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The International Law Institute is proud to have hosted a lecture series on U.S. Public Administration and Civil Service Employment Management and Policy for a delegation of 22 esteemed professors and university administrators from Guizhou Province, China.

The delegation was sent by the Guizhou provincial government and primarily consisted of representatives from the Guizhou Administrative College. This College is responsible for the cultivation and selection of senior officials and management in Guizhou.

The delegation was arranged for by the Beijing Future-Land Information and Consulting Co. Ltd. [an ILI representative in China] and was held from Feb. 22 – 25, 2011.

Meetings and lectures were held with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; The Graduate School; and the National Association of Public Administrators all focused on federal perspectives. The delegation also met with the D.C. Department of Human Resources to better compare local civil service and policy perspectives to that of federal administration.

The International Law Institute extends our deepest gratitude to Mr. Rick Lowe, Director – Office of the Executive Secretariat & Ombudsman, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Olena Yanakova, Program Manager – The Graduate School; Angelina Rowe Garner, Director – D.C. Department of Human Services; Patricia Elwood, Director – Office of Protocol and International Affairs, Executive Office of the Mayor [D.C.]; Kristine Marcy, President and CEO – National Academy of Public Administration; and the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton for their contributions and training partnership on this program.

In addition, ILI would especially like to thank Ms. Dan Shang from Andrews Kurth LLP, for her singular and extraordinary contributions in the form of communications and instruction, which resulted in the overall success of this program.

 

The International Law Institute is proud to have once again hosted the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Expert Group for Working Group I, at our facilities in Washington, DC from January 26 – 28, 2011.

UNCITRAL is comprised of 6 Working Groups. Working Group 1 is primarily dedicated to Country Procurement and Infrastructure Investment and Management; Working Group 2 focuses primarily on Arbitration and Conciliation; Working Group 3 focuses on Online Dispute Resolution; Working Group 4 focuses on E-Commerce and Negotiable Instruments; Working Group 5 is dedicated to Insolvency and Economic Order; and Working Group 6 on Security Interests.

The Expert Group for Working Group 1 met to discuss final revisions to the New Model Law for Country Procurement, which is intended to assist developing countries to strengthen the integrity of their own procurement systems.

The Group met to work to finalize the law and producea "Guide to Enactment". Outputs from this meeting will be submitted to Working Group I for approval in March 2011. Working Group 1 will then further submit these recommendations for final approval of the law and a working draft of the Guide to the UNCITRAL Commission later this year, and for dissemination by the UN to country procurement officials thereafter.

Participants included Caroline Nicholas (Secretariat), Don Wallace, Jr., Chris Yukins, Keith Loken, Lisa Miller, Alison Micheli, Eleanor Andres, Zhao Yong, Julia Davis and Robert Smith. For more information on the activities of UNCITRAL, please refer to their website at www.uncitral.org .  

The International Law Institute a permanent observer to UNCITRAL.

 

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Ambassador Motsyk with Kim Phan, Patrick Macrory and Jeff Ziarnik in the George Washington Room at the Ukraine Embassy

 

Ukraine Ambassador to the United States thanks ILI for training trade lawyers of the Ukraine Embassy. 

On January 28, 2011, ILI Executive Director Kim Phan, Director of the International Trade Law Center Patrick Macrory, and Program Administrator Jeff Ziarnik, at the invitation of Ambassador Olexander Motsyk, paid a visit to The Embassy of Ukraine to the United States.

The meeting followed the completion of the ILI Dispute Mechanisms of the WTO training seminar attended by members of the Embassy. Two Embassy staff were awarded scholarships to recognize Ukraine's increasing involvement in the WTO and to celebrate past Ukrainian participation in ILI seminars.

The parties exchanged ideas of fostering mutual cooperation on future projects. Discussions covered advanced legal and economic training in areas of international trade law, international investment law, public procurement, and judicial trainings. The parties also discussed the potential for training at ILI in Washington DC and special training to be arranged in Ukraine.

The International Law Institute would like to thank Ambassador Motsyk and the Embassy of Ukraine for their hospitality and recommendations for future collaboration.

 

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Angelito Nayan, Philippines Embassy, Jittima Srithaporn, Embassy of Thailand, Gougang Li, China's Ministry of Commerce with Kim Phan, Executive Director of ILI and Patrick Macrory, Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center.

 

In recognition of the United States hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2011, the International Law Institute (ILI) and the National Center for APEC jointly offered scholarships to individuals from APEC member economies to the ILI Seminar on Dispute Mechanisms of the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements which ran from January 17 to 21, 2011. Scholarships were awarded to: Mr. Gougang Li, Director of Anti-Dumping Division at the Ministry of Commerce in China; Mr. Angelito Nayan, Economic Officer at the Embassy of the Philippines; and Ms. Jittima Srithaporn, Trade Counselor at the Royal Thai Embassy.

The scholarships were awarded based upon the applicants' backgrounds and the relevancy of the seminar to their current and future work. Mr. Li has had experience drafting and amending trade remedy laws and regulations. Ms. Srithaporn's work at the Embassy covers trade, and she has also been involved in negotiating free trade agreements. Mr. Nayan hopes to join the Philippine mission to the WTO.

