International Section

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    Zurich Regional Meeting - March 12-13, 2015
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    International Section Seasonal Meeting - São Paulo - October 14-17, 2015
  • Upcoming Events
    • Zurich Regional Meeting - March 12-13, 2015


      MARCH 12-13, 2015

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      Thursday, March 12
      Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Limmatquai 54, 8001 Zürich

      12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (private meeting of the Chapters)
      1:30 – 3:00 pm Chapter Chair Meeting (private meeting of the Chapters)
      3:00 – 4:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting (private meeting of the Executive Committee)
      5:00 – 7:00 pm Swiss Association for Compliance & Competition Law (ACCL) 
      proudly presents 3rd Competition Law Update

      Welcoming Remarks
      Martin Graf, Executive Council, Zurich Department of Justice

      Recent Developments in US Antitrust
      Scott Hammond, Gibson Dunn
      Jay L. Himes, Labaton Sucharow LLP
      Peter Sullivan, Gibson Dunn

      8:00 pm Dinner (optional)

      Friday, March 13
      Conference will focus on the following topic: “Switzerland, EU and USA: Partners in Success”
      ZHAW School of Management and Law, St.-Georgen-Platz 2, 8401 Winterthur

      7:45 – 8:15 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

      8:15 – 8:30 am Welcoming Remarks
      Hans-Ruedi Grob, Blum&Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd, Zurich Bar Association
      Thomas N. Pieper, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Chair, International Section
      Jean-Marc Piveteau, Rector, ZHAW School of Management and Law

      8:30 – 9:45 am Construction Law | International Dispute Resolution Methods – Best Practices
      Blaise Carron, Professor, University of Neuchâtel (Session’s Chair)
      Nancy M. Thevenin, Founder and Principal, Thevenin Arbitration & ADR, LLC (Session’s Co-Chair)
      Marc Beaumont, Windsor Chambers
      German Grüniger, General Counsel, Implenia AG
      Petr Koblovsky, Kocián Šolc Balaštík
      Thomas Siegenthaler, Scherler + Siegenthaler Rechtsanwälte AG

      9:45 – 10:00 am Networking Break

      10:00  – 11:15 am Labor Law | Privacy Protection and Beyond in Digital Ages
      Kurt Pärli, Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law (Session’s Chair)
      Philip M. Berkowitz, Littler’s Internat. Empl. Law Practice Group (Session’s Co-Chair)
      François Berbinau, BFPL Avocats
      Gerald J. Ferguson, Baker & Hostetler LLP
      Paul Lanois, Assistant Vice President, Cross-border Legal, Credit Suisse
      Adrian von Kaenel, Streiff von Kaenel AG

      11:15 – 11:30 am Networking Break

      11:30 – 12:45 pm Financial Services & Extraterritoriality | Challenges to the Business
      John Zulack, Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP (Session’s Chair)
      Andreas Abegg, Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law (Session’s Co-Chair)
      Oliver Bretz, Clifford Chance
      John Briggs, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider
      Olivier Schaller, Vice-Director, Swiss Competition Commission
      Otto Waechter, Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

      12:45 – 2:15 pm Lunch
      Pre-Lunch Key Note Speech
      Nicolas von Werdt, Justice, Swiss Supreme Court
      “US Case-Law and Swiss Continental Law: How Complementary are both Systems?”

      After-Lunch Key Note Speech
      Marco Villiger, General Counsel, FIFA
      “Compliance Outside the Football Pitch”

      2:30 – 3:45 pm Competition Law | Global Litigation Issues
      Patrick L. Krauskopf, Professor, ZHAW School of Management and Law (Session’s Chair)
      Melanie Aitken, Bennett Jones (Session’s Co-Chair)
      Bettina Bergmann, Bergmann Law
      Casey W. Halladay, McMillan
      Scott Hammond, Gibson Dunn
      Andreas Heinemann, Professor, Vice-Chair, Swiss Competition Commission
      Wes Powell, Willkie Farr

      3:45 – 4:00 pm Networking Break

      4:00 – 4:15 pm Afternoon Key Note Speech 
      Martin Naville, CEO, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
      “Swiss-American Business Relationship: Time to take stock”

      4:15 – 5:30 pm Data Protection | Confidentiality Duties in a Global Market Place
      Jay L. Himes, Labaton Sucharow LLP (Session’s Chair)
      Andreas D. Länzlinger, Bär & Karrer (Session’s Co-Chair)
      Claudia Fritsche, BRP Bizzozero & Partners
      Adam Golodner, Kaye Scholer
      Claudia Götz Staehelin, Head of Litigation, Novartis International AG
      Jamie Stern, Managing Director, Senior Litigation Counsel, UBS

