July 09, 2007

U.S.- China Dialogue on Rule of Law Foundations for Global Product Safety and Health


Saturday, August 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Golden Gate Hall C1, B2 Level, San Francisco Marriott

The ABA, through its Rule of Law Initiative, World Justice Project, and Section of International Law, is a leader in promoting broad social dialogue on the rule of law and its contribution to worldwide prosperity, justice, freedom,and human flourishing. This program engages legal and regulatory professionals from the U.S. and China—two countries with different legal cultures, historical paths and institutions—in a conversation about the role of “rule of law” fundamentals such as transparency, accountability, accessibility to the legal system and even application of the laws, as we seek to address growing concerns over global food and product safety and public health. What experiences and concerns in each country should inform action to promote international rule of law and transnational coordination in these areas? Which rule of law fundamentals are prerequisites to transnational or bilateral initiatives in these areas? Where do opportunities exist to develop more effective U.S. China cooperation in strengthening international food and product safety, whether through market soft power approaches, regulatory approaches, or otherwise? Which approaches present the most promising path forward?

Additional Sponsor: Section of International Law