Law School Hosts International Delegations Seeking Expertise in Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution

The law school recently hosted two international delegations arranged through the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State.

For the U.S. Department of Commerce visit, 18 professionals from nine Eurasian countries came to the law school in conjunction with the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program. The group hailed from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The participants represented intellectual property, technology commercialization, and business development professionals from IP law firms, innovation centers/business incubators, governmental organizations, and universities.

The SABIT program is a three-week technical assistance program in which participants learn about best practices in the United States related to intellectual property rights, technology transfer, and commercialization. The program also seeks to strengthen collaboration between academic/research institutions, corporations, entrepreneurs, investors, and government agencies. In addition to their time in St. Louis, the group visited two other cities.

David Deal, lecturer in law and co-director of the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property (EIP) Clinic, welcomed the delegation and discussed the clinic's work, experiential learning opportunities for students, and the law
school’s and university’s efforts to support entrepreneurialism.

Leila N. Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow, and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, gave an overview of the work of the Harris Institute and discussed the school’s international reach, including the school’s exchange and graduate programs.

Scott Baker, professor of law and of economics, rounded out the presentation with a discussion of related curriculum and scholarship at the law school.

For the U.S. Department of State visit, 12 judges, district attorneys, and other legal professionals from Central and South America came to the law school. The purpose of their visit was to discuss conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) with C.J. Larkin, senior lecturer in law and then administrative director of the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Program.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), was coordinated by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis. Participants hailed from Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Their visit to St. Louis was part of a three-week journey through five different cities where they met with their counterparts and experts in their fields while also giving them the opportunity to absorb and better understand American culture.

The project’s general topic was “Administration of Justice.” The overall goals were to increase understanding of the criminal, military, and juvenile justice systems in the United States; examine the nation’s administration of courts, case management, trial by jury process, and alternative dispute resolution; explore academic theories of the U.S. judicial system; and discuss training for legal professionals.

Summer 2014