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Legislative Drafting Step-By-Step   Arthur Rynearson


The International Law Institute is pleased to announce the co-publication, along with Carolina Academic Press, of Legislative Drafting Step by Step, by Arthur J. Rynearson.

For 26 years, Arthur Rynearson worked at the non-partisan Office of Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate as a professional drafter of legislation, turning policy proposals into bills drafted to fit seamlessly into the existing body of law. When he retired, the Senate passed a resolution commending his exemplary service as "the primary drafter of all legislation relating to international relations, international security, immigration, and the State Department, and all matters related to Senate consideration of international treaties."

Drawing on his expertise as a legislative drafter, the author has written a book designed to teach and illustrate the best practices in legislative drafting, and how to avoid drafting pitfalls which may end up in legislation that is ambiguous or confusing.

Arthur Rynearson serves as course advisor and principal lecturer for ILI's programs: Workshop on Legislative Drafting and Advanced Workshop on Legislative Drafting. He also serves as a key instructor in ILI's program on Legislative Strategic Planning and Management. 

Mr. Rynearson teaches and consults domestically on state and national legislative matters.

Mr. Rynearson also travels to share his experience and technical knowledge internationally. Recently, in conjunction to with ILI special program initiatives, Mr. Rynearson conducted specialized training for Members of the Lagos State Assembly on Legislative Strategic Management, customized to fit the needs of the State Assembly. Mr. Rynearson also conducted a workshop on legislative drafting for the National Institute for Legislative Studies, the training institute for the Nigerian National Assembly.


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Nigerian Senate Constitutional
Reform Committee
  International Conference on Law Reform
and Law Making Process, Abuja, Nigeria 

ILI is very proud of our relationship with Mr. Rynearson and is very thankful for his generous sharing of knowledge and practical solutions in the most important role of drafting of law.

spoke with Mr. Rynearson on the release of his forthcoming publication, Legislative Drafting Step by Step:


Why did you write Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step?

  AR:   Two reasons, closely related, drove me to write the book. First, I wanted to pass on to beginning and intermediate-level drafters the skills and best practices that I acquired over more than 25 years as a professional legislative drafter in the U.S. Senate. Second, I wanted to fill the knowledge gap, and remove the fears, of many legislative staffers about legislation and legislative drafting. Only by understanding the basics of legislative drafting can a legislative staffer hope to collaborate effectively with veteran drafters to produce well-written legislation. In short, the book aims to make a contribution towards legislative capacity-building. The methods and practices described in the book are not confined to the U.S. Congress, but may be applied to any democratic legislature. This is entirely in keeping with ILI's rule-of-law mission.
How do you see the book being used?

  AR:   In two ways: The book can be read cover-to-cover, since it provides a comprehensive framework of analysis for converting legislative policy proposals into a bill, resolution, or amendment.  But it may also be used as a reference work in which the reader can research particular drafting issues to see how I would approach them. Either way, I would encourage every reader to try the drafting exercises in the book and test their writing skills.
How is Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step different from other books on the topic?

  AR:   The book is unique in that its 5-step approach to drafting legislation is exclusively my own, but also because the connections drawn between well-written legislation and rule-of-law values represent my own thinking. The book is, hopefully, concise, easy-to-understand and user-friendly, with many illustrations and examples to illuminate the text. This helps make the book different from other drafting manuals.
Does the reader need any background in drafting legislation in order to profit from reading the book?


No. Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step does not require the reader to have any prior experience with legislative drafting. Each chapter begins with basic information on the topic, becoming progressively more technical and detailed. So the book serves both as an introduction to legislative drafting and also to provide additional layers of understanding for intermediate-level drafters. The book not only teaches drafting techniques, but also explains the reasons behind the techniques, of which some drafters are unaware.

The book is designed to assist anyone who is handling legislation or statutes, so the readership should be quite broad, encompassing not just legislators and their staffs, but also lobbyists, lawyers in private practice, and law professors teaching statutory law. The book also describes how statutory law fits into our constitutional system. The subject of statutory law is overlooked by many law schools, and many lawyers are not skilled at using statutes. They should benefit from reading the book.

