Thomas Jefferson School of Law Students Participate in 2nd Annual International Student Conference in Azerbaijan
A group consisting of Christina Tran (3L), Margarita Effron (1L), Associate Professor Kaimipono Wenger and Graduate Programs Assistant Maxyne Tanha traveled over 7,000 miles to participate in the international conference held at the stunning Shahdag Mountain Resort in the Caucasus Mountains, a short drive from the shores of the Caspian Sea.
The conference included speakers and participants from over thirty countries, including Azerbaijan, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Senegal, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
It featured keynote speeches from two different Nobel laureates, Professor Sir Christopher A. Pissarides and Professor Edward C. Prescott. The conference also included talks from government officials, academics, businesspeople and students, all focused on international business and customs issues.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law participants met with dignitaries, businesspeople, and leaders from a variety of different countries, including Professor Aydin Aliyev, Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan; Dr. Mikhail Kashubsky, Head of the International Network of Customs Universities Secretariat; and Professor David Widdowson, President of International Network of Customs Universities.
Ms. Tran presented her work on "Trade Relations Between the United States and China." In addition, Ms. Effron submitted a paper, "Trade Impact on Immigration Policy in the United States," which was published in the Conference proceedings.
"The conference was a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn about customs law and interact with scholars and officials from around the world," said Thomas Jefferson School of Law Associate Professor Kaimipono Wenger. "We thank our hosts for their wonderful hospitality."
"During the past few years, Azerbaijan and Thomas Jefferson School of Law have developed a special relationship. As a result, two students and a faculty member were invited to attend a prestigious international conference this summer about customs issues that put them and the law school on the world stage," said Martin Kruming '77, who has been involved in organizing a partnership between Azerbaijan and his Switzer Highland neighborhood. "All of us thank Azerbaijan officials as well as the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles for this extraordinary privilege and look forward to working together on future projects that deepen our friendship even more."
In addition to the academic proceedings, conference attendees enjoyed the generous hospitality of the Customs committee. They toured the state-of-the-art customs and trade headquarters in Baku and spoke with officials there about their work. The attendees also saw lovely art and cultural items at the Heydar Aliyev Center and enjoyed an evening of traditional Azerbaijani music at a special private event where they enjoyed all sorts of tasty local cuisine.
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