2016 Canada-U.S. Law Institute conference to explore international trade, investment and disputes

Canada and the United States enjoy a long relationship built on cooperation and collaboration. But there are also disagreements, as an upcoming conference will explore.

“Cooperation and Conflict: International Trade, Investment, and Cross Border Disputes,the 2016 conference of the Canada-U.S. Law Institute (CUSLI), will bring experts in law, policy, business and government to Case Western Reserve University.

The conference will examine Canada-U.S. relations during the U.S. presidential election year and as Canada adapts to its 2015 election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Bruce Heyman

The conference will be held April 7-8 at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Ambassador of the United States to Canada Bruce Heyman will provide the distinguished lecture on Friday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center.

The agenda, including a link to the event webcast, is available online.

Trade agreements present a host of challenges, including intellectual property, agriculture, the dispute resolution process, and protecting natural resources. Border security and the international threat of terrorism remain major issues, intensified by recent attacks in Europe.

“This relationship spans across virtually every sector, from manufacturing to agriculture to retail,” said Ted Parran, CUSLI managing director. “Shared stewardship of Lake Erie and its fishing industry is a top priority, and personal and cultural ties also run deep, with over 1 million visits between Ohio and Canada each year.”

Parran said the United States-Canada economic relationship has been estimated to generate over $600 billion (U.S. dollars) per year in goods, and more than $1 trillion annually, including services.

Founded in 1976, CUSLI serves as a forum on bi-national legal and business issues and is jointly managed by Case Western Reserve University School of Law and University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law.