George Mason Jointly Sponsors Symposium on Foreign Investment in U.S. Critical Infrastructure

Posted: March 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

The Critical Infrastructure Protection Project of George Mason University’s National Center for Technology and Law, part of the School of Law, is cosponsoring a symposium on foreign investment in U.S. critical infrastructure on Friday, March 12. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Law, Arlington I Building. Also hosting the event is the law firm Covington & Burling and the Organization for International Investment. The symposium will address legal, economic, and policy aspects of foreign investment in U.S. critical infrastructure.

“One of the most important unresolved issues in critical infrastructure protection today is the challenge of promoting international protection efforts while protecting our key internal assets,” says Mark Grady, dean of the School of Law. “Investing in the U.S. energy infrastructure is a long-time risk-management strategy for a number of companies, some of them foreign. Today, we need to assess when international investment can place our infrastructure in jeopardy, while continuing to be aware of the international trade implications that investment barriers can have.”

Randy Quarles, assistant secretary for international affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury, will be the keynote speaker. He will address recent developments in the U.S. government’s review of foreign investment in critical infrastructure. Panel discussions will include speakers from British Telecom North America, The Carlyle Group, and The Organization for International Investment.

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