Chairperson, Thomas N. Pieper
For 25 years, we have been serving as the New York State Bar Association's ambassadors to the world.
We provide an
unparalleled network. Our 2,000 members
live and practice law in different jurisdictions all over the globe. We have local chapters in many of these
countries. And some 40 specialty
committees covering virtually every aspect of the practice of international law
attest to our substantive depth. So if
you need a labor law expert in Algiers or a corporate lawyer in Zurich – have
dinner with both of them at our next event.
We organize exceptional meetings in important international locations
and are often the first bar association to hold events in many such
locations. On this website, you can
learn more about our fantastic events, our three well recognized publications
and our work with the United Nations and other international bodies.
Our newest feature are
which allow for an open communication among members and for building an ongoing
knowledge repository to capture the excellent and important work of our
Join us today! You don't have to be admitted to practice law
in New York: anyone admitted to practice law can become a member of the NYSBA,
our Section and its Committees and Chapters.
We are looking forward to meeting and working with you.
SECTION OF THE NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AT A GLANCE
NYSBA International Section is
dedicated to the promotion of the international practice of law on all planes
of international life – whether commercially or for the public good – and the
support of the rule of law throughout the world. While the majority of the Section’s members
are admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, many members are licensed
attorneys in other states of the United States or other countries. All licensed attorneys who are resident or
non-resident members of the New York State Bar Association are invited to join
According to its
by-laws, our Section “shall in the field of public and private international
and transnational law and practice (1) plan and conduct continuing legal
education programs; (2) collect, publish and distribute educational and
professional materials; (3) promote interest, activity and research; (4)
formulate professional opinion; (5) study and comment upon the impact of
foreign , federal and state laws and treaties; (6) develop and recommend policy
and improvements in the law; (7) serve as a resource to business, civic and
governmental organizations; (8) enhance the skills and competency of New York
Lawyers; and(9) undertake all such other activities as may be authorized form
time to time by the Association and the Executive Committee of the Section for
the purpose of accomplishing the foregoing.”
Exercising the latter right, the Section’s Executive Committee adopted
three long-range Missions: (i) Custodian of New York Law as an International
Standard, (ii) Guardian of the New York Convention on the Enforcement and
Recognition of Arbitral Awards and the international arbitral process and (iii)
Monitor of International Law Development at the United Nations. These Missions are non-exclusive and the
Section envisages undertaking additional important and exciting Missions in the
The Section provides
to its members a wide array of conferences, seminars, web-conferencing, and
informational and educational meetings.
Our Annual Meetings (always in New York City), our Seasonal Meetings
(alternating between the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim, such as London,
England (2005), Shanghai, China (2006), Lima/Cuzco, Peru (2007), Stockholm,
Sweden (2008), Singapore (2009), Sydney, Australia (2010), Panama (2011),
Lisbon, Portugal (2012), Hanoi, Vietnam (2013), Vienna, Austria (2014), São Paulo, Brazil (2015)) and regional meetings (such as Milan,
Italy(2013), Paris, France (2014), Tel Aviv, Israel (2014), Zurich, Switzerland
(2015)) regularly attract hundreds of participants – and yet are manageable
enough to allow meaningful discussions and networking, unlike some other mega
events. Many of our attendees become
regulars. One of the Section’s signature
events, the Fundamentals of International
Practice, has become a fixture of the New York calendar of legal
conferences. In odd years, the Fundamentals
are an integral part of Global Law Week, a bi-annual event organized by the
Section and hosted by different law firms.
In even years, the Fundamentals have been offered within the framework
of the Biennial New York City Meeting of the ABA International Section.
For more details on
upcoming events, look to the upper right hand corner of this page. [link]
Recent events include
- our October 2014 Annual Seasonal Meeting in Vienna, Austria
- the “Fundamentals of
International Practice” in connection with the Biennial New York City Meeting
of the ABA International Section in April, 2014
- Toronto Meeting - March 28, 2014
- Latin American Council
Meeting at Bingham McCutchen LLP office in New York City, June 12, 2014
- Regional Meeting in
March 2014 in Paris, France - March 6-7, 2014
- our Annual Meeting
Program, addressing topics such as opinion practice in international
transactions, international dispute resolution clauses, and non-lawyer
ownership of law firms, held in New York in January 2014
- an Israeli delegation
of lawyers and judges we received in New York in February 2014
- the October 2013
Annual Seasonal Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam
- a much-praised Program
on Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering in cooperation with the Union
Internationale des Avocats (UIA) in New York in September 2013.
Materials from prior
programs may be accessed by clicking on Section Meeting Materials to the left.
substantive Committees cover virtually every aspect of the private practice of
international law and also public international law. Committees typically organize educational and
networking opportunities for their members and sponsor initiatives to improve
the state of the law in New York, the United States and internationally. Click on the Committee tab to your left to
learn more about the Section’s Committees. Guidelines for Committee Co-Chairs
may be found by clicking on the Executive Committee Blog to the left. All members of the Section who work in the
New York offices of non-U.S. law firms are especially invited to join in the
programs and social events sponsored by the Section’s Foreign Lawyers
The Section has
chapters in many of the most important legal jurisdictions of the world, which
provide educational and networking opportunities for Section members abroad and
foster cooperation and dialogue between the Section and the legal communities
of other countries. Check the list of
Chapters by clicking on the Committee Roster link to the left to see “if there
is a Chapter near you.” Guidelines for Chapter Chairs may be found by clicking
on the Executive Committee Blog to the left.
The Latin American Council is akin to a
“super-chapter” within the Section – with members in virtually every country in
Latin America – promoting the rule of law.
Section is proud to offer three publications:
- The New York International Law Review is
devoted to substantive studies of United States and international jurisprudence
bearing on important issues of international law.
- The International Law Practicum features
information about cross-border and transnational legal issues for international
practitioners, and regularly reports from the Section’s Annual Meeting.
- The Chapter News reports on current issues
and updates on international law, country news, member news, firm news and
All these publications
are available online to Section Members free of charge (for hard copies, a
The Section annually
confers two awards. The ceremony
traditionally takes place during the Section’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
- The Award for Distinction in International Law
and Affairs recognizes those who have made a major contribution to
international peace, understanding and democracy. The 2014 Honoree is Fiona Sampson of Toronto,
executive director of the Equality Effect,
for her international human rights work to help women and children around the
world, most notably in sub-Saharan Africa (e.g.,
Kenya). Former Honorees include, among
others, the Lawyers and Judges of Pakistan, as represented by Aitzaz Ahsan;
Gillian Martin Sorensen, Senior Adviser at the United Nations Foundation; Lech
Walesa, former president of Poland; Carlos Salinas de Gortari, former president
of Mexico; Cyrus R. Vance, former U.S. secretary of state; Boutros-Boutros
Ghali, former U.N. secretary general; the late Arthur C. Helton, director of Peace
and Conflict Studies and senior fellow for Refugee Studies and Preventive
Action at the Council on Foreign Relations; Alice H. Henkin, director, Justice
and Society program, The Aspen Institute; Dr. Peter Ackerman; Hon. Jon O.
Newman; and our own Lauren D. Rachlin, the founder of the Section.
- The Albert S. Pergam International Writing
Competition Award acknowledges a distinguished contribution to legal
scholarship by a law student. The 2014
Honoree is Rouzhna Nayeri of SMU Dedman School of Law for her article No Longer the Sleeping Dog, The
FCPA is Awake and Ready to Bite. The article is published in the Chapter News.
Again, welcome to
NYSBA International. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you for your interest.
With my best personal
Thomas N. Pieper