Will the book be useful in connection with other legislative systems besides the U.S. Congress?

  AR:   Absolutely. The book attempts to demonstrate that drafting techniques cannot be taught in a vacuum. There is a relationship between well-written legislation and certain enduring rule-of- law values such as transparency and accountability. These are universal values which should be embedded in the legislation of any democracy. It is my belief that foreign legislators and legislative staff, particularly in emerging democracies, can benefit from the book just as well as legislators and their staffs in the U.S. Congress. Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step is an effort to enhance legislative capacity-building without regard to a particular legal system, so long as it is democratically based. 
What do you wish readers to take away from Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step?


First, I want readers to learn the best practices in writing legislation. I also want readers to become aware that sound drafting practices and rule-of-law values go hand-in-hand. To draft legislation that is not transparent or that does not promote accountability is to draft legislation poorly. And there are other democratic, rule-of-law values discussed by the book that are equally important.

Legislative Drafting Step by Step is available for purchase through Carolina Academic Press, and should be released during May, 2013.  Learn More or Purchase HERE.

External Link: Arthur Rynearson - Biography




From left, Sabur Khan, DCCI president; Toufiq Ali, Chief Executive of Bangladesh
International Arbitration Centre (BIAC);Rokia A Rahman, MCCI President; Shafique Ahmed,
Law Minister; Latifur Rahman, Member of BIAC Council and Chairman of Transcom
Group; Kyle Kelhofer, Country Manager of IFC; Carlos Davila, Program Manager, ILI
lead the Commercial Arbitration program.


The ILI and the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) organized the first seminar on commercial arbitration in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The seminar took place in January 2013.

The seminar was sponsored by the Minister of Law; Justice and Parliamentary Affairs of Bangladesh; and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of an initiative to alleviate the growing backlog of cases in local courts and to expedite adjudication of commercial disputes. The trainingr was offered as part of a more comprehensive program which will include the training of a local arbitrators and training for judges who have jurisdiction over arbitration.

The training was attended by 65 professionals from the business community in Bangladesh, including prominent lawyers, bankers, accountants, engineers, distinguished business executives and other members of civil society.

The program was inaugurated by the Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Barrister Shafique Ahmed.

The opening ceremony included a welcome Chief Executive of BIAC, Dr. Toufiq Ali; remarks by the Chairman & CEO of Transcom, Latifur Rahman; IFC Country Manager, Kyle Kelhofer; President of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI), Rokia Afzal Rahman; President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), Md. Sabur Khan; and Carlos Ivan Davila, Program Manager from the ILI.


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Honored Guests, ILI-Istanbul
Leadership, Faculty and Supporters
gather at the inception of
ILI's newest institute in
Istanbul, Turkey
Ümit Hergüner Founding Partner
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership;
Ambassador Bilge Cankorel of Turkey;
Prof. Don Wallace, Jr, Chairman of ILI;
Turgut Tarhanli, Dean of Bilgi Law School
Ümit Hergüner, formally announces
the formation of ILI-Istanbul


The International Law Institute (ILI), together with Istanbul Bilgi University and the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD) proudly launched the newest ILI regional center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The launch event took place at Istanbul Bilgi University and attracted law professionals, academicians and national media. Chairman of ILI, Prof. Don Wallace, was one of the speakers at the event and stated: "I am very pleased to participate in this launch of our regional center in Istanbul. ILI has trained approximately 30,000 individuals-lawyers, civil servants, engineers and managers, judges and young academicians-over the years. Our Istanbul institute will have its own board, and is intended to serve not only Turkey but the countries within the region."

Ümit Hergüner, founding partner at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership and a driving force in creating the regional center, also shared his views. So too did Javade Chaudhri, Executive Vice President of Sempra Energy, who served as principal instructor at one of the regional center's first courses being given at the time of the launch, on the subject of "Board Development and Independent Board Members."

