Law professor leads discussions hosted by Council on Foreign Relations

A University of Kansas law professor has led discussions on international trade recently for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The discussions, open to CFR members, covered issues including the new U.S. administration’s trade agenda, the future of trade after Brexit, and Islamic law.

Professor Raj Bhala
Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor

Raj Bhala, the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, teaches international and comparative law courses and is among the world’s foremost authorities in international trade law. He is the only Council on Foreign Relations member at the University of Kansas.

On Feb. 24, Bhala served as moderator and discussion leader for “Anticipating Biden’s Trade Agenda.” Bhala addressed topics including World Trade Organization Appellate Body reform; the Sino-American trade war; and the importance of reaching agreements on subsidies for certain goods.

On Jan. 28, Bhala facilitated “The Path Forward Post-Brexit.” Bhala previously led a CFR discussion on Islamic law in connection with his textbook, Understanding Islamic Law.

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher focusing on foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

Bhala also delivered the keynote address at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in International Trade Law. The event on April 9-10 was hosted by the CMR University School of Legal Studies in Bangalore, India. Bhala served as the chief guest for the conference. His keynote was titled, “International Trade Law Challenges for the Indo-Pacific Region.” A recording of the conference is available on YouTube.

— By Margaret Hair