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                             AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
                           SECTION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW


                            SINCE FEBRUARY 2012

Membership - We Continue to Grow!

The Section of International Law (the “Section”) has 23,488 members: more than 50% of our lawyer
members are in private practice; 10% are in-house counsel; and nearly 20% live outside the United
States, in more than ninety countries. At the 2012 Midyear Meeting, the Section’s membership
outreach activities included meetings with several foreign bar associations, and follow-up activities
have included:

              The Section was an exhibitor at the American Society for International Law’s Annual
               Conference in Washington D.C. in March 2012;
              The Section was an exhibitor and hosted a Pathways to Employment in International
               Law program at the International Law Students Association Annual Conference in
               Washington, D.C.;
              The Section held 21 successful “Pathways to Employment in International Law”
               programs at law schools and other venues around the country;
              The Section was a joint exhibitor with several other Association entities at the
               national meetings of the National Bar Association and the Native American National
               Bar Association; and
              The Section conducted its Annual Section Retreat at the Union League Club of
               Chicago followed by participation in the Association’s Annual Meeting in which the
               Section developed three Presidential Showcase programs.

Mentor Pilot Program Takes Off

The Section’s Mentor Pilot Program has been extraordinarily successful. The Mentor Program’s
Goals are to assist law students and young lawyers to become active in the Section and
in the ABA, and to foster relationships with and provide career guidance and advice from
experienced attorneys. The Section currently has more than fifty active mentor-mentee matches and
is now in the third round of the Program.

The Section has a Membership Country Representative Program with twenty-eight regional
representatives in each of Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam,
Costa Rica, Croatia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco,
Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Providing Opportunities For Our Student Members

We are supporting the ABA membership initiative giving students free membership and continuing
with free Section membership for one year after graduation.

The Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition winner was selected, the winner – Jacob J. True of
the University San Francisco School of Law. The topic of his submission was “The Restatement
(Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States is Being Revised: What Section or Group
of Related Sections of the Restatement Should be Revised, Why and How?”

The Section has also developed a student newsletter that highlights recent student-focused Section
programs, internship opportunities and spotlights an international association partner and its

New Initiatives to Attract International Corporate Counsel

Our new annual award for Best International Corporate Counsel was awarded for the first time at
our 2012 Spring Meeting, and we also created a reduced registration rate for in-house counsel to
attend our programs (see section on programs below). We work with corporate counsel on
programming for our seasonal meetings and seek to involve up and coming in-house attorneys.

Expanding Our Outreach and Visibility Within the ABA…

Within the ABA, our current Chair, Michael Burke is Chair of the SOC Chairs, a member of the
ABA Rule of Law Initiative Board of Directors, and is part of the email working group. A former
Section Chair, Josh Markus is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight
and Chairs the ABA Standing Committee on Membership Initiative on International Outreach.
Immediate Past Chair Salli Swartz is the SOC representative to the ABA Board of Governors.
Aaron Schildhaus, a former Chair, served as an advisor to the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission
working group on outsourcing and former chairs Jeffrey Golden and Robert Lutz serve on the
Commission.      Deborah Enix-Ross (a former Chair) and our communications officer, Steven
Richman, serve on the HOD Resolution Impact Committee. Mike Byowitz (yet another former
Section Chair) also chaired a special task force on pleadings and was recently recognized by the
American Bar Foundation with the 2012 Outstanding State Chair Award along with former Board
Liaison Sharon Gerstman. Former Chair Glenn Hendrix and Policy Officer Ron Bettauer have
worked with the ABA Governmental Affairs Office and other ABA entities on the recommendation
and report on Sharia law and its implementation.

In response to its Annual Plan for the next fiscal year, the ABA Board of Governor’s Program
Evaluation and Planning Committee (“PEP”) gave the Section its highest ranking (A-1) and
commended the Section on “its impressive work and the breadth of activities in which the Section is
involved. PEP applauds the Section’s collaborative efforts on joint programs and activities with
sections, divisions and forums, state and local bars and international bar associations.”

