Greetings! I’m Ed Lenci, Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s International Section. I welcome you to the International Section’s web-pages and invite you to join us. As a Section member, you’ll join a network of approximately 2,000 lawyers and over 60 chapters on every continent except Antarctica. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to organize and/or speak at webinars and conferences. You can also join in the dialogue about all things international, a dialogue made all the more necessary – indeed, mandatory – in the world we must face boldly after the tempus horribilis we just experienced.
The International Section is the face of NYSBA internationally. Before the pandemic, the Section had for decades held two conferences a year outside the U.S. and we hope to continue that tradition, starting with a European regional conference in Madrid in late April 2022 and a global conference in London the following October. Moreover, the Section has entered into memoranda of understanding with a number of bar associations and group the world over. The Section has more than 40 substantive law committees, in areas of interest such as cybersecurity and data privacy, human rights, trade, financial services, immigration, corporate counsel, international arbitration and litigation, and tax. There is truly something for everyone everywhere in the International Section.
During the pandemic, the Section continued to thrive. It hosted virtual conferences and webinars on a variety of cutting-edge topics relevant to public and private international law and practice, including ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate) compliance, the rule of law, commercial and investor-state arbitration, international trusts and estate planning, the impact of Brexit, microfinance, investment in Latin America, the status of Hong Kong, cross-border litigation in Asia, and much more. You can watch these programs, most at no charge, by clicking on the Resources tab on the left navigation or visiting the On-Demand CLE catalog.
The Section has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI. In fact, the Section’s last global conference before the pandemic, held in Tokyo in November 2019, was titled “A World of Many Voices, United in Our Diversity.” The conference featured a unique Human Rights Plenary that addressed DEI, marriage equality, and human trafficking. Another panel discussed the need to appoint more diverse persons as arbitrators. As an outgrowth of that conference, the Section amended its by-laws in 2020 to expressly prioritize the achievement of DEI. In the revised by-laws, the Section established numerical targets and added two Diversity Officers to its already diverse leadership. The Diversity Officers are responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Section’s diversity goals.
The Section has two publications. The New York International Law Review is staffed by students at St. John’s University School of Law, under the guidance of Professor of Law Margaret E. McGuinness. It publishes articles related to the substance and practice of international law. The International Law Practicum features peer-written, substantive articles relating to the practical needs of attorneys in an international setting, emphasizing clinical matters and exploring the application of international law for the generalist.
I hope you accept this invitation joining our vibrant and exciting group. Please feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if you are interested.
Contact the International Section Liaison
To learn more about this Section, please contact Carra Forgea
Please do not contact the Section liaison with a request for legal advice or an attorney referral. You can instead visit our ‘Public Resources’ or ‘Lawyer Referral Service’ page for this type of request.
Edward K. Lenci, Esq.
Edward K. Lenci of New York is the new chair of the section. A partner of Hinshaw & Culbertson, Lenci litigates and arbitrates business disputes, including reinsurance disputes, and defends businesses sued in class action lawsuits.
A 30-year member of the association, Lenci most recently served as chair-elect of the section. He is a member of the section’s Arbitration and ADR Committee, Insurance and Reinsurance Committee, and Latin American Council. He also is a member of the Dispute Resolution Section.
Lenci graduated from Fordham University and Columbia University School of Law.
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. Together with St. John’s University School of Law, the International Section publishes The New York International Law Review twice per year and distributes issues to Section Members free of charge.
The New York International Law Review is published as a benefit for members of the International Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1050-9453 (print) ISSN 1933-849X (online)
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. Edited by Torsten Kracht, Esq. (Editor-in-Chief), and assisted by Andria Adigwe, the International Law Practicum is published twice per year by the International Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.
The International Law Practicum is published as a benefit for members of the International Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1041-3405 (print) ISSN 1933-8376 (online)
New York International Chapter News
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 will be available soon.
Nuclear Weapons and International Law 2020: Virtual Conference
A Diversity Committee Cultural Reflection on Black History Month in the United States and Brazil
Black History Month in the United States came officially to a close yesterday, but what it represents transcends 28, or 29, days on a calendar. During the last week of Black History Month, Robson Oliveira, of Demarest Advogados in São Paulo, Brazil, and D.L. Morriss, of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and one of the International Section’s two Diversity Officers, joined in a dialogue that highlighted the significance of the celebration of Black history, and the history of all persons of color, the world over. Given the need to translate from Portuguese to English and vice versa, the final product took a little longer to finalize. We are pleased to share that dialogue with you now.
