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. 





The ABA Section of International Law has launched a program to help expand membership throughout the world.  Ms. Ileana Smeureanu, an ILI Associate, was recently appointed the ABA country representative for Romania. In this capacity, Ms. Smeureanu will serve as liaison between ABA and Romanian arbitration bars, and coordinate related projects.

ILI will host a presentation in the Rule of Law Informational Series of the ABA Section of International Law.  The presentation will be given by Ms. Kim Phan, Executive Director of ILI, and is scheduled for early 2011. Ms. Phan will speak about the history, current and future ILI projects, as well as the ILI experience in dealing with development through the rule of law.

On October 14, 2010 Ms. Angela Benson, ABA Membership Director, visited the ILI.  The ILI was represented by Professor Don Wallace, Ms. Kim Phan, Mr. Robert Sargin, Mr. Gerhard Botha and Ms. Ileana Smeureanu. The two organizations are in the process of formalizing a cooperation agreement to work together on various projects.