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International Section

Welcome to the New York State Bar Association’s International Section (the “International Section” or “Section”). The International Section is a dynamic and diverse group of attorneys located across the globe that practice international law. Membership in our Section provides numerous opportunities to meet and network with other international attorneys and stay current with important developments in international law through seminars, conferences, publications and events, including our seasonal meeting in Tokyo, Japan on November 4-6, 2019.

The Section currently has more than 40 substantive law committees, and, if you practice outside of the United States, over 65 chapters internationally. There are committees on areas of interest such as: International Cybersecurity, Human Rights, Trade, Banking, Corporate Counsel, Arbitration, Litigation and Tax. There are chapters in locations such as London, Colombia, Beijing, Sao Paolo, and Singapore, with members in nearly every jurisdiction around the world. So, whatever your interest or location, the International Section has something for everyone, everywhere.

We welcome you to attend any number of our committee programs and to join our Section, including any of the committees that reflect your areas of interest and practice. As a member, you will be provided with opportunities to participate as an organizer, speaker or attendee at our programs and networking events and to contribute your views on the Section’s discussion forums, all providing additional networking and exposure for you and your practice.

For reference, our International Section publications include:

  • The New York International Law Review, which provides substantive articles related to the practice of international law on such topics as NAFTA, the collection of money judgments outside the U.S., foreign direct investments and trade agreements
  • The International Law Practicum, which 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.

The International Section aims to fulfill the professional needs of those interested in and practicing public or private international law while maintaining a network of attorneys that collaborate regularly and have fun doing so. We hope to see you at one of our events and to welcome you as a member.

Feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if you are interested in joining this vibrant and exciting group. You can also always contact the New York State Bar Association’s Member Resource Center at [email protected]; 518.463.3200/800.582.2452, with any membership or Section question.

With warm regards,
Diane E. O’Connell
Section Chair
NYSBA Member Since 2002

Contact the International Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Tiffany Bardwell
[email protected]
(518) 487-5675

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International Law Review

 

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)


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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 Dunniela Kaufman (Chapter News Editor), assisted by Beatriz Marques, 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.

 

 

New York International Law Review - Summer 2017, Winter 2018

A publication of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association. Can’t see this edition? Please view it here.

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International Law Practicum - 2019

A publication of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association. Can’t see this edition? Please view it here.

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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.

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 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:
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Internship

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.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Program Co-Chairs Ross J. Kartez ([email protected]) or William H. Schrag ([email protected]).

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL SECTION, PLEASE CONTACT TIFFANY BARDWELL AT [email protected] OR AT 1-518-487-5675.

 

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