It is intended that ILI's Istanbul regional center will serve the needs of participants in Turkey, as well as participants from neighboring countries and in the Balkins, Caucasuses, Central Asia and the Middle East. ILI's programs, generally intended for government officials, practitioners and the private sector, cover a wide variety of issues relevant to good governance and the rule of law. Some of the courses that will be undertaken by the Istanbul center include international procurement, international trade, project financing and management, arbitration and mediation, court administration, and capital market regulation. TKYD, which participated in the launch, is serving as ILI's partner in organizing the regional center and has helped ILI in planning and conducting its initial programs at the center. ILI is organizing strategic plans which will allow the center to eventually operate independently of TKYD.

ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by emerging economies. ILI participants are exposed to best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth.

ILI currently has global affiliates in Uganda, Nigeria and Chile, among other places. Participants from over 185 countries have been trained over the years by ILI and its affiliates. In teaching its courses ILI relies on a network of hundreds of prominent legal practitioners, government officials and academicians who are among the leading experts in their fields.



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The International Law Institute is pleased to have the opportunity to continue to expand our cooperative relationship with central and provincial governments in China.

Since 1978, ILI has worked closely with China to provide technical assistance, capacity training support and expert exchanges. ILI has since been recognized by China's State Administration for Foreign Expert Affairs as a trusted and qualified training provider for government and non-government programs to train both in China and to receive delegations at our facilities in Washington, DC.

ILI is proud of our long history with China and remains committed to provide further support.


During 2012 ILI received the following delegations for training:




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Zhao Chunyong and the delegation
discuss trade issues
with members
of the Office of the US Trade

Shandong Delegation at US Department of State Reception
Delegates complete trade studies and
mock hearing with
Michael Bednarek
at Axxin, Veltrop Harkrider.


The International Law Institute is proud to host the second lawyer delegation from Shandong Province, China participating in the International Law Institute's program on Training and Internships in International Trade Law and Economic Integration. The first delegation concluded at the start of 2012.  Our second program extended from September to December 2012.

This 3-month program was specially designed by the ILI and the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Shandong Province.  This training provides the delegation a unique opportunity to study WTO and International Trade Law, International Investment Agreements and State Dispute Arbitration, Commercial Law, US Legal System as well as internships in Washington, DC law firms.

The delegation was headed by Zhao Chunyong (Shandong Bridge Law Firm) and included Liu Jianyong (Shandong Zhongcheng Renhe Law Firm); Guan Baikui (Shandong Qingda Zehui Law Firm); Zhou Baoqin (Shandong Fortune Law Firm); Sun Hui (Shandong Bohanyuan Law Firm); Li Changying (Shandong Liwei Law Firm); Lu Xinhua (Shandong Pingzhengda Law Firm); Meng Zhaoze (Shandong Kechuang Law Firm); Shi Guangbo (Shandong Zhongcheng Renhe Law Firm); Wang Liang (Shandong Kangqiao Law Firm); Wang Xinhua (Shandong Tongcheng Law Firm); Wang Jian (Shandong Qina Law Firm); Shandong Qihai Law Firm; Wang Ning (Shandong Qingdao Law Firm); Wang Xianrong (Shandong Guoyao Law Firm); Xiao Huilong (Shandong Qingtai Law Firm); Yang Fan (Shandong Ya & Tai Law Firm); Zhang Xuping (Shandong Guojie Law Firm); Zhang Hongtao (Beijing Dacheng Law Firm); Zhang Guomeng (Shangdong Hero Law Firm); and Zhao Kaiyong (Shandong Zhongcheng Renhe Law Firm)

Many law firms, organizations and government offices contributed to this training program. Some of those contributing law firms which we are indebted to for their collaboration include: Winston Strawn, Sherman and Sterling; Akin Gump; Axinn, Veltrop, Harkrider; Meyer Brown; Holland & Knight; Alston & Bird; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough; Paul Hastings; Grundfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt; Kirstein & Young; Chadbourne & Parke; Kalik Lewin; Thompson O'Donnell; Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg; Bailey Law; Appleton Luff; Stevens Lee; and Sidley Austin.

