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Forum to focus on U.S.-China energy and trade law Nov. 18

November 14, 2016


Tulane Law School and the Freeman Business School’s Energy Institute are hosting a daylong forum Nov. 18 on legal issues surrounding energy and trade involving the United States and China.

The U.S.-China Energy and Trade Law Forum features top authorities and scholars on the involvement of both nations in discussions over regulation, trade, international partnerships and energy sources from water to nuclear power.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tulane Law School’s John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St. in New Orleans.

The forum has been made possible by a gift from retired engineering Professor S.T. Hsieh, who is supporting a wide range of Tulane Law School initiatives in China. 

Highlights of the schedule:

9:30 a.m.: Keynote addresses by Barry Worthington, executive director of the United States Energy Association, and Li Bin, counselor for economic affairs at the Chinese Embassy in the United States in Washington, D.C.

10:50 a.m.: Panel on regulatory issues facing U.S. market participants, moderated by S.T. Hsieh, director of Tulane University’s U.S./China Energy & Environmental Technology Center, and Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute.

1:45 p.m.: Panel on trade, including discussion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Port of New Orleans’ chemical/plastics expansion.

The Program
8:45-9:15 a.m.: Tea and light breakfast 
9:15-9:30 a.m.: Opening session
Welcome by David Meyer, dean and Mitchell Franklin Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School, and James McFarland, Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Distinguished Chair in Finance and professor of finance and economics, A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University
Keynote Addresses
9:30-10 a.m.: Opportunities and Challenges to U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy, Trade and Technology
Barry Worthington, Executive Director, United States Energy Association 
10-10:30 a.m.: China Energy Development
Li Bin, Counselor for Economic Affairs, Chinese Embassy in the United States 
10:30-10:45 a.m.: Q&A
10:50-11:45 a.m.: Panel 1: Regulatory Issues Facing U.S. Market Participants
Moderators: S.T. Hsieh, director of US/China EETC, Tulane University, and Eric Smith, associate director of the Energy Institute, Tulane University
10:50-11:10 a.m.: Status of NTL 1, or The End of Independent Operators in the Shallow Water, U.S. Gulf
Eric Smith, associate director of the Energy Institute, Tulane University 
11:10-11:30 a.m.: Contemporary Challenges for Energy Industries: Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Keith Hall, director of the Mineral Law Institute; Campanile Charities Professor of Energy Law, Louisiana State University 
11:30-11:50 a.m.: Management of the Back-End of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Future of Civilian Nuclear Power
Robert D. Sloan, senior counsel, Sidley Austin; senior fellow, University of Chicago, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago; former general counsel, Entergy 
11:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Q&A 
1:45-2:50 p.m.: Panel 2: Competing Perspectives on Trade Frameworks
Moderators: Jim Letten, senior counsel, Butler Snow, and Adeno Addis, W.R. Irby Chair and W. Ray Forrester Professor of Public and Constitutional Law 
1:45-2:05 p.m.: Globalism’s Hidden Agenda of Regulations as Exposed in the Proposed “International Partnerships” which Exclude China
Corrado Giacona II, chairman, Advisory Board, World Trade Center of New Orleans
2:05-2:25 p.m.: Legal Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on China’s Foreign Trade and Investment Policy
Guiguo Wang, Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law, Tulane University Law School 
2:25-2:45 p.m.: Port of New Orleans Chemical/Plastics Expansion Strengthens Trade with China
Gary LaGrange, president and CEO, Port of New Orleans 
2:45-3:10 p.m.: Q&A
3:10-4:15 p.m.: Panel 3: Energy and Trade Round-Up: Today and the Future of the Forum
Moderator: S.T. Hsieh, director of US/China EETC 
4:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks, Dean David Meyer, Tulane University Law School


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