COVID-19: Its Impact on International Law and You

Section Programs

How Will Law Treat Science and Medicine Once the Pandemic Subsides? [CC]
12 p.m. ET
Wednesday, May 13

In this program, a panel of distinguished experts will provide an overview and pragmatic discussion of selected key practical and legal hurdles and traps that health care providers and life sciences companies must overcome in pursuing their mission.

In-Person Signing Requirements During COVID-19; are E-Signatures the Solution for Each Kind of Transaction? [CC]
12 p.m. ET
Friday, May 15

Learn how to fulfill documentary requirements in jurisdictions where physical presence and signatures are required, now that we have to cope with physical social distancing due to COVID-19. In this program you will hear from the panel, which is composed of lawyers form the different continents, whether e-signatures can be the answer for all kinds of transactions.

Arbitration Institutions in the Age of COVID-19 – The State of International Arbitration
10 a.m. ET
Wednesday, May 20

As the global COVID-19 pandemic develops, arbitration providers worldwide have evolved to accommodate the need for efficient and effective access to dispute resolution. Straining the very fabric of life as we know it, COVID-19 is also widely predicted to trigger a wave of civil and commercial claims while undermining conventional approaches to redress. This program explores how arbitral institutions are managing current caseloads and preparing for future uncertainties, challenges and change.

Completed Programs and Recordings

Regulations, Voluntary Standards and Social Expectations: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about the Future Direction of Corporate Social Responsibility
11 a.m. ET
Friday, May 8

As businesses face increasing responsibilities and expectations in the rapidly evolving CSR area, they are turning to their in-house counsel and outside legal advisors for advice and guidance. This webinar will cover the incorporation of human rights into due diligence and other CSR practices and include an overview of current challenges and future trends that will influence the work of lawyers in this area.

LATAM vs. COVID-19: Responses and Strategies to Face the Impact of an Unusual and Unparalleled Enemy
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Thursday, May 7, 2020

COVID-19 and Global Wildlife Trafficking
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Assisting Refugees through the use of Technology
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Monday, May 4, 2020

Effective Networking while Social Distancing
6:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We all may be familiar with the old adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”, but how do you maintain and build new relationships while working from home and dealing with numerous other challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak? Join us for this virtual conference session where our panel of experts offers unique tips and tricks for creating connections while being socially distant.

Force Majeure and COVID-19: An International Perspective [CC] (CLE Program)
12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Monday, April 27, 2020

Domestic Violence, Global Resources, and the COVID-19 Pandemic
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 23, 2020

With stay-at-home orders, close quarters, and high tensions, intimate partner violence is becoming more rampant throughout the globe.  Please join us for a discussion with esteemed panelists for an assessment of how the current pandemic has impacted their law practices and their clients' safety and well-being while quarantined at home. Panelists will compare responses in different jurisdictions worldwide and what legal professionals need to do to protect their clients in this difficult time.

M&A Transactions Under the Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic [CC] (CLE Program)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made all market participants refocus their approach to and managing of M&A transactions. This panel will analyze the major areas of change. Leading practitioners will discuss the parties’ new priorities and new deal terms which become prevalent. The panel will provide an introduction into the ‘New way of doing deals’.

Speakers: Hermann Knott, Partner at Andersen Tax & Legal, Cologne, Eliana Catalano, BonelliErede, Milano; John Du, Partner at JunHe, New York; Alison Z. Preiss, Partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York; Luciana Tornovsky, Partner at Demarest, São Paulo

Lawyer Well-Being: What Does it Mean and How Can You Achieve it?
4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Noelle Contey, Project Happiness Ambassador and Michele Forzley, Wellness Expert will share insights into wellness in this hour. You will have a chance to learn about the science behind happiness and experience some techniques you can use at your desk – at home now and at the office when you return. And at the end of the session, Michele and Noelle will share a list of resources and references at your disposal.

Pandemics and Logistics – Meeting the Supply Chain Challenges of the COVID-19 Crisis [CC] (CLE Program)
12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Speakers: Paul Lalonde, Partner, Dentons, Toronto (Moderator); Ken Rashbaum, Partner, Barton LLP, NY; and others awaiting confirmation

Derogation from Human Rights Obligations during the Corona Pandemic
11 a.m. ET
Monday, April 20, 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on International Trade
5 p.m. ET
Monday, April 20, 2020

Career Management for Young Lawyers in Turbulent Times
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Friday, April 17, 2020

In times such as these, lawyers are called upon to be at their absolute best to counsel and support their clients through every type of crisis imaginable. At the same time, reports are coming out daily of law firms engaging in layoffs, paycuts, and furloughs. The collision of these events can cause high levels of anxiety in any lawyer, with young lawyers feeling particularly vulnerable.

COVID-19: How Antitrust Enforcers are Responding to the Global Pandemic
10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

This program will provide an overview of the measures that antitrust regulators in major jurisdictions around the world have recently announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, both with respect to merger and conduct issues. These measures may affect the timing, process, and potentially the outcome of the agencies' reviews of mergers and collaborations among competitors during the crisis.
Experts will help participants identify and evaluate the challenges and opportunities presented by recent developments, and offer practical advice to assist clients in navigating through the rapidly evolving antitrust enforcement environment during the COVID-19 crisis.

Navigating International Courts and Tribunals During the COVID-19 Pandemic
1:30-3:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As stay-at-home orders become the norm, many courts and tribunals are adjusting their operations. Please join us for a discussion with a panel of esteemed and distinguished judges and practitioners of how COVID-19 has impacted their dispute resolution practices. Our discussion will specifically focus on the impact of the pandemic on US Federal Bankruptcy Courts, the International Criminal Court, and the works of international arbitration tribunals and institutions.

Money Management During the COVID-19 Crisis
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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COVID-19 Task Force

The Task Force's mission is to consider the impact of the pandemic on various aspects of international law and identify areas and ways in which the ABA can and should act to help effectuate positive change and progress in staving off and remedying the consequences of the pandemic. The Task Force will not only consider areas of need and opportunity in the current circumstances, but also assess areas of appropriate action for at least the next 18 months, in areas such as:

Rule of Law, Cross Border Issues, Technology/cybersecurity, International Relations, Human Rights, International Dispute Resolution, International Trade and Supply, International Finance & Banking, International Legal Education, International Dispute Resolution, Legal Services, Poverty & Homelessness and many more.

Other ABA Resources

ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
ABA Journal
ABA Media Relations
ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness
ABA Law Practice Division’s Disaster Resources