In the face of expanding national, regional, and global health and security challenges, a distinguished panel of scientists, academics, and diplomats will focus on past lessons and future outlook. The contributors will also offer recommendations for governmental and non-governmental strategies to reduce potential risks at home and abroad.


Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies 
International Law Institute
Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute
Center for Security Law, University of Virginia Law School



OPENING REMARKS:  Prof. Don Wallace Chairman - International Law Institute
  Dr. Jennifer Buss CEO, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
  Professor Robert Turner Center for National Security Law University of Virginia
MODERATOR: Prof. Yonah Alexander Director - Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies
Senior Fellow - Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
PANELISTS: Prof. Rita Colwell Distinguished Professor - University of Maryland,
College Park and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  Hon. Richard Prosen Deputy Director, Multi-Lateral Affairs Bureau of Counter Terrorism U.S. State Department
Hon. Guy B. Roberts Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for WMD Policy
Ambassador Charles Ray (Ret.) Former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe
COMMENTATORS: Prof. Natividad Carpintero-Santamaria
Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and
General Secretary of the Instito de Fusion Nuclear “Guillermo Velarde”
  Dr. Milton Hoenig Physicist (Focus on WMD)
  Ambassador Pjer Simunovic Ambassador - Embassy of Croatia
Held the Presidency fo the Council of the European Union from January to June 2020

Program administered by Emma Andrews
and Kevin Harrington



Procurement Professionalization in Challenging Environments:
The Cases of Afghanistan and Nigeria

March 3, 2021 - Virtual




Please join us on March 3, 2021 for a discussion on how strengthening the skills of procurement staff can play an important role in fighting corruption and building trust in government.  

Watch the event live here where you can also comment and ask questions.


The World Bank has been supporting the professionalization of public procurement to help strengthen the skills and competencies of practitioners and make the delivery of goods, services, and works to citizens more efficient.

In Afghanistan, the National Procurement Authority, through Civil Services Commission, has developed a Procurement Cadre Regulation and recruited about 1000 procurement staff. The National Procurement Institute has developed systematic training, certification, and accreditation of staff. This was part of the Fiscal Performance Support Project with support from the World Bank.

In Nigeria, the World Bank-funded Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement Project (SPESSE) is supporting six federal universities to graduate 21,240 students in Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards (PES). The project is also helping central government agencies to commence professionalization programs in PES.


Alham Omar Hotaki, CEO and Director General of the National Procurement Authority (NPA) of Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Ahmad Shah Naqshbandi, Deputy for Professionalization (NPA)

Dr. Joshua Atah, National Coordinator of the Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards Enhancement (SPESSE) Project in Nigeria

Aliyu E. Aliyu, Director, Regulations, Database and ICT Department of Nigeria Bureau of Public Procurement


Kim Phan, Director of the International Law Institute

Prof. Dermot Cahill, Head of Strategy, HelpUsTrade, and Former Founder Director, Institute for Competition and Procurement Studies, Bangor University, UK

Uwingeneye Joyeuse, Director General of Rwanda Public Procurement Authority

James Kaloki, Ag. CEO, Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, Nairobi, Kenya


Vinay Sharma, Global Director, Governance Procurement, World Bank


A K Kalesh Kumar, Senior Procurement Specialist, World Bank


 Also Available: Combined - Natural Gas Development: Policy and Legal Considerations - May 3-14, 2021 

Also Available: Achieving Food Security Through Public Private Partnerships - March 8-12, 2021


The International Law Institute is proud to support an international conference on:


The symposium is organized by the Centre for Transnational Commercial Law; the National Law University Delhi, India; and the Internal Quality Assurance Cell [IQAC]

The program is being conducted January 6 - 7, 2021 via online.  The program is designed for Academia, Policy Makers, and Legal Practitioners.

You may download the full brochure, complete with schedules, registration information, speakers and biographies, and subject matter overview HERE.

An abridged overview of the program content is herein listed:

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The International Law Insitute was proud to have partnered with the law firm of Dentons, for the second time this year, to conduct a joint two-day webinar:  

The webinar,  "US, UK, and EU Trade Sanctions: Global Overview of Sanctions Programs and Their Practical Implications for Business" focuses on global economic sanctions.

Presenters from around the globe will describe the purpose of sanctions, the various forms they take, and the legal regimes in which they are defined and enforced.

Discussions covered US, EU and UK sanctions as they relate to China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea and Syria. The speakers will analyze how the US, EU and UK sanctions overlap and where they differ.

Dentons speakers breifly discussed counter-sanctions imposed by Russia and China.

The evloving areas of human rights abuse sanctions were addressed.

The program was condcuted on December 15 and 16, 2020.

The program was facilitated by leading sanctions and compliancte practitioners from Dentons' offices from the US, UK, and EU.

We invite you to watch both videos below and download thier accompanying presentation slides. 

We would also like to thank the Indian National Association of Legal Professionals for their support. 


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The Indian National Bar Association honors India's 71st Constitution Day.  This year INBA will host a 3 day international conference on Law and Policy.  This year the conference will be virtual and will be conducted online from Nov. 26 - Nov. 28, 2020.