…And Outside the ABA

Former Chair Don DeAmicis has taken on a new post as General Counsel at the Overseas Private
Investment Corporation. Section Council member Louise Ellen Teitz has been appointed to The
Hague Conference as First Secretary.

Reaching outside of the ABA, the Section believes that by identifying organizations and associations
of international lawyers with missions, interests, and goals similar to ours we can increase
membership and can speak with a more knowledgeable, powerful, and effective voice.

The Section works very closely with more than thirty international and non-U.S. bar associations
and organizations on joint programming, marketing membership outreach and activities. We also
have liaisons to more than one hundred outside bar association and organizations. Such groups
include (this list is not all inclusive):

American Society of International Law (ASIL)
Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA)
Barra Mexicana
Berlin Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association, National Section on International Law (CBA-NSIL)
Federal Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation
German Bar Association, International Committee
German Federal Bar Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Law Students Association (ILSA)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Israel Bar Association
Italian Bar Association (Consiglio Nationale Forenze)
Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA)
Korean Bar Association
Law Council of Australia, International Law Section
Law Society of England and Wales
Law Society of Ireland
Law Society of New South Wales
New South Wales Bar Association
Moscow Chamber of Advocates
Nigerian Bar Association
Paris Bar Association – International Law Section
Shanghai Lawyers Association
Union International des Avocats (UIA)

Every quarter, the liaisons to outside organizations file a report with our Liaison Officer who, in
turn, reports to the Section’s Administration Committee. A copy of the most recent report can be
found at:
eport_april_2012.authcheckdam.pdf. .

The Section’s Liaison Officer and staff have continued to update the database of contacts,
leadership, meeting information, and other key dates for those associations with which we have a
liaison relationship, as well as many other international legal organizations. We have also developed a
user-friendly, accessible world map hosted on our website which will include the information
contained in our database.

Starting in the 2010-2011 ABA year, the Section has been given responsibility for the International
Liaison Office which includes management of the Distinguished Guest Program at the Annual
Meeting, an ABA exhibit booth at the International Bar Association Annual Conference, assistance
with planning ABA Presidential trips overseas, and related budget oversight. The Section also
created a Communications Officer position to facilitate coordination of communications within the
Section, the greater ABA and outside of the ABA. The Section’s communication plan is currently
being finalized and when available, it will be posted on the Section website.

Updating Our Strategic Plan

The Section leadership has assigned working groups to assess progress on our Strategic Plan.
Working groups are reporting back during a strategic planning session at this Midyear Meeting. The
working groups focused on the following questions: (1) Do we have the right/best committee mix
for our members needs? How do we improve access to, and deliverables from, committees?; (2)
What can we do, or do better, to increase the Section’s profile within the Association?; (3) What is
the most effective way to develop and deliver content that our members really want?; (4) How do we
improve our “policy voice?”; (5) How do we attract, maintain and increase a vibrant, diverse
membership from around the world?; and (6) How do we generate non-dues revenue?

Our Publications Program Has Expanded

The Section’s quarterly law journal The International Lawyer (“TIL”), and newsletter, International Law
News (“ILN”), are published quarterly. The Section approved publication of several new titles
including (1) Essentials of Merger Review; (2) A Legal Guide to Doing Business in the Asia-Pacific; (3) Cross
Border Real Estate Practice; (4) Multiple Bar Admissions; (5) Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: Guide to
Knowledge, Practice and Strategies; and (6) A Basic Guide to Islamic Finance.

We Have Continued Our Leadership in Developing International Policy

The Section met with the Columbian Minister of Justice in April, at the invitation of President-Elect
Nominee (and Former Section Chair) Jim Silkenat along with ABA staff to discuss the Minister’s
initiative for law practice overhaul in Columbia. The Section assisted in the preparation of a
response to questions from the Minister as to American and ABA procedures and practice.

       Policy Initiatives Considered at the 2012 Midyear Council Meeting in New Orleans:

The Section Council approved co-sponsorship on an R&R from the ABA Center for Human Rights
and Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, which has the ABA endorse the United
Nations Protect, Respect and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights (2008) and its
companion Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations “Protect,

Respect and Remedy” Framework (2011). The R&R was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates at the
2012 ABA Midyear Meeting in February.

