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Christina Benson

Associate Professor of Business Law
Koury Business Center 332
2075 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
cbenson@elon.edu (336) 278-5907

Brief Biography

Christina C. Benson, J.D., M.B.A., Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Juris Doctorate with Honors from the UNC School of Law and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.   

Prior to arriving at Elon, she practiced law for 10 years in the Washington D.C. offices of several major international law firms (including White & Case LLP, Hunton & Williams LLP and Arent Fox PLLC), where she specialized in International Trade and Cross-border business transactions.  Benson also served in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization Secretariat (WTO) in Geneva, and has advised numerous foreign government ministries in their free trade agreement negotiations with the United States.  Her research interests include international trade and commerce, economic development, international dispute resolution, corporate social responsibility, sustainable business initiatives, business ethics, World Trade Organization, and regional free trade and investment agreements.

Education

University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    School Of Law,  J.D. with Honors (1997)

  • Best Oralist Award, Best Brief Award,  National Champion Team,
    Manfred Lachs International Law Moot Court Competition (March 1997)
  • Regional Champion and International Semi-Finalist Team, Jessup Cup International
    Moot Court Competition (1996); UNC International Jessup Moot Court Team Coach (1996-97)
  • Senior Staff, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation (1995-97)
  • President, Environmental Law Project (1996-97)

    Kenan-Flagler Business School, M.B.A. (1997)

  • Four month internship with management consulting firm, The Brooker Group, in Bangkok, Thailand arranging joint ventures for environmental technology transfers between U.S. and Thai companies.
  • Member, Graduate Women in Business and Founding Member, Students for Responsible Business (predecessor to Kenan-Flagler Chapter of Net Impact).

    College of Arts and Sciences, B.A. with Distinction (1990) in Communications

Employment History

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Elon University, Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, Elon, North Carolina

   Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics (January 2007 - Present)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN LEGAL PRACTICE

Hunton & Williams LLP, Washington, DC. Attorney, International Trade and Litigation (March 2004 to Dec. 2006).

Arent Fox PLLC, Washington, DC.  Attorney, International Trade and Litigation (May 2001 to March 2004).

White & Case LLP,  Washington, DC.  Attorney, International Trade and Litigation (1999 – 2001).

World Trade Organization,  Rules Division, Geneva Switzerland.  Consultant  (July – Dec. 2000).

Courses Taught

Courses Taught:

  • Legal and Ethical Environment of Business   (BUS221)
  • Business Law and Accounting Ethics (ACC482)
  • Doing Business in the Pacific Rim (Study Abroad)
  • The Global Experience  (GST110)
  • Developing advanced seminar course:   Ethics and Social Responsibility in a Global Economy

Faculty Advising and Student Mentoring:

  • Faculty Advisor and Undergraduate Research Mentor, Business Ethics and Strategy Case Competition Teams, Oversee selection, mentoring, training and research of student teams representing Elon University at International Business Case Competitions
  • Faculty Co-Advisor, Elon University Chapter of Net Impact, student organization for socially responsible business initiatives and careers

Leadership Positions

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE

  • President, International Law Section, Academy of Legal Studies in Business (International)
  • Member, National Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2008 - Present)
  • Member, Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2009  - Present)
  • Member, Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2009 – Present)
  • Member, Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2011 - Present)
  • Member, American Society for Competitiveness (2008 – Present)
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Sections on Business Law and International Law
  • American Bar Association, Sections on International Law, Administrative Law, and Business Litigation
  • District of Columbia Bar, Sections on International Law, and Administrative Law and Agency Practice
  • Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and Women in International Trade (WIIT)

SERVICE ON ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

  • Senior Articles Editor (Senior Editorial Board), Journal of Legal Studies in Business (JLSB)
    (2010 – Present) (Cabell’s listed business law journal founded in 1994, selective 18% acceptance rate,  published by Cengage Publishing, hard copy available in 700+ libraries, and full text available electronically via ABI/Inform and Ebsco Host journal databases)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Legal Studies in Business (JLSB) (2009-2010)
  • Reviewer, Various Business Law and Ethics Publications, Cengage Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, McGraw Hill Publishing, and Aspen Publishing (2009 – Present)

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • District of Columbia Bar
  • North Carolina Bar
  • U.S. Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Current Projects

SSRN Author Page:   http://ssrn.com/author=1065391 

Completed Articles Currently Under Review:

  • Jus Post Bellum in Iraq:  the Development of Emerging Norms for Economic Reform in Post Conflict Countries” 
    Forthcoming in:  Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, Issue 4, Vol. 11 (Fall 2012).
      FULL TEXT AT:   http://works.bepress.com/christina_benson/3/
     
  • “Agents of Change:  Using Transformative Learning Theory to Enhance Social Entrepreneurship Education”
      Accepted to Peer Reviewed Proceedings of ICSB World Conference 2012, currently under Journal review.

