International Section

  • Guatamala International 2017
    Guatemala Seasonal Meeting 2017
  • International Flags
    International Bridging the Gap May 9-10, 2017
  • Dublin International 2017
    Dublin Regional Meeting - April 20-21, 2017
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  • Upcoming Events
    • New! Serbia Chapter

      The International Section is pleased to announce a new Serbia Chapter. More information forthcoming! Contact Tiffany Bardwell if you'd like to join.

    • Dublin Regional Meeting - April 20-21, 2017

      Dublin International 2017

      APRIL 20-21, 2017
      7.5 MCLE CREDITS

      Why Attend this Meeting?

      • The program will satisfy up to 6.0 NY MCLE credit hours in professional practice and 1.5 NY MCLE credits hours in ethics.    

      • Develop and reinforce your legal contacts by networking with other leading international attorneys. 

      • Hot Topics in International Law will be discussed, such as:

      • Searching for a Common Language: A Comparison of Some Regulatory and Ethical Issues in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States
      • View from the Bench: Perspectives on Judging
      • Impact of recent EU decisions applying the 'EU state aid provisions' to tax treatment of European and multinational companies
      • Changes in privacy regulation and the potential role of the Irish Privacy Office as the designated EU regulator for US companies
      • Practice of law in Ireland and New York and the merits of both as centers for dispute resolution
      • Impact of Brexit on Dublin and other European Cities
      • Anti-Corruption Law and Enforcement
      • International Human Rights: European and US Perspectives on Current Challenges
      • Estate and Tax Planning: The US-Irish Connection
      • Discrimination: Different Perspectives on Hiring and Firing 

      Market your firm or organization!
      There are many sponsorship options available to you – from meeting bags to a networking break, or the Gala Dinner.  There are options for every budget!  Email Tiffany Bardwell for more information. 

      The 2017 Regional Meeting conference hotel will be The Westbury Hotel. Availability of rooms is not guaranteed after the cut-off date and will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis and cannot be guaranteed at the conference rate. 

      The International Section thanks the following Sponsors for the generous support:
      Mason Hayes & Curran
      BARBRI International Limited
      AGON Partners
      Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
      LK Shields
      Watson Farley & Williams LLP
      Hayes Solicitors





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

    • UIA Event: Doing Business in Latin America: Critical Aspects of the FDI in the Region - Thursday, April 20 - Friday, April 21, 2017


      Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (optional dinner at 8:00 p.m.)
      Friday, 21, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (optional lunch at 1:00 p.m.)

      Costa Rica Bar Association 
      Headquarter, 35A Street and 22a Avenue
      San José, Costa Rica

      This 2017 year the UIA invites you to Costa Rica to obtain a unique experience on the development of the economic and legal reality of foreign investment in Latin America and what better place than in the country of the Pura Vida! 

      Registration Fees:                                    

                    UIA Member
         April 20                April 21
          April 20              April 21
       Standard Registration 
       €240/$250         €290/$300
       €290/$300          €340/$350
        Young Lawyers (<35)*
       €190/$200          €240/$250
       €340/$250          €290/$300

      *Please attach proof of age to the registration form to benefit from young lawyers fee.

      MCLE Information:
      Every participant attending the seminar will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event that may be used for obtaining “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education” – “Continuing Professional Development” purposes, depending on national rules. For more information, please contact the UIA.

      Hotel Accommodations:
      A limited number of rooms has been pre-booked at a preferential rate. Reservations should be made directly through the hotel. Credit card details must be given in order to secure your reservation. Please note that the number of rooms is limited. We recommend that you proceed with your reservations as soon as possible.

      Introduction to the program:
      The UIA is proud to present this seminar in Costa Rica, a democratic country full of tradition that abolished the army in 1949 and changed the weapons for social and economic development. Coffee and banana are the traditional products, which defined the economic activity in the XIX century and the end of XX. In the 1980s, the Costa Rican economy initiated a process of opening up to foreign direct investment and obtained great results in social security and education. Thanks to the civilian vocation of the country, Peace was achieved in Central America and President Oscar Arias Sánchez won the Nobel Peace Prize. These conditions were conducive to develop foreign investment and make the country a center hub for companies interested in developing Latin American markets and tourism investment. In 1997, the US transnational Company Intel settled in Costa Rica and generated during the following years an influx of investment that today boosts its economy and constitutes an important center of foreign investment.

      To register or for more information about this program, view the program brochure.

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

    • Compliance and US Law - April 24 - Zurich

      Compliance and U.S. Law

      Monday, April 24, 2017
      9 am - 5 pm
      Zurich, Switzerland

      KV Zurich Business School
      Sihlpostgasse 2, 8004 Zurich
      (near Zurich main railway station)

      A Compliance Manager who does not take into account transnational risks, acts negligent. Nowadays, cross-national law analyses are indispensable: the scope of U.S. Law is broad and the consequences far-reaching. If a company breaks U.S. Law, it is not only facing high penalties and even higher damage claims but its employees may even be imprisoned. Further the American authorities have much more competences than Swiss authorities when it comes to collect evidence. 

      The New York Bar Association (NYSBA) is familiar with the hot topics and other areas of U.S. law that can present a problem for Swiss companies. At the seminar “Excellence in Compliance”, the highly-experienced NYSBA representatives will share their “best practices” and give practical advice.  

      Admission and fees
      For registration please e-mail to Mrs. Tiziana Hammesfahr at The deadline is 17 April 2017. 

      Admission fee: CHF 150 (for participants of CAS Compliance Officer the program is free of charge)

      For more information about the program, click here. View brochure

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

    • April 24, 2017 - A Short & Happy Guide to Networking

      Book Presentation  | A Short & Happy Guide to Networking | Desiree Jaeger-Fine, Esq. (LL.M. 2013)  

      Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. 

