WHAT WE DOAsper Chair

In 1999, the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba established the Asper Chair of International Business and Trade Law. Bryan Schwartz was named the first Asper Chair.

The Asper Chair sponsors a variety of research including bi-annual academic conferences in international business and trade law. An internship program allows up to four students a year to work with the Asper Chair and creates opportunities for students to advance their education, while gaining skills necessary to pursue careers in law or business with an international focus. Additionally, students involved in the Asper program have the opportunity to participate in international commercial dispute resolution competitions. To learn more about the Asper Chair, read back issues of the Asper Review, and see course outlines and conferences organized through the chair visit our website.

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All views I express as a teacher, scholar, editor member of an academic committee or in any other role as a university professor are strictly my own independent opinion.

Donors for projects with which I am associated come from sources that include:

►The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Grants in Aid of Scholarly Journals); The Asper Chair Endowment;
►The Legal Research Institute of the University of Manitoba (law journals, various research projects);
►The Canadian Credit Management Foundation fellows program (for summer students working on the Asper Review);
►The Canadian Credit Management Fund for International Business and Trade Law Conferences (annual International law conference);
►The Asper Family Foundation;
►Canadian Friends of Hebrew University;
►The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (student subsidies to participate in the Israel and International Law Program, all for student subsidies for the Mishpatim program); and
►The Faculty of Law Endowment Fund (for Manitoba Law Journal projects).

As counsel for the law firm Pitbaldo LLP, I carry out professional practice for various clients that include First Nations.

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