The 21st-century corporation is in a new paradigm. Traditional models of business transactions and investments in other countries, especially developing countries, are beginning to be replaced by new ways of doing business. These new approaches include consideration for the role of all stakeholders – shareholders, employees, customers, contractors, suppliers, communities, and the environment. There is a broad focus on sustainable practices and respect for the rule of law.
While it is a long never-ending journey, progress is being made. Whether it is adherence to sustainable practices, collaborations such as well-structured public-private partners, application of international norms of ethical conduct, or refreshed forms of dispute resolution, there are encouraging signs of more constructive and ethics-driven transactions, domestic and international. Institutions and corporations are committing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or the Business Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, which has been adopted by most major North American companies.
Our panel will discuss the opportunities, challenges, and potential difficulties and disputes that may arise and ways to make progress.
FIRESIDE CHAT PARTICPANTS
Partner, Jones Day
Javade Chaudhri is a Partner at Jones Day, an international law firm with 40 offices around the world. He has worldwide experience in helping major private and public sector companies across a range of industries to transact business, including advising on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and matters involving corporate governance and compliance.
Prior to rejoining Jones Day in October 2013, Javade was the executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer for Sempra Energy, a roughly $30 billion California-based Fortune 250 energy services company. Prior to joining Sempra he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Gateway, Inc., then a $10 billion technology company. Javade currently serves on the boards of the University of California’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, The Institute of the Americas, The National Judicial College, and The San Diego Zoo. He has been a visiting faculty member for the International Development Law Organization in Rome and the international Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
Chaudhri was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya and received his early education at Strathmore College in Nairobi. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University (US) and a Juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center (US).
Former Judge and First Vice-President, International Criminal Court, The Hague. IMI-Certified Mediator, CEDR-Accredited. Mediator.
Hon. Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS (Rtd), is a former Judge and First Vice President of the International Criminal Court, at The Hague, The Netherlands. She currently resides in Nairobi-Kenya.
She was the second woman Court of Appeal, and High Court Judge as wellas Magistrate in Kenya. She has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs (GMAP), from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston-USA. The University awarded her the Distinguished Achievement Award in April 2015. In September 2018, the same Universityawardedher its top award, ‘The Class of 1947 Award’ (honoris causa), making her the first black person to receive such an honour, only awarded to those who have carriedtheUniversity’sidealsthroughout their career.
Upon retirement from the bench in 2018, Justice Aluoch successfully moved her legal profession to other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, namely mediation, and arbitration. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the office of the Ombudsman for the United Nations Funds and Programmes.
She co-founded Aequitas Mediators and is a Certified International Mediator (IMI), a Certified Advanced Mediator (CAM), and Chartered Mediator (MTI-East Africa), as well as a CEDR-Accredited Mediator, London-U.K. She is also an Accredited Trainer for Foundation Mediation.
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