In This Issue

Member News
This Month in the Section
Section Award Selection Committees Seeking Nominations

Section Policy Comments

Upcoming Section Programs
Section Events Calendar
World Bank: Law, Justice and Development Week 2011: Innovation and Empowerment for Development - Section Co-Sponsored Event

Highlighting our International Partners
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
Ordre des Avocats de Paris

Epecially For Our Law Students and Young Lawyers
Pathways to Employment in International Law
Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Award
Mentorship Program

Upcoming Committee Programs
Join a Committee!
Commitee Homepages

Real Property Law in China: A Guide to Foreign Investment
International Law News
The International Lawyer

Rule of Law Activities
Program Support Fund
J-1 Visas for Visiting International Lawyers

Salli Swartz

Dear Colleagues,

Our Committees continue working hard to deliver the best programming to our members, a core goal of the Section’s Strategic Plan. The Customs, International Antitrust, International Trade, Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, China and International Human Rights Committees-- and many others-- continue to develop and offer timely and provocative CLE and non-CLE teleconference programs. More than two hundred Section members have participated in these terrific teleconferences over the past month. In addition, the Rule of Law Committee has hosted two of its Rule of Law Information Series teleconferences – one on pro bono initiatives (including DLA Piper’s New Perimeter Initiative) and the other on legal education on the rule of law. We are in the final stages of planning a stand-alone program, hosted with the Law Society of England and Wales, on Capital Markets in the 21st Century. The program will be held in London, at the Law Society of England and Wales on December 7. For complete information and to register, click here. Timely, forward-thinking programs on issues of critical importance to practicing lawyers are a real strength of the Section; and there is certainly appetite for more programs of this type. Committees should think about how they can deliver value to their members through timely, practical programming on key legal issues. In addition, I would like to thank Adam Farlow, our Programs Officer, and his team of Kip Dillihay, Marcos Rios, Birgit Kurtz and Mo Syed, as well as Jessica Smith, Audrey Lamb, Tom Happell, and Curry Wilson on Section staff, for their hard work on our programming calendar.

Programming is not our only focus. Committees are hard at work on their Year-in-Review articles and Committee newsletters. If you have not seen recent Committee newsletters, you are missing out on some terrific writing on important international legal issues. Here are just a few of the most recent committee newsletters posted to the committee webpages:

International Anticorruption Committee October 2011 Newsletter:

International Antitrust Law Committee October 2011 Hot Topics

International Energy & Natural Resources Committee October 2011 Newsletter

International Securities & Capital Markets Committee Q3 2011 Newsletter

Mexico Committee October 2011 Newsletter

If you are interested in drafting something for a Committee newsletter, you should visit that Committee’s homepage and contact the Committee Co-Chairs.

The next issue of the International Law News will focus on International Litigation and Arbitration in Asia, and submissions are due on December 20. See the Author Guidelines. For guidance or to submit an article, please contact .

Our books pipeline, thanks to the efforts of Marilyn Kaman, the past Publications Officer, Bill Mock, our current Publications Officer and Russ Dombrow, the Deputy Publications Officer, as well as the members of the Books Board, has never been stronger. In the next year, we expect to publish high-quality books on Doing Business in India, Doing Business in Russia, Essentials of Merger Review in Seventy Jurisdictions, Handbook of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions and Rule of Law to name just a few. Books published by the Section range from short (40 pages or so) monographs to longer treatises. Click here for more information on making a book proposal. The procedures and form for making a book proposal can be found here.

The International Lawyer, our journal published with the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, continues to set the pace on publishing high-quality, scholarly articles on important international legal topics.

Publishing may be the most effective way for a lawyer to build his or her brand as an expert in a substantive legal field. I have followed that approach throughout my career. The Section, through our publications effort, provides great ways for our members to get more involved and build their brand.

There are lots of ways to be and get involved!

Michael E. Burke


Reminder: Send items for “member news” to Steven Richman (, Communications Officer, for inclusion in upcoming issues.

Sergio Karas was recently on CTV National News on the issue of Americans coming to work in Canada. See video by visiting the CTV website.


Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award
The Section invites nominations for the 2012 Outstanding International Corporate Counsel Award Selection Committee. The Award is given to a person who is a practicing attorney employed by a company or other entity as an in-house counsel, and who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the legal profession and the furtherance of the practice of law in an international context.

Please contact International Projects Coordinator Katie Van Geem ( to obtain a copy of the nomination form. Nominations must be received by Monday, December 5, 2011.

Call for Nominations: International Human Rights Lawyer Award
The Section invites nominations for the 2012 International Human Rights Lawyer Award. The award honors individual “foreign human rights lawyers who have suffered persecution as a result of their professional activities” on behalf of human rights defenders or against human rights abuses.

Nominations should be submitted to International Projects Coordinator Katie Van Geem ( by Friday, December 9, 2011. Each nomination should include 1) the nominee’s C.V./biographical information, 2) a description of human rights-related professional activity that supports the nomination, 3) other relevant background material, and 4) a cover statement explaining why it would be particularly appropriate for the Section to recognize the nominated lawyer in the coming year.


The Section submitted comments on collective redress on human rights issues, in response to the European Commission's request for comments on collective redress issues.
Cover Letter | Comments

Following up on the successful Report and Resolution before the ABA House of Delegates regarding state referenda that preclude consideration or use of international or Sharia law, the Section, led by its policy officer Ron Bettauer, has drafted a series of documents including fact sheets and press releases, to continue to espouse concerns over such referenda.

