In This Issue

Membership
Committee Leadership Nominations for Fiscal Year 2013-14
Announcements of New Positions
Member Profile of the Month: Walter Stuber and the Membership Country Representative Program
Website Update
Pathways to Employment in International Law Program
Rona R. Mears Writing Competition & Scholarship Awards

Policy
Task Force Comments on Inventor Remuneration in China

Upcoming Section Programs
Upcoming Programs

Committees
Live From L
Upcoming Committee Programs
Join a Committee!
Commitee Homepages

Publications
International Law News

Rule of Law Activities
International Models Project on Women’s Rights Task Force
International Legal Resource Center
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers

Barton Legum

Dear Colleagues:

Happy New Year! We’re off to a great start with our one-day symposium on February 7, 2013 at the Southern Methodist University on The Arab Spring: Doing Business and the Rule of Law (co-sponsored by the Dedman School of Law). Key topics will include judicial independence, conventional and renewable energy, doing business and dispute resolution in the region. We are honored to have Former US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson as our keynote luncheon speaker. A justice on Egypt's constitutional court will deliver an important address along with numerous other distinguished speakers. A full program agenda can be found here. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the ABA Midyear Meeting.

I hope you have also taken advantage of the early bird registration rates for the 2013 Spring Meeting. in Washington, DC April 23-27. (And if you haven't, remember that the early bird rate deadline is March 7, 2013.). As you can see from the program brochure, we are delighted that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has agreed to be our keynote luncheon speaker on Friday April 27. Our seasonal meetings provide unparalleled opportunities to network with international lawyers from around the globe and to make lifelong friendships and professional relationships. We will be holding receptions at wonderful D.C. landmarks, including an evening at the Supreme Court, hosted by Justice Antonin Scalia. This promises to be our best Spring Meeting yet in D.C. – I hope you will make plans to join us if you have not already registered!

With best regards,

Bart Legum
Chair


MEMBERSHIP

Committee Leadership Nominations for Fiscal Year 2013-14
Are you interested in serving as a Chair, Vice-Chair or Steering Group member of a Section Committee or do you know someone who is interested? Chair-Elect Gabrielle Buckley will be making appointments for committee and liaison positions for the next ABA year which starts in August 2013. If interested, please apply for an appointment by completing the form and submit it by January 31, 2013.

Please help us in the process and, if you are interested in any position, please do not forget to nominate yourself.

Announcements of New Positions
Section members are encouraged to post information about career changes and accomplishments on the Section’s LinkedIn pages, ABA International I and ABA International II. You can also post your updates on Section Committee LinkedIn pages (another benefit of signing up for a Committee and its LinkedIn page).

Some Section Committees may include the information in their Newsletters, so please send the announcement to your Committee Chairs or Committee Communications Vice Chair (Committee Webpage).

Walter Stuber

Member Profile of the Month: Walter Stuber and the Membership Country Representative Program
Section Member and Deputy Membership Officer Walter Stuber who is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil is spearheading a revamp of the Section’s Membership Country Representative Program (MCR). This program appoints Section Members to serve as “Ambassadors” in their home country with the goal of promoting Section membership and activities.

The program currently has 29 representatives around the world and new countries are in the process of being added. In addition, the Membership Committee is currently developing International City Chapters. Walter is also serving as Meeting Co-Chair of the Section’s 2013New Perspectives for Infrastructure Projects in Latin America” in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from August 23-24, and is also a Section Council Member and a Co-Chair of the International Financial Products and Services Committee. For more information about the MCR Program, the Sao Paulo Stand-Alone program or any other Section initiatives that Walter is working on please contact him at walter.stuber@stuberlaw.com.br.

Website Update
The International Bar Associations listing has been updated for 2013, with several new countries added to the roster.

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 angela.benson@americanbar.org.

Upcoming Programs – Spring 2013:

  • EFB School
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Florida International University School of Law
  • University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Marquette University Law School
  • New York University School of Law International Interview Program
  • The University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • American University Washington College of Law International Law Student Association Spring Conference
  • The University of Cincinnati College of Law

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.”

The winning essay also will be published in an official Section Publication. Winners also will receive a complimentary registration to the Spring Meeting, coach airfare (21 day advance purchase) and lodging expenses of 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 for submissions: February 1, 2013.

For details, including the competition guidelines, please visit the Student Headquarters or contact Membership Director Angela Benson at angela.benson@americanbar.org. Thank you to our Writing Competition Sponsor: WestLaw Next


POLICY

Task Force Comments on Inventor Remuneration in China
On November 12, 2012, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) requested public comments on its draft regulations on inventor remuneration. A joint ABA Task Force quickly formed to prepare comments. The Task Force consisted of members from two committees of the ABA Section of International Law (SIL)―the China Committee and the International Intellectual Property Committee―as well as members of Committee 102 (International Patent Treaties and Laws) of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section. A complete set of comments was submitted just three weeks later!

The draft regulations are intended to encourage the disclosure and use of inventions while ensuring that the legitimate rights of inventors and employers are recognized. However, the regulations also raise a number of concerns.

The Task Force’s comments addressed many of these concerns, urging SIPO to address issues such as new requirements which will be overly burdensome and the specific remuneration amounts required by the regulations. Further, the comments request clarification in the law, such as clarity around private agreements; the intersection with other areas of law like copyright and trademark laws as well as local or provincial laws and regulations; and clarification of the roles of the different administrative offices in order to ensure that the appropriate office remains accountable and avoid conflicting instructions.

A copy of the submission is available at the Section's Blanket Authority Initiatives webpage.


