The International Law Institute is pleased to introduce the new two-day seminar Understanding the Path to Zero from October 12th to October 13th, 2021. This two-day seminar will focus on how to institutionalize legally-binding climate change regulations in both domestic and international systems to reduce the burden of climate change. Drawing on his years of experience in the energy sector, Mr. Robert Lesnick, the course advisor for this seminar, will guide participants to an enhanced understanding of the International Energy Association Net Zero Forecast, including what Net Zero is and how it can be achieved.

At the current rate of carbon dioxide emissions, the planet will heat up between 6 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit between now and 2050. As a result of this potential danger, enforcing climate change obligations has been an increasing focus in the international sphere. While individual states have been making consistent progress in climate change reduction, international agreements play an important role in environmental preservation.

The first day of this seminar will focus on understanding the current state of climate change. Using terminology such as climate forcers, carbon dioxide equivalents, and greenhouse gases, Rob will discuss how the progression of global industrialization has contributed to the current climate crisis. Drawing from both historical and concurrent scientific data, this seminar will present a realistic perspective of climate change and potential climate change outcomes.

The second day of this seminar will discuss the importance of Net Zero and the global ability to meet this threshold. According to Rob, “Net Zero refers to a point in time where society emits a reduced amount of carbon dioxide and eventually nets the released gas to zero by doing other things to offset what society does emit by either sequestering the CO2 or by doing other things that offset that emission.” This seminar will cover steps that can be taken by businesses, governments, and society to reach Net Zero, including how to encourage international climate change agreements, how to utilize new technologies to decrease climate change, and how to promote accountability for violations of climate change commitments.

Course advisor Robert Lesnick has a wealth of knowledge of energy and consumption dynamics. He has worked in the oil and gas sector for the past 30 years, working at a major international oil company and the Oil Policy and Advisory Service Group at the World Bank. Rob will share his insights on Net Zero and the importance of institutionalizing climate change agreements to reduce the burden of industrialization on the earth.

Decision-makers and policy-makers alike will benefit from this unique seminar, which will inform them on the basics of Net Zero and forming international agreements. With course advisor Robert Lesnick’s extensive experience combined with the accessibility of a virtual educational setting, this seminar offers a valuable experience to learn about the challenges of achieving Net Zero in the current geopolitical sphere.

For more information on the seminar or course advisor, please visit our website here.


By: Marin Hein


The International Law Institute is proud to offer a one-week seminar entitled Procurement Integrity: Prevention, Investigation, and Prosecution of Fraud. Led by course advisors Ms. Sheryl Goodman and Mr. Tom Caulfield, the seminar will take place over live online sessions from September 13th to September 17th, 2021. Sheryl is the President of Procurement Integrity Consulting Services and has worked in law enforcement and criminal justice for over 30 years. Tom has spent over 38 years in federal government service and was formerly the Executive Director of Training for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that public procurement accounts for up to 30 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), making it the largest area of government spending. Corruption is believed to contribute to up to an average of 10-25 percent of a public contract’s value being lost. Hence, it is believed that public procurement is vulnerable to corruption and fraud and should be a primary concern for the integrity of public administration. Furthermore, corruption not only results in the loss of money, but also results in weakened institutions, eroded trust, and a lack of fair competition among the world economy. Due to the considerable amount of government spending that goes into public procurement as well as the consistent fraud that is seen across numerous studies, it is critical for everyone involved in public procurement to better understand how to identify, tackle, and prevent fraud.

In this seminar, Sheryl and Tom will highlight the critical information needed to better comprehend fraud in the field of public procurement. Sessions will cover the various types of fraudulent schemes that are seen today, the psychological profile of fraudsters, and a breakdown of the procurement process, including common weaknesses and controls that may be put in place to aid in the detection of fraud. Highlights of the program include several real-life case studies, where participants will have the opportunity to review prosecutions that have occurred and break down each individual case to discuss the perpetrator, the weaknesses in the procurement process, and more.

Tom and Sheryl work to customize this seminar for those who attend, working with specific laws from each country represented. The class will be tailored to address the laws of each attendant’s country of origin as well as how that may change their approach to procurement integrity. Sheryl and Tom will work with participants to engage them on public procurement laws in their home country to ensure that the seminar is relevant and applicable to all attendees.

The goal of this seminar is for participants to learn how to implement mitigation strategies and techniques to prevent fraud in public procurement. Upon completion, participants will know more about who commits fraud, when and where in the procurement process fraud is committed, and how to reduce corruption and fraud in public procurement.