ILI also thanks members the US Trade Representative's Office; US International Trade Commission; US House of Representatives; US Senate; US Department of Commerce ; US Department of Justice; the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and Georgetown University Law School for their contributions.

ILI wishes to thank these firms (and the many others not listed) in providing technical expertise for the Shandong lawyers.  This program is led by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director and Patrick Macrory, Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center. Programs were expertly supported by Ms. Lin Zhang, Ms. Chongxiao Liu and Ms. Tingting Li.

It is our continued hope that our training program will assist the delegation to better advise and represent trade efforts in Shandong Province.





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Historians Meet with US Senate Archivist
CCCPC Historians at US National Archives
Historians Meet with US Federal Courts


The Party Historian Delegation was comprised of senior administrators and researchers from the China National Party departments and officers of the Party History departments. This office takes the responsibility of writing the official version of party history and leading the work of the national party system.

Principal duties of this delegation include documenting, archiving and studies in China party history both domestically and internationally.

Training focused on U.S archiving methodologies; Collecting, recording and releasing information; US methodologies of collecting and preserving China history; Role of Media and independent sources in collecting, reporting and archiving government and US parties histories; Technical Means and Standards of government archiving.

Supporting ILI in this training and providing technical experts included David Schambaugh from George Washington University; specialists from the US Library of Congress; US Senate Archivists; US National Archives; Administrative Office of the US Courts.





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Guizhou SOE Delegations discusses
WTO Obligations with
Macrory, ILI Center Director -
International Trade

Xue Baojun, Deputy Director of State
Owned Supervision
and Administration
Commission of Guizhou Province,
Prof. Paul Swiercz a gift after his lecture.

Prof. Marshall Meyer of Wharton School
of Business discusses international market
strategies and case studies with the
SOE delegation.


The delegation is made up by government officials and senior managers of leading state owned enterprises from Guizhou province.

The training objective focused on discussions concerning Strategic Enterprise Management and Global Strategies. Specific discussions focused on the application of strategic planning and management, scientific management methods in international development strategy, human capital management, corporate reforms and the role of State Owned Enterprises in the WTO.

ILI wishes to thank contributing members Jeffery Lenn, Paul Swiercz and Ernest Forman each from George Washington University School of Business; David Robinson, SAP AG; Patrick Macrory, ILI Center Director of International Trade Law; and Prof. Marshal Meyer, Wharton School of Business for their gracious contributions to this program and to this important delegation.





Represented by several Chinese government ministries and state-owned enterprises. This delegation arrived to the US under a program funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).  Their program is being coordinated by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Commerce. 

The purpose of this visit is to educate representatives on U.S. government procurement policies and procedures with the ultimate goal for China to accede to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement on acceptable terms. 

ILI met and discussed with the delegation on programs available to Chinese government staff on public procurement administration, laws, standards, international standards, government transparency and WTO requirements. 





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Marc Juhel, Sector Head – World Bank
Global Highway Safety 
Bank initiatives and standards
with Guangxi
Highway Safety Delegation

Guangxi Highway Safety at US Captial


Comprised of members of the Highway Road Construction Technology and Management this delegation was sponsored by the Transportation Investment Group in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The delegation's organizations are responsible for 21 highways currently under construction, valued at approximately $23 Billion (USD), making this delegation responsible for the tremendous public assets and for providing great social and economic development impact for Guangxi province.

Training focused on new methodologies utilized in US highway safety, planning and fulfillment; Legislation and funding sources; Division of responsibilities and authorities: Local v. State v. Federal Controls, Planning, Funding; Road Management Systems specializing in the reduction of accidents; Improved highway management and service; Increasing quality to users; Maximization of economics; Road Construction – [Project Management, Cost Controls, Quality Controls, Public Private partnerships]; Maintenance; Scientific Design Concepts of Highways focus on Safety and Reliability; Design/Build Public Transportation – Large Scale Projects ; External Technologies and Products to increase Safety; Traffic Control and Emergency/Temporary Traffic Control Systems; Security - Surveillance – Monitoring Systems; Weather related safety policies, systems and equipment.