Primay Research Interests:

  • Business Law and Commercial Regulation
  • Regulation of International Trade and Investment
  • Globalization and Economic Development
  • World Trade Organization & Free Trade Agreements
  • Sustainable Business Management
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

Publications

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS AND BOOKS

  • Benson, C. (2012). “Jus Post Bellum in Iraq:  the Development of Emerging Norms for
    Economic Reform in Post Conflict Countries.”  Forthcoming in: Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, Issue 4, Vol. 11 (Fall 2012). 
  • Gupta, N. and Benson, C.  (2011).   “Sustainability and Competitive Advantage:  An Empirical Study of Value Creation.”   Competition Forum, Vol. 9 (1).  (Double-blind peer reviewed publication listed in Cabells Directory, ProQuest, and Ebsco).
  • Benson, C., Gupta, N., and Mateti, R. (2010). “Does Risk Reduction Mitigate the Costs of Going Green?  An Empirical Study of Sustainable Investing.”   Southern Journal of Business and Ethics, Vol. 2, 2010, 7 – 25.
    (Double-blind peer reviewed publication with 25% acceptance rate, listed in the Cabell’s Directory, ProQuest Database, and Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory).
  • Benson, C.  (2009).  “U.S. Auto Industry Bailout: Will Protectionist Potholes Put a Dent in Trade and Competitiveness?”  Competition Forum, Vol. 7 (1), 107-135.  (Double-blind peer reviewed publication listed in Cabells Directory, ProQuest, and Ebsco).
  • Benson, C. (2010).  “Sustainable Companies - Walking the Talk or Greenwashing?”, published in Law and Ethics in the Business Environment, 7th Ed., Chapter 1, textbook by Halbert, T. and Ingulli, E., ISBN-10:0538473517.  (Book).
  • Contributing researcher.   Researched and drafted manusripts and materials on Injury and Causation Determinations in Antidumping Investigations and Case Study on Injury, incorporated into A Handbook on Anti-Dumping Investigations, World Trade Organization, Cambridge University Press.  (Book, 2003).
  • Benson, C.  (1996).  The ISO 14000 International Standards: Moving Beyond Environmental Compliance, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, 22 N.C.J. Int'l Law & Com. Reg. 307.  (Article has been cited more than 25 times in major academic journals, law reviews, and government and NGO reports).
  • Benson, C. and Sethaputra, P.  (1995).  Investment Opportunities Study, Environmental Markets in Thailand.  Bangkok: Board of Investment, Royal Thai Government.  (Book).

Presentations

ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Benson, C.  “Iraq at the Crossroads: Leveraging WTO Accession to Improve Governance and Increase Trade and Investment.”  Invited Scholars Colloquium Presentation to the Editorial Board of the top-ranked  American Business Law Journal in a Special Session at the 2011 National Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) (August 2011).
  • Benson, C.   Invited Panelist, “Business Education Under Attack: Can the Criticisms in Academically Adrift and Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education be Addressed by Strong Business Law and Ethics Programs?”   Panel Session at the 2011 National Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) (August 2011)
  • Benson, C.  “Teaching Sustainability – Experiential Learning Examples.”  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International Sustainability Conference.   I was invited to present experiential learning projects in business ethics and sustainability, including a hands-on consulting project with regional companies on business ethics, and an interactive “greenwashing” workshop in which student groups critically evaluate green claims made in corporate advertising and GRI sustainability reporting.  (June 2011).
  • Benson, C. and Gupta, N.  “Sustainability and Competitive Advantage:  An Empirical Study of Value Creation.”   Presented to the 2011 American Society for Competitiveness (ASC) Conference at Rollins College in Orlando Florida (October 2011). 
  • Benson, C.   “Jus Post Bellum in Iraq: Emerging International Legal Norms for Economic Reform in Post Conflict Countries,” Presented to the 2011 Annual Conference of the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  (November 2011).
  • Panel Discussion on Social Media and Business, Hosted by the LSB Board of Advisors (October 2011).  (Served as panelist along with Haya Ajjan, Michael Rodriguez, Michelle Ferrier, and Qian Xu.)
  • Benson, C. (November 12, 2010).   “Reviving Ancient Trade Routes: Can Iraq Leverage Trade and the WTO Accession Process to Rebuild A Post-Conflict Economy?” Presented to the 2010 Conference of the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Charleston, SC.
  • Benson, C. (August 6, 2010).   Finalist, Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Master Teacher Competition, “Sustainable Companies—Walking the Talk or Greenwashing?:  A Framework for Incorporating Business Sustainability Themes into a Legal Environment Course.”  Presented to the national 85th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business  in Richmond VA.  (Master Teacher proposal was selected as one of only four national finalists through a double-blind peer-reviewed selection process.   I made my Master Teacher presentation before a large audience of more than 500 attendees at the annual ALSB national conference).
  • Benson, C. (August 5, 2010).  “Zeroing In on the WTO Standard of Review in Anti-Dumping Disputes,” presented at the national 85th Annual Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, Richmond VA.
  • Benson, C., Cooney, T. and Palin, G. (June 2010), “Combining experiential education and entrepreneurship to attack social issues: perspectives from America and Ireland".  Presented at the 55th International Council for Small Business World Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio (June 26, 2010).   I collaborated with our colleague Gary Palin, Director of the Doherty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Thomas Cooney Ph.D., president of the European Council for Small Business and Research Fellow at Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland in preparing and presenting this social entrepreneurship workshop. 
  • Benson, C.  (March 5, 2010).   “Is the Triple Bottom Line Helping the Greenest Blue Chips Create Market Value and Gain Competitive Advantage:  An Empirical Study.”   Presented to the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Benson, C.  (March 6, 2010).  Business Law Panel Moderator, Closing Session of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business., San Antonio, Texas.
  • Benson, C., Clemons, C., and Palin, G. (February 9, 2010).  “Global Sharing of Best Practices in Social Entrepreneurship”.  Presented at the North Carolina Campus Compact 2010 Annual Institute Meeting on Civic Engagement Through Social Entrepreneurship, hosted by Elon University.
  • Benson, C., Clemons, C., and Palin, G. (February 25, 2010).   “Connecting Social Entrepreneurship Activities Across Universities". Presented via Webinar to the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) in affiliation with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) to participants representing universities in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Spain and the United States.
  • Benson, C.  (November 2009).  “Sustainability Across the Curriculum:  Elon University Faculty Sustainability Scholars Program,”  Presentation at the National Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  
  • Benson, C.  (October 2009).   “U.S. Auto Industry Bailouts: Protectionist Potholes on the Road to Nowhere, or an Engine for Driving Innovation on a Path to Improved Competitiveness?”  Presentation at the 2009 Conference of the American Society for Competitiveness, Transformation: Sustaining Competitiveness in an Interdependent World, Session 20. 
  • Benson, C.  (August 2009).  “US Automotive Industry Bailout Programs: Avoiding WTO Potholes on the Road to Economic Recovery.”    Presentation at the 2009 National Conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB).
  • Benson, C.   (March 2009)   Panel Presentation on Morality in Business , Elon University, Love School of Business. 

