The Global Business and Public Policy Forums are a collaborative partnership between the Center for Global Management and the UCLA School of Law's Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. These forums bring together business, law and policy students to help broaden students' knowledge and depth of critical issues that impact global business, policy and the global political economy. A key objective is to ensure that UCLA students are not just equally smart in their respective disciplines, but are much broader and well-rounded global citizens. The forums include a talk and open discussion with a prominent and influential speaker who addresses a particular global business and policy related topic, and are followed by a dinner where students have an opportunity to discuss and share their respective points of view in an interactive discussion format. Each forum brings together a combination of 50-60 UCLA graduate students of business, law and policy.
On Nov. 12, 2013, the inaugural forum focused on "Immigration inthe Global Economy" and featured a
discussion by Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, an expert and influential scholar of immigration and citizenship law. Motomura explored how some key proposals on Congress' agenda raise fundamental issues that lie below the legislative surface - including the "brain drain" problem and the challenge of aligning the immigration system with the needs of the U.S. economy in the context of globalization.
In the winter quarter, on Feb. 18, the second forum on "Bitcoin & the Future of Money" featured Patrick Murck, a founding member and general counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation, and Professor Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management at UCLA Anderson. Murck and Edwards addressed a room full of engaged MBA, JD and MPP students from UCLA Anderson and the UCLA School of Law and Luskin School of Public Affairs on the legal, regulatory and business implications surrounding Bitcoin and its potential to disrupt the global financial system as we know it.