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Established 1983 in Boston, Mentor Group is a publicly supported research institute that founded a distinctive constitutional, legal-economic and political-economic exchange following the classical definition of political economy that applies the principles of justice to economic and business affairs. Toward this end, Mentor created a peer group of Supreme Court Justices, EU Commissioners and Corporate Counsels in the European Union and the United States.
Mentor Group began this exchange in its inaugural Symposium collaborating with the Woodrow Wilson Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Chief Justice of the United States presided over this Symposium in 1985 where the principal address was given by The Honourable Lord Cameron, KT (Lord of Session and President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh), who related Scottish political economy from the Enlightenment to the founding of the United States of America. Judge Robert Bork responded to Lord Cameron. Mentor Group then helped prepare the overseas contributions to the United States Constitution Bicentennial Symposium of the Smithsonian Institution in May 1987.
In 1988, these comparative constitutional studies took on a specific “Supreme Court” aspect when Mentor invited Lord Mackenzie-Stuart, then President of the European Court of Justice, to Washington to discuss the evolution of European Community law and his Court in comparison with US Supreme Court historical development and the influence of Chief Justice John Marshall. Chief Justice Warren Burger (Retired) presided at
this Wilson Center Symposium. Senator Charles Mathias and Ambassador Elliot Richardson responded to Lord Mackenzie-Stuart.
Mentor Group’s next Symposium took place at the National Archives in Washington, DC and studied the achievement of the Grundgesetz (Constitution) of the Federal Republic of Germany on its fortieth anniversary in 1989. This Symposium explored the interdependence of the German Constitutional Court with the political and economic strength of the Federal Republic itself. These studies probed how the Grundrechte (basic rights) of the Federal Republic provided a source for the economic vitality of Germany and for its political capacity adapting to inevitable constitutional change imposed by the collapse of the Berlin Wall several months later in November 1989.
In 1989, Mentor Group prepared a Symposium in honor of the Franco-American Judicial Exchange, which began at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Members of the Supreme Court of the United States and the French Conseil d’État led this exchange. In the same year, Mentor Group founded the Forum for Members of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Justice of the European Communities, which convened at The Royal Society of Edinburgh in August 1991. During 1990, Mentor Group received a MacArthur Foundation (Chicago) presidential grant for the Forum.
Mr. Thomas Kosmo
President, The Mentor Group
Hon. Eugene Becker
Chairman, Advisory Board
Mr. Jean-Louis Dewost
Président de Section Honoraire, Conseil d’État
Former Director-General, Legal Service of the European Commission
Dr. Monika Dorda
Senior Vice President and General Counsil
Member of the Pharmaceutical Executive Committee
Merck KGaA Healthcare
Mr. A. Jan A.J. Eijsbouts
Institute of Corporate Law, Governance & Innovation Policies, Maastricht University Faculty of Law
Dr. Harald Einsmann
Member of the Board of Directors
Tesco PLC, Carlson Companies, Harman International, Checkpoint Systems Inc.
Dr. Hans Peter Frick
Member of the Board of Directors Galencia S.A.
Recent Senior Vice President and Group General Counsel Nestlé S.A.
The Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa (Ret.)
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Justice Kurt Heller
Constitutional Court of Austria
Professor Dr. Carl-Otto Lenz
Court of Justice of the European Communities 1984-1997
Professor Dr. Ernst-Joachim Mestmäcker
Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht
The Right Honourable the Lord Naseby PC
House of Lords and Former Deputy Speaker, House of Commons
Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, United States Department of State 1997-2001
Professor Richard Pipes
Professor Emeritus of History, Harvard University
Mr. Donald E. Procknow
Vice Chairman Emeritus, ATT Technologies, Inc.
Mr. John P. Schmitz
Partner, Gray & Schmitz LLP
Deputy Counsel to the President, The White House 1989-1993
The Forum for EU-US Legal-Economic Affairs is a private peer group of Supreme Court Justices, EU Commissioners and corporate leaders addressing mutual challenges. Our biannual Forums address data protection and intellectual property rights; EU, Member State and US competition law enforcement and judicial control of antitrust law; and market dependence on Courts’ judgments. Our spring Forum meets every year in Brussels and the September Forum in rotating cities throughout the European Union.
Cutting across EU-US jurisdiction, the Forum discusses EU and US antitrust enforcement; e-commerce policy and inherent copyright protections; EU-US Privacy Shield’s strengthened data protection law and the Digital Single Market. It brings together US & EU regulatory officials, judges and justices, and leading academics. The Forums facilitate exchanges on current challenges faced by these European and American policymakers as well as corporate leaders.
The Symposium on Statecraft meets annually in Washington in order to unite US and EU Supreme Court members with counterpart diplomats, scholars and United States active-duty flag officers. All Symposium members assist leaders building global statecraft toward global security. We define statecraft as the art aligning national security with rule of law. Recent speakers have included:
Among our Symposium participants are senior United States military officers who are seen as the future leadership of our Armed Forces. Our three day Symposium educates these active-duty Statecraft Fellows on the relationship between military and civilian worlds, with particular emphasis on the legal and Constitutional framework. Recent Symposium topics have addressed:
- United States Constitution and Armed Forces of the United States
- Russian military power projection most challenging the European Union
- French statecraft strengthening EU and US national security policy
- European Union Security and Defense from its 1950 origins under Jean Monnet, General Eisenhower,
the Marshall Plan to the EU 1992 Maastricht Treaty
The Harvard Seminar on Statecraft and National Security brings together Harvard Law and Business School students with judges, generals, ambassadors and leading corporate attorneys. The students largely have a background in the military or in public service, and the Seminars provide the opportunity for intimate discussions on the future of national security as it relates to rule of law and business.
The Intellectual Property Seminar convenes upon request of Forum members addressing judicial oversight of regulators. This comprehends European unitary patents and new EU intellectual property courts that will help deliver free and open markets with constitutional protection of all market players. This seminar convenes at the Savile Club in London.