Pivoting the Section

Vol. 43 No. 3


Gabrielle M. Buckley, chair of the Section of International Law, is a shareholder in the Chicago office of Vedder Price, P.C. She heads the firm's Business Immigration practice.

As the Obama administration “pivoted” to East Asia, the Section “pivots” to Southeast Asia in this issue of ILN. This special Southeast Asia issue builds upon the tremendous success of this year’s ILEX trip to Myanmar and Cambodia, about which Finance Officer Sara Sandford reports. Marlon Wui, Joel Loo, and Himawan G. Hatman, lawyers with Kelvin Chia Partnership in Singapore, contribute a major article on legal aspects of international investment in the hot economies of Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. Next, Albert Vincent Yu Chang, former co-chair of the Asia Pacific Committee and a member of both the ILN Editorial Board and the Section’s Books Board, reviews how peace prospects in Mindanao in the Philippines may lead to increased investment and business opportunities. We follow this with an article from Fragomen lawyer Jo Ann Tabing Adams discussing various short-term immigration pitfalls in Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. Later in this issue, Harry Dixon, a lawyer from Savannah, Georgia, addresses developments in Vietnam’s anti-money laundering regime.

Two of this issue’s articles turn to human rights topics with strong Southeast Asian connections. Jillian Nelson addresses the effects of natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan upon children from the affected areas. Matt Kane then turns to the effects of a man-made disaster, the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, and describes how that part of history is being handled by the Extraordinary Chambers of the Cambodian Courts, which this year’s ILEX participants visited.

In addition to these six articles and Sara Sandford’s ILEX report, we have several short pieces that should be of broad interest. Two “Briefly Noted” offerings provide us with updates on, first, a U.S. Supreme Court decision relating to bilateral investment treaty (BIT ) arbitration and, second, Canada’s ratification of the Convention on Settlement of Investment Disputes. Section Policy/Government Affairs Officer Yee Wah Chin leads the update on policy issues related to Section concerns. Singapore-based lawyer Gmeleen Tomboc presents the latest in our world-ranging Cities Abroad series of Lawyers Survival Guides. This one highlights Tokyo.

Two contributors deserve special mention, and they are the winners of this year’s Rona Mears Student Competition, for which the Section invited law students to write an essay or produce a video addressing the legal issues raised by Edward Snowden’s release of NSA documents. The winning essay, by Widener law student William Bessmer, appears in this issue. The winning video, by UC-Hastings law student Ashley E. Dymond, can be found at http://youtu.be/HYCUF-vOlGc. We urge you to look at both.

I’m sure you will enjoy this issue of ILN as much as I have!


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