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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Speak at ABA International Law Meeting


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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Speak at ABA International Law Meeting

By Brian Graupner

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2013 — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be one of the keynote speakers at the American Bar Association Section of International Law 2013 Spring Meeting, April 23-26 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.


Keynote speakers include European Union Ambassador to the United States João Vale de Almeida (April 24, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.); Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller (April 25, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.); and Justice Ginsburg (April 26, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.).

More than 1,300 international law practitioners, scholars, corporate counsel, government and regulatory lawyers, and representatives of nongovernmental organizations from some 60 countries will attend. Highlights of the agenda, which can be found online, include:

Restrictions Against Investing Across Borders: A Look Around the World
The program will examine restrictions to foreign investment, including in Russia, China and Argentina. April 23, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

The Feds vs. Net Bandits and Global Cyber-Rogues
Lev Kubiak, director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, will discuss U.S. and international anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting efforts. April 24, 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.

Enhancing the Rule of Law for All States: The United Nations Initiative
The United Nations and member states hope to strengthen the rule of law around the world. Mexico Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba and Hernando de Soto, president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, and other speakers will review U.N. efforts to enhance the rule of law and discuss future action. April 24, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Practicing Ethically in Rule of Law-Challenged Countries
Law firms and companies interested in doing business and establishing offices overseas encounter countries where the rule of law is in question. Noted Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng and other legal luminaries will speak about the challenges of practicing the law abroad. April 25, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

More information about the 2013 Spring Meeting can be found online. To register, contact Meredith Josef, 202-662-1092 or This event is free and open to members of the press.

ABA International was founded in 1933 and leads the development of international legal policy, the promotion of the rule of law, and the education of international law practitioners. It is the only ABA entity that focuses exclusively on international legal issues. ABA International has more than 23,000 members in 90 countries, including 1500 in-house counsel. The section has more than 60 committees, task forces, and working groups devoted to substantive legal issues or focused on geographic areas all over the world, monitoring and disseminating information on international policy developments that effect international legal practice.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.