The Section Council approved sponsorship of an R&R “urging federal, state, territorial, tribal and
local courts to consider and respect as appropriate the data protection and privacy laws of any
applicable foreign sovereign, and the interests of any person who is subject to or benefits from such
laws, with regard to data sought in discovery in civil litigation” drafted by the Section’s Information
Services, Technology and Data Protection Committee. The R&R was adopted by the ABA House
of Delegates at the 2012 ABA Midyear Meeting in February.

The Section Council approved sponsorship on an R&R supporting Haitian Family Reunification
from the Section’s International Human Rights Committee and Immigration and Naturalization
Committee. The ABA Commission on Immigration and ABA Section of Administrative Law also
co-sponsored the R&R which will be presented to the ABA House of Delegates for adoption at the
2012 ABA Annual Meeting in August.

The Section Council also heard an update on several upcoming policy initiatives including (1) an
R&R on social security for foreign surviving spouses from the Section’s U.S. Lawyers Practicing
Abroad Committee, (2) an R&R on the certification of foreign law students from the ABA Section
of Legal Education and Admissions, (3) upcoming proposals from the ABA Ethics 20/20
Commission including the Outsourcing proposal, the Registration of In-House Council proposal,
the proposal on admission pro hac vice of foreign counsel, and the proposal to move the model rule
for foreign lawyers to Rule 5.5, to increase the likelihood of its implementation, (4) a toolkit entitled
the “International Trade in Legal Services and Professional Regulation: A Framework for State Bars
Based on the Georgia Experience” from the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal
Services, and (5) possible policy initiatives suggested by Council Members on the legality of
waterboarding issue and transparency in international dispute settlement.

       Policy Initiatives Considered at the 2012 Spring Council Meeting in New York:

The Section Council heard an update on several upcoming policy initiatives including (1) an R&R on
social security for foreign surviving spouses from the Section’s U.S. Lawyers Practicing Abroad
Committee, (2) an R&R on fictitious owners of commercial internet sites from the Section’s
Information Services, Technology and Data Protection Committee and the International
Trademark Association (INTA), (3) an R&R on the extraterritorial application of U.S. law from the
Section’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, and (4) an R&R to encourage
international donors to require African countries to adopt the protocol of the African Court on
Human and Peoples Rights from the Section’s Africa Committee.

       Implementation Initiatives on Approved Policies:

The Section sent letters to the Executive Director, President, and International Law Section Chair of
all U.S. state bar associations as well as the Conference of Chief Justices of States, National Center
for State Courts, and National Governors Association regarding the recently approved data
protection and use of foreign law ABA resolutions.

On December 23, 2011, the President signed Public Law 112-74, which authorized U.S.
participation in the share reallocation and capital increases of the World Bank, International Finance
Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The legislation also appropriated funds for
the concessional windows of the World Bank (IDA) and the ADBF (African Development Bank
Fund). Public Law 112-74’s objectives are the same as the objectives of the R&R developed by the
Section’s UN and International Institutions Coordinating Committee, approved by the Section’s
Council, and then passed by the ABA House of Delegates in Toronto in August. Subsequent to the
ABA Annual Meeting, the UN and International Institutions Coordinating Committee worked with
the ABA Government Affairs Office to highlight the objectives of this R&R in the key committees
in the Congress (both House and Senate), the Administration and to the presidents of the
multilateral development banks. Hill staffers told our members that the R&R was the first sign of
interest in the subject and that it was very useful in educating members on the subject. The Chair
offered congratulations to the UN and International Institutions Coordinating Committee, its
leadership, and especially to Whitney Debevoise, who worked tirelessly to ensure this important
policy was approved and implemented.