Those who work in the field of auditing, who have oversight of contracts, and who work in the management of government expenditures are encouraged to attend this seminar. As Tom expresses quite comprehensively, fraud remains to be a critical financial issue within public procurement, and so, any individual who works with procurement or government spending would benefit immensely by learning more about how to identify and prevent fraud.

For more information on the seminar and the ILI course advisors, Ms. Sheryl Goodman and Mr. Tom Caulfield, please visit our website here.


By: Hannah Emberts



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The International Law Institute was honored to host two delegations from the Senate of Kenya at the ILI earlier this month. These training continue a relationship between the ILI and the Government of Kenya that goes back to the 1980s and has seen over 600 Kenyans trained at the ILI. The two programs were held in-person at the ILI from May 31st to June 9th, 2021 and represented the ILI’s first in-person training since March 2020.

The Leadership of the Senate of Kenya, including the Speaker of the Senate, the Majority and Minority Leaders, came to the ILI for an Executive Leadership program. This high-level program explored leadership within the context of the Parliament. Highlights included sessions entitled “Managing the Many Personalities of a Legislature for Performance,” “Legislative Oversight of the Executive,” and “Working with the Senate Leadership; Asserting the Power of the Senate.”

Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Justice, Legal, Affairs and Human Rights were joined by the Chairpersons of the Education Committee, the Labour and Social Welfare Committee, and the National Cohesion, Equal Opportunity, and Regional Integration Committee. Highlights of the program included sessions on Legislative Oversight of the Judiciary, the Fight against Corruption, Elections and Election Disputes, Legislative Administrative Operations, and Legislative Oversight of the Executive.

The Senators engaged the speakers with questions about the American systems and process, bringing in their experience with the Kenyan government. The ILI looks forward to a continue relationship and future collaboration with the Government of Kenya.

The ILI would like to extend a special thank you to Mike Russell, Rick Messick, Reb Brownell, Perry Bechky, Carlton Davis, Tom Rust, Thomas Hicks, Hon. Tom Davis, and Phil Kiko for their contributions in making the programs a success.

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Note: ILI follows all safety protocols established through via the government of Washington, DC and the CDC.

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The International Law Institute is proud to have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency [MIGA], a member of the World Bank, to jointly develop capacity building programs on political risk insurance, cross border transactions, dispute resolution, and governance. 

Signing on behalf of MIGA was Ethiopis Tafara, Vice President and Chief Risk, Legal and Administrative Officer for the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA); accompanied by Arradhana Kumar-Capoor, Director and General Counsel, MIGA; and Chinwe Binitie, Co-Head of Partnerships and Senior Counsel. On behalf of the International Law Institute were Prof. Don Wallace Jr, Chairman and Robert Sargin, Executive Director.


WASHINGTON DC, June 7, 2021 – MIGA, a member of the World Bank Group, and the International Law Institute (ILI), a capacity building and technical assistance institute headquartered in Washington DC, have agreed to jointly develop and conduct a legal, economic, and policy capacity building curriculum and certificate program as related to political risk insurance (PRI). The collaborative effort aims to increase the institutional capacity of government officials, legal practitioners, private sector clients, and members of multilateral and other international development organizations.

The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that envisages greater cooperation and the use of the institutions’ respective expertise to train MIGA clients and relevant stakeholders from developing countries on political risk insurance products, optimal structures for public-private partnerships requiring MIGA products, and other issues that arise in the context of political risk insurance, cross border transactions, dispute resolution, and governance.

“MIGA has a unique role as the only global multilateral political risk insurer and member of the World Bank Group,” said Ethiopis Tafara, MIGA’s Vice President & Chief Risk, Legal and Admin Officer and Vice President for Partnerships. “MIGA’s insurance provides an umbrella of deterrence for projects against disruptive government actions, and MIGA and ILI will work together to increase capacity for the extension of PRI in more developing countries.”

In many developing countries, private sector-led economic development continues to be hindered by security risks and political instability, lack of infrastructure, lack of access to finance, and inadequate workforce skills. MIGA’s PRI guarantees, when enhanced by technical assistance and capacity building to private sector clients, governments, and local practitioners can boost efforts to address these issues and spur further private sector investment.

"Through ILI’s work in developing countries around the globe, it has become evident that establishing project structures, transparency, robust standards, and adherence to the rule of law are key to successful private sector-led development,” said Professor Don Wallace, Jr, Chairman of ILI. "Ultimately, the goal of heightened cooperation between ILI and MIGA is to increase key capacity development so that more projects in developing countries have access to and qualify for political risk insurance guarantees, which will in turn lead to greater investment."


