CILE Cosponsors Roundtable on Italy, Pennsylvania, and the T-TIP

On October 25, 2016, six distinguished panelists gathered in the Law School’s Teplitz Memorial Courtroom for a roundtable discussion of “Italy and Pennsylvania: An Economic Dialogue on Energy, Research and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.” After brief introductory remarks by CILE Academic Director Professor Ronald A. Brand, the Honorable Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia, spoke to the audience about Italy, the Ciao Philadelphia festival, and the prospects for collaboration between Italy and Pittsburgh, and presented two brief films highlighting the Italian economy and the work of the Italian consulate.

The main roundtable discussion was moderated by Governor Tom Corbett, who served as Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2015. Joining him, Mr. Canepari and Professor Brand as panelists were Professor Nicholas P. Cafardi (Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law and Duquesne University School of Law), Mr. Antonio Lordi (Senior Contract Officer at Siemens Industry USA), and Mr. Phil Rinaldi (CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions). The participants provided their individual perspectives on the prospects for trade between Italy and Pennsylvania, the effect of the regulatory environment in the Commonwealth on trade and investment, and the potential effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

The roundtable and the reception which followed were made possible by the generous financial support of three sponsoring law firms, Eckert Seamans, Fox Rothschild, and K&L Gates. Other co-sponsors of the event were the Duquesne University School of Law, Ciao Philadelphia, and the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia.