The 2018 Investment Arbitration & Trans-Pacific Transactions Conference

Singapore, May 10-11, 2018

ILI's Investment Center Co-Director, Ian Laird, is scheduled to be a panelist at the conference.  Topics to be covered include:

  • State Experience In The Prevention Of Investment Treaty Disputes And The Improvement Of State Readiness For Investment Arbitration
  • Choice Of Rules For Resolution Of Investment Disputes
  • Preliminary And Jurisdictional Objections
  • Regulatory Powers And Defenses On The Merits Concerning Claims Of Expropriation And Violation Of Fair And Equitable Treatment
  • Quantum As Part Of The State’s Strategy To Articulate An Effective Defense In Investment Arbitration

Registrations details can be found at:




The International Law Institute was honored to host two programs recently for judges from Guangxi and Guangdong provinces of China under the direction of the Supreme People’s Court of China.

Titled “The System of Witnesses Appearing in Court in Criminal Cases,” the 6-member Guangdong delegation was led by Judge HONG Shiquan, Vice President of the High People’s Court of Guangdong Province. ILI trainings included the observation of court procedures at the District of Columbia Superior Court, lectures led by Dr. James Apple on witness procedure and protection, and a meeting with Judge Lyn Leibovitz from the District of Columbia Superior Court to discuss witness testimony in criminal trials and the identification, examination and impeachment of witnesses.


Guangxi Chief Judges Meeting with Scott Harris, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States


The Guangxi delegation, led by Judge HUANG Hongbo of Guangxi Laibin Intermediate People’s Court and consisting of 17 members, focused on the access to court information and trial procedure. In the training, they attended lectures on introduction to the U.S. legal system; judicial accountability; judicial transparency, the role of media and trust in judges and courts; selection of judges in the District of Columbia; alternative dispute resolution and mediation; court reports and access to information; access to justice and its role in judicial transparency and accountability; court information and reporting; administrative law courts; responsibilities of bars working with judges; judicial disabilities and tenure. The program also included site visits to the District of Columbia Superior Court, Federal Judicial Center, District of Columbia Bar, District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure, Supreme Court of the United States, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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ILI most respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from James Apple, International Judicial Academy; Judge Lyn Leibovitz and Judge Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Superior Court; Michael Cedrone, Georgetown University Law Center; Judge Alexander Williams; Stephen Wermiel, American University Washington College of Law; Ronald Flagg, District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission; Jeannie Adams, Multi-door Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court; Nancy Drane, District of Columbia Commission on Access to Justice; AnnaMaria Steward, District of Columbia Bar; D.C. Bar CEO Robert Spagnoletti, President Patrick McGlone, and President-elect Esther Lim; D.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby; and D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin; Catherine Hudgins, District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure; Scott Harris, Supreme Court of the United States; Judge Sidney Stein, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Judge Elizabeth Strong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Easter District of New York.

Special appreciation to ILI Associates, Mr. HUANG Qifan, Ms. WANG Jue, Ms. Alex Casale, and Ms. Jillian Skoniecka.

Program development and oversight by Robert Sargin, ILI-Deputy Director and Dr. James Apple, Director-ILI's International Judicial Academy.



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From IFC Fady Zeidan, Ethiopis Tafara, and from ILI Prof. Don Wallace Jr. and Robert Sargin
Reprinted from International Finance Corporation 

December 1, 2017 — IFC Legal Department has teamed up with the International Law Institute (ILI) to create the “Certificate Program for Legal Skills in Private Sector Financing.” The program seeks to strengthen legal skills of in-house counsel within private and public sector organizations so that they are better equipped to expand private sector financing in emerging markets.
Insufficient institutional and regulatory capacity in emerging markets is a key challenge to IFC's goal of scaling up private sector solutions to address development challenges. The program aims to develop a cadre of lawyers and policy makers who understand the role and importance of private sector financing in promoting development. Its curriculum focuses on international best practices in private sector financing, particularly in private infrastructure projects and concession-related contractual structures.
“Legal professionals and policymakers across emerging markets are our great allies in creating the right conditions to channel private sector funding and ingenuity to essential development needs,” said Ethiopis Tafara, IFC VP for Legal, Compliance Risk and Sustainability, and General Counsel, at the signing ceremony with ILI.
The program is designed for mid-career and senior-level professionals working in public or private sector organizations who are directly involved in designing and negotiating policies to increase private sector investment and drafting and negotiating government contracts and authorizations required to implement private sector investments and development solutions.
The Program will be a one-week intensive residential course designed to equip participants with skills to understand legal, regulatory and commercial issues relating to private sector financing, so that they will be in a better position to lead private sector finance development initiatives in their respective countries. The Program will be offered to selective groups, on demand, in different locations globally about twice a year, starting with Colombo, Sri Lanka. IFC Legal and ILI will also seek to partner with local organizations to help them establish local training programs to deliver greater impact over the long.
ILI is an independent non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. It is a leading provider of training and technical assistance to public and private organizations in areas including financial and legal aspects of private participation in infrastructure. ILI draws on a very large network of technical consultants, alumni, faculty and advisors to tailor training solutions that balance scholarly training and practical case studies with global best practices.




International Law Institute is very pleased to announce that it has been invited and has accepted to be a founding member of the new Belt and Road International Lawyers Association [BRILA] established this year by the All China Lawyers Association [ACLA].

Founded in 1986, the All China Lawyers Association [ACLA] is the bar association of the People’s Republic of China. The aim of the ACLA is to unite and educate its members to protect the dignity of the Constitution and law; to be faithful to the legal profession and abide by professional ethics and rules of conduct; to defend lawful rights and interests of its members; to enhance professional competence of lawyers; to strengthen professional self regulation in order to promote sound development of the legal profession and endeavor to build up socialist state with rule of law and to develop social civilization and progress. It has 31 provincial branches and over 330,000 individual members.

In 2013, China launched policies to increase trade and international development throughout 50 countries, known as the Belt and Road Initiative. Projects carried out under this framework will expand international cooperation and development with over one hundred participating and vested countries and international associations.

To enhance international legal cooperation and exchange, ACLA has established BRILA, a non-governmental, non-profit professional international association comprised of lawyers, law firms, bar associations and international partners. It will serve as a platform to promote exchange and cooperation between participating members; enhance communication between parties; and improve commercial and trade relations.

ILI conducts programs with government entities worldwide.  Since 1978, ILI has worked closely with China on matters involving economics, law, infrastructure, trade, investment, intellectual property, and training of government officials, legal practitioners, and private sector officers.  In 2017 ILI and ACLA partnered to train a senior level delegation of foreign-oriented Chinese lawyers, who will likely be involved directly with Belt and Road matters.

ILI is pleased to have been invited to join as a founding member of such a prestigious and forward looking bar association as BRILA.  As with each of ILI’s country relations, we are humbled to participate and provide technical input to support international economic development and prosperity through the rule of law.

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The International Law Institute is pleased to announce the publication of “Business Guide to Trade and Investment”, Volume 1 – International Trade, edited by Arthur Appleton and Patrick Macrory, and published by the International Chamber of Commerce ICC, in partnership with the International Law Institute. This volume introduces business interests to the international and regional rules applicable to trade in goods and services as well as to aspects of trade such as intellectual property rights and dispute settlement. The second volume, to be published in early 2018, will cover investment agreements.

According to John Donilovich, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce For over forty years, “In this volume business executives will find a wealth of insights on the rules and institutions that govern international trade today and what they mean for their global growth strategies.” Patrick Macrory, who is the Director of the International Trade Law Center at the ILI, has worked in international trade and cross-border transactions globally for over forty years. Considered an expert in the field of trade, Mr. Macrory has litigated, advised and trained officials and practitioners globally on international trade matters, with specific focus on trade remedies and customs law.

Interview with Mr. Patrick Macrory about
: “Business Guide to Trade and Investment”

Why did you write this book?

There are many books on trade and investment written for lawyers by lawyers. But there are very few books, if any, written for business and government officials who are not lawyers.

How do you see the book being used?

The purpose of the book to help businesses understand how they can take advantage of trade and investment agreements, by removing barriers to their exports, by proving relief against imports that are harming them, or by protecting their foreign investments. For example the book includes a case study of how the US and European liquor industries used trade agreements to get rid of highly discriminatory tax treatment, favoring local producers, in a number of countries, including Japan, Colombia, India, and Chile.

Do you see this book being used by trade associations or by individual companies themselves?

Both. The book is published by the International Chamber of Commerce and will be made available to country chambers of commerce and their members internationally. It is designed for commercial sectors of country members of the WTO or those operating within bi-lateral and regional trade agreements and whose members wish to open markets, better understand competition, and work more intelligently to protect their investments.

Do you see this as primarily a US-centric publication or is this taking into consideration international standards?

The book is about international law standards (although these standards are incorporated into the domestic law of each WTO Member). We expect that the book will be used worldwide.

What are some of the specific topics that you address in this book?

All the areas are important, but different groups will be more interested in some parts than others. For example, a business that is exporting a lot will be most interested in learning how it can use the agreements to break down trade barriers. Conversely, a producer that is facing competition from imports will be more interested in learning about trade remedies. A business with overseas investments will focus on the type of protection that it may receive under international investment agreements.

The first volume deals with trade. It discusses the World Trade Organization, how it came into being, what it does, the rules that it applies that are so fundamental to trade, and the quite effective way in which it resolves disputes between its members. This volume also discusses the remarkable growth of regional trade agreements, which now account for more than half of world trade. The second volume, which will be published early in 2018, deals with international investment agreements, of which there are now well over 2,000. They are designed to protect foreign investors against unfair treatment by the host governments, such as expropriating their property without compensation.

Specific issues in Volume 1 include:

Fundamental rules governing international trade
Customs Issues
Non-Tariff Barriers
Rules related to subsidies
Trade remedies
Trade in agriculture
Government procurement
Trade in Services and Intellectual Property Rights
Dispute Settlement in the WTO and regional trade agreements
Case studies showing how particular industries have leveraged rules to open foreign markets or to protect themselves from injurious imports

What are some of the areas within your book that you think would be meaningful in terms of cross border transactions?

One important topic is the so-called “trade remedy”, which allows an industry that is being harmed by imports to obtain relief in the form of higher duties (or occasionally quotas). This is a very controversial subject, as witnessed by the fact that nearly half of the over 500 disputes handled by the WTO have involved trade remedies. The book describes the practical steps business needs to take to obtain this relief.

Trade is a fairly technical topic. How is the book drafted so that it is understandable?

We asked all the contributors to write in simple, straightforward English (and to avoid using Latin where possible).

Does the reader need to have a background in trade or international business to profit from reading from this book?

I would hope not, though someone with that background might get more out of the book. We try to present the subject step by step, with practical tips (in bold typeface) along the way. It is written in a way that is meant to be very accessible.

Does the book provide resources for the reader for further information or international or government websites that might help direct them towards more specific information?

Yes, the chapters are heavily end-noted with references to books, articles, etc. And we provide links to useful WTO and government websites.

What do you wish the readers to take away from your publication?

An understanding of how they can utilize trade and investment agreements to further their business interests in a fair and controllable way.

Can you tell me about the publisher of the book?

The International Chamber of Commerce is based in Paris and the International Law Institute, Washington, DC.

Who is the International Chamber of Commerce and why is it important?

With a global network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries, the ICC promotes international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation.


Patrick Macrory, Joaquin Avendaño, Economic Affairs,
Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC and
ILI Program Manager, Carlos Davila
discussing trade issues


Mr. Macrory has served as Co-Chairman of the International Trade Committee of the American Bar Association; served as Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan; taught trade law courses at the Washington College of Law at American University and the University of London; He also teaches regularly at the International Law Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at its affiliates in Uganda, Egypt, Turkey, and Nigeria. He has also taught in, Beijing, Korea, China, Canada, Saudi Arabia, India, Nepal, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan, the Bahamas, Jordan, Barbados,, ,the Dominican Republic. Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Myanmar. Mr. Macrory designed and delivers courses for the Foreign Service Institute (the teaching arm of the U.S. State Department) to instruct foreign service officers and other U.S. government officials on monitoring compliance with the WTO and other trade agreements. In 2003 he advised the People’s Bank of China on WTO aspects of banking law reform. In 2004 he led a team that provided WTO training to 250 senior Chinese judges. Mr. Macrory has worked on two projects with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the first in connection with the extension of the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement to trade in services, and the second in connection with the negotiation of an Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. He assisted the Government of Botswana in its preparation for the negotiation of a services chapter to the free trade provisions of the Southern African Development Community. Mr. Macrory was Editor-in-Chief of a major work on the World Trade Organization, titled ‘The World Trade Organization -Legal, Economic, and Political Analysis”. The book contains more than eighty chapters and 3000 pages, providing comprehensive legal, political, and economic analyses of the WTO, written by many of the leading academics, practitioners, and government officials in the world. Drawing on his expertise, Mr. Macrory co-directed the development of this publication to teach best practices in international trade.


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ACLA attending oral arguments
at the U.S. Supreme Court
   Mr. Richard Holbrook, Partner and
Mr. Jonathan Nesher, Associate at
Crowell & Moring, LLC hold breakout
discussions with ACLA on investment
laws of the U.S.

ACLA attends 2-day conference at
World Bank on multilateral
development bank projects, PPP, 
procurement, sanctions systems and
integrity compliance


The International Law Institute was privileged to have received a distinguished delegation of accomplished and technically sophisticated international lawyers selected by the All China Lawyers Association to attend conferences and training focused on matters related to international trade, investment, and commercial transactions within the U.S. and abroad.

Founded in 1986, the All China Lawyers Association [ACLA] is the bar association of the People’s Republic of China. The aim of the ACLA is to unite and educate its members to protect the dignity of the Constitution and law; to be faithful to the legal profession and abide by professional ethics and rules of conduct; to defend lawful rights and interests of its members; to enhance professional competence of lawyers; to strengthen professional self regulation in order to promote sound development of the legal profession and endeavor to build up socialist state with rule of law and to develop social civilization and progress. It has 31 provincial branches and over 330,000 individual members.

Since 2013, ACLA has organized programs funded by the Ministry of Justice of China targeted at training senior foreign-oriented lawyers who are proficient in international legal affairs. This is the first year that ACLA has cooperated with the International Law Institute to conduct such a program.

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Crowell & Moring, LLC conducts panel
discussion on Chinese investments in
the U.S., including Market
Access, Labor, Security Review,
Intellectual Property, and Taxes
  ACLA meets with the AFL-CIO to
discuss organized labor relations
in the U.S.
  Michael Bednarek, Partner at
Adams & Reese, LLC hosts a
reception for ACLA delegation.
Adams & Reese hosted Ms. Han Jun
and Mr. Yang Qing as visiting lawyers


This year’s program focused on practical issues related to: International Trade; Cross-Border Investment; Investment by Chinese entities into the U.S.; Securities and Exchange; Anti-Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering; Employment and Labor Law; Multilateral Development Organizations and MDB projects, funding, oversight, and sanctions; and Intellectual Property.

In addition to lectures, lawyers were placed in prestigious international law firms in DC as visiting layers, to better understand from their U.S. peers organizational and financial structure of those firms, their general and personnel management, training and evaluation of lawyers, law firm marketing, and international expansion strategies. Lawyers also engaged in topic discussions with experts from various practice groups within each law firm.

Firms complemented these engagements with social receptions, which further strengthened the bonds between senior level lawyers from both China and the US.

The five-week program consisted of lectures and site visits seminars presented by government officials, practicing lawyers and policy experts.


Mr. William Black - Greater Washington China Investment Center,
Mr. Samuel Mok - Condor International Advisors, LLC, and
Mr. Larry Lee U.S.-China Policy Foundation discuss experiences
of Chinese firms invested in the U.S.

Lectures detailed the U.S. legal system; qualifications for practicing law in the U.S.; international trade and investment systems WTO and BITS; trade in goods and services; regional trade agreements; subsidies, antidumping and countervailing duties; non-trade remedies, non-tariff barriers; Section 337; investigations; custom issues, trade facilitation agreements; dispute settlement mechanism; development of trade policies in the U.S., analyses of U.S. – China bilateral trade arrangements; legal framework of U.S. investment laws, national security reviews and FCPA; overview of the U.S. financial markets; capital markets and risk management; case analyses of Chinese investment in the U.S. - lessons learned and strategic investment advice; investment checklists; SEC oversight and securities regulations; US corporate regulations and structures; special state protections and tax advantages; anti-corruption, anti-money laundering; cross-border cooperation; employment law and organized labor; dispute settlement; overview of multilateral development institutions and MDB projects; PPPs; due diligence, procurement, sanction systems; integrity compliance mechanisms; intellectual property protection, trademark procedures and EPC contracts.

The program provided the delegation greater understanding of the U.S. and international transactional issues and composed dispute resolution strategies. It is our collective hope that this program marks the start of a stronger cooperation between ACLA and ILI.

The delegation was led by Ms. HAN Jun, Partner at V & T Law Firm (Shenzhen). It was further comprised of Mr. LIAN Zheng, Partner at Fujian Xufeng Law Firm; Mr. WEI Jinji, Partner at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Shenzhen); Mr. XIE Yongfa, Division Director of Law and Regulation Division at Hebei Provincial Department of Commerce; Mr. YANG Qing, Partner at Zhonghao Law Firm; Mr. TU Chongyu, Partner at The Universal Legal Corp.; Ms. JI Xuefeng, Partner at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Tianjin); Ms. YE Shuli, Partner at Beijing DHH Law Firm; Ms. WANG Yang, Managing Director at Beijing Guantao Law Firm; Mr. GESANGCIREN, Lawyer at Tibet Chomolungma Law Firm; Mr. CHEN Yuhang, Managing Director at Guangxi Shengtao Law Firm; Mr. YU Yubin, Partner at Shanghai Duan & Duan (Xiamen) Law Firm; Ms. MENG Qihong, Lawyer at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Harbin); Ms. WANG Jing, Lawyer at Beijing Zhong Lun (Wuhan) Law Firm; Ms. LI Lu, Partner at Beijing Jincheng Tongda & Neal Law Firm; Mr. GU Chaoping, Director at Shanghai Duan & Duan (Chengdu) Law Firm; Ms. TANA, Partner at Jingshi Law Firm; Mr. MIAO Jianwen, Partner at AllBright Law Offices; Mr. ZHOU Dayong, Partner at Beijing Dentons Law Offices LLP (Kunming); Mr. YANG Zhenfa, Lawyer at Yunnan Datao Law Firm; and Ms. LI Weiran from All China Lawyers Association.

This program was supported by the expert inputs from well over 60 contributing speakers and over 35 supporting organizations. ILI respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from Crowell & Moring, LLP; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; Jones Day; Dentons, LLP; Covington & Burling, LLP; Holland & Knight, LLP, Adams & Reese, LLP; Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, LLP; Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Fox Business School, Temple University; International Trade Law Center; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Appleton Luff; Sidley Austin LLP; Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP; Cato Institute; Office of the United States Trade Representative; George Washington University; Greater Washington China Investment Center; Condor International Advisors, LLC; U.S. China Policy Foundation; William W. Uchimoto Law; United States Department of Justice; Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC.; AFL/CIO; The World Bank; United States Patent and Trademark Office; Construction Risk LLC; American Bar Association; and Nyugen & Chen LLP.

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ACLA meets with Ms. Audrey Winter at
the Office of the 
U.S. Trade Representative
[USTR] on U.S.-China trade issues
  Mr. Stuart Kerr, Counsel at the law firm
of Jones Day, with ACLA visiting
lawyers Ms. Li Lu and Mr. Miao Jianwen
  ACLA conducts meetings with the
American Bar Association [ABA]


Special appreciation to ILI Associates, Mr. HUANG Qifan and Mr. XU Zhanqi; Ms. WANG Kun and Ms. FANG Lijuan, from Beijing Future-Land Information Consulting Co, Ltd. [ILI China Representatives].

Program development and oversight by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director.



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The International Law Institute is honored to announce




“1st Year of IBC: Tracing its journey, challenges for building the road ahead”

This program will be undertaken on October 27th in New Delhi followed by a
Roundtable Stakeholder Consultation on “Insolvency Resolution” on October 28th.

These programs are developed by the Centre for Transnational Commercial Law and the National Law University, Delhi and under the general direction of Dr. Risham Garg to address current status and advances pertaining to the insolvency laws and practice of India both domestically and cross border.

These programs are further supported and co-sponsored by UNCITRAL, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India, P&A Law Offices; United Nations Coordination Committee India, SIPA and the International Law Institute.

The Theme:

The enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) was seen as a watershed moment for the Indian economy as it introduced a modern framework to deal with the insolvency of individuals and corporate entities. While the personal insolvency regime is yet to be enforced, the corporate insolvency regime is up and running. A new ecosystem for corporate insolvency comprising of the Insolvency Professionals, Insolvency Professional Agencies, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India and National Company Law Tribunal has already been set in place in with the aim of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation. Touted as the biggest economic reform next to only the GST, the Code marks a paradigm shift in terms of being a single comprehensive law on insolvency in the country; providing time bound mechanisms for resolution of insolvency and making a sharp transition from debtor in possession to creditor in control. Due to these unique features, the Code was hailed by the creditors and debtors alike.

However, as the euphoria subsides and jurisprudence starts to develop, various challenges have started coming to the fore. Like any law, the success or failure of the IBC depends on its effective implementation. To promote this aim of successful implementation of the Code, this year’s UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day is being organised on the theme of “Insolvency Resolution and Cross-Border Insolvency”. The Symposium puts the current issues and challenges in the spotlight by demarcating four specific sessions and invites various stakeholders under the Code to participate in this discussion to come up with effective solutions for the future.


Issues in Implementation of IBC
Personal Insolvency
Issues in Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process
Emerging Jurisprudence
UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency

Brochure & Detailed Program Schedule and Speakers: 

To Watch Live or Archived Webcast:

National Law Univ. Delhi: 
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Supreme People’s Court delegation headed by Mr. QIAN Xiaochen
with Dr. James Apple, Mr. Robert Sargin and Ms. Rachel Kyes 

The International Law Institute was honored to have hosted a distinguished delegation from the Supreme People’s Court of China on the topic of Technology in Case Management and Court Services.
Discussion points for this meeting included the use of court databases for evaluation and personnel management; facilitation of horizontal and vertical communication between courts; innovation in case management systems; data collection, aggregation and analysis of court cases; training programs for judges and court administrators; and caseload and staffing allocations.
The delegation was led by Mr. QIAN Xiaochen, President of the Research Institute of Judicial Cases of the Supreme People’s Court. It further comprised of Mr. GUAN Xin, Deputy Director-General of Department of Judicial Administration and Equipment Manager of the Supreme People’s Court; Ms. LIANG Xin, Professor, National Judges College of the Supreme People’s Court and Researcher, the Research Institute of Judicial Cases of the Supreme People’s Court; Ms. WANG Xiaoyan, Engineer, IT Center of the Supreme People’s Court; Mr. TANG Wenbo, Engineer, IT Center of the Supreme People’s Court; and Mr. LI Ruifu, Director-General, IT Center of the High People’s Court of Shandong.
Representing ILI in the discussions were Mr. Mark Fox, Chief, Data Governance Division, Judiciary Data and Analysis Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Mr. Jason Edwards, Regional Administrator, Court Services Office, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Ms. Rachel Kyes, Special Assistant, Office of the Judicial Liaison, U.S. Department of State; Dr. James Apple, Director, International Judicial Academy; Mr. Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director; Mr. HUANG Qifan, Mr. XU Zhanqi, ILI Associates, and Ms. BAO Lei, Interpreter.
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Ms. Rachel Kyes from the U.S. Department of State and
Mr. Jason Edwards; Mr. Mark Fox from the Administrative
Office of the U.S. Courts; Ms. BAO Lei and Mr. HUANG Qifan
Discussions on court data analytics,
system architecture, and operational reporting. 


