While 2012 may be coming to a close, we aren’t slowing down by any means. We are currently putting the finishing touches on our Joint Conference at the Southern Methodist University Law School February 7, 2013 on” The Arab Spring and the Rule of Law.” The symposium will feature an impressive and distinguished lineup of speakers including: Judge Raoudha Labidi, the President of the Union of the Tunisian Judiciary; Honorable Adel Omar Sherif, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt; Adulkarim Hamoud AL-Dekhayel, General Director – Institute of Diplomatic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia; Dennis Grindinger, Executive Vice President and CFO of Hunt Oil Company; and, Essam Al Tamimi, Founding Partner of Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East. There will be sessions covering Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law, Energy and the Middle East/North Africa, Doing Business in MENA and the Rule of Law, and Dispute Resolution and the Rule of Law. I hope you will make plans to join us. To register, click here.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members around the world a joyous and peaceful holiday season. I am confident that 2013 will be a terrific year for the Section and look forward to building on our achievements of 2012. I thank our members for all that you do and look forward to working with you in 2013!
Congratulations to Mike Burke (Immediate Past Section Chair), who was just named to the 2012 Irish Legal 100!
Mike was also recently nominated for the position of Section Officer Conference (SOC) Chair-Elect. The election will be held during the SOC Business Meeting at the ABA Midyear Meeting, in Dallas, Texas on Friday, February 8, 2013. The SOC Chair-Elect will become Chair at the close of the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting.
We were sad to learn that long time Section Member Michael Marks Cohen passed away recently. Former Senior Partner at Burlingham Underwood LLP, he was currently of counsel to Nicoletti Hornig & Sweeney. He taught the admiralty course at Columbia Law School for more than 30 years. Michael was selected by the Section to receive the 2013 Leonard J. Theberge Award for Private International Law.
Mentee Profile of the Month
|Scott L. Friedman|
Section member Scott L. Friedman a recent mentee in the Section of International Law’s Mentorship program gives a brief account of his experience.
“Soon after the Section paired me with my mentor, William Black, we were able to connect for a phone call. From that first interaction, I was impressed with his interest in my law school experience, ideas for gaining professional experience, and willingness to share his time. Even since the formal mentorship program concluded we have been in touch regularly. In addition to offering insights into life as a practicing attorney, my mentor has helped brainstorm ways and places to advance my skill set and career trajectory. One of those suggestions was attending ABA functions.
“With the encouragement of my mentor and other ABA members with whom I have networked, I decided to attend the Section’s Fall Meeting in Miami. As a first-time attendee, Section staff and fellow members made a point of welcoming me. (Our red first-time attendee notation on our name tags was the cue.) The Fall Meeting was a tremendous opportunity to gain exposure to diverse areas of law as well as meet fellow law students and distinguished attorneys from across the globe.
“On the programming front, I found particularly insightful the Pathways to Employment session, in which Section Chair Bart Legum participated. Panelists took questions from students and offered candid responses about pursuing advanced legal degrees, landing overseas internships, and the competencies of a good international lawyer. Another highlight at the Fall Meeting was the Starting Out with an Ideal and Ending up with a Deal program which consisted of an engaging mock negotiation. Besides the legal education opportunities, I was excited to interact with attorneys in an array of fields – estate planning, labor & employment, and commercial litigation – who all have a sizeable international component to their practice.
“I would highly recommend both the Mentorship program and Section meetings to law students and young lawyers interested in exploring practice options and developing international contacts. Scott L. Friedman is a third-year student at Vanderbilt Law School interested in a litigation and alternative dispute resolution career. For more information on the Section’s Mentorship program contact Membership Director Angela Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Pathways to Employment in International Law Programs
The Pathways to Employment in International law program is a panel presentation by experienced practitioners who give advice and guidance to law students and young lawyers about career opportunities in international legal practice.
If you are interested in hosting a Pathways Program at your law school please contact Membership Director Angela Benson at email@example.com.
- New York University School of Law International Interview Week – January 25, 2013
- Marquette University Law School – Spring 2013
- The University of Cincinnati College of Law – Spring 2013
- Boston University School of Law – Spring 2013
- The Hague University of Applied Sciences – Spring 2013
- American University Washington College of Law – Spring 2013
- International Law Student Association Spring Conference – Spring 2013
- The University of Cincinnati College of Law – Spring 2013
Rona R. Mears Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards
The 2013 writing competition topic is “In Spring 2013, the US Supreme Court is likely to issue its decision on Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, 621 F. 3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010), cert. granted, 80 U.S.L.W. 3237 (U.S. Oct. 17, 2011) (No. 10-1491), involving a claim under Alien Tort Statute, which allows US courts to recognize a cause of action for violation of the law of nations occurring within the territory of a sovereign nation other than the US. Here is your chance to weigh in as an amicus curiae on how the court should rule.”