The conference is an event designed to provide answers to challenges to the legal industry in India.  It is an opportunity for government and legal practitioners to obtain valuable insights and contacts.

The International Law Institute is proud to be a supporting partner and contributor in this event.

Key Topics Being Discussed:

- Data Protection, Privacy Challenges - post Covid
- OTT, TV, Websites and Theaters - Self Regulation or Censorship
- Effects of the Pandemic
- Growing use of Technology in the Legal Industry
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- International Trade and Regional Economic Outlook
- Cyber Crime
- Copyright and Online Platforms; Performer Rights and Intermediary Liabilities


The Indian National Bar Association is a member driven organization.  It has more than 10,000 members from across the globe.  INBA is focused on advancing the Indian legal profession and its members.  Representing the entire legal ecosystem in India, INBA is dedicated to expand its members' professional network and industry insight.  INBA is the voice of the legal fraternity. The association promotes members through programs that focus on access to justice, human rights, anti-corruption, judicial reform and more.  INBA provides resources to help its members to become better lawyers.  Each year the association hosts or participates in events around the world.  Existing INBA members contribute valuable insights and knowledge through various modes and means of expression facilitated by INBA.  INBA helps broaden its member's perspectives and help to exchange views through online forums and partnerships with the best organizations globally.

To Register for INBA's Constitution Day Events, please contact:

Ms. Babita Sharma
INBA Event Coordinator
Indian National Bar Association
8/11 First Floor Shahi Hospital Road
Jangpura Extension, New Delhi - 110014, India
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You Are Cordially Invited to a Special Forum with Professor Rita Colwell on:

“A Lab of One’s Own: Fighting Bioterrorism, Cholera, and COVID-19


The International Law Institute was proud to have hosted and contributred to Professor Rita Cowell's forum A Lab of One’s Own: Fighting Bioterrorism, Cholera, and COVID-19. 

This special forum featured a conversation with Professor Rita Colwell, one of the leading scientists in America as well as a world-renowned academic for her exceptional contributions to global health and security concerns. She will discuss her latest highly acclaimed book A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science published by Simon & Schuster in August 2020.

To view the event report click HERE.


DATE:        November 17th, 2020   
    Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies  
    Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute  
    University of Virginia Law School – Center for National Security Law  



OPENING REMARKS:                 PROFESSOR DON WALLACE, JR., Chairman, International Law Institute
INTRODUCTION:   PROFESSOR YONAH ALEXANDER, Director, Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies
    Professor Rita Colwell is a pioneering microbiologist and the first woman to lead the National Science Foundation. She is a Distinguished University Professor at both the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and has received awards from the emperor of Japan, the king of Sweden, the prime minister of Singapore, and the president of the United States. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health, and she is currently developing an international network to address emerging infectious diseases and water issues, including safe drinking water for both the developed and developing world. She is a nationally respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 700 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals. She is the author of A Lab of One’s Own.
COMMENTERS:   DR. VINTON G. GERF, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google
    DR. NORMAN KAHN, National Security Consultant





The International Law Institute and the Indian National Association of Legal Professionals have partnered to conduct a Joint Certificate Program on "The State of the International Trading System and Foreign Investment in India".

The international trading system is experiencing profound changes resulting in shifting economic and geopolitical alliances; critical supply chains; and accentuating the divide between developed and developing countries.

This special and timely program will explore the on going developments in international trade and investment law, policy, and outlooks with special emphasis on their impact on India. 
This program will have special importance post US elections.

The Program is developed into 2 Modules:

MODULE 1: Foundations of International Trade

     Designed for new practitioners and students with focus on institutions, basic rules governing trade in goods and
     services and intellectual property rights.

MODULE 2: Advanced Trade and Investment: Law, Policy, Outlook

     Designed for senior level practitioners, policy makers, and private sector decision makers. 
     Focus on India’s role in international trade; its trade relations with major trading partners; trade and the
     environment; labor rights; and investment.


     Combined Foundations and Advance Programs




     We encourage you to register.  Programs will be conducted on line via ZOOM conferencing.

     The speakers are internationally recognized experts in the field of trade and international investment, with most having
     held senior positions with their governments.

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     New Delhi, India

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DATE:   November 16, 2020


The UNCITRAL Secretariat, the International Arbitration Institute, and the International Law Institute, organized and hosted a webinar on the costs and financing of an advisory centre on international investment law on 16 November 2020.

During the webinar, a number of issues related to the costs and financing of an Advisory Centre on International Investment Law (ACIIL) were discussed, based on a “Note on the costs and financing of an Advisory Centre on International Investment Law”. Given certain assumptions and an estimated workload, this Note presented a hypothetical budget and discusses possible sources of funds to establish and maintain an ACIIL. 

The Note is available in:





The webinar was open for participation to all UNCITRAL Working Group III member and observer States delegations, as well as inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations with observer status. 

