International Section

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  • Albert S. Pergam Writing Competition
    Writing Competition Submissions due November 21, 2014
  • Upcoming Events
    • Exploring Women in Leadership: New York

      Exploring Women in Leadership: New York


      The NYSBA Latin Americal Council has teamed up with Chambers Women in Law to host a Women in Leadership Summit on November 5th 2014 at The Yale Club of New York.

      Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014

      Time:   8 am - Registration and breakfast served
                  8.30 am - Seminar starts
                 10 am - Break-out sessions
                 10.30 am - Networking session

      Venue: The Yale Club of NY, 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017

      Speakers include:
      - Andrea Mattei, Group Vice President – Legal, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
      - Luisa Menezes, VP & Associate General Counsel for Latin America and Canada, PMI Global Services
      - Ruby Asturias - Partner at Pacheco Coto and Chair of the NYSBA Latin American Council
      - Sandra Gonzalez - Partner at FERRERE
      - Dee Sekar (Moderator) - Editor In-House and Women in Law, Chambers & Partners

      For more information or to register, please contact Dee Sekar:

    • 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.

    • NYSBA Travel to Cuba

      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

  • 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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