College in 1988.  In 1998, he received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he presented his dissertation, entitled “The Communist Aftermath: Industrial Networks and the Politics of Institution Building in the Czech Republic.”  He has been a visiting researcher and professor at Universidad de San Andres and a visiting professor for the Yale LL.M. program at Universidad de Palermo, both in Buenos Aires.  He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. McDermott is a prolific author, having published a book, Embedded Politics: Industrial Networks and Institutional Change in Post-Communism, as well as having authored numerous articles and book chapters.  He has lectured and presented papers at conferences around the world.  He is an editorial board member of Small Business Economics, International Journal of Emerging Markets, Journal of International Business Studies, and Comparative Economic Studies and has refereed numerous journals. He is a co-organizer of USC’s Rule of Law Seminar Series, the International Business Seminar Series, and last year’s Symposium on the Arab Spring.  His research focuses on the intersection of international business and public policy emerging economies, particularly those in Latin America and East-Central Europe. He research currently focuses on how developing societies can restructure their innovative capacities in order to become competitive in the global market.

Anna Shavers

Anna Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law.  She graduated from Central State University in Ohio with a degree in Biology Education in 1967. She received her M.S. in Business from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1973, and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1979.  Prior to entering academia, she practiced as an Associate Attorney at Faegre & Benson Law Firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in Banking, Commercial, and Business Litigation. She has led international delegations and given presentations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

She has contributed significantly to the legal community at the University of Nebraska College of Law through her various positions at the law school. She has also significantly contributed to the legal community through her involvement with various ABA Councils, Committees, and Sections. She has taught Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Gender Issues in U.S. law, International Gender Issues, and Refugee and Asylum Law.  She has published extensively, and has a forthcoming article entitled “Crossing the Border Through Immigration, Importation, Illicit and Other Means and the Implications for Human and Civil Rights” in the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development.

Dr. Andrew Spicer

Dr. Andrew Spicer is an Associate Professor of International Business at The Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.  He received his B.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from Yale University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.  Prior to coming to the Moore School, he served as an Assistant Professor at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management of the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Spicer has been published in several academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Strategic Organization, Advances in Strategic Management, Research in the Sociology of Organizations, and Industrial and Corporate Change.  He authored and co-authored book chapters and policy publications for The World Bank and other publishers.  He has presented at conferences in the US, Canada, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Sweden.  He currently is the Director of Sustainable Enterprise and Development Initiative at the Moore School, developing curricula, supporting research, and forging relationships with relevant organizations and institutions.