Special acknowledgements are extended to Graham Meyers, VDOT engineering consultant; US House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation; Marc Juhel, Sector Head – World Bank Global Highway Safety Initiatives; Donald Karol, Director of Highway Safety – National Traffic Safety Board; and the International Road Federation.


ILI wishes to extend special gratitude to Beijing Future Land Information and Consulting Co. Ltd; Ms. Lin Zhang, Ms. Chongxiao Liu, Ms. Tingting Li, Ms. Shuwo Zhou, Ms. Xiaowei Song and the Office of Congress Person Eleanor Holmes Norton for their contributions to each of our 2012 programs. ILI's China initiatives are led by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director.



Under the direction and initiatives of ILI Chairman, Prof. Don Wallace, Jr. the International Law Institute (ILI) has embarked on a series of courses it will undertake jointly with the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD).  

This program represents ILI and TKYD's first step in the development "ILI Istanbul", an ILI regional center to be headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey with the objective of providing a regional educational and technical assistance center focusing on training government and private sector practioners in the fields of law, management, economics and governance.

ILI and TKYD are currently planning future joint courses on Capital Markets Regulation and Compliance, Board Member Development Program, and other subjects. 

ILI Istanbul will maintain the ability to develop and deliver customized programs to accommodate the requests and needs of particular interest groups, countries or regions.

The first completed course, "Governance and Anti-corruption Methods", was held the week of June 18 at Istanbul Bilgi University, attended by participants from Turkey and neighboring countries.

The five-day educational program in June was realized through the cooperation of Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, the International Law Institute, Washington, DC, and Istanbul Bilgi University.

Teaching duties were shared by an consortium of distinguished instructors.   

Faculty included Prof. Stuart Gilman (Chairman of the Global Integrity Group and Fmr. Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Government Ethics, Washington, DC), Julia Paschal Davis (Director - Center for Public Procurement Law and Policy, ILI Washington, DC), Oya Özarslan (Chairman of the Board, Oya Özarsaln Transparency Association Of Turkey), Kayra Üçer (Attorney, Herguner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership, Istanbul, Turkey) , Bilge Cankorel (Ambassador (Ret.), Ex-President of OSCE'S Baku Office), and Prof. Gül Okutan Nilsson (Associate Prof., Istanbul Bilgi University Law School, Istanbul Turkey).

ILI and TKYD graciously thank the esteemed faculty for their contributions to this program.

ILI would like to extend special recognition and thanks to Prof. Dr. Turgut Tarhanli, Dean of Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University, for his and the university's full support of the efforts and initiatives of ILI and TKYD.

ILI also extends our greatest appreciation to Ümit Herguner, Senior Partner of Herguner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership and Member of the TYKD Advisory Board; Guray Karacar, Coordinator, TKYD; Ertan Küçükyalçın, Director of Education, TKYD; Foster De Reitzes, Sr. Advisor to ILI; and our own ILI Chairman, Prof. Don Wallace, Jr. for their leadership and commitment in this program, the establishment of ILI Istanbul and for their commitment to promote the rule of law in Turkey and the region.

ILI and TKYD look forward to the successful development of ILI Istanbul.


