About the Congress

Description

The Congress is a forum that aims to bring together international experts of the academic and professional community in the areas of Law, Administration, Economy and business to discuss and share experiences and knowledge regarding the concept of “Legal Strategy”, view as a tool that relies on the available legal framework as well as on the multidisciplinary knowledge to identify, generate and capture legal advantages and to design a suitable implementation plan in order to meet the client’s business objectives in the most efficiently manner.

Target Audience

Professionals and academics in the fields of Law, Administration, Economics and Business interested in contributing to the development of the legal strategy as a field of research and study by means of their own researches, theories, creations, experiences and points of views, and/or to nurture or deepen their knowledge in this field.

Legal Professionals with responsibilities or vocation of supporting their clients in defining and achieving their business goals through legal and multidisciplinary tools.rramientas legales y multidisciplinarias.

Professionals in the fields of Management, Business and Economy with responsibility or vocation to make strategic decisions and that have interest in understanding how to leverage legal tools and opportunities resulting from the legal system to maximize the success of its business strategy through value creation.

Context

The Legal strategy is an emerging field of study and research where the areas of Law, Administration, Economy and Business are combined, and which has begun to gather relevance in the international academic arena.

The issue has been already addressed by an exclusive group of academic exponents that propose diverse and interesting approaches of study and conceptualization around this new field. However, most of them agree that the concept should be developed by a multidisciplinary study oriented to the development of skills that complement the professional knowledge.

In its proposals these scholars highlight, on one hand, the importance of multidisciplinary knowledge and the development of certain skills and qualifications for legal professionals as a way to improve the ability to serve their clients efficiently; and on the other hand, the relevance that has for managers who make decisions in the companies, to dominate and actively use the legal tools and environment in which they develop their businesses to generate value and obtain better results in their management.

It is particularly highlighted the relationship between law and business, in a vision where managers visualize the legal environment as an ally - and not a restriction - to achieve their business goals and to manage their risks, highlighting the role played by the law used in an innovative manner; while the legal professionals use it as a tool to assist managers in the design and implementation of their strategy.

Main Objective

The main objective of the Congress is to encourage research and knowledge generation in the “Legal Strategy” field as well as to promote critical analysis, innovative thinking and the generation of proposals for new methods and analysis tools.

Core Objectives

  • To develop a new vision for the professional practice of business that transcends from an orientation towards the development of knowledge to a development of abilities
  • To promote innovation through the design of new structures and new analysis and investigation methodologies in the areas of Law, Management, Economy and Business, which will contribute to more efficient business strategies
  • To highlight the value of systematic multidisciplinary studies in legal analysis
  • To emphasize the value of law in the achievement of the strategic objectives of clients

Call for Papers

Under the First International Congress on Legal Strategy (“CIEL” for its Spanish acronym) and to stimulate knowledge creation focused primarily on harnessing the legal environment as a tool for achievement of business goal, particularly design and implementation of the legal strategy of the business, legal intelligence and strategic management of the legal risks, both students and professionals are invited to submit research papers.

The papers must be submitted no later than Jun 30, 2017. Once submitted and evaluated by the jurors, selected papers will be presented in a special section of the event and will be available on the website.

Deadline for submissions: Jun 30, 2017

Research Areas

The research papers submitted must be related to the central theme: harnessing the legal environment as a tool to accomplish business objectives. Under this central theme, each person can chose a sub-theme and a specific case study about the relationship between law and business. The following are the three sub-themes:

1. Design and implementation of the business legal strategy

There is no doubt that the legal environment is a key factor that is always analyzed when doing business. However, often the involvement and approach of legal professionals in the analysis of the legal environment tends to be oriented towards the identification and mitigation of compliance risks related to the achievement of the business.

Within the above mentioned context, the legal professional makes a “passive” application of the law, where very often the legal environment is perceived as a restriction for the business, opposite to what would be an “active” use of the law, in which the available legal framework is conceived as an opportunity to identify, generate and capture legal advantages through the design and implementation of legal strategies that allow for a more efficient achievement of business objectives.

In that sense, it is imperative to incentivize innovative research and ideas, with the objective of promoting the creation of proposals for new methods and tools of analysis that allow for the practice of the legal professional to be oriented towards this strategic focus.

