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The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity

The 9 Billion People Question: The Challenge of Global Resource Scarcity

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The 2014 Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs Symposium will bring together top scholars, government officials, and practitioners to discuss global resource scarcity and its impact on the world’s legal, agricultural and security environments. The event will feature a keynote address and three panels. 

  • Keynote Address: Jonathan Shrier, Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State.

  • Panel One — Law, Trade, and the Global Food System, with Carmen G. Gonzalez, professor of law at Seattle University School of Law; David Blandford, professor of agricultural and environmental economics at Penn State University and editor of WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support; ​​Terence P. Stewart, managing partner of Stewart and Stewart of Washington, D.C.; and William F. Fox, distinguished scholar in residence at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law and senior research fellow at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland

  • Panel Two — The U.S. Farm Bill and International Agricultural Aid, with Erin Lentz, professor of international studies at Bucknell University; Marc Cohen, senior researcher at Oxfam America and professorial lecturer in international development at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Dale Moore, director of policy at American Farm Bureau and former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Dennis Jett, professor of international affairs at Penn State’s School of International Affairs and former ambassador to Mozambique and Peru.

  • Panel Three — The Global Politics of Resource Scarcity, with Bryan L. McDonald, assistant professor of science, technology, and society at Penn State University, and editor of Global Environmental Change and Human Security; Kent Butts, senior lecturer at Penn State Harrisburg, senior fellow to the Center for Naval Analysis and co-editor of Sustainability and National Security. 

Prospective attendees will gain knowledge of the legal, geopolitical and security issues stemming from global resource scarcity.  They will gain an understanding of the gaps and inefficiencies in the international and transnational legal regimes governing the global food system, an insider’s view on the legal and policy challenges facing agricultural aid and development programs, and hear from experts on the contours of the U.S. Farm Bill and related legislation and their impact on global affairs. The symposium will bring together legal and policy academics, provocative commentators, and distinguished practitioners and policymakers to address these issues in a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive manner. 

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this program for 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure credit and zero hours of ethics, sustenance abuse, and professionalism credit. Attorneys seeking credit in states other than Pennsylvania may request a Uniform Attendance Certification to self-report, which will be mailed to attendees following the program. This program is free for those not seeking CLE credit.


Registration is required. Fees for those seeking CLE credit price will be $99 for alumni and $149 for all others. Fees include continental breakfast, lunch, on-site parking, Wi-Fi access and materials.​ This program is free for those not seeking CLE credit.




Friday, February 7, 2014 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle and Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park
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