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International Section


Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal EducationCommercial & Federal Litigation SectionCorporate Counsel SectionDispute Resolution Section and the General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Friday, October 18, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Live CLE Program

New York Law School | 185 West Broadway | New York, NY 10013

5.0 MCLE Credits: 4.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics

NYSBA Member: $225 | Non-Member: $325
Co-Sponsoring Section Member: $150


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Agenda & Faculty

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m:  Welcome and Introduction
Deborah Masucci | Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services
Immediate Past Chair, Dispute Resolution Section

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Session 1: Preparing for Mediation and Selecting the Mediator
Liz Shampnoi | Shampnoi Dispute Resolution and Management Services, Inc.

Gabrielle Y. Vázquez | McGrail & Bensinger LLP
Stephen P. Younger | Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

  •  Key Benefits of Mediation
  •  Managing Client Expectations
  •  Strategic Mediator Selection
  •  Developing Mediation Strategy
    1.0 Credit in Skills

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  - Session 2: You Get Out of It What You Put Into It!
Mark Morril | Morril ADR

Mitchell F. Borger | Corporate Counsel Section Chair
Laurel R. Kretzing | Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Chair | 

Topics to be covered include:

  •  Developing strong pre-mediation checklists so as to prepare clients, adversaries, the mediator and most importantly, self.
  • Utilizing submissions and pre-mediation phone calls to give and get information, demonstrate strength and flexibility.
  • Using the joint session to set the foundation for the day and the resolution.
    1.0 Credit in Skills

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m: Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. - Session 3: Negotiating Within the Mediation, Avoiding Impasse and Closing the Deal
David Brodsky | Brodsky ADR LLC

Vivian O. Berger | Columbia University Law School
Marjorie E. Berman | Krantz & Berman LLP

  • Client counseling and role division;
  • Adjusting the spigot of disclosure – delivering the right information at the right time in a well crafted message;
  • Building effective risk and transaction cost analyses.
    1.0 Credit in Skills

12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m: Lunch

12:50 p.m. – 1:40 p.m - Session 4: “Careful the Things You Say: Ethics for Negotiators”
Danielle B. Shalov | Adjunct Professor Mediation Clinic, NYLS New York Law SchoolHow to balance cooperation and competition when negotiating on behalf of your client.  A presentation of challenges facing negotiators, applicable ethical guidelines, and an interactive discussion using hypotheticals.
     1.0 CLE Credit in Ethics

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m - Session 5: Emphasis on Mediation Advocacy Skills and the Importance to the Courts
Deborah Masucci | Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services

Lisa Denig | Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives Office of Deputy Chief Administrative Judge George Silver
Hon. Timothy Sean Driscoll | NY Supreme Court Commercial Division
Daniel F. Kolb | Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Paul D. Sarkozi | Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP 
Robyn Weinstein | ADR Administrator, U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York

This panel will talk about the NY Court’s Presumptive Mediation Initiative and how it will impact the cases advocates file in court. The discussion will include how advocates need to prepare for the challenges they will face. Some federal courts maintain Mediation Advocacy Programs which offer pro bono opportunities to gain experience as limited scope mediation advocates.  How are they working?
     1.0 MCLE Credit in Skills 


Asia-Pacific Forum: Navigating the Life Cycle of a Cross-Border Deal

ABA International Section
October 24-25, 2019
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Hong Kong

This Forum will cover what every practitioner needs to know in cross-border deals. International transactions have unique features, and the differences between Western and Asian cultures draw even more complexities. Leading experts will provide a road map and cutting- edge strategies to navigate the minefields of negotiating, structuring, and completing a deal, as well as resolving disputes that can obstruct a deal. They will also provide insights into the latest national security hurdles to foreign investment and cross-border transactions. The Forum will take place during Hong Kong Arbitration Week, a "Must Attend" event for arbitration practitioners in Asia and around the world.

Reservation Form

Hong Kong Arbitration Week participants can take advantage of the competitive rate of HKD2,900 + 10% service charge and a flexible cancellation policy at the Mandarin Oriental.  If you are interested in this offer, please send Chloe Huang ([email protected]) your completed form so that she can assist you with your hotel reservation at the Mandarin Oriental. 

