Alexandria, 28 April 2005—Thursday, April 28 witnessed the opening session of the conference entitled, Ethics in International Economic Relations, organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) in collaboration with the Center Rene-Jean Dupuy for Law and Development and the Research Center of Market Law and International Investment (CREDIMI). The conference discusses several economic issues within three panels: Ethics and Projects; Trends of International Trade and its Ethics; and Various Remedies.
The Opening Session began with a welcoming note by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, who saluted the Center Rene-Jean Dupuy for Law and Development’s efforts in utilizing the law to bring about the development of countries, and confirmed the BA’s pleasure in having the Center as one of its affiliated research centers.
He spoke of how current times are characterized by the digital revolution and globalization, and how regulations should be made to meet the challenges of these times. He shed light on responsibilities shared by countries to combat corruption, protect the environment, and utilize science for mankind. All of which present challenges for the legal world and the world of ethics, and he expressed his hope that the conference would provide a forum to explore these challenges and their solutions.
Dr. Ahmed El-Kosheri, Vice President of Center Rene-Jean Dupuy, then paid tribute to the late Professor Phillippe Fouchard, whose book entitled “Law and Ethics in International Economic Relations”, was the inspiration for the conference. He stressed the need to combat corruption which destroys economics, democracy and the development of nations. Professor Gerard Farjat, Emeritus Professor, Nice University, also spoke of how ethics affects trade and business, and confirmed his belief that the laws governing international economic relations should conform to ethical regulations.
Other participants in the conference include Professor Said El-Dakkak, Vice President, Alexandria University; Professor Pierre Lalive, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law in Geneva; and Dr. Walid Abdelgawad, Lecturer at Bourgogne University.
The Center Rene-Jean Dupuy for Law and Development is a research unit at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, specialized in law and development. The Center is named after the late Professor Rene-Jean Dupuy, who worked as a General-Secretary in the Hague Academy of International Law, then as a professor in Collège de France. H.E. Professor Boutros Boutros Ghali is the President of the Center.
| The Opening Session speakers|