October has been an extraordinary month for the Section of International Law. It began with our thirteenth annual “Live from the SEC” program, this year focused on important developments in U.S. securities laws, especially Dodd-Frank, that will impact foreign issuers and international markets for years to come. A truly amazing Fall Meeting followed "Live" this year. It offered everything our members have come to expect from the Section’s seasonal meetings – 60 world class programs on cutting-edge legal issues; networking with colleagues from over 40 countries in an open and friendly atmosphere; and opportunities to help shape the policy agenda of the American Bar Association – but this time with the addition of an Oceanside venue … and fine weather, along with spectacular receptions at the beautiful Moore Building located in Miami’s Design District and the New World Symphony and our second young lawyers brunch, which like New York, was a sold-out event and was an excellent demonstration of the enthusiasm and commitment of our young lawyers to the Section. I heard again and again from first-time attendees that the meeting far exceeded their expectations in the warmth and friendliness of the reception they received and the quality of the programs.
My thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our Meeting Co-Chairs – Marcelo Bombau, Cristina Cardenas, Lelia Mooney, and Joe Raia, who gave us all a 2012 Fall Meeting experience to remember.
Thanks, too, to the terrific support provided by the Inter-American Bar Association, AIJA and an exceptionally engaged steering group, which included Gretchen Bellamy, Gabrielle Buckley, Madeleine Giansanti Cag, Jennifer Diaz, Adam Farlow, Jennifer Hilsabeck, Peter Quinter, Steven Richman, Marcos Rios, Sara Sandford, Lisa Savitt and Marcy Stras and to Ausra Deluard for organizing the young lawyers brunch.
November promises to be just as active with a stand-alone programs in Brussels (November 12-13 on collective redress and a joint program with the Law Society of England and Wales (November 29) in London on capital markets. Links for registration for these two great programs are provided below.
A special note to our members impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts are with you. If we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Pathways to Employment in International Law Programs
The Section submitted joint comments with the Section of Antitrust Law on the United Kingdom’s Competition Commission’s Draft "Guidelines for Market Investigations" for Public Consultation and with the Section of Antitrust Law and the Section of Intellectual Property Law on SAIC’s Draft Guide on Anti-Monopoly Law Enforcement in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights. These blanket authority comments can be found on the Section’s policy page.
Brussels, Belgium, November 12-13, 2012 “Increasing Access to Justice Through E.U. Class Actions: A Conference for Litigators & Policy Makers” presented by the International Human Rights Committee. The event will be held at the European Parliament. More information and registration can be found at http://www.ambar.org/brussels2012
London, United Kingdom, November 29, 2012 “Capital Markets in the 21st Century” For more information and to register, visit http://www.ambar.org/london2012.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! The 2013 Spring Meeting will be in Washington, DC, April 23-27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.ambar.org/ilspring2013
Upcoming Committee Programs
Cartel Enforcement in Smaller Jurisdictions -- Issues and Challenges, November 6, 2012
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Five – The Acquisition Agreement, November 7, 2012
OFAC Facilitation: Know It When You See It? , November 8, 2012
FATCA 6038D-Year End Planning & Tax Complianc, November 14, 2012
Series on FATCA #2 – Transfer Pricing in Mexico, Traps for the Unwary and the Non-Tax Professional, November 28, 2012
Perspectives on Canada's New Copyright Laws: Bill C-11 and the Canadian Supreme Court's Copyright Pentalogy, December 5, 2012
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Six – Differences Between Public and Private Acquisitions, January 16, 2013
Tax Treaties & Exchange of Information Agreements – Impact on Cross-Border Commerce, February 6, 2013
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Seven – Closing Logistics, February 20, 2013
Increased Audit & Enforcement: Impact on Your Clients, May 21, 2013
International Law News
On Tuesday, October 23, the Section of International Law inaugurated a new service for our members: an electronic copy of International Law News (ILN), e-mailed to all members. Both individual articles and a full-issue PDF of ILN, therefore, will now be available instantaneously to any SIL member with e-mail access in any part of the world. We believe you will find this new option useful and a welcome addition to your SIL member benefits!
