International Section

  • Globe in Hands
    International Section Annual Meeting - January 26, 2015
  • Zurich Rotating Slider
    Zurich Regional Meeting - March 12-13, 2015
  • Upcoming Events
    • Call For Submissions! New York International Chapter News

      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 dkaufman@cdntradelaw.com.

    • International Law Section Annual Meeting: Monday, January 26, 2015

      International Section Annual Meeting

      Monday, January 26, 2015
      Meeting 8:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
      Reception/Luncheon 12:50 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
      Latin America Council Meeting 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Chapter Chair Meeting (chapter chairs only) 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

      The International Section will hold its program on Monday, January 26, followed by an Awards Luncheon.

      FROM THE MAGNA CARTA TO DODD-FRANK: THE RULE OF LAW AND INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REGULATION

      Total of 3.0 credits in professional practice 

      800 years ago the barons of England, having grown tired of the arbitrary and capricious rule of King John, desired more control over matters that affected England’s citizens including a feeling a fair play with a stable and accessible venue to settle disputes.  The Magna Carta was created to address these concerns by establishing a rule of law principle, where the law itself would be the absolute ruler, not the kings and queens. 

      One could argue that the financial deregulation, which started in  1978 and continued through to 2004, allowed the markets to rule themselves in an arbitrary and capricious manner, similar to the rule of England 800 years ago, thereby causing the Global Financial Crisis. As such, the Dodd-Frank Act may very well be a modern day Magna Carta. Join us for a discussion on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act on International markets as well as the practice of law. What has changed and what has not.

      8:00 - 8:55 a.m. Registration, Networking Breakfast

      8:55 - 9:00 a.m. Welcoming and Introductory Remarks
      Thomas N. Pieper, Section Chair
      Diane O’Connell, Program Chair

      9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Introduction: The Magna Carta and the Rule of Law: How Does This Relate to Today’s Financial Markets? 

      Discuss the evolution of our legal system stemming from the Magna Carta (as the foundation) and developing into the rule of law of today’s global legal systems;  How is this relates to current financial markets and how has the practice of law been affected as a result?

      Brief introduction on the evolution of our legal system from the Magna Carta’s development of the rule of law to today’s regulation of international financial markets and the practice of law in those markets. Is the Dodd-Frank Act a modern day Magna Carta?

      9:15 - 10:45 a.m. The Dodd-Frank Act as a modern day Magna Carta? The Rule of Law and International Financial Flows: How the Dodd-Frank Act and other post-Global Financial Crisis regulations affect the international financial industry and cross border capital flows

      10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Coffee break

      11:00 - 12:15 p.m. Impact of Financial Regulation on the Legal Community
      How these regulations have changed the practice of international law for everyone, everywhere

      a. The United States; 
      b. Latin America and other Civil Law Jurisdictions; 
      c. Great Britain and Europe; 
      d. The Middle East and Islamic Financing (or Asia) 

      12:15 - 12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks Q&A

      View the Brochure Flyer

      Register Online Now!  Or download Annual Meeting Registration Form and return with your payment by faxing to 518.463.5993

    • NYSBA Travel to Cuba - March 2015


      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 www.nysba.org. 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
      Itinerary for the March trip

      If you require any further information, please contact Cuba Cultural Travel as indicated in the application materials

      For additional information about this event contact cuba@nysba.org.


    • Zurich Regional Meeting - March 12-13, 2015

      INTERNATIONAL SECTION'S ZURICH REGIONAL MEETING

      SWITZERLAND, EU AND USA: PARTNERS IN SUCCESS 
      MARCH 12-13, 2015


      Program Brochure
      Sponsorship Brochure


      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.


      REGISTER ONLINE NOW!


      For more information about this program or the International Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at tbardwell@nysba.org


    • International Section São Paulo Seasonal Meeting - October 2015

      MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


      PLEASE JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL SECTION AS THEY EXPLORE SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL FOR THEIR 2015 SEASONAL MEETING

      OCTOBER 14-17, 2015
      SÃO PAULO RENAISSANCE HOTEL


      Additional details will be available in the coming months.

      For information about the International Section please contact Tiffany Bardwell at tbardwell@nysba.org

  • 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 tbardwell@nysba.org, 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

    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 dkaufman@cdntradelaw.com.


    VIEW THE LATEST NEW YORK 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. 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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    VIEW THE LATEST 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. 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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    VIEW THE LATEST NEW YORK 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. The New York International Chapter News is published by the International Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
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