International Section

  • Fall Meeting 2016 Paris
    Paris Seasonal Meeting - October 19-21, 2016
  • Strasbourg Rotating Slider
    Strasbourg Pre-Meeting Program
  • Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition
    Submissions accepted until November 11, 2016
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    Annual Meeting 2017
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    Australia Chapter Program - October 19
  • Upcoming Events
    • Global Law Day - September 29, 2016


      Date: September 29, 2016
      Location: Dentons LLP, 77 King Street, #400, Toronto

      Morning Program --  9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
      Afternoon Program -- 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. 
      Cocktail Reception -- 5:10 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

      Gardiner Roberts LLP will host a cocktail reception in honour of Lauren Rachlin, the driving force behind the development of the OBA-NYSBA (New York State Bar Association) Ontario-New York Legal Summit and former Business Law Executive, International Business Law Sub Committee Chair. Rachlin’s vision led to the development of Global Law Day as well.

      About the Program
      With the growing trend of globalization and continuous advancements in technology, more and more businesses are looking to increase their market footprint and conduct their business on a global scale.  With that said, lawyers need to ensure they are up to fate on the ins and outs of international transactions. Join our expert panel to equip yourself with tools you will need for all aspects of cross-border deals, including methods of structuring agreements, ensuring the deal is in compliance with international regulations and anti-corruption rules, and reviewing best practice for arbitrating issues.

      Hot Topics

      • From Contract Drafting to Enforcement: What You Should Know About International Arbitration 
      • Minimizing the Risk of Corruption in International Transactions
      • Crafting Cross-Border Structures
      • A Look into the Future -- US Trends Coming to Canada
      • Canada/US -- Syndicated Loan Transactions 

      For more information please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • International Marketplace 2016: Future Growth - October 6


      Thursday, October 6, 2016
      9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with a cocktail reception until 7:00 p.m. 
      The Law Society | London

      Who should attend?

      • Top 200 law firms with established international activities.
      • Firms with commercial clients looking to develop international opportunities. 

      Why attend?

      • Prepare your firm for the future
      • Gain important insights in new markets and practice areas
      • Develop a global business network

      The impact of Brexit
      Brexit throws up a number of questions for law firms working internationally; not least: how will Brexit change the way firms and their clients work together across borders? Will Brexit have a positive or negative impact? What will the challenges and opportunities be in this post-EU scenario for the UK? Will new market barriers be created as a result, or are we able to opens doors previously closed to us? Which practice areas will undergo severe upheaval and which will remain largely unaffected?

      To view the program, click here

      Register now online!

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

    • AIJA’S 8TH Annual Arbitration Conference - October 6-8


      October 6-8, 2016
      New York City Bar Association
      W 44th Street (between 5th and 6th)
      New York, NY

      Keynote Address by Professor Catherine A. Rogers, Penn State Law & Queen Mary, University of London

      The AIJA International Arbitration Commission is thrilled to invite you to one of the most exciting cities in the world to discuss some of the most crucial topics in international arbitration. 

      We’ve all heard the complaint that arbitration has become too expensive and lengthy. So what strategic choices can international arbitration users make to address these concerns? How can the choice of arbitrator, seat and arbitration rules influence arbitration’s efficiency, and what other impacts may such strategic choices have on the further course of the proceedings? What cross-examination techniques can strategically minded Counsel deploy? How can document production be used most effectively? And where do we draw the line between efficiency and due process? These topics and more will be the focus of a conference that will seek to offer its participants practical and useful information on strategic choices in international arbitration. With New York as its seat, the conference will feature speakers from varied geographic backgrounds and in particular explore American perspectives on these issues. Finally, as our special feature, a “career panel” of top practitioners will share insight on advancing your career in international arbitration.

      Finally, the social program will leave nothing to be desired. We will enjoy the Big Apple’s countless sights, sounds and tastes, and the “City that Never Sleeps” will offer night owls plenty of opportunities to explore its bars and clubs. The Organizing Committee is dedicated to providing you with a true and authentic New York experience you will never forget. This will be an AIJA event not to be missed.

      Register Today
      iew Conference Flyer

      Co-Sponsored by the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.
      For more information about the International Section, or to join, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • Fordham International Arbitration and Mediation Conference - October 14


      October 14, 2016
      Fordham Law School
      Skadden Conference Center
      150 W 62nd Street
      NY, NY 10023

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

    • NYSBA Australian Chapter Seminar -- October 19

      The Australian Chapter of the New York State Bar Association's International Section cordially invites members of NYSBA to our inaugural evening seminar. 

      Emerging Developments in Securities Actions in New York: An Insider's Perspective 

      Wednesday, October 19, 2016
      5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

      Johnson Winter Slattery | 20 Bond Street | Sydney 

      Speaker: Gene Phillips, Director PF2, New York

      RSVP to Alexandra Jackson, at

      This event is complimentary. However, there is limited space,  so registration is required. 

      View the invitation and learn more about the seminar!

      To learn more about the International Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • Strasbourg Pre-Meeting Program - October 15-17, 2016


      Strasbourg Hero Story

      Saturday-Monday, October 15-17, 2016
      Strasbourg Sofitel Grande Ile | 4 Place Saint-Pierre-Le-Jeune 67000 Strasbourg

      In addition to the events in Paris, join International Section and European lawyers in beautiful Strasbourg, home to the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, among other international bodies. Strasbourg is less than 2 hours from Paris by train, and, in addition to the meeting, there will be numerous harvest-time social events scheduled the weekend of October 15-16.

