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Release date: Feb. 13, 2001
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director, 404-727-0643, or

Foreign Policy In The Bush Administration To Be Focus Of Emory's Thrower Symposium

A freewheeling discussion of foreign policy challenges and opportunities facing the Bush administration will bring together politicians, legal scholars and practitioners Friday, March 2 for this year’s Thrower Symposium at Emory University School of Law. Among the participants will be former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker; U.S. Ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin; former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Edward E. Elson; former solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor George Salem; and veteran foreign policy expert Dan Fisk of the Heritage Foundation.

The day-long program, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Tull Auditorium at the law school, located at 1301 Clifton Rd. on the Emory campus. Parking is available at Peavine and Michael Street parking decks, with shuttles running continuously throughout the symposium. Seven continuing legal education credits (CLE) are available for $21; registration for CLE credit will begin at 8:15 a.m. For more information, call 404-727-6831.

The event’s format will be a series of 45-minute roundtable discussions led by policy experts on topics ranging from national security to international human rights, from world trade to American intervention in the Middle East. The discussions, expected to contain give-and-take among panelists and with the audience, will be based on papers written by Emory faculty members with a broad range of international expertise. Among the papers that will serve as springboards for discussion:

  • "The Limits of ‘World Trade’: Evaluating the Bilateral and Regional Alternatives" by Robert Ahdieh, associate professor of law;
  • "Globalization, International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy" by David Bederman, professor of law;
    "Comments on the Politics of Free Trade in Latin America" by Juan del Aguila, associate professor of political science;
  • "Free Trade Issues Facing the New Administration" by Hashem Dezhbakhsh, associate professor of economics;
  • "An American Middle East: Liabilities and Benefits for Whom?" by Kenneth Stein, Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies; and
  • "American Exceptionalism in Foreign Relations" by Johan van der Vyver, Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights.

Organized annually by students of the Emory Law Review, the Thrower Symposium is named for Emory alumnus Randolph W. Thrower, a senior partner at the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. Thrower was United States Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from 1969-71.

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