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will present the winner(s) at a US Supreme Court evening reception on Friday, April 27, 2013 during the ABA International Section Spring 2013 Meeting.
The winning essay will be published in a Section Publication. Two $1,000 cash prizes or an iPad and accessories – For First and Second Place Winners. Winners will receive free meeting registration to the Spring Meeting, coach airfare (21 day advance purchase) and lodging up to $1,000. Travel costs will be reimbursed after the Spring Meeting. Any taxes due on cash awards are the responsibility of the winners. Deadline: February 1, 2013.
For details, including the competition guidelines, please visit our Student Headquarters or contact Membership Director Angela Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Unfortunately, the Senate vote this session did not reach the majority required for advice and consent.
On December 3, the ABA sent a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting the resolution of advice and consent to ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). A copy of the letter can be read here.
UPCOMING SECTION PROGRAMS
Full Section Calendar
Dallas, Texas, February 7, 2013 “The Arab Spring: Doing Business and the Rule of Law”. For more information and to register, visit: http://ambar.org/ILmidyear13
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
Eilat, Israel, May 26-29, 2013 “The Fourth Annual Joint Conference with the Israel Bar Association: Law, Business and Technology”. For more information and to register, visit: http://ambar.org/Eilat2013
Beijing, China, September 16-17, 2013 “China – Inside and Out” Save the Date for this exciting event! Information will be posted on the website, http://www.ambar.org/beijing2013, as it becomes available.
Los Cabos, Mexico, November 7-9, 2013 “The Second Annual Conference on Legal Challenges and Opportunities of Mexico’s Increased Global Integration: Foreign Investment, Trade, Real Estate, Hospitality, and Tourism” Save the Date for our second annual conference in Mexico – information will be posted on the website, http://www.ambar.org/mexico2013, as it becomes available.
On December 3, 2012, over 100 people registered and 40 people attended the program “Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations” at Baker & McKenzie LLP in Washington, D.C. The program was organized by Alexandre Lamy of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.
If you are interested in hosting a committee program at your law firm or have ideas for a committee event, please contact Committee Program Associate, Jonathan Lewis, at email@example.com
Upcoming Committee Programs
Registration for the following Committee programs will be available on the Section website under the Events and CLE tab. To submit a non-CLE program proposal, please click here.
The 3rd Annual "Live from L", The Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, January 10, 2013
A non-CLE webcast, teleconference, and in person event presented by the ABA Section of International Law in cooperation with the American Society of International Law, the George Washington University School of Law, and The Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Six – Differences Between Public and Private Acquisitions, January 16, 2013
The sixth session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A and Joint Ventures Committee
Competition Laws in Transitional Economies: A Plain-Language Approach? January 22, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International Antitrust Committee
FATCA 6038D-Year End Planning & Tax Compliance, January 23, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International Tax Committee, and co-sponsored by the Canada Committee, India Committee, International Family Law Committee, and the International Trade Committee
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Multi-Brand Retail, January 29, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the India Committee
Tax Treaties & Exchange of Information Agreements – Impact on Cross-Border Commerce, February 6, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International Tax Committee
Anatomy of an M&A Deal – Session Seven – Closing Logistics, February 20, 2013
The final session of a seven part non-CLE teleconference series presented by the International M&A Joint Venture Committee
Increased Audit & Enforcement: Impact on Your Clients, May 21, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the International Tax Committee
Join a Committee!
Membership in our committees is free, and it is never too early to get involved and start making contacts. Join a committee today!
Committee Leadership Nominations for Fiscal Year 2013-14
The 2013-14 Committee Leadership Appointment Nomination Form is online on the Section website. Nominate either yourself or a fellow Section Member for a leadership position in one or more Committees of the Section for the 2013-2014 ABA year.
International Law News
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.
Summer Issue Deadline: March 25, 2013
Theme: Current Issues in International Commercial Transactions
Fall Issue Deadline: June 27, 2013
Theme: Human Trafficking
Winter Issue Deadline: October 14, 2013
Theme: Recent Developments in Anti-Trust Law
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 and cc Managing Editor Lisa Comforty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas for future themes and articles are welcome.