The U.S. Department of State has drafted a White Paper on the Hague Convention Choice of Court
Agreement which they have asked the Section along with the Judicial Conference/State Chief
Justices and the ULC representatives to review. . If the White Paper is acceptable to stakeholders,
then the Executive Branch would move forward in the Congress on the basis set out in the White

And Worked Collaboratively With Other Entities on Policy Initiatives

The Section is proud that its “Mareva Injunction” initiative, more formally known as the Asset
Freezing Order Uniform Act, enjoyed a successful first reading with the Uniform Law Commission,
which continues its work to draft a model law based on the Section’s policy initiative. It is on the
agenda for final reading at the Uniform Law Commission Annual meeting in Nashville in July 2012,
and the Section leadership is optimistic that this model law will be considered by the Uniform Law
Commission for enactment at its annual meeting in 2012. If so, this marks the second such model
or uniform law that initiated with the Section, the prior one being one signing affidavits from
outside the jurisdiction. The Section is also pursuing a proposal for a model or uniform law on
interim relief, and remains active in this avenue of policy.

The Section’s Task Force on the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission continues its work to review and
comment on commission recommendations.

Committees Are Our Lifeblood

The Section has more than sixty substantive and special-focus Committees, including ten regional
Committees, covering virtually all aspects of international and transnational law. The Section’s
Committees have active list serves and individual websites, produce over 24 practice-specific
publications and electronic newsletters and host programs at our seasonal meetings. The
committees have also sponsored smaller brown bag programs since the Midyear Meeting, including:

   2011 US Sanctions in Review, February 2, 2012, Export Controls and Economic
    Sanctions Committee;
   Careers in International Anti-Money Laundering, February 6, 2012, International
    Anti-Money Laundering Committee;
   Stolen Asset Recovery, February 7, 2012, International Anti-Money Laundering
   Live from ITC, February 15, 2012, International Trade Committee;
   Nuclear Export Controls – Part 2: Meet the Regulators, February 22, 2012, Export
    Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee;
   2nd Annual Live from L, February 23, 2012, UN and International Institutions
   Law Firm Management: An East and West Perspective, February 23, 2012, China
   High Tech, High Risk – Implications for Anti-Corruption Compliance, February 27,
    2012, International Anti-Corruption Committee;
   The Role of Economic Evidence in Cartel Enforcement, February 28, 2012,
    International Antitrust Law Committee;
   Breakfast at the Bar with Christian Marsh, March 8, 2012, International Trade
   The Legal Implications of a Sovereign Debt Crisis in Europe and the United States
    on the Global Financial System, March 19, 2012, International Securities and Capital
    Markets Committee;
   Combating Human Trafficking: The US Government’s Response, March 20, 2012,
    Africa Committee;
   An Assessment of Modern Day Economic, Cultural and Social Rights: From Martin
    Luther King Jr. to Today, March 26, 2012, International Human Rights Committee
   Recent Developments in CBP’s Office of Regulatory Audit, March 27, 2012,
    Customs Law Committee;
   The New ITAR Dual and Third Country National Rule and Changes to Canada’s
    Controlled Goods Program: Have the Conflicts Been Resolved?, May 3, 2012,
    Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee;
   Are We Over-Thinking 0Y521? Come Hear What the Emerging Technologies
    (0Y521 Series) Rule is All About, May 14, 2012, Export Controls and Economic
    Sanctions Committee;
   A Cast of Thousands: Corruption Risks and Enforcement in the Media &
    Entertainment Industry, May 21, 2012, International Anti-Corruption Committee;
   Maintaining and Transferring International Employee Data: US Disclosure
    Requirements and Non-US Privacy Mandates, May 30, 2012, International
    Employment Law Committee;
   Cross Border Case Management, May 31, 2012, China Committee;
   Vodaphone and Beyond: Changes to India’s Tax Regime for Structuring a
    Transaction, June 5, 2012, India Committee and Tax Committee;
   ABA/AmCham Shanghai Legal Committee Summer Mixer 2012, June 6, 2012,
    China Committee; and

