New UW Law institute addresses evolving needs in the global legal marketplace
Situated in a commercial hub and surrounded by some of the world’s largest and most innovative corporations, the University of Washington School of Law has long been a force in international business law. Last month, UW Law officially launched another project – the Global Business Law Institute (GBLI) – aimed at building a new generation of lawyers better prepared to excel in the global marketplace.
“The Institute seeks to explore and develop the relationship between global business and the global common good,” says co-director Jeffrey Wool, the Condon-Falknor Professor of Global Business Law at UW and a senior research fellow at University of Oxford. “Given the evolving patterns in trade and lawyering, the Institute will help address the needs of students and will further align law school instruction with practices seen and often pioneered by the world-class Seattle business community.”
Working with an advisory board that includes top executives and lawyers from industry-leading organizations, the Institute builds upon the law school’s strength in comparative and international law, its established international network, and the active involvement of world leaders in the business community.
“It’s the support from these leading global companies and firms that makes the Institute, indeed UW Law, so remarkable,” says co-director Scott Schumacher, associate dean for academic administration at UW Law. “We are collaborating with those on the cutting-edge, learning what training and skills are necessary for global business lawyers to succeed.”
The new institute expands UW Law’s impact and prepares students to meet the needs of an increasingly global marketplace. Using advanced technology and telecommunications, the Institute, which has been operating since the fall, has launched a J.D. concentration track, a fellows program that pairs students with mentors at leading companies and firms, an India business project, an international tax project, as well as a speaker series. It has joint projects with Oxford University and the Jindal Global Law School in Delhi.
Given the issues raised by global business, the Institute also has a strong interdisciplinary component, centered on close cooperation with the Foster School of Business and the Jackson School of International Studies at UW.
“The Institute uses a broad definition of ‘global business law’ so as to pick up transactions, trade, taxation, and related laws and policies, and it contemplates close cooperation between foreign LL.M. students and J.D. students, enriching the experience of both,” Wool adds.
On April 20, UW Law, the GBLI advisory board, students, mentors, and collaborators celebrated the GBLI launch at a reception hosted by Perkins Coie.
Dean Kellye Testy kicked off the evening with opening remarks
Attendees listen to remarks
Dean Testy (right) with GBLI Co-director Jeffrey Wool (left)
Associate Dean Scott Schumacher (left) and Tim Myers (right), President of Boeing Capital
Professor Anita Ramasastry (left) talks with Bernard Shen, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft (right)
As part of GBLI, Kris Klemons (left), Corporate Counsel at Amazon, is a professional mentor to Natan Tubman, a GBLI Fellow
Mercy Kuo (right), President of the Washington State China Relations Council, talks with GBLI Fellows Binh Vong (left) and Chengyu Shi (middle)
Reşat Kasaba, Director of the Jackson School of International Studies (left) and Tom Tanaka, Senior Port Counsel at Port of Seattle