Welcome to the New York State Bar Association’s International Section. The International Section is a dynamic and diverse group of attorneys located across the globe who practice or otherwise have a special interest in 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.
Today, in the midst of the unprecedented disruption caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, our section members connect mostly virtually or telephonically. But we all look forward to the days when face-to-face gathering will resume. Hopefully, that will be at our next yearly global conference, scheduled in London on May 11-14, 2021, if not before at the Section’s annual meeting in New York City, held each January.
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 and Data Privacy, Human Rights, Trade, Financial Services, Immigration, Corporate Counsel, Arbitration, Litigation and Tax. There are chapters in locations throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Oceania, with members in nearly every jurisdiction around the world. Whatever your interest or location, the International Section has something for everyone, everywhere.
We invite you to join our Section and any number of our committees that reflect your areas of practice or interest, as well as to attend our programs. As a Section member, you will be provided with opportunities to participate as an organizer, speaker or attendee at our events and to contribute your views on the Section’s discussion forums, all providing additional networking and exposure for you and your practice.
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 welcome you as a member and to greet you in person at one of our events just as soon as the global health crisis subsides.
Feel free to contact me directly at [email protected] if you are interested in joining this vibrant and exciting group. You can also 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,
Jay L. Himes
NYSBA Member Since 2002
Contact the International Section Liaison
To learn more about this Section, please contact Carra Forgea
Jay Himes is Co-Chair of the Labaton Sucharow’s Antitrust & Competition Litigation Practice, Jay Himes has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of litigation, trial and appellate practice in both antitrust and complex litigation generally.
- Appointed by United States District Judge Orrick to serve as the monitoring trustee under the final judgment in United States of America v. Bazaarvoice, Inc., No. 13-cv-00133-WHO (ND Cal.).
- Upon completion of the four-year appointment, recognized by the Court for having “diligently and effectively monitored the defendant’s compliance,” and for having “worked through innumerable complex issues . . . with obvious skill and sensitivity.”
- Served as the Antitrust Bureau Chief in the New York Attorney General’s office for nearly eight years, leading significant, high-profile antitrust investigations and enforcement actions.
- The States’ principal representative in the marathon negotiations that led to a settlement of the government’s 2001 landmark monopolization case against Microsoft, and a leader thereafter in the Microsoft judgment enforcement activity.
- Partnered with DOJ officials over a multi-year period to monitor Microsoft’s judgment compliance, which included setting up and supervising a group of software engineers, referred to as “TC” (technical committee), to oversee Microsoft technical activity.
- The 2014 recipient of the William T. Lifland Service Award, presented by the Antitrust Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for distinguished service.
- A regular author and speaker at conferences spanning a range of subjects, including competition law and online platform antitrust issues, class actions, international litigation, investigation, and arbitration, no-poach agreements and wage suppression, state aid under the TFEU, trade law, and related topics.
- Lectured and presented in Amsterdam, Antigua (Guatemala), Berlin, Dublin, Geneva, Hanoi, Krakow, Lisbon, Montreal, Paris, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Stockholm, Tokyo, Vienna, Winterthur, and Zurich, as well as in the U.S.
- Described by Chambers USA sources as very experienced, sophisticated and smart. He’s a plaintiffs’ lawyer who really knows his antitrust,” and one who “inspires respect from peers” – thoughtful, well read and a first-rate lawyer.” And by The Legal 500s sources as “smart and trustworthy.”
- A member of the U.S. advisory board of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Institute of Consumer Antitrust Studies, the advisory board of MLex, and the editorial advisory group of the Antitrust Chronicle.
- Chair of NYSBA’s International Section. A past chair of NYSBA’s Antitrust Law Section and the Section’s past delegate to NYSBA’s House of Delegates, as well as co-chair of the antitrust committees of NYSBA’s Commercial and Federal Litigation and International Sections. Also a member of antitrust, litigation, information technology and intellectual property groups in the American Bar Association, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- Practiced complex litigation for 25 years at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, representing plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigation, including securities class actions as well as civil rights, contract, construction, constitutional, entertainment, environmental, real property, tax litigation, and pro bono matters.
Mr. Himes graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he served as the Articles Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. Following law school, he pursued independent study at the University of Oxford in England.
Additional information may be found in Mr. Himes’ firm bio: https://www.labaton.com/en/ourpeople/Jay-Himes.cfm
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
For more than 50 years, BARBRI has supported students in the U.S. and around the world in preparing for the New York bar exam. Lawyers around the world turn to BARBRI to gain the necessary credentials to make global practice a reality.
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Additionally, BARBRI Extended U.S. Bar Prep and QLTS Prep students and alumni receive a free 2-year membership to NYSBA – including membership in the International Section (“NYSBA International”) and one additional section of your choice.
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