Sections & Committees

International Section


Monday, January 14, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 3.00 (Professional Practice 1.50, Diversity 1.50)
Murray Hill, 2nd Floor

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2:00—2:10 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
William H. Schrag, Esq.
Thompson Hine LLP
Section Chair

Jay L. Himes, Esq..
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Program Chair

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2:10—3.25 p.m. The General Data Protection Regulation: Emerging Trends, Issues and Global Developments (1.5 Credit in Area of Professional Practice)
After a lengthy lead-in period, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became effective in May 2018. The GDPR not only establishes a unified set of data protection rules that can affect business worldwide, but also is spurring development of data protection laws and standards among nations across the globe.  Its also having a significant affect in the US too as US corporations struggle with their GDPR requirements - especially in connection with data breaches.  

This panel will explore the impact the GDPR has had since its effective date, and look at what might happen in the future.  The panel will talk about some of the most significant cases and investigations under GDPR and look at how Asia and South America are following Europe's lead.

Gerald J. Ferguson, Esq.
BakerHostetler LLP
(Panel Chair/Moderator)

Jonathan P. Armstrong, Esq.

Alejandro María Massot, Esq.
Estudio Randle

Flavia Rebello, Esq.
Trench Rossi e Watanabe

Sarah Zhao, Esq.
BakerHostetler LLP

3:25—3:40 p.m. Break 

3:40—4:55 p.m. Discrimination, Diversity & Inclusion in a Global Market and Its Impact on Your Practice? (1.5 Credit in Areas of Diversity/Implicit Bias)
Diversity in a global marketplace can mean different things in different regions, but no matter where on the globe we live and work, individuals who associate with one or more protected groups should expect recognition and advancement in the workplace to be based on merit and not their gender, race, sexual identity, or religion. And, no workplace environment should tolerate harassment, hostility, or implicit bias.

While these concerns know no borders, cultural differences can affect recognizing and addressing them. The panel will explore these issues and cross-border challenges as well as invite participants to join the discussion on how diversity can create innovation and strengthen your practice.

Diane O’Connell, Esq.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
(Panel Co-Chair/Moderator)         

Nancy M. Thevenin, Esq.
Thevenin Arbitration & ADR LLC
(Panel Co-Chair/Moderator)    

David Perla, Esq.
Burford Capital LLC

Kenneth G. Standard, Esq.
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Mariana Eguiarte-MorettEsq. 
Sanchez Devanny Eseverri, S.C.

Laura Gheorghiu
Gowling WLG

4:55 p.m. Closing remarks
Jay L. Himes, Esq..
Labaton Sucharow LLP
Program Chair


Monday, January 14, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Nassau Room, 2nd Floor

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Annual Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs

William H. Schrag

Thompson Hine LLP

Award Recipient: 
Hon. Charles E. Ramos

Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York

Special Award for championing ethical practices by attorneys through development of the Ethics Best Practice Guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean, adopted by the New York State Bar Association

Mary Fernandez Rodriguez

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
Dominican Republic

Nancy M. Thevenin
Thevenin Arbitration & ADR, LLC, 
New York 

Ruby Asturias

EY Law

Lauren D. Rachlin (posthumous)


Hilton Tokyo 
6-6-2 Niski-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 160-0023

November 5-8, 2019

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For more information about this event, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

The Chapter News would like to publish its next edition and is in need of content.  We welcome you to send in a short article or a simple blurb for inclusion in the next edition.  This is an easy way to get your name and news out there.

Your article or blurb should do one of the following:
1.       update our members on what your Chapter or Committee is doing,
2.       highlight a member of your Chapter, 
3.       inform our members about some exciting legal change in your jurisdiction.
The publication aims to provide a platform for section members to share, connect and get them excited about being members. We look forward to your contributions!
Please send all content in word format to Dunniela Kaufman ( and Beatriz Marques ( by October 1st.

Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition Award

To foster legal scholarship among law students in the field of international law. The competition is intended to encourage students of law to write on areas of public or private international law. The Section believes that by providing a forum for students to disseminate their ideas and articles, the professional and academic communities are enriched. Furthermore, the competition presents an opportunity for students to submit law review quality articles to the Section for possible publication in one of its publications.

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Presented by: International Section

Contact:  Tiffany Bardwell

Nomination Deadline: Entries should be emailed by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 to the staff liaison.

Date Presented: January Annual Meeting

Award Criteria: Articles must be submitted (in English), and emailed to, double-spaced on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with one-inch margins, be no longer than 35 pages in length (including footnotes/endnotes). Citations are to conform with "A Uniform System of Citation" (The Blue Book).

All articles submitted for the competition become the property of the Section. No article submitted may be published in any journal or periodical other than the "New York State Bar Journal," the "New York International Law and Review," or the "International Law Practicum," until after announcement of the winner of this competition in January.

Law students (including J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. and S.J.D. candidates) are cordially invited to submit an entry. Entries will be judges on a variety of factors including significance and timeliness of the subject matter, thoroughness of research and analysis, and clarity of writing style.

Please provide your permanent address, current email address and daytime phone number.

Prize Awarded:
 $2,000 and publication of the article (subject to editorial approval) in aforementioned publications.

Past Recipients of this Award 

Distinction in International Law and Affairs

To honor outstanding efforts in the area of international law and affairs.

Presented by: International Section

Tiffany Bardwell

Nomination Deadline: October 2018

Date Presented: January Annual Meeting 2019

Award Criteria: A major contribution during the year (or during an entire career) to the global development of international law or the rule of law; and a willingness to speak or send a suitable alternate to accept the award at the Annual Meeting.

Prize Awarded:


The New York International Law Review features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of international law on such topics as NAFTA, terrorist financing restrictions, the collection of money judgments outside the U.S., foreign direct investments, and trade agreements. The New York International Law Review is published twice per year by the International Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
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The International Law Practicum features peer-written, substantive articles relating to the practical needs of attorneys in an international setting, emphasizing clinical matters as opposed to academic, exploring the application of international law for the generalist rather than theoretical discussions for the expert. The International Law Practicum is published twice per year by the International Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.
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The New York International Chapter News merged with the International Law Practicum, effective with the Autumn 2014 issue. You can find reports on current issues and updates on international law, country news, member news, firm news and Section activities in the International Law Practicum. Archived issues from 2000-2014 can be viewed here.