For more information:


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Hilton Tokyo 
6-6-2 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 160-0023
November 5-8, 2019
20.0 TOTAL MCLE Credits: Up to 14.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice, 3.0 in Skills, 2.5 in Ethics and .5 in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias | Non-transitional
This program will satisfy up to 20.0 NY MCLE credit hours. This program will not qualify for newly admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.


Join the International Section as it explores Tokyo, Japan for its Global Conference in 2019!

NEW this year:

  • Mock International Arbitrations
  • an Arbitration Plenary featuring representatives of major arbitral institutions in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
  • a Human Rights Plenary that will address marriage equality, diversity and inclusion, and human trafficking
  • Local Commuter Day Rates

View the Program Brochure with plenary, panels, rates and conference detail

To register, please email your completed registration form (the form is in the brochure) to Dana Alamia at [email protected] or fax it to 1-518-463-5993.

Reserve your hotel room today! 

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 Dana Alamia for more information. 
Sponsorship Brochure- View the various sponsorship opportunities available


Contact Dana Alamia at [email protected] for more information.

Not a member of the International Section? Dues are 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) 


November 6-10, 2019
European Convention Center
Luxembourg - ECCL
4 place de l'Europe
L-1499 Luxembourg

Three days of working sessions and numerous opportunities to extend your international business network await you at the 2019 UIA (International Association of Lawyers) Congress in Luxembourg.

View the Program
Download the Registration Form HERE

Plenary sessions:

• Innovation and the Law
The session will be introduced by the Finance Minister of Luxembourg, Pierre Gramegna.

• Business and Human Rights
An international panel of leading experts including Dante Pesce, a member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and the activist Max Schrems, will focus on personal data protection.

• European Law and Institutions
We are honoured to welcome Viviane Reding, a former Vice President of the European Commission.

• Violence against Women
The “Stand Speak Rise Up” initiative will be presented by Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.

In addition to these plenary sessions, more than 40 sessions will also be held in small working groups on many different areas of law, including family law, robotics law, international criminal law and art law. UIA congresses also offer business opportunities and social activities – such as dinners, sporting events and guided tours – during which attendees can expand their networks.

The UIA Luxembourg Congress trailer can be found at  


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November 20 - 22, 2019
New York City

New York is the leading center for international arbitration in the United States and one of the leading arbitral centers in the world. New York’s diverse and welcoming business and cultural environment supports a sophisticated arbitration community that also benefits from a court system that prides itself on its long tradition of sustaining party autonomy in contractual relations.

New York’s inaugural Arbitration Week will bring together arbitration advocates, neutrals and academics from New York, the Americas and the broader international community, to share information and insights on the latest developments, to promote professional development, and to provide an opportunity for networking at the start of New York’s most festive season.

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Highlights of New York Arbitration Week will include:

  • An in-depth program on the newly-released Restatement of the US Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration led by the Reporter, Professor George A. Bermann, Columbia Law School, and including the Associate Reporters and leading Advisers to the decade-long project.
  • NY Arbitration Week Dinner, The Yale Club of New York City, November 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST
  • The Fordham Law School Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation featuring such speakers as Meg Kinnear, ICSID Secretary General, and keynote speaker Julian D M Lew QC, Head of the School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University.
  • Social and networking events in a variety of New York venues.

The New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) and the New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb NY Branch) have come together to form a New York Arbitration Week Organizing Committee. The Week’s events will be posted on the Calendar available on this website and on the NYIAC and CIArb NY Branch websites.

APRIL 27-28, 2020

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Save the Date! More details will be available shortly.

For more information about this program, or the International Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell at [email protected].

Mark your calendars and save the date!

London Global Conference 2020
October 14 - 16
London, England

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A London Launch Party to kick off the London Global Conference will take place on December 5, 2019.  More information to come.

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.

Program Brochure

Presented by: International Section

Contact:  Tiffany Bardwell

Nomination Deadline: Entries should be emailed by 4:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 to the staff liaison.

Date Presented: January Annual Meeting

Award Criteria: Articles must be submitted (in English), and emailed to [email protected], 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 judged 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 

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 2019

Date Presented: January Annual Meeting 2020

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:


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.