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    International Section Seasonal Meeting - Vienna, Austria - October 15-17 Registration Now Open!!
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    • International Section Seasonal Meeting - Vienna Austria


      OCTOBER 15-17, 2014 

      The 2014 seasonal meeting will include many special highlights:

      • Full day CLE programs and lunch at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), home to the United Nations in Vienna
      • Gala Dinner at the famous Belvedere Palace
      • Program being held at the breathtaking Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna Hotel
      • Three panel tracks featuring topics related to: Regulatory and Administrative, Dispute Resolution and Transaction Law
        Addressing the group will be the Federal Chancellor of Austria, Werner Faymann, the United States Ambassador to Austria, Alexa L. Wesner, and Justice Georg E. Kodek of the Austrian Supreme Court. The President of NYSBA, Glenn Lau-Kee, and the Immediate Past President of NYSBA, David Schraver, will also address the participants.

      • Tour Information available here!

        Important CLE Information:
        The New York State MCLE Board requirement for Attorneys in practice beyond the first two years after admission to the Bar is 24 credit hours per biennial registration cycle, with four hours of these credit hours earned in the area of ethics and professionalism. This program will satisfy up to 17 MCLE credit hours including up to 2.0 hours in ethics and/or up to 15 hours in the general category. The ethics portion of this program will qualify for MCLE credit for newly admitted attorneys; however, the balance of the program will not qualify since it is not a basic practical skills program.
        Don’t miss your chance to earn these CLE credits. Sign up now!

        Hotel Reservations:
        The 2014 Seasonal Meeting will be held at the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna.  Discounted room rates for our program are $245.00 euros for single occupancy and $265.00 euros for double occupancy.  Attendees must make their hotel reservations directly with the hotel by visiting,  The discounted rate is only available through the website link and will not be available on the hotel’s main webpage.  
        The deadline to submit hotel reservations is Friday, September 19th. Availability of rooms is not guaranteed up to the cut-off date and reservations received after the above date are accepted on a space and rate availability basis and cannot be guaranteed at the conference rate. 

        Airline Discounts:
        Austrian Airlines is delighted to be the “Official Carrier” for the  International Section Seasonal Meeting in Vienna. All participants and accompanying persons attending the are offered a 15% discount off all published fares for Austrian Airlines flights to Vienna. Book your flights  online at and save 15% on all applicable fares! 

        Simply enter the following code in the eVoucher field on the Austrian homepage booking engine: Code: NYSBA14

        Download Program Brochure (pdf)
        Sponsorship Brochure (pdf)

        REGISTER NOW!!!

        Please contact Tiffany Bardwell at with any questions.

    • Professional Networking Cocktail Reception October 7

      The International Section Proudly Presents Its First Annual
      Professional Networking Cocktail Reception
      7:00PM - 9:00PM
      Baker & McKenzie LLP
      452 5th Avenue (at 40th Street)
      New York, New York
      Interested in Meeting Attorneys Practicing International Law? 

      Then join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and an important discussion about how the Section benefits its International Lawyers. 
      • All New York State law students and attorneys are invited to attend and participate.
      • A great opportunity to network with established members of the legal community.
      • Space is limited; please RSVP at your earliest convenience. 
      • Law Students: FREE Admission and complimentary Section membership through December 31, 2015 upon attendance of the event *(NYSBA law student membership is required)
      • Free Admission for Members of the Section, $20 admission for all others.
      • Beer, Wine, and Hor D'Oeuvres to be served.

