October 19, 2018

International Law

Letters & Testimony

The ABA frequently corresponds with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and other governmental bodies and testifies before Congress on matters of importance to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

115th Congress

4/17/18
Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Judiciary Committee
ABA Letter in Support of Marrakesh Treaty

2/7/18
California State Senator William Monning
ABA Letter in Support of California Senate Bill 766

12/7/17
House and Senate Appropriations Committees
ABA Letter in Support of Essential Funding for Democracy, Rights, and Governance Programming in FY18 Appropriations

12/5/17
Russian Deputy Minister Denis Novak
ABA Letter to Russian Deputy Minister of Justice Regarding Liberalized Legal Services Market

9/14/17
Department of State
ABA Letter Urging State Department to Prioritize Promotion of Democracy, Human Rights, Justice, and Rule of Law

5/5/17
Department of Homeland Security
ABA Urges DHS to Preserve Attorney-Client Privilege and Client Confidentiality During Border Searches of Lawyers’ Electronic Devices

114th Congress

7/24/2015
Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
ABA Urges Reassessment of DHS Policy Banning Counsel from Overseas Refugee Interviews

113th Congress

11/7/14
President Barack Obama 
ABA urges President Obama to include in his Periodic Report to the CAT Committee that Article 16 of the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment applies extraterritorially to prohibit cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment, and torture of prisoners within the custody of the US. 

10/22/14
Secretary of State John Kerry 
ABA Urges Administration to Send Convention of the Rights of the Child to Senate for Consideration

7/22/14
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
ABA Supports Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

4/14/13
Stephen Pomper, Chairman of the Atrocities Prevention Board
ABA Letter Regarding Arms Exports to Countries with a Consistent Pattern of Gross Human Rights Abuses

12/12/13
Acting DHS Secretary Rand Beers
ABA Letter Urging the Designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the Philippines 

11/5/13
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 
ABA Supports the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

7/31/13
State and Local Bar Presidents
ABA Urges State and Local Bar Members to Follow New ABA Ethics Opinion and Voluntary Lawyer Guidance to Fight Money Laundering

5/8/13
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
ABA Comments on FATF’s Draft Report on Money Laundering Vulnerabilities of Legal Professionals

3/27/13
House Subcommittee on Trade
ABA Letter on US-India Trade Relations 

112th Congress

12/3/12
Senate
ABA Urges Senators to Support Ratification of CRPD

11/26/12
Treasury Department and Financial Action Task Force
ABA Advises Treasury Department and FATF of the Bar's Efforts to Fight Money Laundering

9/24/12
 United Nations
ABA Statement to the United Nations High Level Meeting on Rule of Law

9/24/12
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
ABA Comments on Market Access Barriers for U.S. Law Firms in China

7/24/12
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
ABA Expresses Support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

6/14/12
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
ABA Statement in Support of U.S. Accession to the Convention on the Law of the Sea

5/4/12
Treasury Department Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
ABA Opposes Treasury Department Proposal Requiring Law Firms to Disclose Client Identities and Beneficial Ownership Information

3/30/12
House
ABA Testimony Supporting Funding for International Rule of Law Assistance

3/27/12
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
ABA Letter to FATF Providing Reactions to revised International Anti-Money Laundering Standards

1/13/12
U.S. Trade Representative
ABA Letter Regarding Japan's Expression of Interest in the Proposed TPP Trade Agreement

12/16/11
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
ABA Opposes S 1483, the “Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act”

12/13/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA Submits Follow-Up Comments to FATF Consultative Meeting in Milan

7/28/11
U.S. Department of State
ABA letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Regarding the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the United States and India.

6/17/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA seeks dialogue with FATF regarding proposed new international anti-money laundering standards

5/12/11
Senate and House
ABA urges technical amendments to Arbitration Fairness Act legislation.

4/29/11
House
ABA letter suggesting technical amendments to the draft "Arbitration Fairness Act" legislation.

3/29/11
House
ABA President Stephen Zack testifies before the House Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, to discuss the importance of fiscal year 2012 funding for rule of law assistance.

