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April 20, 2001


Law School to Host Workshop Weighing Benefits of U.S.-Vietnam Trade

The Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America will host a half-day workshop on the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room 116, the O’Neill House Office Building, C Street and New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C.

“The U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement is one of the most important trade agreements negotiated by the United States in recent years,” said Professor William Fox of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.  Its passage is contingent on Congress’ approval and on ratification by the government of Vietnam. 

But, said Professor Fox, before Congress can approve the document on the “fast track” – where the U.S.-Vietnam language remains unaltered – it needs to weigh the “collateral” issues that will affect U.S.-Vietnam relations in the near future. 

Panels will address these issues at the April 24 workshop. 

The first panel will discuss the terms and conditions of the agreement. It includes Kevin Koonce, from the office of Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.); Myron Brilliant, managing director, Asia Group, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Hong Phong-Pho, U.S. Department of Commerce; Khai Nguyen, LT Associates, Washington, D.C.; and a senior staff member from the House International Relations Committee.

The second panel will address political freedom, freedom of the press and corruption in Vietnam. Discussants include Zachary Abuza, a Vietnamese affairs scholar from Simmons College, Boston, Mass.; and a representative from Human Rights Watch. The panel will be chaired by Vietnam native and CUA Visiting Scholar Doan Viet Hoat.

The final panel will discuss environment, religious freedom and freedom of association in Vietnam. It includes Michel Dion, professor at the Université de Sherbrooke, Canada; Robert Destro, interim dean of the Columbus School of Law; William Saunders, Human Rights Counsel, Family Research Council; and Leon Irish, president, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law.

The April 24 workshop is co-chaired by Professor Fox and Professor Hoat, of the Columbus School of Law. Although attendance is free, seating is limited.  Contact Professor Fox at 202-319-5140 or via e-mail at fox@law.edu to reserve a seat for the program.




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