International Section

  • Fall Meeting 2016 Paris
    Paris Seasonal Meeting - October 19-21, 2016
  • International Hero Story 4
    Latin America Council Ethics Program - June 6
  • Upcoming Events
    • Honoring Lauren Rachlin

      We all will greatly miss our founding member Lauren Rachlin, who passed away on March 18 of this year.  We plan on honoring his blessed memory in the next edition of the Practicum/Chapter News.  If you would like to participate in this by writing a small memory or tribute of your own, please send your contribution to Dunniela Kaufman at by May 20th.

    • Florida Chapter Meeting - May 25

      Dear Colleagues and Friends of the New York State Bar Association in Florida:

      Thank you for the  overwhelming response to our email circulated earlier this month regarding interest in reviving the Florida Chapter of the NYSBA's International Law Section.  We received  over 100 responses from members and non-members expressing interest, and we continue to receive responses.   

      As a result, we are now planning the first networking meeting and have selected May 25, 2016, as the date for the meeting.  The Chair of our Section, Gerald Ferguson, will attend this first meeting.  Mr. Ferguson will introduce the International Law Section to you and will explain in detail what the Section is doing, including the upcoming Seasonal Meeting in Paris in October.  In addition, the purpose of the meeting, apart from introductions and the opportunity to meet and network with other members, is to discuss the next steps for the International Section's Florida Chapter.  Initially, we are considering having a panel of speakers  on issues of international law, and we would like to get your input on possible topics for the panel.  

      The meeting will take place on May 25, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the offices of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, 4th Floor, Coral Gables, FL 33134.  

      Please RSVP to Tiffany Bardwell at  We look forward to seeing you there. 

      Best regards,
      Thomas Verhoeven, Constantine Economides, and Esperanza Segarra

    • Latin America Council Ethics Program - June 6



      June 6, 2016
      8:30 – 11:00 am
      New York City Bar Association
      42 West 44th Street
      New York, NY 10036

      Werner Ahlers, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
      Hunter Carter, Arent Fox LLP
      Bruce Green, Fordham University
      Alexandra Pizzinini, Swiss Re

      Lawyers working across borders face sometimes conflicting and sometimes missing ethics standards, particularly when confronted with the problem of corruption and the escalating disclosure and prosecution of corruption.  Discussion will focus on a hypothetical scenario ripped from today's headlines, not only about corruption scandals but also data leaks and/or hacking that have revealed lawyers roles in questionable transactions.  Our panel of experts in litigation, transactions, and ethics, will address the need for clarity and try to help develop consensus on ethical principles that can and should be accepted by lawyers from differing jurisdictions, and provide their insights in how to response to challenges posed by differing professional ethics standards and enforcement systems. 

      Continental Breakfast will be provided. This program is complimentary, but registration is required to reserve a seat.  Please register at

      This is an informational program, no CLE credits will be offered.

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

    • 9th Edition International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards


      The 9th edition of ILASA will take place on the 16th of June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in New York City. It will gather over 450 senior representatives of the leading law firms, General Counsel, Chief IP Counsel and Tax Directors from more than 40 countries. The summit is organized around a full day of conferences, business meetings and two awards ceremonies ensuring a senior level audience. Dedicated to the legal profession, our guests will have the opportunity through our conferences to enrich with content from field experts on topics such as managing the legal department, intellectual property and international corporate finance. Our one-to-one meetings also give the possibility to meet key representatives without touring the globe – an unique opportunity to broaden international referral networks and generate new business leads.

      For more information and to register, please visit 


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    • Global Corporate Compliance Workshop


      Monday-Wednesday, July 25-27, 2016
      Troutman Sanders LLP 
      875 Third Avenue
      New York, New York 10022

      PROGRAM COST: $975.00
      Includes course materials, lunch and breaks. 
      Scholarships available upon request. 

       18.0 Hours of MCLE Credits

      Sponsored by: Corporate Lawyering Group LLP Troutman Sanders LLP
      Co-Sponsored by: New York State Bar Association  International Section's International Corporate Compliance Committee

      Workshop Director: Carole Basri, Corporate Compliance Advisor, Fordham Law School Compliance Program

      Program Overview
      The Global Corporate Compliance Workshop will offer a three-day intensive training program on the fundamentals of an “effective” corporate compliance program. We will explore how to set up the compliance office, including reporting lines, perform a state of the art risk assessment, including heat maps and dashboards, provide innovative training and effective auditing, monitoring and reporting of a compliance program. 

      We will focus on issue spotting and risk assessment, as well as the basics of project management to roll out an “effective” compliance program. You will learn to prioritize risks and understand how to evaluate best practices of companies in the pharmaceutical and financial industries. 

      Who Should Attend
      The workshop will benefit anyone interested in a career in global corporate compliance and ethics, including recent law school graduates, lawyers in transition, and non-lawyers interested in learning the legal aspects and practical requirements for a career in compliance. 

      It is also appropriate for general counsel and other in-house counsel, compliance and ethics officers and members of the compliance and ethics department, as well as members of the internal audit, enterprise risk management and human resources departments, outside counsel and consultants involved in advising on compliance and ethics.  

      To register, please contact Carole Basri at or 917-822-2447.

      To view program agenda, click here.

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

    • Paris Seasonal Meeting - October 19-21, 2016

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      Paris Seasonal Meeting 2016
      Paris, France
      The Westin Paris – Vendôme
      October 19-21, 2016

      With Pre-meeting in Strasbourg, France, the heart of Alsace-Lorraine and home to the European Parliament and Court of Human Rights on Monday, October 17, 2016.

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

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  • 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 

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    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.