      The International Section thanks the following sponsors for their generous contributions to the event:
      Baker & McKenzie LLP
      Donaldson & Chilliest LLP
      Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
      Hogan Lovells LLP
      Mannheimer Swartling Advokatbyra 
      Meeks Sheppard Leo & Pillsbury - Customs & International Trade Law
      Phillips Nizer LLP
      Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
      Watson Farley & Williams LLP

      For more information about this event, please contact:
      Ross Kartez (, 
      Max Shterngel ( or
      Tiffany Bardwell (

      RSVP by October 3 to Tina Rothaupt at 

    • Building a Legal Community of Practice to Add Still More Value to Impact Investments



      Bingham McCutchen LLP
      399 Park Avenue
      New York, NY 10022

      Thursday, October 2, 2014
      8:00 – 8:30 am — Coffee and Registration
      8:30 – Noon — Panel Discussions 

      Bingham, in conjunction with the International Transactions Clinic of the University of Michigan Law School, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Legal Working Group and Impact Investing Legal Working Group, is proud to present a legal symposium on Building a Legal Community of Practice to Add Still More Value to Impact Investments.  The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) International Section supports the program as a marketing Sponsor.

      Panel One: Building a Legal Community of Practice for Impact Investing

      •          Ana Demel, Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University Law School
      •          Chloe HoldernessManaging Director, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation
      •          Jonathan NgGlobal Legal Director, Ashoka
      •          Keren Raz, Associate, Paul Weiss
      • ·        Deborah BurandClinical Assistant Professor and Director, International Transactions Clinic, University of Michigan Law School (Moderator)

      This panel will discuss impact investing and how lawyers add value to it, but also ways to grow the community of lawyers ready to serve impact investors and social enterprises in the U.S. and globally.

      Panel Two: Aggregating Capital for Impact Investing

      •          Donald Crane, Independent Legal Consultant
      •          Alyssa GrikscheitPartner, Sidley Austin
      •          Jim MercadantePartner, Reed Smith
      •          Kevin SaundersDeputy General Counsel, ACCION
      • ·        Carl ValensteinPartner, Bingham McCutchen LLP (Moderator)

      This panel will discuss what organization structures for aggregating capital best accommodate the needs of impact investors and social enterprises that are intent on achieving double bottom line returns.  How can impact investment funds attract a broader range of investors and achieve greater scale?

      Panel Three: Embedding Mission Goals Into Impact Investment Documentation

      •          Aaron BourkeAssociate, Reed Smith
      •          Edward MarshallChief Counsel & Compliance Officer, Developing World Markets
      •          Lynn RolandGeneral Counsel, Acumen Fund
      •          Ben StoneDirector of Strategy & General Counsel, MCE Social Capital
      • ·        Mary Rose BrusewitzPartner, Strasburger (Moderator)

      This panel will discuss how the missions of impact investors and social enterprises are shaping investment documentation as well as how social impact goals are shaping the life cycle of impact investments.

      RSVP (for in person or online participation):

      To attend in person, please rsvp by September 29 to

      To attend virtually and view the proceedings online, please register at:

      Bingham McCutchen LLP is an accredited provider of California (#2874) and New York continuing legal education. This program is approved for 2.75 general hours of CA MCLE and 3.0 NY CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice. The content is appropriate for attorneys of all experience levels. CLE credit in all other jurisdictions is pending. 

    • Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore


      Topic:                   Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore

      Speaker:               Laina Chan, Esq.
                                   Barrister, Nine Wentworth Chambers
                                   Sydney, Australia


      Date/time:             October 29, 2014, from noon to 2 p.m. EDT

      Place:                    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
                                   800 Third Avenue (between 49th and 50th Streets), 13th floor
                                   New York, New York 10022


      Format: Attendees should bring a lunch (water, soda, tea and coffee will be provided).  During the first half hour, approximately noon to 12:30 p.m., attendees can socialize and eat.  Starting at 12:30 p.m., Ms. Chan will give her talk, which should conclude around 1:15 p.m.  Ms. Chan's talk will be followed by a Q&A, after which the attendees can discuss the topic, and related topics, among themselves.

      Sponsors: The Insurance and Reinsurance Committee and the International Arbitration and ADR Committee of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.  

      Seating is limited, but Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP will utilize Adobe Connect Meeting for those who are interested but cannot attend in person.

