Message from the Chair

Chairperson, Glenn G. Fox

For 25 years, we have been serving as the New York State Bar Association's ambassadors to the world.

We provide an unparalleled network.  Our over 2,000 members live and practice law in different jurisdictions all over the globe.  We have more than 60 local chapters outside the United States.  And some 30 specialty committees covering virtually every aspect of the practice of international law attest to our substantive depth.  So if you need a labor law expert in Argentina or a corporate lawyer in Vietnam - have dinner with both of them at our next event.  We organize exceptional meetings in important international locations and are often the first state bar association to hold events in many such locations.  On this website, you can learn more about our fantastic events, our three well recognized publications and our work with the United Nations and other international bodies.

Join us today!  You don't have to be admitted to practice law in New York: anyone admitted to practice law can become a member of the NYSBA, our Section and its Committees and Chapters.  We are looking forward to meeting you.


The International Section of the New York State Bar Association (sometimes informally referred to as “NYSBA International”) is dedicated to the promotion of the international practice of law on all planes of international life – whether commercially or for the public good – and the support of the rule of law throughout the world. The Section, which was founded a little over just 20 years ago, has approximately 2200 members. While the majority of the Section’s members are admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, many members are licensed attorneys in other states of the United States or other countries. All licensed attorneys who are resident or non-resident members of the New York State Bar Association are invited to join the Section.

On September 15, 2009, the Section’s Executive Committee adopted three long-range Missions: (1) Custodian of New York Law as an International Standard, (2) Guardian of the New York Convention on the Enforcement and Recognition of Arbitral Awards and the international arbitral process and (3) Monitor of International Law Development at the United Nations. Further details about these Missions and their implementation may be found by clicking on the Chairs and Executive Committee Blogs to your left. These Missions are non-exclusive and the Section envisages undertaking additional important and exciting Missions in the future.

The Section has over thirty Committees covering virtually every aspect of the private practice of international law and also public international law. Committees typically organize educational and networking opportunities for their members and sponsor initiatives to improve the state of the law in New York, the United States and internationally. Click on the Committee tab to your left to learn more about the Section’s Committees. Guidelines for Committee Co-Chairs may be found by clicking on the Executive Committee Blog to the left. All members of the Section who work in the New York offices of non-U.S. law firms are especially invited to join in the programs and social events sponsored by the Section’s Foreign Lawyers Committee.

The Section provides to its members a wide array of conferences, seminars, web-conferencing, and informational and educational meetings. Look to the upper right hand corner of this page for upcoming events. Recent events included the January 2011 NYSBA Annual Meeting Program in New York City on the criteria for selecting international legal counsel for cross-border and transnational legal representations, in New York City, our October 2010 Annual Seasonal Conference in Sydney, Australia at which the Chief Judges of New York State and the State of New South Wales signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding on the referral of issues of New York and New South Wales law to each other’s courts, a much-praised September 2011 Program on Cross-Border Investment, Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures in cooperation with the Union Internationale des Avocats in New York City (September 10-11, 2010), the Second Annual “Fundamentals of International Practice” in connection with the Biennial New York City Meeting of the ABA International Section in April, 2010 and the Second Annual Meeting of our India Chapter in Mumbai (March 27-28, 2010). , Audio and written materials from the 2009 Fundamentals Program may be accessed by clicking on Section Meeting Materials to the left.
The Section has over fifty chapters in many of the most important legal jurisdictions of the world, which provide educational and networking opportunities for Section members abroad and foster cooperation and dialogue between the Section and the legal communities of other countries. Check the list of Chapters by clicking on the Committee Roster link to the left to see “if there is a Chapter near you.” Guidelines for Chapter Chairs may be found by clicking on the Executive Committee Blog to the left. The Section sponsors a three-day conference in the fall of each year in an important jurisdiction outside the United States. Recent conferences have been held in London (2005), Shanghai (2006), Lima (2007) and Stockholm (2008). The 2009 Conference is taking place next from October 26 to 29, 2009 in Singapore and has as its theme, “New York and the New Asia: A Partnership for the Future.” The 2010 conference will take place in Sydney, Australia, from October 27-30 and will have as its theme, “The Southern Hemisphere Meets International Practice.”

The International Section publishes the New York International Law Review (devoted to substantive studies of United States and international jurisprudence bearing on important issues of international law) and the International Law Practicum (devoted to information about cross-border and transnational legal issues for international practitioners). The Section will soon be inaugurating a mechanism for Section members to post on the web significant articles on international law and practice that they have authored, through the Google Knol project..

The Section annually confers an Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs. At its Annual Meeting Program and Lunch on January 28, 2009, the Association conferred its 2009 Award upon the Honorable Jon O. Newman, former Senior Judge and former Presiding Judge of the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The recipient of the 2010 Award will be announced shortly. At its Annual Meeting Program each year, it also awards the annual Albert Pergam Award for a distinguished contribution to legal scholarship by a law student. Look to the lower right of the webpage for more details on this annual competition.