              Recent Development in CBP’s Penalties Branch, July 10, 2012, Customs Law

Our Programming Gets Even Bigger

From April 17-21, 2012, the Section held its largest Spring Meeting ever with 1,550 attendees from a
record-breaking 80 countries. The 2012 Spring Meeting offered participants more than seventy
world class programs on cutting-edge legal issues, including a day of “boot camp” designed for
newer attorneys as well as those wanting “refreshment. Networking opportunities abounded with
four spectacular receptions at the Grand Hyatt New York, the Union League Club, and our gala
event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attendees also enjoyed our After-Hours reception at the
Aspen Social Club and a well-received first time event, a young lawyers networking brunch at The
Standard Hotel co-sponsored by AIJA. Keynote luncheon speakers included Cyrus Amir-Mokri, the
U.S. Department of the Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions, Pierre N. Leval,
United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Mellissa Fung,
award-winning journalist and author. We were also privileged to have a special showcase program
with actor and UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas spoke about nuclear nonproliferation.

June 14-16, 2012 the Section held a hugely successful program in Mexico City, entitled “Legal
Challenges and Opportunities of Mexico’s Increasing Global Integration.” The event showcased
opportunities for international practitioners in connection with global integration of Mexico’s
economy, predicted as seventh largest by 2025. Topics included secured lending, competition law,
real estate law, NAFTA, distressed mergers & acquisitions and environment/energy law. Attendees
also enjoyed book signing by Section authors of the Mexico Committee and networking receptions
during the three day event.

Additional international programs for 2012 include the International Families: Money, Children and
Long Term Planning held in Washington, D.C. May 25th and 26th, 2012, and in the planning phase:
the Fourth Annual Conference on the Resolution of CIS Related Business Disputes to be held in
Moscow, Russia on September 21, 2012, the 2012 Fall Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, and the 13th
Annual Live from the SEC multisite videoconference on October 2, 2012 broadcasting updates on
international trade regulations to members around the world, and finally the Conference on
Collective Redress in the European Union to be held in Brussels, Belgium November 11-13, 2012

Working Cooperatively With Other Bar Associations

The Section held its 3rd Annual Joint Program in Conjunction with the Israel Bar Association’s 12th
Annual Meeting in Eilat, Israel from May 20-24, 2012. The section had a record number of
attendees at its programming and the conference featured such high level speakers as former and
current Israeli Supreme Court Justices and government level ministers. Attendees were treated to
networking events that included a boat cruise on the Red Sea and a beach party featuring a top
Israeli musician.

The Section is looking forward to and already working on its third collaborative conference with the
German Bar International Section on June 2-3, 2013 in Germany, as well as its second collaboration

with the Law Society of England and Wales International Division on November 29, 2012 for
“Capital Markets in the 21st Century”.

Our Focus on International Projects and Rule of Law Activities

The Section has several Task Forces at work on various issues:

              FEED (Financial Engineering for Economic Development) which has been advising
              Legal Empowerment of the Poor; and
              International Models Project on Women’s Rights (see below).

Working with other ABA and outside entities:

              The Section’s Outsourcing Task Force has been working with the 20/20
               Commission’s working group on outsourcing. The Winter Edition of the ILN will
               be focused on Outsourcing.
              The recently created Joint task force with the American Society of International Law
               on Treaties in U.S. Law
              A blue ribbon task force on the 2010 plenary session of the International Criminal
               Court; and
              The Section Task Force on the Magna Carta.

The International Models Project on Women’s Rights (“IMPOWR”) launched its website
(www.impowr.org) last summer and we continue to expand the information available in the
IMPOWR Research Database. The Database is a web-based collaboration of information on
effective reform and enforcement efforts on laws affecting women’s rights. By providing robust
primary and secondary source information in a structured format facilitating comparison between
and among countries, it plays a unique role in supporting the Convention on the Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW”). IMPOWR relies upon wiki-like
contributions and comments from volunteer researchers to supply the content for the Research
Database. We currently have over 200 volunteer lawyers and law students working on the project.
We have partnered with the Thomson Reuter’s Foundation to provide its TrustLaw newsfeed on
women’s issues on our website, as well as with other organizations such as the Inter-American
Commission on Women and Reproductive Rights to add content to the Research Database.

