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Center for Transnational Law and Business (CTLB)

The new Center for Transnational Law and Business (CTLB) promotes world-class policy analysis, research and educational opportunities in international business, law and policy. The center serves USC, the broader community of Southern California, the nation and the world.

CTLB provides a scholarly home for the development of practical solutions for global businesses, which face regulation by numerous and varied legal regimes. The center facilitates expanded interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching and research, and brings together leading academics, practitioners and policymakers from across the country and the world.

The center's activities include:

  • the production of scholarly research and policy proposals on transnational business law issues
  • the convening of government officials, lawyers and business people for conversation and debate
  • the training of a new generation of domestic and foreign attorneys and policymakers for leadership in global law and business

Brian Peck is director of the center, and brings international experience and expertise. He served as former deputy director of international affairs and business development for California Gov. Jerry Brown and as senior director at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

The Center held its inaugural conference on Antitrust Enforcement in a Global Context: Extraterritoriality and Due Process on January 13 and 14 at USC Gould.

Executives from Uber Technologies, Google, Amazon and Essential Patent led panel discussions on issues and challenges that companies face in addressing global antitrust enforcement, focusing on transparency, due process and comity in global antitrust proceedings. Panelists included regulators from several international jurisdictions, as well as in-house counsel, law firm attorneys and academics from around the world including China, Japan, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, Brazil, India, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States. The discussions spoke directly to the important and consequential legal questions that are affecting global business activity and the world economy.

Leading experts at the conference included Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission; Hideo Nakajima, Secretary General of the Japan Fair Trade Commission; Vicky Eatrides, Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Competition Bureau; Andy Chen, Former Commissioner, Taiwan Fair Trade Commission; Lynda Marshall, Acting Chief, Foreign Commerce Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division; and Yiqin Zhao, Director of Economic Inspection Division, Competition Enforcement Bureau, State Administration for Industry & Commerce, China.

Video of Day 1 panel sessions featuring regulators and practitioners can be viewed here.

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