International Section Committee
- Africa Committee
- Antitrust And Competition Law Committee (International)
- Arbitration & ADR Committee (International)
- Art Law, Art Funds, & Art Finance Committee (International)
- Asia & Pacific Region Committee
- Banking, Securities, And Financial Transactions Committee (International)
- Central & Eastern Europe Committee
- Contract & Commercial Law Committee (International)
- Corporate Compliance Committee (International)
- Corporate Counsel Committee (International)
- Creditors Rights Committee (International)
- Criminal Law Committee (International)
- Cross-Border And Legal Practice Committee
- Cross-Border M&A And Joint Ventures Committee (International)
- Data Privacy & Protection Committee (International)
- Distribution, Sales, & Marketing Committee (International)
- Employment Law Committee (International)
- Energy And Natural Resources Committee (International)
- Entertainment & Sports Law Committee (International)
- Environmental Law Committee (International)
- Executive Committee (International)
- Family Law Committee (International)
- Foreign Lawyers Committee
- Human Rights Committee (International)
- Immigration And Nationality Committee
- Insolvencies And Reorganizations Committee (International)
- Insurance & Reinsurance Committee (International)
- Intellectual Property Protection Committee (International)
- Inter-American Committee
- Investment Committee (International)
- Latin American Council
- Law Practice Management Committee (International)
- Litigation Committee (International)
- Private Restitution Committee (International)
- Pro Bono Committee (International)
- Public International Law Committee
- Publications Committee (International)
- Real Estate Transactions Committee (International)
- Social Finance And Enterprise Committee (International)
- Tax Committee (International)
- Trade Committee (International)
- Transportation Committee (International)
- Trusts & Estates Law Committee (International)
- U.S.-Canada Committee
- UN And International Organizations Committee
- Women In International Law Committee
International Section Chapters
- Canada – British Columbia
- Canada – Ontario
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Southern California
- Texas Chapter
- United Arab Emirates
- Western NY
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.
Distinction in International Law and Affairs
To honor outstanding efforts in the area of international law and affairs.
Presented by: International Section
Contact: Carra Forgea
Nomination Deadline: November 6, 2020
Date Presented: January Annual Meeting 2021
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
2020 Award Winner
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
United Nations ODA was established in January 1998 as the Department for Disarmament Affairs which was part of the SG’s programme for reform in accordance with his report to the General Assembly (A/51/950). It was originally established in 1982 upon the recommendation of the General Assembly’s second special session on disarmament (SSOD II). In 1992, its name was changed to Centre for Disarmament Affairs, under the Department of Political Affairs. At the end of 1997, it was renamed Department for Disarmament Affairs and in 2007, it became the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
The Office for Disarmament Affairs supports multilateral efforts aimed at achieving the ultimate goal of general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control. The mandate for the programme is derived from the priorities established in relevant General Assembly resolutions and decisions in the field of disarmament, including the Final Document of the Tenth Special Session of the General Assembly, the first special session devoted to disarmament (resolution S-10/2). Weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons, continue to be of primary concern owing to their destructive power and the threat that they pose to humanity. The Office also works to address the humanitarian impact of major conventional weapons and emerging weapon technologies, such as autonomous weapons, as these issues have received increased attention from the international community.
UNODA provides substantive and organizational support for norm-setting in the area of disarmament through the work of the General Assembly and its First Committee, the Disarmament Commission, the Conference on Disarmament and other bodies. It fosters disarmament measures through dialogue, transparency and confidence-building on military matters, and encourages regional disarmament efforts; these include the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms and regional forums.
It also provides objective, impartial and up-to-date information on multilateral disarmament issues and activities to Member States, States parties to multilateral agreements, intergovernmental organizations and institutions, departments and agencies of the United Nations system, research and educational institutions, civil society, especially non-governmental organizations, the media and the general public.
UNODA supports the development and implementation of practical disarmament measures after a conflict, such as disarming and demobilizing former combatants and helping them to reintegrate in civil society.
SMU/NYSBA INTERNATIONAL LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
We are pleased to announce the eighth annual SMU/NYSBA International Legal Internship Program (the “Program”) for the summer of 2018, in furtherance of our Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore Management University, School of Law (“SMU”) originally executed in 2009, renewed in 2014, and renewed again last year.
The Program is a highly-successful law student internship placement initiative that was established back in 2011. Since the Program’s inception, the International Section has used its partnership with SMU to place a limited number of highly-accomplished top tier students from Singapore with New York City law firms and legal departments.
