The Biden Pivot

Alexander Fried LAW ’22 | Member of the Class of 2022 and Law and Public Policy Scholar | Student Commentary

Published on April 14, 2021 in Voices @ Temple Law |

On April 8, 2021, The Institute for International Law and Public Policy presented “The Biden Pivot,” a panel of experts who discussed where, and how, the Biden Administration will reverse course on international policies set by the previous administration. Panelists included Duncan B. Hollis, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law; J. Benton Heath, Assistant Professor of Law; Amy Sinden, Professor of Law; Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and I. Herman Stern Research Professor. The panel was moderated by Margaret M. deGuzman, James E. Beasley Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute for International Law and Public Policy.

Temple Law continues to step up and offer really amazing events on international law and policy. Throughout this year, the Institute for International Law and Public Policy and the student-led International Law Society has continually hosted meaningful discussions that allow students such as myself to engage with Temple Law’s international faculty. As an aspiring international lawyer, the access I’ve been given to these world-renowned scholars has been incredible. I regularly talk with Professor Heath after class (despite everything being virtual) about developments in global trade and investment law.

Hearing about the Biden’s administration’s “pivot” on policy on climate change, immigration, international organizations, and global trade and investment puts what I’m learning in the classroom in the context of the real world. Hearing Professor Sinden talk about the Biden Administration’s executive order on climate change and describe how the order shifted the function of the administrative state directly applies lessons from my Administrative Law and applies them to practice. Associate Dean Ramji-Nogales describing the short-term struggles of the Biden Administration to address immigration helped illustrate concepts from immigration law. I highly encourage any Temple Law student to attend any of the multitude of events organized by student organizations and the university to help supplement their legal education.

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