Please find Program Commentary Here   

ILI Presents in the NILS International Conference on Law Reform and the Law Making Process for the Nigerian National Assembly

The National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) for the Nigerian National Assembly in conjunction with ILI, the National Judicial Institute, and the Nigerian Law Reform Commission will be presenting the International Law Conference on Law Making Reform and the Law Making Process in Abuja, Nigeria from July 16 - 17.  The high level conference is expected to attract hundreds of Legislators from the National Assembly, State Assemblies, and the ECOWAS Parliament.  The Conference will be attended by the leadership of the National Assembly, including the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker of the House, Deputy Senate President, Ministers of the Federation and Judges will also be present.  ILI will bring the team of Kenny Kraft former Counsel for the U.S. Congress House Appropriations Committee, Art Ryearson former Deputy Legislative Counsel for the U.S. Senate, David Ogle former Executive Director of the Connecticut State Assembly, and Kim Phan ILI Executive Director to present on appropriations, legislative drafting, the role of public hearings, and civil society in law making and democracies. Click here for Abuja Law Reform Conference Program of Activities


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The International Law Institute is pleased to have welcomed representatives of the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC), today to discuss areas of mutual interests the areas of international arbitration, arbitral institutions and areas for possible future support and cooperation.

Madame Wang Hongsong, General Secretary of the Beijing Arbitration led the Beijing Arbitration Commission delegation. Madame Wang was accompanied by BAC colleagues, Dr. Chen Fuyong, Division Supervisor and Mr. Xu Jie, Case Manager.

         "The Beijing Arbitration Commission ("BAC") is a non-profit organization devoted to providing a forum for impartial 
          and efficient alternative dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.

          The BAC focuses on contractual and property-related disputes, both commercial and international, among citizens, 
          legal persons and other organizations. Since its founding, the BAC has into the foremost arbitration commission in
          China. From an initial annual load of only a handful of cases, today the BAC consistently ranks among the top in both
          in the number of cases accepted and the total disputed amount.

          The BAC provides its services to both domestic and foreign parties and its Panel of Arbitrators includes over fifty
          well-established foreign arbitrators. It participates in international seminars and trains its arbitrators in international
          ADR practices." ^

The Beijing Arbitration Commission has quickly established itself as one the world's leading international arbitral and mediation bodies working in China and abroad.

Representing ILI were Professor Don Wallace Jr, Chairman, Ms. Anne Marie Whitesell, former Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Director of ILI's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. Also in attendance were Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director, Ms. Mengqi Zhang and Ms. Shuwo Zhou, ILI associates.

In addition to matters of alternative dispute resolution, both parties discussed opportunities for exchange of personnel, cooperation of future programs, and promotion of the goals and mission of both organizations.

ILI looks forward to enhancing our relationship with the Beijing Arbitration Commission.

For additional information concerning the Beijing Arbitration Commission, please click HERE ^


June 2012


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Prof. Don Wallace and SAFEA Director, 
Mr. Cui Changzheng meet in Beijing


ILI is presented SAFEA Certification
at ceremony in Shenzhen


Ms. Kun Wang-ILI China Representative,
SAFEA Director Mr. Cui, and Robert Sargin



The International Law Institute is honoured to have received special recognition and official Certification by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs of China (SAFEA).



ILI has been officially Certified as a proven and trusted resource to provide training and technical expertise to central and provincial governments and state owned entities on mainland China as well as receive officially sponsored and State financed delegations for overseas training.



SAFEA manages, organizes and implements foreign entities to provide expert training and technical expertise to China. SAFEA is responsible for evaluating and certifying these foreign experts. Certified training organizations have undergone thorough evaluations by regional SAFEA officials, China Embassy personnel, as well as formal evaluation from its primary officials in Beijing.



ILI has been specifically certified in the fields of Law, Economics and Public Policy.



ILI has maintained a long and valued relationship with the People's Republic of China. Since 1979, when ILI Chairman, Prof. Don Wallace Jr, led the first US delegation of lawyers from the American Bar Association to China, ILI has committed itself to assist China in training and technical assistance programs across many specialized subject areas.

国际法学会与中华人民共和国一直维持着长期及可贵的友好关系。自从1979年ILI主席,Don Wallace教授,率首个"美国律师协会"代表团荣誉访华至今,ILI始终致力于协助中国在多个专项领域进行培训和技术支持项目。


For a more expansive list of programs ILI has conducted with China, please click HERE

点击HERE 以查看ILI为中国举办过的详细项目清单。


ILI fully recognizes the importance and responsibilities of this certification and stands committed to work closely with SAFEA in support its training capacity mission for China, and interests of the Chinese people.