The Section’s Intellectual Property Rights program, co-sponsored with the U.S. Department of
Commerce and the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, allows U.S. small and medium-size
enterprises to receive free one-hour consultations with experienced volunteer attorneys regarding
the protection of their intellectual property rights. In September 2010, we expanded the program to
include consultations for intellectual property rights issues in Brazil, Russian, India, China, Egypt,
Thailand, Angola, Argentina, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Saudi
Arabia, Columbia, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Since the program’s inception in
November 2005, we have successfully matched more than one hundred small and medium sized
U.S. companies with volunteer attorneys.

          The Section’s International Legal Exchange (“ILEX”) Training Program continues to
          facilitate non-U.S. attorneys’ entrance into the U.S. for training programs. Since January 1999, over
          1,000 lawyers from more than fifty different countries in over two hundred law firms, corporate
          legal departments, and non-governmental organizations have come to the U.S. through the ILEX
          Training Program. Due to new outreach efforts last summer, the Section has increased the number
          of J-1 visas processed by 50% over last year!

           In March 2012, a Section delegation visited Dar
           es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania and Kigali,
           Rwanda. The 27-member delegation (19 in
           Tanzania) was comprised of members of ABA
           and Section of International Law leadership.
           The delegation was lead by Michael E. Burke,
           Chair, ABA Section of International Law and
           included the Section’s Chair-Elect (Barton
           Legum), Finance Officer (Marcelo Bombau),
           Diversity Officer (Gretchen Bellamy), Immediate Past Chair (Salli Swartz), House of Delegates
           Representative (and former Chair Jeffrey Golden), as well as other Committee Chairs, such as the
                                                     Section’s Africa Committee Chair (Nancy Stafford). The
At the East African Court of Justice in Arusha.      delegation also included ABA Secretary Cara Lee Neville, as
                                                     well as several representatives from the African
           Development Bank. The delegation represented seven different countries from four continents.
           During the briefing trip, the delegation met with the Tanganyika Law Society, Tanzania Women’s
           Lawyer Association, Zanzibar Law Society, Zanzibar Female Lawyers Association, Tanzanian
           Minister of Justice, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Attorney General, Law Commission and
           many non-governmental organizations and local lawyers in Dar es Salaam. In Arusha, the delegation
           met with the East Africa Law Society and Pan African Lawyers Union, as well as visited the East
           African Legislative Assembly, East African Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunal for
           Rwanda and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The delegation met with the Rwandan
           Minister of Justice, Bar Association of Kigali, Rwanda Young Lawyers Association and Chief Justice
           of the Supreme Court, as well as local non-governmental organizations. The visit concluded with a
           one-day conference on “Women’s Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa – Successes, Challenges, and the
           Way Forward,” for over 160 participants. Participants included Rwandan and U.S. government
           officials, local attorneys, representatives from local and regional bar associations, and local and
           international non-governmental organizations.

          Next year’s ILEX trip will be to Warsaw, Poland and Vienna, Austria in February or March, 2013.
          If you know of someone who may want to participate, please contact Christina Heid

          The International Legal Resource Center (“ILRC”) has continued to service the United
          Nations Development Programme (“UNDP”) by placing legal experts in developing countries to
          implement legal reform projects as well as conducting legal research for UNDP and UN entity staff
          in their 166 country offices and regional service centers around the world. Our database has over
          2000 legal and development experts; 49.1% of our experts are non-US, 37.5% are women, and
          67.4% have more than 10 years of experience.