      Saturday, October 15, 2016
      In Strasbourg 
      2:30 p.m. Tour of Strasbourg Cathedral (optional)
      3:30 p.m. Walking tour of Petite France and river boat tour (optional)
      6:30 p.m. Dinner at Meiselocker Restaurant

      Sunday, October 16, 2016
      Social events in Strasbourg region
      9:30 a.m. Bus to Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, with tour and lunch
      2:00 p.m. Bus to Winery – Domaine Dopff Au Moulin, Riquewhir (about 40 minutes)
      4:30 p.m. Bus from winery to Colmar
      5:00 p.m. Arrive Colmar, walking tour of the old city and Bartholdi Museum
      7:00 p.m. Dinner at L'Auberge-Brasserie
      9:00 p.m. Bus return to Strasbourg

      Monday, October 17, 2016
      9:20 – 9:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks by Neil Quartaro, Chair, NYSBA International Section and Pascal Créhange, Bâtonnier of the Strasbourg Bar Association
      9:30 – 10:45 a.m. “Emergency” restrictions to rights: Differing approaches to human rights in times of strife in the EU and US
      11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Brexit: Challenges and Opportunity in an Unexpected Departure
      12:30 p.m. Bus to lunch
      12:45 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch – Strasbourg Sofitel Grande Ile
      2:15 p.m. Bus to ECHR
      2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Tour ECHR
      3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Plenary Panel at European Court of Human Rights
      4:30 Closing remarks
      4:45 p.m. Bus to Hotel
      6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Cocktail reception and dinner at Maison Kamerzel

      Click here for the registration form. 

      Click here for hotel accommodation registration form. 

      Book your train tickets from Paris to Strasbourg with Rail Europe!

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

    • Paris Seasonal Meeting - October 19-21, 2016

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      Paris, France
      Saint James Albany Hotel
      October 19-21, 2016



      Strasbourg, France
      Strasbourg Sofitel Grande Ile
      October 15-17, 2016
      Book your train tickets from Paris to Strasbourg with Rail Europe!

      If you are interested in being a sponsor, click here, for sponsorship opportunities. 



      Not a member of the International Section? Dues are only only $35 per year with NYSBA membership. Join today! (Join online or call the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452, M-F, 8am-5pm) 
      For more information about this program or the International Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • October 25th, 2016 - “IIRIRA & AEDPA Twenty Years Later: Legal Representation Challenges in New York and Beyond


      Tuesday October 25th, 2016
      New York Law School
      New York, NY


      $100.00 NYSBA Member
      $150.00 NON-NYSBA Member


      8:30AM – 09:00AM: Registration & Breakfast

      9:00AM – 09:15AM: Welcome

      9:15AM – 09:45AM Opening Key Note:  Overview of Immigration

      9:45AM – 11:00AM Panel 1: The Criminalization of Immigration
      Expansion of Ag Fel definition
      Definitions of convictions
      Retroactivity/St. Cyr
      Impact/Response in New York
      2nd Circuit Case Law

      11:00AM – 11:15AMBREAK

      11:15AM – 12:30PM Panel 2: Changes to Detention Procedures
      Mandatory Detention (236(c))
      Bed mandate and broader corporate transformation of detention
      Detention of refugees and asylum seekers and detention as a deterrent
      Impact/Response in New York

      12:30PM – 2:00PM Lunch: Moderated Conversation on Real-Life Consequences of IIRIRA & AEDPA

      2:00PM – 3:15PM Panel 3: Transformation of Immigration: New Obstacles and New Bars
      Removal of discretion
      LPRs - Cancellation of Removal vs. 212(c); Non-LPRs .Cancellation of Removal v. Suspension; Changes to voluntary departure
      1 Year Asylum bar, Agg. Fel & Particularly Serious Crimes
      The Unlawful Presence Bars - look at visa movement showing people are not moving to use legal immigration system.
      Impact/Response in New York

      3:15PM – 3:30PM: BREAK

      3:30PM – 4:45PM Panel 4: Jurisdiction Stripping of Federal Court
      Limits on Habeas Corpus and Mandamus
      Limits on Federal Court Review
      Impact/Response in New York

      5:00PM – 5:45PM Closing RemarksThe Road Forward

      5:45PM – 6:30PM: Reception

      Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for a total of 7.0 MCLE credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice, for experienced attorneys only (admitted more than 2 years)

      For further information on this program, contact Kevin Getnick at

      Discounts and Scholarships: New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under that policy, any member of our Association who has a genuine basis for his/her hardship, and if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. To apply for a discount or scholarship, please send your request in writing to Kevin Getnick at

    • UIA Annual Congress - October 28-November 1


      From October 28th to November 1st, Budapest will host the 60th Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA – International Association of Lawyers) Congress. This year two themes will be addressed in the plenary sessions:

      • Compliance
      • Privacy and Data Protection in a digital world

      More than 40 other supplementary sessions will be organized concerning business law, human rights law, arts law and many others. They will be led by nearly 300 international speakers. Some of the sessions will have simultaneous translation in French, English and Spanish to allow for maximum engagement. Social events are scheduled to facilitate meeting others and making professional contacts.   

      Join us in Budapest and meet the world’s lawyers!

      Click here for more information or register online
      View the brochure here

      Union Internationale des Avocats
      25 rue du Jour - 75001 Paris - France
      Tel : +33 1 44 88 55 66 - Fax : +33 1 44 88 55 77 
      E-mail :

      For more information about the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, 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 11, 2016 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 

    2016 Brochure

    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 2015

    Date Presented: January Annual Meeting 2016  

    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:

  • International Section Publications


    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.