Symposium

Investment in Emerging Markets: The Challenges of Infrastructure Development

Friday, October 25, 2013

Investment in emerging markets has the potential to foster the growth and development of emerging economies, provide much needed capital and expertise in a variety of infrastructure arenas, and to promote increased cooperation and collaboration between countries and between public and private parties. The 2013 Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law Symposium will seek to answer two questions about investment in Latin America, Africa, and China.  Given the political risks and varying degrees of sophistication in these markets: (1) what is and what creates a ripe investment environment? and (2) what makes a transaction financeable?

The goal of the Symposium is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion about issues to be considered and challenges that are encountered when investing in infrastructure development in emerging markets. We hope this holistic exploration of how to assess investment environments and select investment opportunities will shed new light on transactions with emerging markets.

As such, the Symposium will address:

  1. Current Challenges: Assessing and Protecting against Risk
  2. Promoting Regulatory Reform through International Institutions: the Changing Role of the IMF and World Bank
  3. Financing Transactions with Emerging Markets: Identifying Factors for Effective Investment
  4. New Interactions: Public-Private Investment to Improve Infrastructure Development

Through greater understanding of these factors, the Symposium hopes to inspire strategies for wise and sustainable investments in infrastructure development.

Description of Panels

For a detailed description of this year’s Symposium panels, please visit the following link: http://djcil.law.duke.edu/symposium/panels/

Schedule

Duke University School of Law, Room 3043

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM – 9:35 AM Opening Remarks and Introduction
9:35 AM – 10:50 AM Panel 1) Current Challenges: Assessing and Protecting against Risk
10:50 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Panel 2) Promoting Regulatory Reform through International Institutions: the Changing Role of the IMF and World Bank
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Panel 3) Financing Transactions with Emerging Markets: Identifying Factors for Effective Investment
2:30 PM – 2:40 PM Coffee Break
2:40 PM – 3:55 PM Panel 4) New Interactions: Public-Private Investment to Improve Infrastructure Development
3:55 PM – 4:10 PM Closing Remarks

Sponsors

The Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law would like to thank the following sponsors for making this year’s Symposium possible:

Shearman & Sterling LLP

http://www.shearman.com/

The Center for International & Comparative Law

http://law.duke.edu/cicl/

The Dean’s Blueprint Fund

https://law.duke.edu/students/dba/planact/blueprintfund/

The Africa Initiative

http://sites.duke.edu/africainitiative/