October 01, 2018 ILN Fall 2018

Chair's Column

By Robert L. Brown

The ABA Section of International Law provides several platforms for you as a member to stay informed of developments in the law affecting your practice. Section publications, such as the International Law News you are reading, are just one.

In addition, we offer a range of programs. For instance, in October 2018, the ABA Section of International Law sponsored a conference in Seoul on the Asian region and the impact of technology and innovation. Panels included sessions on the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, the future possibility of doing business in North Korea, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews, the FRAND patent debate, cryptocurrency, fintech in Asia, peer-to-peer digital platforms, the impact of artificial intelligence on the practice of law, cyber fraud, and equitable relief in arbitration. We also heard from the Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, and the new U.S. Ambassador to Korea, Harry Harris.

In November 2018, the ABA Section of International Law shifts its focus to Mexico with panels on USMCA/NAFTA, recent Latin American and U.S. elections, trade and investments in a time of heightened nationalism, trade protectionism, the future of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), special economic zones, the #MeToo movement, 3D remote printing, blockchain, merger control, and requirements under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Common Reporting Standard (CRS). We will also have a panel of general counsels discussing issues important to them. Prominent speakers will include Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union; Rina Mussali Galante, anchorwoman and political analyst; Carlos Moeller, Inter-American Court of Human Rights Secretariat; and Edgar Manuel Bonilla Del Ángel, Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores.

In Spring 2019, we will hold our Section’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., where the theme will be “Other Voices in Private and Public International Law.”

July 2019 will see us at Oxford University for a program on leadership and the law, with tracks on the impacts of inclusion and disruptive technology. Speakers will include a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, a U.K. Supreme Court Justice, and a former dean of Oxford Business School. We will open with a debate at Oxford Union on Sunday, June 30, and finish with dinner at Blenheim Palace on July 2. We will be saving July 1 for a pub crawl where we can learn about the history of Oxford and share a toast to celebrate being there. Attendees will stay at Oxford College in suite arrangements, so it is not like going back to college, and dine in halls reminiscent of those in the Harry Potter films.

So, after reading this edition of the International Law News, come join us at one of these programs by going to our Section’s website to learn more.

Robert L. Brown

Robert L. Brown is Chair of the ABA Section of International Law 2018─2019.