International Section

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  • Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition
    Writing Competition Submissions due November 21, 2014
  • Upcoming Events
    • FCPA and Whistleblowers: Tales from the Trenches - November 24

      The International Section presents:

      FCPA and Whistleblowers: Tales from the Trenches
      November 24, 2014
      5:30pm to 7:30pm (Cocktails and panel discussion) 
      Troutman Sanders LLP, The Chrysler Building, 405 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York


      1 NY and NJ CLE Credit
      Cost: Free


      FCPA compliance programs have taken on even greater importance with the passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Act.  Learn about Global Corporate Compliance programs, enforcement, internal investigations, the current state of whistleblower awards, and cross-border issues with an emphasis on Brazil. The panelists will also discuss FCPA perils for private equity firms.



      Carole Basri, Adjunct Professor and Corporate Compliance Program Advisor of the LLM Corporate Compliance Program at Fordham Law School;  Visiting Professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law



      Aurora Cassirer, Partner, Troutman Sanders, and Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Corporate Compliance Committee of the International Section 


      John J. Carney, Partner, Baker Hostetler


      Aaron Mendelsohn, Senior Counsel, FINRA’s Department of Enforcement


      Isabel C.  Franco, Partner, Brazilian law firm KLA - Koury Lopes Advogados 


      To RSVP to this event, please send your responses to Bryan Emerson at


      For more information about the International Section and the committee, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • 2014 Bonenkai - December 10

      2014 Bonenkai

      Wednesday, December 10, 2014
      7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

      Oakwood Premier Midtown
      9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
      (03) 5412-3131

      RSVP by December 8th to

      To view the brochure, please click here


    • Promoting debt collection efficiency in Portugal - December 16

      The International Creditors Rights Committee is sponsoring the following program:

      “Promoting debt collection efficiency in Portugal – The recent applicable judicial and extrajudicial frameworks”

      Herrick Feinstein LLP
      2 Park Avenue
      NY, NY 10016-5603, 23rd floor 
      4 – 5:30 pm
      December 16, 2014

      Presenter: Thomas Gaultier, Esq, Of Counsel at AAA Advogados, Lisbon, Portugal

      Please RSVP by December 15 to Nancy Gasparro at

      For more information about the International Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • International Law Section Annual Meeting: Monday, January 26, 2015

      Monday, January 26, 2015
      Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Reception/Luncheon 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      Topics will be:  1. The Magna Carta and the Rule of Law: How Does This Relate to Today’s Financial Markets? The evolution of our legal system, from the Magna Carta’s development of the rule of law, to today’s regulation of international financial markets and the practice of law in those markets.
      2. The Dodd-Frank Act as a Modern Day Magna Carta? The Rule of Law and International Financial Flows: How the Dodd-Frank Act and other post-global financial crisis regulations affect the international financial industry and cross-border capital flows.
      3. Impact of Financial Regulation on the Legal Community. How these regulations have changed the practice of international law for everyone, everywhere.

    • NYSBA Travel to Cuba - March 2015

      MARCH 8 - MARCH 14, 2015

      The NYSBA International Section is pleased to announce the limited availability of People to People travel to Cuba through an itinerary which is compliant with current Federal regulations for such travel and which also provides a significant amount of exposure to the legal community in Cuba. More detailed information about this opportunity is being made available together with this e-letter, and is also available on the New York State Bar Association website at The itineraries are subject to change, and there will be some alternative activities scheduled for non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA members on the trip. 
      The available travel dates are March 8 - March 14, 2015 and include an overnight stay in Miami (March 8, 2015) the night before the date of travel to Cuba. Participants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses from their home base to Miami, and returning at the end of the trip from Miami to home. Please read the accompanying information for more details and for instructions how to sign up. Please note that participation in each trip is limited to approximately 25 persons. Due to legal requirements and NYSBA policies with respect to this travel opportunity (a) participants must be US citizens traveling on a US passport, (b) each participant must be either a NYSBA member or a spouse/partner/significant other traveling with a NYSBA member, (c) all lawyer participants are required to participate in each activity in the itinerary, and (d) all non-lawyers accompanying NYSBA participants are required to participate in the activity schedule which will be available for non-lawyers. Regrettably, independent travel outside the scope of the itinerary is not permitted.

      Due to limited availability, you are encouraged to submit your application to participate as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon thereafter as feasible whether your application is accepted.

      Promotional details and Application

      If you require any further information, please contact Cuba Cultural Travel as indicated in the application materials

      For additional information about this event contact

    • Zurich Regional Meeting - March 12-13, 2015


      MARCH 12-13, 2015

      Additional details will be available shortly.

      For more information about this program or the International Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • International Section São Paulo Seasonal Meeting - October 2015



      OCTOBER 14-17, 2015

      Additional details will be available in the coming months.

      For information about the International Section please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

  • Section Awards

    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.

    Presented by: International Section

    Contact:  Tiffany Bardwell

    Nomination Deadline: Entries should be emailed by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 21, 2014 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, daytime phone number and social security number.

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

    Past Recipients of this Award

    Download the Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition brochure.

    Distinction in International Law and Affairs

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

    Presented by: International Section

    Contact: Tiffany Bardwell

    Nomination Deadline: October 2014     

    Date Presented: January Annual Meeting 2015    

    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: Scroll

  • Publications

    International Law Review


    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. Edited by Lester Nelson, Esq., with the assistance of St. John's University School of Law, 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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    International Law Practicum


    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. Edited by Amber Wessels-Yen, Esq., 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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    International Chapter News


    The New York International Chapter News reports on current issues and updates on international law, country news, member news, firm news and Section activities. Edited by Dunniela Kaufman, Esq., the New York International Chapter News is published by the International Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
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