USC Gould School of Law has tapped Brian Peck, a top international trade specialist in Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, to launch a new center focusing on transnational law and addressing challenges facing the global business regulatory framework, USC announced Tuesday.
Peck, who served as deputy director of international affairs and business development for Brown and as senior director at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, assumes his new position as director Tuesday, a statement said.
It said the USC Center for Transnational Law and Business would promote world-class policy analysis and debate to help international businesses navigate varied trade and compliance policies around the world.
“The reality of business is global,” said Dean Andrew Guzman, an international law scholar. “Though laws are made at the national level, businesses act across borders and so must adapt to regulations and requirements that vary from place to place and time to time.
The mission of the Center is to engage in cutting edge research in the area of international law and business and to bring academics, business people, lawyers, and government officials together to discuss and debate the most important topics in the field.”
The new center will serve USC as well as the broader international business law community.
“The center will facilitate expanded interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching and research to address critical problems and challenges in transnational business, and that will make doing business around the globe easier,” Peck said.
The statement said the center would produce scholarly research and policy proposals on transnational business law issues, convene government officials, lawyers and business people for conversation and debate, and train a new generation of domestic and foreign attorneys and policymakers for leadership in global law and business.
The center will launch its inaugural conference in January, focusing and providing world-class policy analysis, research and education on antitrust enforcement in a global context. Regulators from several jurisdictions, in- house counsel, law firm attorneys and academics will discuss matters of transparency, due process and comity — all of which have been at issue in investigations worldwide involving high-tech companies in the antitrust area, the USC statement said.
—City News Service
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