The Joint Editorial Board of the Section and the Uniform Law Commission met in mid-November in Nashville to discuss ongoing and potential projects for uniform state law, including the Section-initiated Mareva project.


Click here for a full list of upcoming Section and co-sponsored programs.

Join the ABA Section of International Law and the International Division of the Law Society of England & Wales for “Capital Markets in the 21st Century”, December 7, 2011 at the Law Society offices in London. Click here for more information and to register.

The Section is proud to announce its first ever conference in Mumbai! “U.S. and India: Key Legal Aspects of Cross-Border Business” will be held January 19-21, 2012. Please visit the conference website for more information and to register.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2012 SPRING MEETING! The meeting will be held April 17-21, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt New York. For more information and to register, please click here.


International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
The International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) held their 2011 November Conference in S?o Paulo, Brazil November 16 – 19.  The conference focused on legal challenges to organizing large events and bribery and corruption.  The Section was represented at that conference by Finance Officer Marcelo Bombau.  For more information, please visit

Ordre des Avocats de Paris
The Paris Bar Association will host the Rentr?e du Barreau de Paris December 2 – 3 in Paris.  The Section will be represented by Section Chair Mike Burke.  Please visit their website for more information:


Pathways to Employment in International Law
Mark Your Calendar for the Pathways to Employment in International Law Program series with stops around the country.  Enjoy a unique forum that brings law students and new lawyers together with experienced legal practitioners to explore opportunities for employment in international law.  To host a Pathways Program at your law school, please contact Angela Benson at  Upcoming Programs include:

  • NYU International Interview Program – January 2012
  • ABA Midyear Meeting – February 2012
  • ILSA Spring Conference/Jessup Final Round – March 2012
  • American University Washington College of Law – April 5, 2012
  • Section Spring Meeting – April 17, 2012
  • Suffolk University School of Law – Spring 2012
  • University of San Francisco School of Law – Spring 2012
  • Valparaiso Law Center – Spring 2012

Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition & Scholarship Award
The 2012 Competition is underway; the topic is “The Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States is Being Revised.  What Section or Group of Related Sections of the Restatement Should be Revised, Why and How?”

The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, January 20, 2012.  First Prize is $1,000 for First and Second Place Winners and a $1,000 travel Stipend for each winner to attend the Section’s Spring Meeting in New York City, April 17 -21, 2012.

To find out essay guidelines and submission details please go to

Mentorship Program
The Section is about to launch the second round of mentor-mentee matches next month.  If you are interested in being a mentor or a mentee please contact Membership Director Angela Benson at  Helping the next generation of attorneys and Section leaders is very rewarding experience.


Upcoming Committee Programs
Registration for the following Committee programs will be available on the section website under the Events and CLE section. To submit a non-CLE program proposal, please click here.

Tuesday November 29th “Antitrust as a Defense in IP Infringement Cases”
A non-CLE teleconference sponsored by the International Antitrust Law Committee

Thursday December 8th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. “Investment Arbitration in the Courts: Ontario’s Mexico v. Cargill Decision and the Future of Judicial Review”
A non-CLE teleconference sponsored by the Canada Committee and cosponsored by the International Arbitration Committee

Tuesday January 10th 2012, 11 AM – 1 PM. “Sex Trafficking from the Boardroom to the Classroom: Prevention, Intervention & Prosecution”
A non-CLE teleconference and live-in person program sponsored by the International Human Rights Committee and cosponsored by Europe, India, Russia/Eurasia, NGO & Not for Profit, WIN, Criminal Law, National Security, Corporate Social Responsibility, Refugee Law, Employment Law, Immigration & Naturalization Committees and ABA-IRR Women’s Rights

Tuesday January 31st 2012, 12 PM. “Unwrapping DG COMP’s New Procedural Package: What’s in it for You?”
A non-CLE teleconference sponsored by the International Antitrust Law Committee and cosponsored by the Europe Committee.

Thursday February 23rd 2012, 12 PM – 2 PM. “2nd Annual Live from the L”

The 2nd annual Live from the L Program sponsored by UN and International Institutions Coordinating Committee and cosponsored by GW Law School and ASIL.

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!


Real Property Law in China: A Guide to Foreign Investment
by Amy L. Sommers and Kara L. Phillips

Written for legal professionals who deal with foreign investments and real property transactions in China, this book discusses the key laws and regulations relevant to foreign investment in various types of transactions involving real property rights and to illustrate the application of those laws through an examination of exemplar projects. For non-People's Republic of China (PRC) trained lawyers, understanding China's unique real estate system can be challenging. Consequently, this book has been organized to provide an integrated view of how China's real property regime is organized, particularly as it relates to foreign investment in real property projects.

2011 PC 5210214  $134.95 - regular price/$99.95 -- International Law Section member price

International Law News
Upcoming ILN themes and deadlines:
Summer 2012, Regional Focus: Africa, April 4, 2012
Fall 2012, Information Privacy and Security, June 27, 2012

The International Lawyer
The latest edition of The International Lawyer is now online. To view a copy of volume 45:2 please click here.

Individual articles from the Year in Review 2010 are now online. To view a copy of your committee’s submission to the YIR, please click here.


Program Support Fund
The Section’s Rule of Law Activities are supported by the Section Support Fund through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education, which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (donate online: These activities fall under the ABA’s fourth institutional goal, “to advance the Rule of Law,” adopted in 1983. ABA International has actively contributed to this vital initiative. 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, Jason Matechak, and Rule of Law Committee oversee 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, please visit: for additional information.