MIGA was created in 1988 as a member of the World Bank Group to promote foreign direct investment in emerging economies by helping mitigate the risks of restrictions on currency conversion and transfer, breach of contract by governments, expropriation, and war & civil disturbance; and offering credit enhancement to private investors and lenders.

Since its creation, MIGA has issued over US$59 billion in guarantees across 118 developing countries.


The International Law Institute is proud to support the German Cooperation implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit [GIZ] GmbH [German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH]; the Africa Free Trade Area; the International Law Institute South African Center for Excellence [ILI-SACE]; and leading international experts examining policies and strategies focused on enhancing African trade and industrial development.

Conferences are listed below:

 MAY 25 - 26, 2021          Enhancing Trade and Industrial Development                   
                                             Africa Free Trade Agreement: Game Changer for Africa's Growth

     MAY 25 - 27, 2021          African Continental Free Trade Area [AfCFTA] Virtual Conference

     CONTACT:                      WWW.ILI-SACE.ORG 

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With deepest regrets, due to logistics beyond the control of the International Law Institute, the International Commercial Arbitration Master Class, presented by ILI to Russian legal practitioners, has been postponed.

ILI is working closely with Russian counterparts to reschedule this important program as soon as possible.

Inquiries regarding registrations and participation, may be made directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

С глубоким сожалением сообщаем, что по независящим от Института Международного Права (ILI) логистическим причинам, мастер-класс по международному коммерческому арбитражу, предлагаемый Институтом Международного Права для российских юристов, перенесен.

Институт Международного Права работает со своими российскими партнерами, чтобы как можно скорее определить новую дату для этой важной программы.

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The International Law Institute and Oxford University Press have finalized co-publication of the Second Edition of Bruno Ristau's critically important "Ristau's International Judicial Assistance: A Practitioner's Guide to International Civil and Commercial Litigation"

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Ristau's International Judicial Assistance

A Practitioner's Guide to International Civil
  and Commercial Litigation

Second Edition

David W. Bowker and David P. Stewart


[This item is not yet published. It is available for pre-orders and will ship on 31 May 2021.  It is also avialable as an EBOOK]




Legal practitioners of today are dealing with cross-border disputes in civil and commercial matters in an increasingly complex transnational legal environment. This edition of Bruno Ristau's multi-volume work International Judicial Assistance brings these complexities to the fore. The revised and updated material offers background, explanations, and practical advice on how to deal with the most important challenges and recent developments in the field of transnational litigation, including issues related to the choice of forum, choice of law, service of process, proof of foreign law, discovery of evidence, and enforcement of judgments.

Written by Stewart and Bowker, experts in public and private international law, this book offers insightful and comprehensive information on cross-border litigation by addressing issues in sequence as they are likely to be encountered in practice. A major focus is the mechanisms for international judicial cooperation and assistance, in particular those provided by regional and international arrangements such as the Hague Conventions on Service, Evidence and Apostilles, choice of court agreements, and the enforcement of judgments, as well as regional arrangements within the OAS and the EU. This book is a necessary addition for litigators in the U.S. and other common law jurisdictions who are involved in cross border disputes.

  • Provides up-to-date background, explanations, and practical guidance on how to deal with the most important challenges and recent developments in the field of transnational litigation
  • Focuses on the mechanisms for international judicial cooperation and assistance, provided by regional and international arrangements such as the Hague Conventions on service, evidence, apostilles, choice of court agreements, and the enforcement of judgments, as well as regional arrangements within the OAS and the EU
  • Features an advanced analysis of treaties, conventions, and statutes affecting current litigators in cross-border disputes


  • Updates the first edition of Bruno Ristau's groundbreaking work, International Judicial Assistance, through the evolution of relevant law (domestic and international) and the increase in the number of transnational disputes involving parties of different countries
  • Includes a wide range of new topics, such as chapters on forum selection, choice of law, authentication, proof of law, enforcement of foreign judgments
  • The book is refocused and takes into account a number of significant developments in the law, including new treaties and conventions


David P. Stewart is a Professor at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. His teaching includes the areas of public and private international law and foreign relations law. Over the course of his 32 year career he has served as Assistant Legal Adviser of the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State in a number of substantive areas, including private international law, diplomatic law and litigation, international claims and investment dispute, law enforcement and intelligence), and human rights and refugees. Among his publications are the Digest of U.S. Practice In International Law (co-editor of seven volumes), International Human Rights In A Nutshell (co-author), International And Transnational Criminal Law (co-author, 5th ed. 2018), International Criminal Law In A Nutshell (2d ed. 2019), and The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: A Guide For Judges (Fed. Jud. Cntr. 2d ed. 2019).