ILI would like to specially thank SAFEA Director, Mr. Cui Changzheng for his kind consideration and approval of ILI's application. ILI would like to also thank Mr. Wei Dawei, Mr. Zheng Jie and Ms. Cui Jingqui, from the New York office of SAFEA, who provided important technical support and guidance in this most important matter.

Special appreciation is extended to Ms. Kun Wang, ILI Representative in Beijing for her expert management and administration throughout this Certification process.

The International Law Institute is excited to partner with the Embassy of Uruguay and Dechert LL.P. for an event to celebrate the opening of the Academic Foundation of Uruguay.

The event is entitled, “Investment Arbitration, State Power to Regulate and the Most Relevant Experience of Latin American Countries.” Opening remarks will be given by H.E. Ambassador of Uruguay to the United States, Mr. Carlos Gianelli and Professor Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman of the International Law Institute and Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Two panel discussions will explore the topic in-depth. The first will focus on a discussion of standards of investment protection and the new paradigms, while the second will share the experience of arbitral cases and new trends in the adoption of international obligations by sovereign States.


Shandong Lawyer delegation meets with Audrey Winter of at the Office of the United States Trade Representative


The International Law Institute is proud to host a16-member lawyer delegation from Shandong Province, China as participants in ILI's International Trade Law program.  This 3-month program was specially designed by the ILI and the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Shandong Province.  This training provides the delegation a unique opportunity to study WTO, International Trade Law, International Investment Agreements and State Dispute Arbitration, Commercial Arbitration and intern in Washington, DC law firms as well as interact and be instructed by top experts in their fields.

The delegation is headed by Ms. Gou Hui, Secretariat of the Shandong Lawyer Association.  Also included in this esteemed delegation is Mr. Han Wei (Partner, Shandong Shuntian Law Firm), Mr. Xie Bin (Director, Shandong Cheng Gong Law Firm), Ms. Xiaoli Xiao (Partner, Shandong You Hua Law Firm), Mr. Wang Yuncheng (Sr. Partner, Shandong Qindao Law Firm), Mr. Hao Tiansheng (Sr. Partner, Shandong Bridge Law Firm), Mr. Song Xianbin (Partner, Qian Yuan Law Firm), Mr. Liu Weidong (Partner Zhongchengrenhe Law Firm), Ms. Han Zhurong (Shandong Chen Tao Law Firm), Ms. Hua Xiaoyue (Shandong Shun Xiang Law Firm), Mr. Wu Hao (Shandong Deheng Law Firm), Mr. Zhou Hao (Shandong Hongyuan Law Firm), Mr. Wang Shungyong (Shandong Deyi Junda Law Firm), Mr. Bi Wenguang (Shandong Ying Liang Tai Ye Law Firm), Ms. Han Qimei (Shandong Deheng Law Firm), and Ms. Li Xia (Shandong Dadiren Law Firm).

In addition to ILI many firms, organizations and government offices are contributing to this training program, a few of the contributing organizations include the law firms of Winston Strawn, Akin Gump, Axinn, Veltrop, Harkrider, Arnold and Porter, Capitol Trade and Sidley Austin. Members of US government offices include: the US Trade Representative's Office, US International Trade Commission, US House of Representatives, US Senate, US Department of Commerce and the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. ILI wishes to thank these firms (and the many others not listed) in providing technical expertise for the Shandong lawyers.  This program is led by Patrick Macrory, Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center and supported by Yue Yang and Xiaoqi Sun.

It is our collective hope that the training here will assist the delegation to better advise and represent trade efforts in Shandong Province.


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Discussions at the Office of the US Trade Representative US International Trade Commission Studying at Lunch Visiting US Capitol


Shandong Delegation at a Diplomatic Reception at the U.S. Department of State