This grant will enable the Global Legal Studies Center (UW-Madison) to co-organize a conference on the role of law in development in Brazil with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI), a specialized agency created to support research into the issue. In 2007, the Center launched a research project entitled, Law and the New Developmental State (LANDS), focusing on the changing role of the state in development across Latin America and the implications of such changes for the use of law and regulation as tools for economic and social policy in the region. In the same year, ABDI launched an initiative on Law and Development to explore the legal barriers to productivity and develop new legal tools to improve competitiveness and innovation. The two groups have come together to invite Brazilian legal scholars to present papers that identify the existing barriers and suggest reforms. The various topics will include: 1) law and implementation of social policy, 2) regulation and protection of foreign investment, 3) judicial performance and reform needs, 4) law, finance and the promotion of innovation, 5) international trade law and industrial policy, 6) Brazilian intellectual property law and research and development and innovation, and 7) antitrust law and economic development in Brazil.