International Dispute Resolution Discussion Panel and Launch of Coalition Website Tuesday, September 11, 2012 – 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (incl. Reception)
Access to alternative dispute resolution is a critical factor in foreign investment decisions. Binding dispute settlement mechanisms in trade agreements, investment treaties, and contracts provide companies with tools to resolve disputes when domestic courts fail to provide a level playing field. This program will explore attitudes and practical realities regarding international dispute resolution, especially in countries where rule of law is weak.
Fighting for the Rule of Law – Jodi Bond, September 11, 2012
2012/2013 Rule of Law Program Series
The Rule of Law is among the most critical factors in any company’s ability to do business profitably in any given market over time, in light of this, the U.S. Chamber’s Coalition for the Rule of Law in Global Markets has organized a program series focused on various, specific aspects of the rule of law for the business environment.
- Event II. Assessing Global Metrics for Business
Thursday, October, 18, 2012 – 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Many businesses rely on published indices and reports that rank countries on levels of economic freedom, transparency, and other factors that determine legal certainty for the business environment. Our panel discussion will feature several of the leading organizations publishing rule of law-related metrics, as we examine the process and criteria for developing their rankings. The Chamber will also explore with these experts the need for a set of specific “business-related metrics” that will better serve companies in making their foreign investment and operations decisions.
- Event III. Regulatory Transparency and Predictability
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 – 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Luncheon program)
Rule of Law indicators show that many hemispheric governments do not have a transparent or predictable regulatory framework that incorporates public and private-sector engagement into the rule-making process. This program will explore best practices and the efficacy of regulatory transparency and consistency as a competitiveness tool.
- Event IV. Judicial Process
Wednesday, January 30, 2012 – 11:00 to 1:00pm (Luncheon Program)
In many countries, government procurements are nominally open, but closed in practice, to foreign bidders. This program will address the elements of a competitive bidding system and its benefits to governments, taxpayers, and the economy as a whole.
* Event Format: Each program will focus on a specific element of the rule of law, featuring expert panels and high-level keynote addresses. The initial program will feature the public launch of the Coalition website, followed by a stakeholders’ reception. Website coverage, identification of relevant metrics, engagement of third-party stakeholders, and of course policy advocacy activities will be unifying themes throughout the series.