NYSBA To Collaborate With Largest Bar Association in Romania

By Christian Nolan

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As part of its continued mission to collaborate with bar associations around the world, the New York State Bar Association has entered into a working relationship with the largest bar association in Romania – the Bucharest Bar Association.

“By continuing to expand our global relationships, it allows us to work together to increase membership, exchange valuable legal resources, and recognize our mutual support for the rule of law,” said NYSBA President Hank Greenberg.

The Bucharest Bar Association has over 10,000 members comprising almost half the lawyers in Romania. The organization strives to defend the rule of law and support the profession according to European norms and standards. It was founded in 1831.

The collaboration – officially called a memorandum of understanding (MOU) – has been signed by Greenberg and Bucharest Bar Association President Ion Dragne who described the agreement as a “great initiative” that will “tighten the relationships between our institutions.”

Terms of the MOU include:

  • Recognizing mutual interests in the law
  • Strengthening the exchange of legal information and materials between lawyers in both countries
  • Recognizing mutual support for the rule of law and the development of legal research work throughout the world
  • Recognizing the growing importance of education, and more effectively addressing legal issues that pertain to young attorneys through international programs, seminars, community outreach projects and publications
  • Understanding the laws of other jurisdictions relevant to international business transactions, commercial disputes, arbitration, human rights and the transnational delivery of legal services

The agreement also states that the two organizations will exchange legal publications, materials and information and that there will be reciprocal visits of lawyers and educational events.

NYSBA has now entered into over 10 MOU’s with bar associations around the world. Most recently, NYSBA agreed to an historic MOUs at the Annual Meeting in January with the Seoul Bar Association in Korea and the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association in Japan.

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