Courts & Judiciary

The Challenge of Corruption in Global Supply Chains: Compliance Risks Posed by Labor Protection Contracts in Mexico

The negotiation of “labor protection contracts” is a common but contested practice in Mexico that involves foreign and Mexican companies entering into labor agreements with “official” trade unions at the establishment of an enterprise, without the participation of workers and frequently before any workers have been hired. Less widely discussed is the significant corporate compliance risk the practice poses under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery laws, including for corporations that use subcontractors with supply chains in Mexico.

International Law

Structuring Employment Contracts for Border-Crossing Employees

After settling on the best structure for a given expatriate assignment (as discussed in International Law News Spring 2018), corporations then must decide how to memorialize or document the posting in two very different kinds of expatriate agreements. Properly documenting an international assignment is the most important step to shore up an employer’s position that the selected expatriate structure is legitimate.


International Law

Chair's Column

Section Chair Steven Richman provides updates on Section activities around the world. In this column, he recounts highlights from the Section’s conferences, programs, and meetings in Canada, Chile, Denmark, Puerto Rico, and Chicago and provides an update on the new ABA membership model. He also reflects on his year as Chair and his hope that the focus on human rights and corporate social responsibility will continue to persist in the Section’s programming, policy, publications, and projects.

Book Review: Mexico and Its Legal System: Lawyers' Essays on the Continuing Evolution

International Law

Book Review: Mexico and Its Legal System: Lawyers' Essays on the Continuing Evolution

Eight Mexican lawyers and one visitante extranjero, all jurists knowledgeable concerning the legal challenges associated with the realities of contemporary Mexico, share their views on some of the most interesting issues of the legal framework and situation of Mexico, ranging from family law through agrarian law, and spanning as well across constitutional law, the organization of the legal profession, judicial review, and foreign investment.


International Law

International Anti-Corruption Committee Program on Compliance Concerns in Africa

The Section’s International Anti-Corruption Committee hosted a program on anti‑corruption compliance concerns in the Africa region on May 17, 2018. The program featured Ana Pinelas Pinto, a Partner at the Miranda Law Firm in Lisbon, Portugal. Her practice focuses on compliance, customs matters, tax, and white collar crime, with a geographic emphasis on African countries. The firm’s Miranda Alliance is an international network of law firms.

International Law

Meet the Diversity Fellows 2018─2020

The Section of International Law Diversity Fellows program gives early career lawyers of diverse backgroundsan opportunity to become involved in the substantive work of the Section. This is in line with the ABA Goal III to eliminate bias and enhance diversity. Its objectives are to promote full and equal participation in the association, our profession, and the justice system by all persons, and to eliminate bias in the legal profession and the justice system.

ABA International Conference, Mexico City

November 6-10, 2018 | Register before September 14th to receive our early bird registration rate discount!

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: Courtrooms to Corporate Counsels

Every successful lawyer requires the knowledge and complex skills to communicate effectively with fellow citizens from a wide variety of ethnicities and belief systems. Understanding how an individual’s culture can influence a case or a negotiation is not only a valuable skill but also an imperative.

The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals, Second Edition

With the growing volume and sophistication of cyberattacks, it is important to ensure you are protected. The new second edition published by the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force addresses the current overarching threat, describes how the technology works, outlines key legal requirements and ethical issues, and highlights special considerations for lawyers and practitioners of all types.