Examples of research topics:

  • Proposals of new techniques for contractual structure
  • Proposals of new techniques for conflict prevention and management
  • Proposals of new methods of analysis for the selection of legal techniques for business and projects
  • Proposals of new methods of analysis for resource and asset planning
  • Utilization of the legal environment for the generation of value in the business of regulated markets

2. Business legal intelligence

One of the main mandates of business managers is to maximize benefits. In order to do so, managers traditionally design strategies based in the administration and management of the financial and commercial aspects, ignoring the opportunities that might derive from the legal environment in order to reach this objective. Hence it is necessary to highlight the value of the Law for the creation of value in businesses and the achievement of their strategic objectives.

In that sense, it becomes of interest to promote the creation of proposals of new methods, techniques and mechanisms that allow business managers to effectively leverage the legal environment in which businesses are developed to protect and maximize the business’ resources through an assertive application of the law.

Examples of research topics:

  • Structure design that may allow to maximize the benefits of companies leveraging the legal environment
  • Business’ internal mechanisms to protect and maximize their resources through the use of legal tools
  • Technical contractual obligations for managers
  • Leveraging of the Law as a tool to make businesses

3. Strategic management of legal risks

Even though the importance of senior management involvement in the identification and capture of opportunities through leveraging the legal environment, has been highlighted, it is by no means less important than the growing need from senior management to include as part of their strategic management, strategic risk management.

In the past, legal risks were viewed as synonyms of contingencies whose identification was an exclusive task of a team of lawyers in the companies legal department, with a purely preventive and reactive approach. However, nowadays best practices and diverse regulatory requirements, to which businesses are exposed, demand that senor management widen their reach and also focus on the identification and administration of the main risks of the company, which includes legal risks. As a result, legal risk management moves from an operative to a strategic dimension.

In this order of ideas, the creation of proposals for new methods and tools of analysis that allow senior directors to strategically manage the legal risks of the business.

Examples of research topics:

  • Proposals of new techniques of detection and prevention of legal risks when designing business strategies
  • Structure design that allow for the mitigation of identified legal risks, without negatively affecting the business objectives and/or profits.
  • Management tools for legal and regulatory compliance for senior management
  • Incentives and disincentives to the contractual compliance of the business activities.

WHY BE PART OF CIEL?

Presence within the framework of the event and other promotional activities

Unique communication opportunity with a high profile audience within the professional niche and in a business environment

Association of the brand to an innovative and avant-garde concept

Exposure through targeted channels and networks

Exposure within a group of local and international experts

Sophisticated audience of decision makers

Sponsorship

Strategic partner

COLLABORATOR I & II

SPECIAL COLLABORATOR


For more information on the benefits and specifications of our Sponsorship packages, please contact info@iomg.edu.do

Strategic partners
Collaborators I & II
Special Collaborators

Knowledge

EXPONENT CONFERENCE TITLE
1. CONSTANCE BAGLEY “Winning Legally: The Value of Legal Astuteness” Professor Bagley's presentation focused on how legally astute managers can work with strategically astute lawyers to enhance realizable value, manage risk, and marshal, deploy, and redeploy resources. As discussed in her chapter in The Oxford Handbook on Dynamic Capabilities (David Teece, ed., 2016), which is posted on her site winninglegally.com, legal astuteness is a valuable managerial dynamic capability. During the Congress, Professor Bagley also presented her systems approach to law, business and strategy and provided multiple examples of how legally astute top management teams can craft the value proposition and the activities in the value chain in a dynamic system that includes the competitive environment (analyzed using Peter's Five Forces), firm resources, public law, and the societal context.
2. DANIEL OSTAS “The Ethics of Legal Strategy” Professor Ostas's presentation focuses on the ethics of corporate legal strategy. His discussion is rooted in the ethical obligation to obey law, empirical evidence on legal obedience, ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and scholarly literature addressing the need for self-restraint among business actors. Professor Ostas has written widely on these and related topics. Ostas's vita, including a list of published works, is available at http://www.ou.edu/price/marketing_supplychainmanagement/people/daniel_ostas.html
3. DAVID OROZCO “Corporate Legal Strategy: At the Frontier of Research and Practice” Orozco, David, 2017. “Corporate Legal Strategy: At the Frontier of Research and Practice.” Presentation Material, First International Congress on Legal Strategy – Instituto OMG.
4. CLAUDIA LANDEO “Law, Economics, and Organization” Landeo, C.M., 2017. “Law, Economics, and Organization: Recent Developments.” Presentation Material, First International Congress on Legal Strategy – Instituto OMG.

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