As the world emerges from economic crisis, significant trading partners Canada and the United States are striving for sustained recovery. The 2010 Henry T. King Jr. Annual Conference – The Canada-US Regulatory Regime: Review, Reform, Recovery – examines challenges and obstacles along the path to recovery.
The Canada-United States Law Institute hosts its 27th annual conference this Thursday-Saturday (April 8-10) at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The conference agenda and description can be found at http://cusli.org/conferences/annual/index.html.
The conference this year is being re-dedicated in the name of Case Western Reserve's Professor Henry T. King Jr., who died May 9, 2009. Professor King was a legendary figure at the CWRU Law School and the broader international community.
The conference also is significant because CUSLI will announce the two new co-chairs who will be replacing King – James Blanchard, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and former governor of Michigan, and James Peterson, former Minister of International Trade Canada and former member of the House of Commons.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama recently observed that recovery requires a thorough examination of the Canada-U.S .regulatory environment. Canada-U.S. regulatory policies often are described as "ships passing in the night" or "a game of leap frog."
Differing approaches to regulation, such as in the nations' financial sectors, can provide lessons for avoiding future crises and promoting stability. On the other hand, regulatory differences can lead to competing, conflicting, and unnecessary processes that add costs to businesses, diminish economic competitiveness and prevent job creation.
CUSLI will present the Henry T. King Jr. Award to U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. A member of the senator's staff will be present for the award, and CUSLI is planning a ceremony in Washington, D.C., later this spring with the senator.
The 2010 conference will also examine a number of key sectors – manufacturing and autos, energy, agriculture and food, intellectual property, and taxation. Analysis will involve CUSLI's ongoing work regarding climate change, border security and international trade policy.
Ultimately, CUSLI will issue a report to the respective governments that will respond to leaders' call to identify areas that reduce unnecessary regulatory differences by building on previous efforts, developing focused priorities and a specific timeline. That goal was within the Joint Statement by North American Leaders, Guadalajara, in August 2009.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.