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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.




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


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.


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.

On October 6, 2010 Ms. Sharon Cromer, USAID's Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, lectured at the ILI during the Contract Administration seminar.


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She discussed several topics including USAID"s initiative to deliver financial assistance in a more effective way as well as the roles, responsibilities and authority in the administration of contracts.

Sharon Cromer is in charge of the Africa Bureau for USAID, a bureau that manages $6.3 billion annually in U.S. foreign assistance to Africa.  Prior to this position, she was the USAID Mission Director in Nigeria.  Sharon started her career as an intern at ILI while she was a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. The ability to interact with ILI participants during her internship helped her to focus her career on international development. 

ILI participants had the chance to effect policy by discussing the new initiative from the perspective of developing countries, their concerns and the opportunities.

John Niehuss, Director of ILI's Private Investment in Infrastructure Center and Senior Advisor, will be teaching Project Finance to second and third year law students at Peking University School of

Transnational Law in the spring of 2011.  John Niehuss is also a faculty member at teh University of Michigan School of Law where he teaches International Project Finance as well.  

Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President of the Nigerian National Assembly and Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, met with ILI Executive Director Kim Phan, Chairman Don Wallace, and Ambassdor Steve Halloway, Director of ILI's Center for Comparative Legislative Management, on August 30, 2010 to discuss having ILI assist the National Assembly in setting up the proposed National Institute of Legislative Studies.  The Institute is designed to train the National Assembly, State Assemblies, and ECOWAS Parliament.  This collaboration will build upon ILI's extensive relationship with the National Assembly, and envisions the ILI conducting capacity building of legislators and staff in Washington, DC and in Nigeria, as well as offering technical assistance.  Areas of training will likely include Legislative Strategic Planning and Management, Legislative Drafting, Legal English and Legal Writing, the Budget Process and Congressional Reporting.

ILI is honored to be asked by the National Assembly to participate in the development of the National Institute of Legislative Studies.