      Fordham School of Law 
      150 West 62nd Street 
      Hill Faculty Conference Room (7-119) 

      Welcoming Remarks by Dean Matthew Diller 
      Special Remarks by The Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals (J.D. 1978) 

      To RSVP, click here.

      Asian American Bar Association of New York; Federal Bar Association; French American Bar Association; German American Lawyers Association; The International, Comparative and Foreign Law Affinity Group; International Women in Law; New York State Bar Association, International Section; Swiss American Lawyers Association

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

    • May 9, 2017: Florida Chapter Event: Trade Restrictions and Anti-Corruption Laws: The Realities of Doing Business in Latin America


      Tuesday, May 9, 2017
      4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. - Presentation ( CLE credits pending)
      5:30 P.M. - 6;30 P.M. - Cocktail Reception

      Four Seasons Hotel Miami
      1435 Brickell Avenue
      Miami, FL 33131


      Eric I. Bustillo, Regional Director, Miami Regional Office, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
      Liliana Armas, Senior Legal Counsel, Nokia 
      Genilde E. Guerra, Managing Partner, Law Offices of Kravitz & Guerra, P.A.
      Steven Neuman, Managing Director, Stone Turn Group
      Kenneth E. Yeadon, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
      Sergio E. AcostaPartner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (Moderator)

      The first part of the presentation will include discussions of: (1) the current state of U.S. sanctions laws and export restrictions affecting trade with Cuba and others in Latin America; (2) the SEC's current anti-corruption enforcement priorities and cooperation policy; and (3) anti-corruption due diligence with respect to joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions in Latin America.

      Our panel will then present a hypothetical case that delves into the many issues that can arise during a corporate FCPA and accounting practices internal investigation, and how to best resolve those issues. This part of the presentation will include the insightful points of view of in-house and outside counsel, regulators and law enforcement, and outside investigative professionals as they work through a series of plot twists in the hypothetical case.


      This program is co-sponsored by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and New York State Bar Association, International Section's Florida Chapter.

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

    • May 9-10, 2017: International Bridging the Gap

      TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2017- WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

      Global Law Week 2015

      Fordham University School of Law 
      Constantino Room
      8:30 a.m. - 5:35 p.m.
      5:40 - 7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception succeeding Wednesday's program

      Have you started an international legal career or are you interested in expanding your skill set to include international law?
      It can be challenging to develop the knowledge and experience necessary to represent clients in international legal affairs, such as cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international litigation and arbitration, and international corporate law. In the increasingly globalized and interconnected world, legal work often requires a multidisciplinary, cross-border approach. Issues may be complex and varied, and it often takes years to learn about the many aspects of international practice. Organized by the New York State Bar Association, International Section, this course covers critical aspects of international law for those entering or practicing in this diverse and complex area. Join a distinguished and experience NYSBA International faculty and learn about the about the fundamental underlying areas of cross-border practice and other critical aspects of international law, and receive sixteen (16) Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credits, including two (2) ethics credits.

      Panel topics include : 

      • Framework of International Practice
      • Marketing and Distribution in the U.S. and Around the World 
      • International IP: Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents
      • International Employment Law
      • International Tax
      • Cross-Border M&A: Buying and Selling Companies Around the World
      • Business and Human Rights: The UN Guiding Principles 
      • International Litigation Basics
      • International Arbitration
      • International Bankruptcy Basics
      • Cross-Border Data Protection and Cyber-Security 
      • International Trust and Estates 
      • What's a Little Lanyap Between Friends? The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
      • International Corporate Compliance
      • Ethics in the International Practice of Law 

      Register Today!

      For more information about this program contact Tiffany Bardwell at

    • June 8-9, 2017: Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions

      Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions
      June 8-9, 2017
      Pepper Hamilton LLP
      The New York Times Building
      620 8th Avenue, 37th Floor
      New York, NY

      The cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market is one of the most active areas for international lawyers.  Affected by elements as ranging from conflicting laws, traditions and cultures to restrictions on foreign investments, this critical area of international practice is a driving force for many lawyers and their clients.  Like any relationship however, a typical international M&A transaction will progress through a series of stages before the parties arrive at a union. 

      Explore the various aspects of cross-border acquisitions from term sheet to closing, and the occasional sudden divorce or cold feet, at this remarkable conference.  With highly experienced practitioners leading each panel, you will hear from speakers with deep experience in the cross-border M&A field. Whether you have closed dozens of international M&A deals or none, this conference has something to offer you.

      Co-Sponsored by the UIA and the International Section of the New York State Bar Association.

      Program details will be available shortly.

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

    • Free Program Archive: Playing An Away Game - How Can Non-Resident New York Lawyers Comply with Schoenefeld v. Schneiderman?


      Free archive webcast | Recorded September 26, 2016

      Neil A. Quartaro, (Chair of the International Section of NYSBA), Watson Farley & Williams, LLP

      Alvin F. Lindsay (Chair of Florida Bar International Law Section), Hogan Lovells LLP   

      Ekaterina Schoenefeld, Schoenefeld Law Firm
      Richard Rifkin, New York State Bar Association
      Martin I. Kaminsky, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
      J. Richard Supple, Jr., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

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

      Co-Sponsored by the NYSBA Membership Committee, Non-Resident Member Subcomittee and the Solo and Small Firm Practice Team.

      IMPORTANT NOTE: New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) membership is not just for New York-admitted attorneys. Any attorney admitted in any jurisdiction, in good standing, can be a member. To join a NYSBA Section, you must first join NYSBA. Membership Application 

  • 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.