      RSVP: If you would like to attend in person or watch the event via Abode Connect Meeting, please contact Jennifer A. Carmichael at

    • ABA’s National Institute on International Regulation and Compliance

      ABA’s National Institute on International Regulation and Compliance: FCPA, Economic Sanctions and Export Controls  is October 1-3, 2014 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

      October 1-3, 2014

      National Institute on International Regulation and Compliance: FCPA, Economic Sanctions and Export Controls   

      Washington, DC

      We would like to invite the New York State Bar Association International Section to partner with the ABA as a name only co-sponsor! 

      Name-Only Co-sponsorship includes:

      Same great rates as ABA members!

      To download brochure click here.

    • Ontario Bar Association event - November 10

      International Law: From BNP Paribas to Kiev -
      Recent Developments in Export Controls and Economic Sanctions

      Date:  Monday, November 10, 2014 | 12:00 pm

      Location: Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto
      Agenda:  12:00 pm  Registration and Buffet Lunch
      12:30 pm  Program
      2:30 pm  Program Concludes

      This past year has seen a host of developments and changes to Canadian and U.S. economic sanctions and export control rules. At the same time, vigorous U.S. and Canadian enforcement in these areas has resulted in multiple prosecutions, some including multi-billion dollar fines. While the direction of Canadian and U.S. policies is similar in some respects, the countries are not always aligned. With increasing cross-border trade and the extra-territorial reach of some key U.S. and Canadian regulations, failing to stay on top of developments can expose your organization/clients to severe risks, including jail time, massive fines, reputational harm and business interruptions. Do not miss this opportunity to hear from our faculty of leading practitioners and in-house counsel, from both sides of the border, on hot topics, including:

      • An overview of developments in trade control in Canada and the U.S.: how do they work together?

      • New economic sanctions against Russia and Ukraine

      • Reforms to the export controls regimes, including changes to Canada’s rules around the export of cryptography and the latest on the US Export Control Reform Initiative

      • Changes to Canada’s Controlled Goods Program

      • Enhanced enforcement: Recent Canadian and U.S. cases

      Whether you are in-house counsel at a financial institution or at a company involved in cross-border trade, or advise them as clients, this is a discussion you should not miss - register now.

      John W. Boscariol, McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Ontario
      Kay C. Georgi, Arent Fox LLP - Washington, DC
      Paul M. Lalonde, Dentons Canada LLP - Ontario

      Program Chairs:
      Dunniela R. Kaufman, Kaufman Trade Law - Washington, DC
      Orlando E. Silva, BlackBerry Limited - Ontario

      This program contains 0 Professionalism Hour
      This program is eligible for up to 2 Substantive Hours
      The OBA has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by The Law Society of Upper Canada.

      Please click here to view the flyer.

    • 2014 North America Regional Forum

      The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend the “2014 North America Regional Forum: Doing Business within the Region and Collaborating Abroad” Conference on November 17-18, 2014 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The NYSBA is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can take advantage of discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by registering online and selecting the “Cooperating Entity” Rate.  Registration Rates are further discounted for full-time law students, full time gov./academic/NGO, corporate counsel, and young lawyers (35 and under).


      This one and a half day conference will feature two parallel tracks on best practices for international companies doing business in North America and for North American companies working internationally.  It will begin with a joint plenary on Cross Border Ethics in the Digital Age and will be followed by a series of panels presented by international legal experts on the latest in key topics such as privacy issues, enforcement of judgments, antitrust and compliance. This program will also offer a unique forum for international lawyers to explore and expand their networks as well as meet colleagues from all over the world during networking breakfasts, networking breaks, luncheons and reception, which are included with the registration fee.


      Click here to view the full conference brochure including programming and social events. Register before October 17th to save on your registration with Early Bird Rates! Registration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, academics, law students, and corporate counsel.


      Please visit  to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations and the latest updates on the conference.

      To download brochure, click here.

  • 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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