      5:30 – 6:00 pm Closing Key Note Speech
      Suzan G. LeVine, United States Ambassador to Switzerland

      6:00 pm Closing Remarks

      6:15 pm Gala-Dinner (optional, limited space)
      Haus zur Geduld, Marktgasse 22, 8402 Winterthur

      This program will offer 2 hours of NY CLE credit on Thursday, March 12 and 7.5 hours of NY CLE credit on Friday, March 13.


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

    • April 28 to May 2, 2015 ABA Spring Conference

      ABA Spring Conference

      Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill
      400 New Jersey Ave NW
      Washington, DC 20001-2002

      April 28, 2015 To May 2, 2015

      The ABA Section of International Law invites you to attend our 2015 Spring Meeting in the beautiful and historic city of Washington, DC from April 28 – May 2, 2015. Join over 1,200 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for four days of networking and programming on the latest international legal and ethics issues. The [ORGANIZATION] is a Cooperating Entity on this event and members can register for the conference at the discounted ABA Section of International Law Member Rates by using the discount code “ICSM0428” on the checkout page of the online registration portal. 


      The 2015 Spring Meeting will offer you:

      • Cutting edge programming and an entire year’s worth of CLE including nearly 70 substantive concurrent panel sessions that will cover themes including: Business, Disputes, Energy/Environment, Intellectual Property, Law Practice and Human Rights.
      • Opportunities to learn from top legal experts and hear from world class speakers including:  Bill Browder, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Hermitage Capital Management; International Court of Justice Judge Joan Donoghue; and United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
      • Evening  receptions at some of the most exclusive venues in Washington, DC and networking opportunities with thought leaders and experts, policy makers, key international enforcers, decision makers and international leaders in the law.


      Save on your registration by taking advantage of early bird rates before March 16thRegistration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, academics, law students, corporate counsel, solo / small practice and retired attorneys. 


      Please visit to register and for more information on programming, hotel accommodations and the latest updates on the 2015 Spring Meeting. 

      To view the flyer, click here

      For further information, click here 

    • Global Law Week 2015

      GLOBAL LAW WEEK 2015

      MAY 12-15, 2015

      • Fundamentals of International Practice – May 12 – Baker Hostetler
        Offering transitional NY MCLE credits for newly admitted attorneys!

      • Opening Reception – May 12 – Hogan Lovells LLP
        Special Keynote Speaker: Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, New York State Court of Appeals

      • Closing Plenary Session – May 15 – Bar Association of the City of New York
        Special Keynote Speaker:  Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
      • Numerous additional CLE programs and networking receptions offered by various major New York law fims throughout the week, featuring important topics of interest to international law practictioners as well as anyone who is considering practicing in this field. 

      Learn More About GLW 2015

      International Flags


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

    • Sponsorship Opportunities 2015

      The International Section holds several events each year that offer sponsorship opportunities.   Global Law Week May 12 15, 2015 New York, NY São Paulo Seasonal Meeting October 14 17, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil View the detailed sponsorship brochure here

    • Call for Proposals!! São Paulo Seasonal Meeting

      International Section São Paulo Seasonal Meeting
      October 14-17, 2015
      São Paulo Renaissance Hotel

      Panel proposals are now being accepted for the International Section's São Paulo Seasonal Meeting. Please click HERE to view the panel proposal letter from the Panel Co-Chairs.

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

    • International Section São Paulo Seasonal Meeting - October 2015


      OCTOBER 14-17, 2015



      NYSBA has secured the reduced rate of R$515.00 per night (approximately $180 USD), single or double.  

      Sponsor this informative program today!  Sponsorship Brochure

      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 20, 2015 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

    The 2015 brochure will be available this summer.

    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 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: Scroll

  • Publications

    Call for Articles: New York International Chapter News

    We are currently accepting articles for the next edition of the Chapter News, your vehicle for communicating with your fellow section members.  We welcome short substantive articles on topics of interest to the section, as well as substantive articles on legislative and policy changes in your jurisdiction, interesting news from your country or firm, updates from your Chapter or Committee, as well as any announcements that you would like to share with the Section.

    Submissions are due by February 1st, 2015 and should be sent in word format to the editor, Dunniela Kaufman at


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