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

Washington, DC, April 23-27, 2013 Spring Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. For more information and to register, please visit: http://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

Frankfurt, Germany, June 2-3, 2013 “Successfully Navigating Hazardous Waters: The Third Conference on Transatlantic Deals and Disputes”. For more information and to register, visit: http://ambar.org/Germany2013

São Paulo Brazil, August 23-24, 2013 “New Perspectives for Infrastructure Projects in Latin America” Save the Date! Information will be posted on the website, http://www.ambar.org/brazil2013, as it becomes available.

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.

Moscow, Russia, September 27, 2013 “The Fifth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS-Related Disputes” Save the Date for this exciting event! Information will be posted on the website 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.


COMMITTEES

Live From L
On January 10, 2013, we had a full house at the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom at the George Washington University Law School to watch the third annual “Live from L”, a program created through the Section’s U.N. and International Institutions Coordinating Committee. The program featured a panel discussion with five top legal advisers to the U.S. Department of State, including outgoing Legal Advisor, Harold Hongju Koh. In addition to our live audience – a diverse mix of law students, Section members, and policy enthusiasts – we had a virtual audience through a live webcast across the country and our teleconferencefacility. The event was designed to be accessible to the largest audience possible, offering free webcast registrations to all law students. A total of 235 people registered for the program.

“Live from L” is a collaboration between Ron Bettauer, the Section of International Law’s Policy/Government Affairs Officer, Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies at the George Washington University School of Law, Paige Chabora, Attorney-Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, and Veronica Onorevole, Executive Office & Programs Manager at the American Society of International Law. For any questions regarding this program or to host your own “Live” event please contact Program Associate, Jonathan Lewis at jonathan.lewis@americanbar.org

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.

Risk Management and Corporate Anti-Corruption Compliance Strategies, February 1, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference and in person event presented by the International Anti-Corruption Committee

BRICs in the Wall? Offering Legal Services in Brazil, Russia, India and China -
Part 1: India , February 5, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the Transnational Legal Practice 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

Canada Customs Update: What is Happening at the Northern Border, February 7, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the Customs Law Committee

2012 U.S. Export Controls Year in Review, February 12, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference and in person event presented by the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee

Offerings of European Debt: Category II and TEFRA, February 14, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference and in person event presented by the International Securities & Capital Markets 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

Critical Technology Sharing Between the US and Its Allies: Problems and Possible Solutions, February 21, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference and in person event presented by the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee

Economic Sanctions Year in Review, February 25, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference and in person event presented by the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee

BRICs in the Wall? Offering Legal Services in Brazil, Russia, India and China -
Part 2: Brazil, March 7, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the Transnational Legal Practice Committee

Anti-Corruption Efforts in France, March 21, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference and in person event presented by the International Anti-Corruption Committee

BRICs in the Wall? Offering Legal Services in Brazil, Russia, India and China -
Part 3: China, May 14, 2013
A non-CLE teleconference presented by the Transnational Legal Practice 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!


PUBLICATIONS

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 lisa.comforty@americanbar.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 plays 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).

A pro bono team of lawyers from Latham & Watkins have recently contributed information to the IMPOWR Research Database on Russia, Italy and United Kingdom. The team said that:

“working on the IMPOWR initiative has been for us a remarkable and unique experience. From the very beginning, our Italian, UK and Russian teams have been enthusiastic to contribute in the implementation of this global collaborative platform on women’s rights, which represents a privileged point of observation on CEDAW. Our main goal was to develop our research subjects by ensuring that our work was part of the harmonious structure of the IMPOWR database which already offers, with reference to different countries, exceptionally complete and interesting content. Italian, UK and Russian women’s main efforts are directed to gain equality not only in law, but also in practice, through our research, we had the chance to focus on how difficult the process of enforcement and protection of equality in the society was and still is. Moreover, we are proud of the fantastic opportunity we had, as lawyers, to introduce and comment, beyond on national borders, features of our respective national legislations on women’s rights.”

Thank you to: Mariacristina Storchi, Isabella Porchia, Anna Garon & Cesare Milani (L&W Italian team); Phillip Stoup, Tyler Waltman, Alice Marsden & Elizabeth Purcell (L&W UK team); and Olga Ponomarenko, Svetlana Emelyanova & Ksenia Koroleva (L&W Russian team)!

We always welcome new Contributors to add to the Research Database. IMPOWR is also looking for a Vice Chair for Programs to work on developing programs related to IMPOWR at the Section’s seasonal meetings, as well as stand-alone teleconferences. We continue to look 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 Don’t forget that IMPOWR’s virtual journal, IMPOWR Imprints, continues to accept 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. 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.

International Legal Resource Center
The ILRC was established in December 1999, based upon the mutual commitment of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the American Bar Association (ABA) to advocate around the world for democratic governance and the rule of law on a global scale. For more than a decade, the project has assisted UNDP as well as several other United Nations (UN) entities and multinational organizations that work in developing countries with legal issues beyond democratic governance.

The ILRC E-Bulletin shares the latest professional development resources—trainings and guidance materials. This year we hope to share even more opportunities to engage your services. With this ever-changing landscape, we look forward to finding innovative ways for you to also contribute to economic development around the world. This E-bulletin provides you with a diverse range of trainings and resources to keep your credentials up to date and ultimately bolster your applications. These resources will also keep you current on the relevant issues. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the resources provided in the January 2013 E-Bulletin. Many of this month's resources are free and easily accessible.

Lastly, the ILRC is always open to new members. Interested junior and senior experts can email Jacqueline Gichinga at Jacqueline.Gichinga@americanbar.org. To learn more about the ILRC, please visit our website at http://ambar.org/ilrc.

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.” The ABA International Section actively contributes to furthering Goal IV. The Section undertook its first overseas project in 1986 and, in the more than twenty years since, the International Section 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 the ABA International Section’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.