David W. Bowker is Chair of the International Litigation practice at Wilmer Hale. His previous roles included acting as the Attorney-Adviser for the Law of Armed Conflict in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. He has extensive experience handling cases which involve parallel proceedings in multiple national jurisdictions, territorial disputes, human rights, armed conflict, hostage-taking, art and antiquities claims, cultural patrimony, national security, diplomacy, sanctions, and public policy. He is also Adjunct Professor of international law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and serves as Vice President of the American Society of International Law, and a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association.

Biological threats continue to challenge the health and security concerns of the global community. This interdisciplinary panel focused on the use and misuse of communication by governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental organizations. The distinguished panel of experts explored past experience, lessons learned, and offered recommendations for future communication policies and programs.


ILI was honored to be able to speak and contribute to the 2021 East African Procurement Forum on April 16, 2021.  Speaking on behalf of the International Law Institute was Ms. Kim Phan, Director. 

Kim Phan speaking on Emergency Government Procurement 

The East African Procurement Forum (EAPF) is an event which gathers Heads of public procurement regulatory bodies from East African Community (EAC) member states and other participants on annual basis. The forum attracts around 300 participants including Government officials, public procurement industry Experts, Government suppliers/Bidders, Development Partners, members of Civil Society and procurement Training Institutions, to mention but a few, in order to discuss public procurement issues and to come up with tangible resolutions impacting legal and regulatory framework of public procurement. The Forum provides participants with an opportunity to share experiences and challenges with the aim of improving country procurement systems while upholding the desire by member states to harmonize the systems towards a political federation.

This year, Rwanda will host this forum for the 3rd time and it will be held at Kigali Convention Center from 15th to 16th April 2021 under the theme "Strengthening Integrity and Accountability in Public Procurement for an effective emergency response » where discussions will revolve around emergency such as Covid-19.

Objectives of the Eastern African Procurement Forum:

 - To enhance interaction between different actors in public procurement in the East African Community
 - To give stakeholders an opportunity to share their experiences and efforts towards improving and harmonizing the
    public procurement landscape in the region.

 - To provide a platform for participants to share experiences and benchmark with one another in view of improving public
    sector procurement in the respective East African community countries

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Minister of Finance and Economic Planning
EAC Deputy Secretary General
 Productive and Social Sectors
Deputy Governor
National Bank of Rwanda
Minister of ICT& Innovation
Minister of State
in Charge of National Treasury

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Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education
Chairman, Board of Directors
Rwanda Public Procurement Authority
Associate Professor
University of Rwanda
Director General
Rwanda Public Procurement Authority

Auditor General
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Ag.Deputy Director Procurement,
KCCA Uganda
Board Chairman, PPDA Uganda
Rector of Institute of Legal
Practice and Development (ILPD)
Director General in charge of
Internal Audit - MINECOFIN
Director Performance Monitoring,
PPDA Uganda

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Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of Kenya Institute of
Supplies Management
Deputy Director Supply Chain Management,
Kenya National Highways Authority
Board Member, Public Procurement
Administrative Review Board, Kenya
Chief Executive Officer
Swaziland Public Procurement
Regulatory Agency

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University of Kigali
Executive Director,
Transparency International-Rwanda
International Consultant and Expert
World Bank
Ag. Division Manager for Research,
Capacity Development and Monitoring
Rwanda Public Procurement Authority

Private Consultant and
Expert in Procurement
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CEO, Rwanda Information
Society Authority (RISA)
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Local Government
Director of Procurement
Tanzania Electric Supply
Company Limited (TANESCO)

Executive Director
Africa Freedom of Information Centre
Board Member of the Public
Procurement Regulatory Authority
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Acting General Manager
Deputy Director General of
Rwanda Housing Authority
Executive Director
KIPHARMA –Agrotech Group
Director, Head of Strategy,
Multilateral Banks & International
Organisations at HelpUsTrade Ltd

Chief Operation Officer
Rwanda Medical Supply
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Director General
Rwanda Transport Development Agency
Expert and Specialist in Procurement
Head of Procurement Delivery
Crown Agents
International Law Institute (ILI)
Permanent Secretary MINISANTE

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Chief Executive Officer
The Public Procurement and Disposal of
Public Assets Authority (PPDA)
Director, PwC
Management Consulting,
e-Procurement Subject Matter Expert
Chief Executive Officer
Public Procurement
Regulatory Authority (PPRA)
Chief Executive Officer
Public Procurement
Regulatory Authority (PPRA)

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