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The International Section of the NY State Bar Association is a global community of lawyers who share a common purpose – to advance the rule of law, create a strong network of international lawyers around the world, and advance education among lawyers and about the law.

Will you join us?

You do not need to be a NY lawyer, nor a U.S. lawyer, to join the NY State Bar Association.  You need only to be admitted to practice as a lawyer somewhere, you’re welcome to join our community.

As an International Section member, you’ll join a large network of lawyers world-wide and over 70 chapters on every continent except Antarctica. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to organize and/or speak at webinars and conferences, or join in the dialogue about all things international through our Communities pages and at one of our in-person events.  In addition, we have an active Latin American Council as well as an Asian Bar Council of lawyers located in those regions with whom you can connect.

Each year, we hold a Global Meeting in a different location.  In 2022, due to delays caused by the health pandemic, we are having two Global Meetings – the first is our Summer Conference in NYC on June 21-22.

In November, we will hold a meeting in London (November 30- December 2).  We also held in a successful Spring Meeting in Madrid in April.

As Chair of the International Section, I invite you to explore our website and join the Association and the International Section.  NYSBA was founded in 1876 with the objective of cultivating the science of jurisprudence, promoting reform in the law, facilitating the administration of justice and elevating the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill and courtesy in the legal profession.  The International Section was founded over 30 years ago and serves as the face of the Association internationally.

The Section has entered into numerous memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with bar associations and groups the world over, most recently, with the Madrid Bar Association, the Buenos Aires Bar Association, the Milan Bar Association, the Osaka Bar Association, and the Philippine Bar Association. The Section has more than 40 substantive law committees, in areas of interest such as cybersecurity and data privacy, social finance and enterprise, 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.

We also host a number of virtual conferences and webinars on a variety of cutting-edge topics relevant to public and private international law and practice – some of the past topics included ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate) compliance, the rule of law, commercial and investor-state arbitration, international trusts and estates planning, the impact of Brexit, microfinance, investment in Latin America, the South China Sea dispute between China and the Republic of the Philippines, 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 Program Archives tab on the left or visiting the On-Demand CLE catalog.

The Section has a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, or DEI. This year’s officers are among the most diverse in the history of the Section, including across age, practice areas, gender, and national origin.  The Section amended its by-laws in 2020 to expressly prioritize the achievement of DEI, establishing numerical targets and adding two Diversity Officers to its 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 to join our vibrant and exciting group.  Please feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn and send me a message there as well.


Azish Filabi
Chair, International Section
Executive Director, The American College Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services



Contact the International Section Liaison

To learn more about this Section, please contact Carra Forgea
[email protected]
(518) 487-5521

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.

Section Chair

Azish Filabi

Prof. Azish E. Filabi, JD, MA

Executive Director, The American College Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services

King of Prussia, PA & New York, NY

Azish Filabi, JD, MA, is the Executive Director, The American College Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services and the Charles Lamont Post Chair of Business Ethics and Associate Professor. Azish’s career has spanned private, non-profit, regulatory and academia.

Prior to joining the College, she was a member of the BlackRock Investment Stewardship team, where she led the corporate governance, sustainability and proxy voting considerations relating to a portfolio of companies in which BlackRock is invested on behalf of its clients.

From 2015—2019, Azish was the Executive Director of Ethical Systems, an organization housed at the NYU Stern School of Business. Through research and collaboration with leading social and behavioral scientists, she dedicated her time to helping business distill findings from academic research, and develop strategies to measure and promote ethical culture in their organizations. She was also a Sr. Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor at NYU/Stern.

Azish started her career as a corporate lawyer at the NYC-based law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP.  She then worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY for eight years, from 2007 – 2015, serving as an Assistant VP, Ethics Officer and Counsel in the Legal Group. Her time at the Fed spanned the Global Financial Crisis, and she was part of various teams that structured both the direct and broad-based lending facilities that supported the markets at that time.  Later, as an Ethics Officer, she managed a conflicts of interest program for financial institution supervisors, also providing training and outreach relating to the Code of Conduct and ethics guidelines.

Azish has presented on business ethics and corporate culture at various forums, including the OECD, the NY State Bar Association, the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), Thomson Reuters, the 1LoD conference, the Conference Board, the Good Work Institute, among others.  Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Business Ethics, Fortune, Kiplinger, Wolters Kluwer, and Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence.

She is an active member of the community, currently the Chair-Elect of the NY State Bar Association International Section, where she also co-founded the Committee on Social Finance and Enterprise. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the National Lymphedema Network, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance. She also previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees for USQ Core Real Estate Fund, a ’40 Act Fund providing investment opportunities to retail investors in commercial real estate.