RULE OF LAW ACTIVITIES
International Models Project on Women’s Rights Task Force
The International Models Project on Women’s Rights (IMPOWR) is a web-based collaborative database, organized under the auspices of the ABA, to leverage legal resources worldwide to empower the global community with information on effective reform and enforcement efforts on laws affecting women’s rights. It promises to play a unique role in supporting the worldwide implementation of the principles underlying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
IMPOWR recently launched a new Social Media Committee and is looking for experienced individuals with specific interest in enhancing the mission of IMPOWR through social media. Specifically, the IMPOWR Social Media Committee needs volunteers with foreign language skills to provide translation assistance. Also, IMPOWR’s virtual journal, IMPOWR Imprints, is accepting submissions – this is a great opportunity to get your work published while also contributing to the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality around the world. Or just take a few moments to read and respond to our recent Forum posts that discuss topics ranging from research tools to current events, or post your own discussion. There are numbers other ways to get involved with IMPOWR, including contributing to the Research Database itself or developing IMPOWR programming. If you are interested in volunteering with IMPOWR in any of the aforementioned ways, please fill out the IMPOWR Volunteer Form at http://ambar.org/impowr. To find out more about IMPOWR, visit www.impowr.org or email IMPOWR@americanbar.org.
Visit from Honorable Shafique Ahmed, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of Bangladesh
On November 6, 2012, the Section was honored to host the Honorable Shafique Ahmed, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of Bangladesh. The Minister has first-hand experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a lawyer. Moreover, he is a champion of the ADR reform efforts in Bangladesh and has worked closely with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group. Some of these initiatives include amending the Bangladesh Civil Procedure Code to introduce mandatory mediation for commercial disputes; establishing the first ever arbitration center in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh International Arbitration Center; and introducing legislative changes to promote Tax ADR, in particular, facilitation of voluntary mediation in Income Tax, Customs and VAT tax disputes. The one-day program was held at the DC Superior Court's Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division (Multi-Door) which helps parties settle disputes through mediation and other types of appropriate dispute resolution including arbitration, case evaluation and conciliation. After the observation of a civil case, Ms. Karen Leichtnam, Multi-Door ADR Training Manager, presented an overview of the history and purposes of Multi‐Door, its connection with the Court and its success rate through mediation and other forms of dispute settlement in resolving cases pending trial in the Superior Court. Afterwards, there was an interactive discussion about the recently observed mediation and the proposed mediation program in Bangladesh. American Bar Association (ABA) representatives Mr. Glenn Hendrix, Mr. John Bickerman and Ms. Joanna Jacobs also engaged in a lively Q&A.
Bangladesh and IFC Delegation
1. Barrister Shafique Ahmed‐ Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs
2. Mr. Md. Abu Ahmed Jamadar‐ Joint Secretary, Law and Justice Division, MOLJPA
3. Mr. Md. Aminul Islam‐ Solicitor, Law and Justice Division, MOLJPA
4. Mr. K.M. Rasheduzzaman Raja‐ Deputy Secretary, Law and Justice Division, MOLJPA
5. Mr. Shafiul Azim‐ Deputy Secretary, Law and Justice Division, MOLJPA
6. Margub Kabir‐ IFC Dhaka
7. Masrur Reaz‐ Program Manager IFC Dhaka
8. Anjum Rosha‐ IFC Washington DC
9. Nina Mocheva‐ IFC Washington DC
10. Antonia Menezes‐ IFC Washington DC
11. Md. Mazedul Islam‐ IFC Dhaka
American Bar Association Representatives
1. Mr. Glenn Hendrix, Former Section of International Law Chair
2. Mr. John Bickerman, Former Section of Dispute Resolution Chair
3. Mr. Duncan Cameron, Senior Advisor, ABA International Mediation Committee
4. Mr. Douglas Earl McLaren, Senior Advisor, ABA International Mediation Committee;
Liaison to JAMS
5. Ms. Joanna Jacobs, Director -Office of Dispute Resolution at U.S. Department of Justice
6. Ms. Christina Heid, ABA International Projects Director
7. Ms. Jacqueline Gichinga, ABA International Program Associate
8. Mr. Mikel Tejada‐Ibanez, ABA International Intern
Program Support Fund
The Section’s Rule of Law Activities are supported by the Section Support Fund under the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (donate online). The Section Support Fund is used for activities to further ABA Goal IV: “to advance the Rule of Law.” ABA International actively contributes to furthering Goal IV. The Section undertook its first overseas project in 1986 and, in the more than twenty years since, ABA International has implemented numerous short- and long-term legal capacity building projects around the world. The Section’s Rule of Law Officer, Isabella Bunn oversees ABA International’s activities in coordination with Section staff.
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers
As a U.S. government designated sponsor, the ABA Section of International Law’s International Legal Exchange Training Program (“ILEX”) certifies international lawyers’ eligibility for exchange visitor status under the J-1 visa. International attorneys with a training offer from a U.S. law firm or legal office can apply for the J-1 visa through ABA International’s ILEX program. Trainees must complete the ILEX application, which is then processed electronically through the U.S. Department of State. To learn more about the program, click here.