Tulane University Hosts the First U.S.-China Energy and Trade Law Forum

November 27, 2016

Tulane University hosted the first U.S.-China Energy and Trade Law Forum at Tulane University School of Law on November 18, 2016. 

The forum explored regulatory considerations, the future of nuclear power, trade, globalism, the specific relationship between Louisiana and China and other areas. Tulane Law School and the Energy Institute at the A.B. Freeman School of Business co-hosted the event, which was made possible by a gift from retired engineering Professor S.T. Hsieh, founding director of the US China - Energy and Environmental Technology Center (EETC) and a leader in developing a variety of Tulane initiatives in China. Attendees included scholars and experts from Tulane University, the U.S. Energy Association, the Chinese Embassy, the Port of New Orleans, and U.S. law firms.

Highlights of the forum included a keynote address from Barry Worthington, Executive Director of the U.S. Energy Association, in which he discussed the opportunities and challenges to U.S.-China cooperation on energy, trade, and technology. Li Bin, Counselor for Economic Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., stressed that China’s energy development “still faces many challenges,” such as increasing strain on supply and coping with environmental damage.  But he said his country is working to curb consumption and has made “remarkable progress in environmental protection.”

Following the keynote speeches, participants exchanged ideas on regulatory issues, competing perspectives on trade frameworks, and the future direction the forum. Closing remarks were delivered by Dean David Meyer at Tulane University Law School.  The forum seeks to serve as the premiere venue for dialogue and exchange between the United States and China in the areas of energy and trade.

Tulane University, together with East China Normal University, was recognized as an EcoPartnership in 2008 to work collaboratively on coastal protection and restoration research.  For more on this EcoPartnership, please click here.