International Section

  • Fall Meeting 2016 Paris
    Paris Seasonal Meeting - October 19-21, 2016
  • International Flag Photo
    Latin America Council Ethics Program - June 6
  • Upcoming Events
    • Fifth Annual Daniel Ferrere Memorial Lecture - May 3rd


      Tuesday, May 3, 2016
      6:30-8:00 P.M.
      The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
      42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 

      Michael C. Camunez addresses the US-Mexico Relations in the Era of Donald Trump: Regional Trade Relations in the Wake of the 2016 Campaign

      Topics to include:

      • The lasting impact on trade and diplomatic relations between the NAFTA partners that might result from current rhetoric on US-Mexico relations
      • Expectations for how Mexico, other Latin American Trade Partners and trade organizations might react to the US political environment
      • Needs for the international business community to plan of the changing environment 
      • Potential effect on TPP and other trade initiatives involving Latin America

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      To register for this program, please email David Flechner at

    • 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

    • Legal Issues in Impacting Investing: U.S. and Abroad - May 19-20

      The International Section's Committee on International Microfinance and Financial Inclusion is a collaborative sponsor of the Legal Issues in Impacting Investing: U.S. and Abroad program on May 19-20, 2016.

      Reed Smith New York Office
      599 Lexington Avenue
      22nd Floor
      New York, NY 10022

      CLE credit is pending
      Conference is free, but space is limited

      Thursday, May 19, 2016
      1.00pm - Registration
      1.30pm - 5.00pm - Program
      5.00pm - 7.00pm - Cocktail reception

      Friday, May 20, 2016
      8.00am - Registration
      8.30am - 5.30pm - Program

      Building on the momentum of its inaugural 2015 conference, the Impact Investing Legal Working Group is again convening leading lawyers and other professionals working in impact investing for a series of exciting panels and discussions geared toward knowledge-sharing and building a community of practice.

      Topics will include:
      • How are investors aggregating capital for impact investing?
      • What are the newest social finance innovations in impact investing?
      • How can we build a robust legal community of practice in impact investing?
      • How can we advance the development of regulatory regimes and government policies that promote impact investing?
      • How are social enterprises thinking about impact investing?
      • What tensions can arise between social mission and other considerations as an enterprise evolves?

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

    • AIJA Mid Year Conference - May 18-21, 2016

      The International Association of Young Lawyers and the International Section of the New York State Bar Association invite you to the 2016 Spring Half-Year Conference in Chicago!

      May 18-21, 2016
      Warwick Allerton Hotel
      701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
      Tel: +1 312 4401500

      Two Hot Topics:
      Welcome to my Crib – Legal Guide to HNWI-Housing
      Hot Topics in International Labour and Employment Law  

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      To Register, or for more details go to

      Chicago is often called the “most American of American cities.” It boasts some of the world’s best architecture, museums, restaurants, shopping, hotels, theatre, universities, professional sports teams, and other cultural attractions. Chicago is a beautiful city, with a spectacular skyline and miles of park space and beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan. The world’s leading businesses and law firms have offices in Chicago, and many of them are headquartered here. Chicago is also a very cosmopolitan city and easily accessible from many international airports. With more than 100 countries represented in Chicago’s many neighborhoods, AIJA members from all over the world will feel at home in Chicago. We will also have an opportunity to expose our AIJA visitors to the famed Midwestern friendliness and hospitality.

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

    • 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

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


      For more information about this program or 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 

    2015 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.