TIME: 09:30 am-10:30 am                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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 PARTICIPANTS

Javade Chaudhri
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).

Joyce Aluoch
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 well as 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 University awarded her 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 carried the University’s ideals throughout 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.

Stuart Kerr
President

Stuart Kerr, President, International Law Institute

Stuart Kerr has nearly 40 years of experience handling legal, regulatory, trade, dispute resolution, legal reform, and technical assistance issues throughout the developing world. He has advised international organizations, corporations, and governments in scores of developing and emerging economies.

Stuart is president of the International Law Institute (ILI), an independent, 65-year-old, US-based NGO with branches in several countries. He also served from 1988 to 2002 as ILI’s executive director. ILI is a leading provider of legal training and technical assistance.  More than 40,000 participants, from 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. From 2015 until 2020 he was with the law firm Jones Day where he was Counsel and Africa Practice Coordinator. From 2005 to 2015 he served as legal and regulatory director of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. MCC, founded in 2004, is an independent U.S. government development agency that provides major project grants — averaging $300 million per country — to developing countries, primarily in Africa, that demonstrate better governance practices than their peer countries. At MCC, Stuart developed and helped implement projects in judicial reform, trade, alternative dispute resolution, and anti-corruption. He also was senior counsel for Europe and Eurasia at the Department of Commerce's Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) for three years.  Stuart is a regular speaker and writer on law and development subjects. While at MCC, he gave more than 100 presentations on rule of law issues at locations as diverse as the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the Supreme Court of Singapore, the Palais Royal (Conseil Constitutionnel) in Paris, and the House of Lords in London. Stuart has served on the boards of academic organizations