Azish was born in Mashhad, Iran and immigrated to the U.S. in the early ‘80s.  She has a B.A. as an Echols Interdisciplinary Scholar from the University of Virginia (UVA), a J.D. from the UVA School of Law, and a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Section Officers

Online Community


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.


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.

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.

Author Guidelines

NYSBA has created comprehensive author guidelines, with information regarding our reprint policy, style guidelines, and obtaining MCLE Author Credits.

Section Reports

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


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 Award

Presented by: International Section

 Carra Forgea

Date Presented: January Annual Meeting 2023

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.

2022 Award Winner

Dennis W.H. Kwok
Dennis W.H. Kwok

The International Section is pleased to announce that Dennis W.H. Kwok will receive the Section’s annual Award for Distinction in International Law and Affairs. The Award recognizes the recipient’s contribution to the rule of law and the global development of international law. Details about the timing of the presentation of the award at the upcoming Annual Meeting will follow.

Mr. Kwok was elected to represent the legal profession in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council from 2012-2020. At considerable risk to himself, he was a leading, tireless advocate for the rule of law, greater democracy, and respect for human rights in Hong Kong, as promised under the Sino British Joint Declaration, an international treaty registered with the UN. He also actively pressed the international community for support.

Mr. Kwok was also a leader in the campaign to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. He and others successfully lobbied the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for better ESG disclosure requirements concerning forced labor practices in supply chains.

More information about Mr. Kwok can be found at:

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.



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.


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.


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

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

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

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]).


Program Archive

ESG: US and Brazilian Perspectives, Policies, and Politics (November 9, 2021)

ESG: US and Brazilian Perspectives, Policies, and Politics

The Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act: Should NY Enact It? (November 4, 2021)

Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act

How to Navigate Your Client Through the Danish Market (November 3, 2021)

How to Navigate Your Client through the Danish Market

Human Trafficking in Asia: Modern-Day Form of Slavery (October 6, 2021)

Human Trafficking

Raising the Bar Part II: Is Your Law Practice in the Spotlight? (October 5, 2021)

Raising the Bar Part I: Everyone Can Be A Rainmaker

Responding to Ransomware Attacks (September 30, 2021)

Responding to Ransomware Attacks

Raising the Bar Part I: Everyone Can Be A Rainmaker (September 28, 2021)

Raising the Bar Part I: Everyone Can Be a Rainmaker

International Parental Child Abduction Resources for the Practicing Lawyer (September 24, 2021)

International Parental Child Abduction Resources for the Practicing Lawyer

MOU Signing between the New York State Bar Association and the Georgian Bar Association (September 16, 2021)

MOU Georgian Bar

Investment Opportunities In The Innovation And Technology Sectors For US And LATAM Companies (August 18, 2021)

MOU Signing between the New York State Bar Association and the Philippine Bar Association (June 18, 2021)

MOU Philippine Bar

How Women from Five Countries View Post-Pandemic Office Returns (June 17, 2021)

How Women From Five Countries

Achmea – Three Years On and Around the World (June 16, 2021)


MOU Signing with the Osaka Bar Association followed by a Symposium (June 4, 2021)

Osaka Bar Association Webinar

MOU Signing with the Milan Bar Association followed by a Webinar — How to Enter the US Market: New Framework, Old Tips (April 28, 2021)

How to Enter US Market

Financial Services in Ireland Post-Brexit Part 1: EU Financial Regulation and Enforcement

Financial Services in Ireland Post-Brexit Part 1: EU Financial Regulation and Enforcement

Aviation Sector

Aviation Sector

Ireland and International Arbitration (Ireland for Law)

Ireland and International Arbitration (Ireland for Law)

Forget What You’ve Heard About GDPR

Forget What You've Heard About GDPR

Post-Brexit & Compliance: What’s the Score From the UK Perspective?

Post Brexit and Compliance

Microfinance: Will Institutions Survive the Pandemic?

Microfinance Program

Ireland for Law: Corporate Restructuring, Intellectual Property/Data Protection, and Derivatives

Ireland for Law

Enforcing International Arbitration Awards under the New York Convention (International Arbitration Webinar Series 2020)

Enforcing International Arbitration Awards under the New York Convention

Arbitrating Against States and State-Owned Entities (International Arbitration Webinar Series)

International Arbitration

Global Legal Market and the Benefits of Dual Qualification

Barbri Global Legal Markets

Advocacy in International Arbitration (International Arbitration Webinar Series 2020)

International Arbitration Dec 3

Planning for Arbitration: The Arbitration Agreement (International Arbitration Webinar Series 2020)

International Arbitration Dec 1

Mind The Gap: Divergence and Convergence in Sports Law and Business Across the Atlantic

Mind the Gap International

Nuclear Weapons And International Law 2020

International Nuclear Weapons

Looking at the North: Investment Opportunities for Latin American Companies

Looking at the North

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