OPENING STATEMENTS   Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary, UNCITRAL
MODERATOR   Karl P. Sauvant, Resident Senior Fellow, Columbia University, CCSI 
PRESENTATION OF NOTE      Nicolas Angelet, Professor of International Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, and
Ndanga Kamau, Founder, Ndanga Kamau Law
DISCUSSION STARTERS   Charlie Garnjana-Goonchorn, Minister Counsellor, Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand
Gaston Kenfack Douajni, Director of Legislation, Ministry of Justice of Cameroon
Natalia Porras, Coordinator of the Trade in Services and Investment Area, Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica
Rebecca Wörner, Trade and Investment Policy Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
CONCLUDING REMARKS             Don Wallace, Chairperson, International Law Institute 


Nicolas Angelet

Nicolas Angelet is professor of international law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, a member of the Brussels Bar and an associate tenant of Doughty Street Chambers, London. He is appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators by the Republic of Burundi and to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators by the Kingdom of Belgium. He has acted as counsel in various investment arbitration cases, as a member of the ICSID ad hoc Committee in Victór Pey Casado and Foundation President Allende v. Republic of Chile, and currently chairs the ICSID Tribunals in Ayoub-Farid Michel Saab v. United Republic of Tanzania and in Venezuela Holdings, B.V. and others v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Charlie Garnjana-Goonchorn

Charlie Garnjana-Goonchorn joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand in 2007. He started his career in the Treaty Division, overseeing various aspects of Thailand’s treaty making process.  During his post at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the UN in Geneva, he was in charge of extensive areas of work, including those within the purview of WHO and UNCTAD. After returning to Thailand in 2017, he has played a key role in several international disputes involving the Royal Thai Government, in addition to providing legal advice related to international trade, investment treaties, dispute settlement mechanisms, and arbitration. He has a PhD form the University College London and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Anna Joubin-Bret

Anna Joubin-Bret is the Secretary of UNCITRAL and the Director of the International Trade Law Division in the Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations, the substantive secretariat for UNCITRAL. Before that, she practiced law in Paris, specializing in international investment law and investment dispute resolution, focusing on serving as counsel, arbitrator, mediator, and conciliator in such disputes. She served as arbitrator in several ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes. Prior to 2011 and for 15 years, she was the Senior Legal Adviser for UNCTAD, editing and authoring seminal research and publications on international investment law, notably the sequels to UNCTAD’s IIA Series and co-editing (with Jean Kalicki) Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement.

Ndanga Kamau

Ndanga Kamau is Founder of Ndanga Kamau Law, an international law practice based in The Hague, Netherlands. She sits as arbitrator and acts as counsel in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She also advises clients on dispute prevention and risk mitigation.  She is a Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration; President, ICC Africa Commission; Vice Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee; Director of Programmes; African Association of International Law; and Expert in Dispute Resolution, PRIME Finance Foundation. She regularly writes, speaks and lectures on international dispute resolution and public international law. 

Gaston Kenfack Douajni

Gaston Kenfack Douajni is a Cameroonian Magistrate, Director of Legislation, Ministry of Justice in Cameroon. He obtained a Doctorate of International Economic Law at the University of Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne) in 2005, a certificate on trade, negotiations and settlement of trade disputes at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 2004 and an Habilitation to Direct Researches at the University of Pau in France. He is the editor of the “Revue Camerounaise de l’Arbitrage”, the President of the Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa (APAA) and the Chairperson of the 49th Session of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He also teaches in different universities around the world.

Natalia Porras

Natalia Porras obtained a degree in Law at the University of Costa Rica in 2007 and an MSc in Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012. She has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica since 2008 as an advisor to the Trade in Services and Investment Area and has participated in the negotiation processes of various trade agreements and international investment agreements, including with the European Union, China, Singapore, Peru, the Republic of Korea, and Central America. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Trade in Services and Investment Area, which works in the negotiation and implementation of international agreements and OECD-related affairs in those areas.

Karl P. Sauvant

Karl P. Sauvant has pursued the idea of establishing an Advisory Centre on International Investment Law since 2004, when he was the Director of UNCTAD’s Investment Division. He continued to pursue this objective after his retirement from the UN when he established, in 2006, what became the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). He stepped down as its Executive Director in 2012, to focus his work, as a CCSI Resident Senior Fellow, on teaching, research and writing. He has written extensively on matters related to FDI (see, and currently assists the ITC and DIE on a project on Investment Facilitation for Development.

Don Wallace

Don Wallace, Jr, Yale University BA, Harvard University, LLB,  Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Chairperson, International Law Institute; US delegate to UNCITRAL; Vice President UNIDROIT Foundation; member, American Law Institute; former Chairperson, International Law Section, American Bar Association; co-author, International Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2019); author, editor of other books and articles; other memberships.

Rebecca Wörner

Rebecca Wörner is a Trade and Investment Policy Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Her areas of expertise and interest include the bilateral and multilateral reform of investment protection and sustainability-related topics. Previously, as part of a Junior Professional Programme, she held different positions at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, inter alia in the field of climate policy and the circular economy. She also worked as a trade policy attaché at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Geneva. She graduated with honours from Utrecht University, with a research degree in law. During her studies, she conducted fieldwork in South-Africa and Mozambique, and co-authored several papers on water law.


International Trade Law Division
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United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
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