1/25/11
Bar Council of India
ABA Expresses its Views on the Regulation of U.S. Lawyers in India

1/7/11
Financial Action Task Force
ABA Submits Follow-Up Comments to FATF Consultative Meeting in Milan

111th Congress

11/18/10
Senate
ABA Supports U.S. Ratification of Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

11/3/10
President
ABA Urges Appropriate Access for U.S. Lawyers and Law Firms in India

9/29/10
Senate
American Bar Association Urges Support for S.2982, the International Violence Against Women Act

5/24/10
Senate
Letter urging Senators to sign the Kerry-Lugar-Durbin-Bond-Feinstein letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting a robust FY 2011 International Affairs Budget

5/19/10
Senate
ABA President Carolyn Lamm expressed the Association’s support for the Refugee Protection Act of 2010 in a statement submitted to the Senate Judiciary committee for a hearing held on May 19, 2010

3/26/10
House
House Statement from ABA President Carolyn Lamm requesting continued funding for international rule of law programs (Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs, Committee on Appropriations

10/5/09
Senate
Letter supporting initiatives to Combat Gender-Based Violence (Committee on Foreign Relations)

9/15/09
USTR
Letter commenting on Rule of Law Merits of FTAs

9/30/09
Senate
Letter supporting initiatives to Combat Gender-Based Violence (Committee on Foreign Relations)

9/15/09
USTR
Letter commenting on Rule of Law Merits of FTAs

6/30/09
House
Letter expressing concerns regarding a letter to the Governmental Accountability Office requesting a report on former government officials who advise foreign interests

3/31/09
Senate
Letter in support of restoring funding for the FY10 International Affairs Budget (Senate)

3/20/09
President Obama
Letter in support of observing the international rule of law and respecting human rights (President Obama)

3/18/09
House
Statement from ABA President Wells requesting continued funding for international rule of law programs (Subcommittee on State, Foreign Relations and Related Programs, Committee on Appropriations)

110th Congress

4/10/08
House
Letter supporting the Trade Promotion Authority-eligible status of the submitted implementing bill for the US-Columbian Trade Promotion Agreement.

2/27/08
DOS
Letter concerning a revised regulation in the Arms Export Control Act. (U.S. Department of State)

9/27/07
Senate
Written statement to the Senate regarding the Convention on the Law of the Sea. (Committee on Foreign Relations)

109th Congress

5/11/06
Senate
Letter supporting the ratification of UN Convention Against Corruption (Committee on Foreign Relations)

3/30/06
DOS
Letter supporting the creation of a new UN Human Rights Council (U.S. Department of State)

3/22/06
House
Written statement in support of funding for CEELI and other organizations for the rule of law (Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs, Committee on Appropriations)

3/6/06
DOS
Letter supporting the creation of a new UN Human Rights Council (U.S. Department of State)

2/24/06
USTR
Letter commending the U.S. leadership in strengthening WTO rules affecting fishery subsidies (U.S. Trade Representative)

12/7/05
Conferees
Letter opposing the use of torture and provisions limiting habeas corpus for military detainees

11/14/05
Senate
Letter commenting on the Graham amendment to S. 1042, the Department of Defense authorization bill

11/8/05
Senate
Letter commenting on amendments to S. 1042, the DOD authorization bill

7/21/05
Senate
Written statement of Kenneth B. Reisenfeld on restructuring the UN

6/14/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 2745, the UN Reform Act

5/25/05
House
Written statement of Armando Lacasa on the rule of law in the Americas (Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Committee on International Relations)

5/5/05
Senate
Letter commenting on the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002

5/5/05
House
Letter commenting on the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002

5/4/05
House
Letter commenting on H. J. Res. 27, regarding the WTO (Committee on Ways and Means)

5/4/05
Senate
Letter commenting on H. J. Res. 27, regarding the WTO (Committee on Finance)

4/14/05
House
Written statement in support of funding for programs that promote the rule of law around the world (Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs, Committee on Appropriations)

3/16/05
President
Letter regarding the ongoing atrocities in Darfur, Sudan

2/23/05
House
Letter commenting on H.R. 952, the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act