Participants received in-depth knowledge of how the WTO dispute settlement process works, which is unique among international organizations. The course covered the four main stages of the process: consultations, panel proceedings, appeals, and implementation of rulings. There were presentations on dispute settlement in WTO and regional trade agreements with emphasis on issues facing developing countries, proposed changes to the system, and investor-state arbitration under Bilateral Investment Treaties and regional trade agreements. Participants held a moot court representing disputing countries and the panel.   The course was led by Patrick Macrory, Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center and faculty included leading international trade experts who worked at USTR and had extensive experience in WTO litigation. They included Gary Horlick, former First Chairman of the WTO Permanent Group of Experts on Subsidies and one of the few Americans to sit as a WTO Panel member; James Mendenhall, former General Counsel of USTR; and Andrew Shoyer, head of the international practice at Sidley Austin and formerly chief litigator at the U.S. Mission to the WTO.

Participants left motivated to use their new-found knowledge. Mr. Li said the course would help him to settle disputes on behalf of China before the WTO. Ms. Srithaporn added that the course broadened her knowledge of the WTO Dispute Settlement mechanisms. Mr. Nayan found the seminar will help him as he prepares for a possible posting in the Philippine Mission to the WTO in Geneva. All participants conveyed their thanks to NCAPEC and ILI for giving them the opportunity to learn about the Dispute Mechanism of the WTO.

 

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International Law Institute announces the publication of the 2009 Digest of United States Practice in International Law. 

Co-published by the International Law Institute and Oxford University Press, and prepared by the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State, this annual compilation of documents and commentary, highlighting significant developments in public and private international law, is an invaluable resource for practitioners and scholars in the field.

Each annual edition compiles excerpts from documents such as treaties, diplomatic notes and correspondence, legal opinion letters, judicial decisions, Senate committee reports and press releases. All of the documents which are excerpted in the Digest are selected by members of the Legal Adviser's Office of the U.S. Department of State, based on their judgments about the significance of the issues, their potential relevance to future situations, and their likely interest to practitioners and scholars. In almost every case, the commentary to each excerpt is accompanied by a citation to the full text.

The 2009 "Digest" is exclusively distributed by Oxford University Press. If you wish to purchase any volume from 2004 to present from this site, you will be automatically redirected from ILI's website to the appropriate page on the Oxford University Press' web site.

The 2009 edition may be obtained HERE

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Delegation meeting with the World Bank

Dec. 2010: ILI was honored to host a conference on U.S. strategies for poverty alleviation for a Chinese delegation comprised of 25 nation wide senior social service experts when they visited Washington D.C. in December 2010. The delegation was sent by the Poverty Alleviation Training Center under the Chinese State Council.

The conference focused on poverty alleviation strategies that were utilized primarily by the United States as well as other international organizations and how to deal with both urban and rural poverty from national and international perspectives. 

During the conference the delegation interacted with experts from the D.C. Department of Human Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, the Office of Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank and a leading international poverty alleviation non-governmental organization.

ILI wishes this delegation well for its efforts and wishes to thank those organizations that contributed generously to the success of this program.

In partnership with the Management Center at American University in Cairo (AUC), ILI recently won a competitive bidding process to design an anti-corruption training program to the Government of Egypt in early 2011.  In developing this training program, ILI will leverage its thirty years of experience training and advising countries from the Middle East and Africa on government integrity, anti-corruption and public procurement.  The partnership with AUC will ensure customized training based on international best practices adapted to local needs and considerations.  ILI strongly believes that anti-corruption efforts are essential to good governance and looks forward to helping the Egyptian government in promoting transparency, efficiency and accountability in fighting corruption.

ILI is very excited to announce the launch of it's new website.  The website is very easy to read and navigate and offers many new, convenient functions that will help potential and past participants, faculty members and partnering institutions stay up to date on the activities of ILI.  The website has a brand new Alumni Forum to help colleagues stay in touch, pose questions to fellow alumni, and share relevant information. 

In tandem with the website launch, we have also started official ILI Facebook and LinkedIn pages and encourage all those interested to connect with us via our social networking sites.

 

On October 29 ILI gave a check for $1000 to Ms. Theresa Obot, Founding Director of the Multi-Door Courthouse (MDC) in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria to cover filing fees for the next two years.  ILI's Executive Director, Kim Phan said, "ILI is giving this donation to the Multi Door Court because $3 may not be very much to us, but it means that a battered woman will be able to be heard and have access to justice."  MDCs were started to help bring justice to all, but they have been particularly effective in helping women and children achieve equal access to justice.  These mediation centers charge $3 to file a case and have lawyers on staff, making justice accessible to those without the financial means to file in traditional courts.

Traditional courts refer cases to MDCs for mediation if they involve women and children.  If mediation does not resolve the issue, the case is referred back to the traditional court or to Family court, where the Child's Rights Law can be employed to protect both children and mothers.

Ms. Obot recently attended the Advanced Arbitration seminar at ILI with several of her colleagues from the MDC in Akwa Ibom State.  She gave a presentation outlining her experiences and inspired many of those in attendance to initiate the process in their own countries.  Participants from Malawi, Ghana and Tanzania invited Ms. Obot to come to their countries and speak about how to set up these courts. 

The Chief Justice of Akwa Ibom State is also an ILI Alum.

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Ms. Ileana Smeureanu, ILI Associate, represented the ILI at the International Law Weekend organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association in New York (October 21-23, 2010).  The theme of the meeting was "International Law and Institutions: Advancing Justice, Security and Prosperity". The event brought together numerous practitioners, members of the governmental and non-governmental sectors, and students. At the meeting, the ILI representative met with Dr. Branislav Srdanovic, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Serbia and Montenegro to the Kingdom of Denmark, Professor Michael Peil, Associate Dean for International Programs at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, Professor Lorraine M. Brennan, Senior Vice President of Programs at the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and Ms. Victoria Shannon, ICC Deputy Director, Arbitration & ADR/ North America.