Section and ILRC experts have provided support on these following noteworthy projects:
     UNDP/Belarus: Assessment of Conformity of the Belarusian Legislation with the norms of
        baseline WTO Agreements
     UNDP/Jamaica: Review of Jamaica Tax Reform Proposal
        The ILRC recruited a team of seven (7) tax experts working remotely from around the world
        to assist on a pro bono basis. Within a month, the experts reviewed the proposal and the
        ILRC submitted a report to UNDP/Jamaica. The report compiled the analysis, comments,
        questions, and recommendations of the legal experts on the tax reform proposal submitted
        by the Private Sector Working Group on Tax Reform to the Taxation Committee of the
        Parliament of Jamaica. The comments and questions in the report pertained to the broad
        substantive policies as well as to the tax design, drafting, and implementation processes. The
        report first examined a general assessment of the proposal, along with general comments
        and recommendations. More specific comments, questions, and suggestions were set out
        separately for the First-Tier Policy Reform Proposals, the Second-Tier Policy Reform
        Proposals, and the Third-Tier (Administrative Reform) Proposals. Recommendations were
        provided where it was thought that some additional contribution could be made based on
        the commentator’s experience.
     UNDP/Uzbekistan: Review of Law on Innovations and Innovation Activity
        The ILRC has a total of 8 senior experts supported by 8 junior lawyers. The teams will
        provide a legal opinion on the law and conduct a comparative analysis of similar legislation
        in France, Finland, Germany, Israel, S. Korea, and Singapore. The ILRC is receiving support
        on this project from DLA Piper’s Pro Bono Program.
     UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT): ILRC Referred Candidate, Judge Rosalyn Chapman, was
        selected as one of three judges to the UNAT for seven-year terms, starting July 1, 2012. The
        UNAT is the appellate court that reviews appeals from decisions of the United Nations
        Dispute Tribunal, which hears employment-related cases affecting UN employees.

   The ILRC has also conducted the following legal research:

      UNDP/Burundi: Public Administration reform to Democratic Governance;
      UNDP/Guinea-Bissau: Analysis of the National Legal Framework for CEDAW
      UNDP/India: Grievance Redressal Bill;
      UNDP/Jamaica: Tax Reform to Promote Growth and Reduce Inequalities;
      UNDP/Nigeria: Conducting Corruption Risk Assessments; and
      UNDP/Uzbekistan: Civil Service Reform.

The Section has created a series of Rule of Law Informational Series of conference calls which focus
on the work of the Women, Business and the Law at the World Bank; Derivatives and Economic
Development: An African Case Study; Asset Recovery; Assembly States Parties of the International
Criminal Court; law firm pro bono initiatives’ rule of law work; law schools and the education of the
rule of law; and the ABA Center for Human Rights and Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation
Project. More than 150 people have either been present or on the telephone during the most recent

World Bank: Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development—The Global Forum on Law,
Justice and Development (the Forum) aims at facilitating the identification, discussion, production
and/or sharing of innovative and customized legal and institutional tools to address global, regional
or national development challenges. The Section, on behalf of the entire ABA, serves as an
Intellectual Partner providing in-kind contributions on a number of thematic topics. The topics are
coordinated through six thematic working groups on these overarching themes:
     Justice Reform/Rule of Law Reform
     Private Sector Development and Finance
     Environmental Law & Natural Resources
     Governance and Anti-Corruption
     Inclusion and Equality for Vulnerable Groups
     Other Topics

World Bank Doing Business Project: The Section of International Law was invited by the Doing
Business project at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation to contribute to the
2013 edition of the global Doing Business report. Doing Business researches business laws and
regulations in over 183 countries. The results of the research are presented in the annual Doing
Business report, which is one of the most high-profile publications produced by the World Bank
Group. The report offers measurable benchmarks for reform, and results in countries enacting more
efficient regulation. Doing Business also serves as a knowledge resource for academics, journalists,
private sector and others interested in the business climate of each country.

The report sought experts in these eight legal areas: starting a business (corporate law); employing
workers (employment law); registering property (real estate law); getting credit (collateral law);
protecting investors (corporate law); enforcing contracts (commercial litigation); resolving
insolvency (bankruptcy); and paying taxes (tax and accounting law). Since the Project relies on pro-
bono contributions of legal professionals to update the data annually, they looked to expand their
network of legal contributors by reaching out to members of the Section to participate in research
surveys for this project. Over 200 contributors volunteered to support this endeavor.

The Section of International Law continues to lead the world’s international lawyers and serves as
the go-to source within the ABA for matters of international import. We are proud that
approximately 20% of its membership consists of foreign-based lawyers. Our mission and objectives
are examined on a regular basis in order to assure that we are current, creative and doing the best we
can to increase membership, promote the Rule of Law and judicial independence, and create
programs, policies and publications to provide member’ benefits.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael E. Burke, Chair
August 2012


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