I. THE PROGRAM
a. Participating Firm/Legal Department’s Responsibilities
Host law firms agree to provide a 4-8 week internship, which includes assignments appropriate to the student’s experience and language ability and the opportunity to participate in client meetings, document preparation and/or review and research. The host firms/departments agree to designate at least one lawyer to serve as mentor to the law student and to ensure the student receives a range of experience and an appropriate work load.
b. Cost to Participating Firm/Legal Department
There is no cost associated with participation in the Program, except to the extent that your law firm or legal department voluntarily chooses to pay a nominal stipend to cover some of the student’s travel costs and living expenses.
c. Intern Responsibilities
As previously mentioned, selected students are highly-accomplished top tier scholars that have been vetted through a highly-competitive selection process. Academic achievement and class standing are weighed most heavily. In addition, significant weight is given to students who have a demonstrated interest in international, transnational and comparative law, as evidenced by their choices in course work, extracurricular activities and pre-law school experiences. All participating students are expected to be proficient in English.
II. SMU’s LL.B. AND J.D. PROGRAMS
With regard to pedagogy, SMU provides a seminar-style learning process that produces graduates who are confident, articulate and analytically agile – highly desirable attributes for lawyers, whether as litigators, transactional attorneys or judges. SMU’s mission is to train holistic lawyers who will lead and serve the community with distinction
a. SMU’s LL.B. Program
The LL.B. program is a 4-year direct honors program that offers admission to students after completing their junior college education (equivalent of high school in the U.S.). During this program, the students take 36 course units in various subject-areas. The subject-areas include required core legal classes, non-legal courses, and elective legal courses. For more information on the requirements of this program, please visit https://law.smu.edu.sg/programmes/bachelor-laws/why-smu-law/rigorous-challenging-curriculum/overview.
b. SMU’s J.D. Program
J.D. students are required to take 25 course units. This program is comprised of 18.5 units in required legal courses and 6.5 units in legal elective courses. As these students have already completed their undergraduate studies in other disciplines, they are not required to take non-legal courses. The J.D. students are expected to complete the program within 3 years of full-time study and can be accelerated in some cases for completion within 2 to 2.5 years. For more information on the requirements of this program, please visit https://law.smu.edu.sg/jd/detailed-curriculum.
c. Double Degree Program
Outstanding students may be admitted to the five-year Double Degree Program where they can read law as well as complete one of five degree programs in Business, Accountancy, Economics, Social Science, or Information Systems Management. About 30% of LL.B. students are registered in the Double Degree Program. For these students, their law degree is regarded as their primary degree.
d. SMU Internship Requirement
To qualify for graduation, LL.B. and J.D. students are required to complete certain internship placements (10 weeks for LL.B. students and 6 weeks for J.D. students) with law firms, legal departments of government, government-linked corporations, companies, multi-national corporations, etc.
The objective of the internship requirement is to acquaint students with the practical workings of the legal system and the realities of law practice in the private and public sectors. To ensure that the students have sufficient legal maturity to undertake an internship placement, LL.B. students must have completed at least two years of their law degree, and J.D. students must have completed the first year of their program. For more information on SMU’s internship requirements, please visit https://law.smu.edu.sg/programmes/bachelor-laws/internships-career.
Any firm or legal department interested in participating in this program should contact us as soon as possible, but not later than January 5, 2018.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL SECTION, PLEASE CONTACT CARRA FORGEA AT [email protected] OR AT 518-487-5521.
Latin American Council
The International Section is committed to diversity in its membership, officers, Executive Committee, Chapters, and Committees. Diversity is an inclusive concept, encompassing gender, race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability.
In applying this policy, the International Section expects that its leaders, including Committee and Chapter Chairs, will actively seek to achieve diversity in all their activities including in seeking members for the Executive Committee, other Committees and Chapters, in selecting speakers for panels and continuing legal education programs, in soliciting contributions to the Section’s publications, and in collaborating with other sections and minority and specialty bar associations to pursue diversity initiatives. The Section is grateful for and celebrates the geographic and national origin diversity that its many Chapters outside the United States bring to the Section and, in addition, seeks to promote diversity within each of these Chapters.
We endorse the statement of the Association as applied to our Section that we are a richer and more effective Section because of diversity, as it increases our Section’s strengths, capabilities and adaptability. Through increased diversity, our Section can more effectively address societal and member needs with the varied perspectives, experiences, knowledge, information and understanding inherent in a diverse membership.
December 15, 2011
“The Section’s Diversity Plan,” adopted February 2021, may be found here (PDF).
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