THE LEONARD v.B. SUTTON COLLOQUIUM IN INTERNATIONAL LAW

The 47th Annual Sutton Colloquium in partnership with the American Society of International Law’s International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG) presents

Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy—the 2014 Biennial ASIL IEcLIG Research Conference

Conference Theme

Amartya Sen’s call for understanding development not only in terms of gross national product but also “in terms of the substantive freedoms of people” marked an important reframing of the legal and policy discourse around economic development.1 The resulting Millennium Development Goals focused much academic research in this area towards a more comprehensive understanding of development, one that would recognize economic growth as intrinsically tied to such areas as: environmental sustainability; food security; the reduction of extreme poverty, hunger, and child mortality; access to health; and the promotion of education and gender equality. International economic institutions like the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund have traditionally been at the center of promoting and managing economic growth; yet, these institutions also face challenges caused by recent financial crises, the need for food security and high energy demand, while preserving natural resources and the environment.

With the approach of the fifteenth anniversary of the Millennium goals and given these new and ongoing challenges, it is time to reassess the role that international economic law (IEL) has played and continues to play in development. How effective is IEL at promoting development, broadly construed? Under what conditions is it effective? In what ways should IEL norms and institutions be adjusted to accommodate growing concerns around climate change, energy demand, food security, and other issues?

Conference Description

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is proud to host its 47th annual Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law (Sutton Colloquium) in partnership with the American Society of International Law (ASIL). As this year’s Sutton Colloquium, we proudly host ASIL’s International Economic Law Interest group (IEcLIG) 2014 Biennial Research conference addressing the theme “Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy.” Over 60 leading scholars from around the world will present their academic work on the conference theme and on other important topics in international economic law (IEL). Panels will address the role of IEL in developing domestic strategies for development; regulating climate change and fostering clean energy strategies; addressing food security and technology transfer; and in promoting international financial stability.

We are pleased to welcome as our keynote speaker Professor Petros Mavroidis from Columbia Law School and the European University Institute. The conference will take place Thursday November 13 through Saturday November 15 and will include an informal opening reception Thursday evening, a keynote lunch on Friday, and a conference reception Friday evening. VIEW AGENDA HERE. REGISTER HERE.

ABOUT THE LEONARD v.B. SUTTON COLLOQUIUM IN INTERNATIONAL LAW

The Leonard v.B. Sutton Colloquium in International Law (The Sutton Colloquium) was named for a former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court who was a close friend and longtime supporter of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP).

Held annually since 1967, the Colloquium unites students, faculty and members of Denver’s legal community. Well-known authorities and foreign dignitaries present lectures and panel discussions on current international issues. The resulting papers are then collected into a special issue of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. As is the case with most of the ILSP’s programming, student members of the International Law Society and Denver Journal of International Law and Policy collaborate with staff of the ILSP and the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law to coordinate all aspects of the program—from speaker invitations to publication of the papers.