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING REPORTS

  • Compatibility with WTO Rules of Relief Measures for Automotive Industries in the United States and the European Union, Legal Memorandum and Consulting Report to Toyota Motor Corp. Japan (November 26, 2008).
  • Designing a WTO-Consistent Incentive Program through which IE Singapore can Promote Physical Shipment of Goods Through Singapore, Legal Memorandum and Consulting Report to the Ministry of Trade and Industry, International Enterprise Singapore, Government of Singapore (July 27, 2008).
  • Status of Certain WTO-Inconsistent U.S. Trade Remedies Practices and Relevance to FTA Negotiations, Legal Memorandum and Consulting Report to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea (July 7, 2006).
  • Rules of Origin and Value Content Calculations in Free Trade Agreements, Legal Memorandum and Consulting Report to the Federal Customs Authority of the United Arab Emirates (April 11, 2006).
  • Legal Briefing Memo on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Provisions in Free Trade Agreements, Legal Memorandum and Consulting Report to the FTA Investment Chapter Negotiating Delegation of the United Arab Emirates (commissioned by Dr. Nasser H. Saidi, Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority) (October 5, 2005).
  • Strategic Considerations in Negotiating Dispute Resolution Mechanisms in Free Trade Agreements, Legal Memorandum and Consulting Report to the Ministry of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (February 25, 2005).
  • WTO Inconsistencies in U.S. Law and Procedures in Antidumping Sunset Reviews, Consulting Report to the Japan Fair Trade Center and the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (January 2001) (With Lyle Vader Schaaf and Frank Morgan)
  • Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, Chapter in “Survey of Free Trade Agreements,” Consulting Report to the Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment (May 17, 2000).
  • The WTO Seattle Ministerial Agriculture Agenda, Consulting Report to the Trade Development Board of the Government of Singapore (November 26, 1999) (With Mark Nguyen and William Moran).
  • Environment and Labor Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements, Consulting Report to the Trade Development Board of the Government of Singapore (November 9, 1999).

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING PRESENTATIONS AND ENGAGEMENTS

  • Strategic Considerations in Obtaining Distribution and Dealership Rights for Sales of Ford and Toyota Vehicles in Iraq, Consulting Materials Prepared for Dr. Abbas Mehdi, Chairman, Union of Independent Iraqis and Iraqi Representative to the World Bank (October 2009). 
  • Potential for WTO Antidumping Proceedings Against Textile and Apparel Products Following Expiration of the WTO Multi-Fibre Arrangement, Consulting Presentation to Textile and Apparel Industry Associations of India and Pakistan, New Delhi India (October 2004).
  • Impact of China’s WTO Accession On the Manufacturing Sector in Japan, Consulting Presentation at to the Legal Division of Toyota Motor Corporation (March 4, 2002).
  • The WTO Multilateral Trading Framework, Consulting Presentation to the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Program (February 10, 2002).
  • U.S. Antidumping Law and Agency Procedures, Consulting Presentation to Representatives of the Foreign Trade Sector of Egypt’s Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade, for Program on “Legal, Policy and Economic Analysis for Trade Policy Making” organized by Africa-America Institute (July 6, 2001).

Awards

  • Recipient of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business Dean's Award
    for Excellence in Teaching, 2010