Spring Issue Deadline: December 10, 2012
International Law News (ILN) publishes high-quality submissions on topics in our field. ILN editors are especially interested in articles related to each issue’s theme.
Submissions must follow the “ILN Author Guidelines” to be considered. The guidelines are posted here. For guidance or to submit an article, please contact ILN@americanbar.org or Managing Editor Lisa Comforty at email@example.com.
Ideas for future themes and articles are welcome.
The International Lawyer
LexisNexis and the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) have just published “Global Business Immigration Practice Guide,” a one-stop resource for dealing with questions related to business immigration issues in immigration hotspots around the world. Written and edited by a global team of expert attorney members of ABIL, this new guide provides an overview of the immigration law requirements and procedures for over twenty countries, with practical information and tips for obtaining visas, work permits, resident status, naturalization, and other nonimmigrant and immigrant pathways to conducting business, investing, and working in those countries. This guide is ideal for human resources professionals and in-house attorneys who need to instruct, understand, and liaise with immigration lawyers licensed in other countries, as well as for business immigration attorneys who regularly work with multinational corporations and their employees and HR professionals on global mobility issues. This publication can be purchased in the U.S. by calling 800-223-1940 or online at the LexisNexis Store. For orders outside the U.S., please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-487-3004.
New Section Task Force on Legal Empowerment of the Poor
Since the issuance of the Commission's report, support by its co-chair, Madeleine Albright and fellow commissioner, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, much has been written on the subject and various efforts have been initiated around the globe focusing on the Commission’s four pillars: access to justice; property rights; labor rights; and business rights. Access to justice: Legal empowerment is impossible when, de jure or de facto, poor people are denied access to a well-functioning justice system. Property rights: ownership of property, alone or in association with others, is a human right, which poor people are often denied. Labor rights: the labor and human capital of the poor must be effectively recognized. Business rights: the poor are entitled to rights, not only when working for others, but also in developing their own businesses.
However, much more is needed and can be done. The Section recognizes that as a leading volunteer organization of lawyers worldwide, it can and should play a meaningful role in Legal Empowerment of the Poor. To kick-start that effort, the Section has created a new Task Force that will use the report of the High Commission as a foundation to explore how the principles espoused in the report might be implemented and institutionalized. It will do so by reaching out to other legal and non-legal organizations engaged in this work, exploring ideas for specific programs and for creating sustainable and continuous projects designed to address the problems of poverty by strengthening the legal rights of those most affected.
If you would like to get involved in this exciting and important intersection of law, human rights and economic development, please contact Jacqueline Gichinga (email@example.com) to indicate your interest.
International Models Project on Women’s Rights Task Force
Partnership with the World Bank’s Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development
The Section is an Intellectual Partner, providing in-kind contributions on a number of thematic topics. The topics will be coordinated through thematic working groups (TWGs) exploring these overarching themes:
If you are interested in contributing to any of these abovementioned themes or working groups, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on GFLJD, please go to http://ambar.org/globalforum.
Law, Justice and Development Week 2012
Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2012 will explore the potentially transformative role of effective law and legal institutions in providing people with more opportunity that is both inclusive of underserved populations and equitable.
To explore this theme, LJD Week 2012 will bring together World Bank Group staff, senior officials from other international financial institutions, international development practitioners, government officials, lawyers, judges, scholars and representatives from civil society. LJD Week 2012 will be a World Bank Group-wide event co-organized by the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency, IFC and MIGA Legal Departments, and ICSID. In addition, the formal launch of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development and dedicated sessions led by its TWGs will take place during the week.
Doing Business Report 2013
The Doing Business 2013 report was launched on October 22, 2012. The report marks the 10th edition of the Doing Business series. Over the past decade, these reports have recorded nearly 2,000 regulatory reforms implemented by 180 economies. The reforms have yielded major benefits for local entrepreneurs across the globe. For example:
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers
International Human Rights Lawyer Award