Conference to focus on impact and future of the Cuban embargo

Monday, March 11, 2013

Writer: Cindy Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu
Contact: Laura Kagel, 706/542-5141, lkagel@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center will present “The Cuban Embargo: Policy Outlook After Fifty Years” on March 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. However, for planning purposes, registration is requested by March 20.

During this daylong conference, Cuban and American diplomats, scholars, legal practitioners and trade specialists will examine the effectiveness and consequences of economic sanctions as well as the potential impact of revising or lifting the U.S. embargo on trade with Cuba.

“Controversy has surrounded the trade embargo since its imposition on Cuba by the United States in the 1960s,” Rusk Center Director C. Donald “Don” Johnson said. “Our goal is to bring together a variety of viewpoints for a robust discussion on the economic effects the embargo has had during the past 50 years and to explore future options in this area.”

Chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., Ambassador José R. Cabañas, will deliver the keynote address at 12:45 p.m.

Panelists will examine the effect of the embargo on political and economic reforms in Cuba and the possibility for change in the Caribbean country with or without economic sanctions; what executive actions might be taken to ease sanctions short of legislation in addition to the legal issues related to lifting the embargo through legislation; and the potential impact of lifting the embargo on trade and investment opportunities for both the U.S. and Cuba.

For more information and to register, see www.law.uga.edu/conferences. Continuing legal education credits are available.

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