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Students traverse the Brigham Young University campus on the first day of the fall 2021 semester on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

Brigham Young University Law announced the establishment of its Global Business Law Program Wednesday, further establishing the school’s international foothold.

This new program will act as an umbrella for BYU Law’s annual Winter Deals Conference, Global Law Seminars and the New York Deals and Palo Alto Startups Academies. It is also designed to facilitate new research, events and partnerships.

BYU Law faculty are currently planning site visits in India and East Asia to look for future program locations.

“It’s exciting to formally announce BYU Law’s Global Business Law Program, which we believe will help us further our reach, identify issues of importance, attract partners, and influence policy,” said Gordon Smith, dean of BYU Law, in a press release.

The purpose of the Global Business Law Program will be to address current issues facing the international business community, including corporate governance, securities regulation, antitrust law, mergers and acquisitions, sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion.

The program is also a significant boost to a university ranked as the No. 23 law school in America, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“With a vast global network of alumni, supporters, and students and faculty – most of whom speak multiple languages and have lived outside the U.S. – BYU Law is uniquely positioned to effect positive change on the international stage on topics ranging from food insecurity to leveling the playing field for small and medium enterprises,” Smith said.

The first initiative of the Global Business Program is entitled “The Future of Antitrust Series” which is intended to foster debate and collaboration on antitrust law and policy. The series received financial support from BYU Law, as well as an unrestricted $500,000 grant from Amazon.

“Antitrust law is front page news, and a technocratic policy tradition is now challenged by new – and often political – alternatives,” said Matthew Jennejohn, BYU Law professor, in a press release. “The Future of Antitrust series focuses on providing a bridge between perspectives in what is now a highly competitive intellectual landscape.”

The first conference of the series, “Tech Platforms and Online Retail in a New Age of Competition Law,” was held on Oct. 21 in Washington D.C., and discussed efforts to regulate tech platforms.



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