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Group photo of Nigerian Delta State House of Assembly Delegation in Annapolis, Maryland
[Also pictured: Kim Phan, ILI Executive Director and Jeff Ziarnik, ILI Program Administrator]


The International Law Institute [ILI] was pleased to welcome 35 members and staffers from the Nigerian Delta State House of Assembly to attend our seminar on legislative strategic management and leadership. The seminar was presented from July 31st to August 4th, throughout which the participants were able to speak to and learn from professionals with decades of experience from working for the U.S. Congress.

Kenneth Kraft, a former Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative David Hobson, who has also served as a counsel on the Appropriations Committee, was the Course Advisor for this training. Mr. Kraft has worked on analyzing the U.S. budget for several years, and was able to share his insight on budget monitoring and utilization.

On Wednesday, the group from Delta State was able to travel to the Maryland State House and meet with the Executive Director of State Legislative Services. Having the wonderful opportunity to use the Joint Meeting room of the General Assembly as the classroom for the day, the participants learned how Maryland goes about their unique budget process, the role of the Governor, and legislative oversight. The group was then able to tour the Maryland State House, once served as the Capital of the United States, (as the meeting place of the Continental Congress).

To conclude the seminar, the participants were continued their experiential learning by visiting the U.S. Capitol, the ultimate site for legislative oversight. Here, the participants learned more about the founding of the United States after the Revolutionary War, and were able to put some of the topics they had learned about into perspective by seeing where legislation is created.

The ILI looks forward to working with the Delta State House of Assembly again and hopes they learned valuable skills they will be able to integrate into their own system.




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Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges from Anglophone Member States of
the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA)
[Also pictured: Gerhard Botha and Kim Phan]


The International Law Institute [ILI] was pleased to welcome a delegation of Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals Judges from Anglophone Member States of the Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa [GIABA] on a Study Tour from August 7 to 11, 2017. The representative countries include Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.

The seminar focused on Enhancing the Implementation of Robust Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism [AML/CFT] Measures in West Africa.

The mission of the ILI is to raise the levels of professional competence in all nations so that they may achieve practical solutions to common problems in ways that suit their needs. Through its commitment to fostering prosperity around the globe, the ILI has provided professional training and technical assistance to 31,000 government officials, legal and business professionals, and scholars from 186 countries.

GIABA’s mandate is to build the capacity of relevant officials in its Member States to effectively respond to the risks and threats of economic and financial crime, particularly money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Since 2008 GIABA has, in line with this mandate, organized nine Regional Capacity Building Seminars on Economic and Financial Crime for superior court judges responsible for the adjudication of cases involving economic and financial crimes in their respective countries.

Participants in these seminars recommended that Member States of GIABA should consider organizing international study tours in countries with judicial systems that are advanced in prosecuting economic and financial crimes. These study tours would allow the judges to collaborate with their counterparts in the host countries and discuss best practices. Consequently, the ILI is honored to have been selected to host the International Study Tour for Judges of Anglophone GIABA Member States.

Economic and financial crimes and their effects on global communities’ peace and security have become issues of great significance within the international community, and the West African region is no exception. Research studies conducted by GIABA have shown that despite an alarmingly high rate of criminal activity in GIABA Member States, few convictions have been made for such offenses. In addition, confiscation of the proceeds of crime and recovery of stolen assets are minimal.

Weakness in legislation is partly responsible for the present situation, but other contributing factors include lack of judicial independence resulting from undue executive influence, an elementary understanding of economic and financial crime and comprehensive investigation methods, social tolerance to corruption, and fear of retribution.

In order to address these findings, the specific topics covered within the seminar in addition to anti-money laundering included corruption, cybercrime, human trafficking, migrants smuggling, racketeering, financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and international initiatives adopted to combat these criminal activities.

Several high level speakers addressed the group, including officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, the International Monetary Fund, attorneys from the law firm of Wily Rein LLP, and members of the Judiciary. The group was also hosted by the US District Court in Baltimore.

According to Gina Wood, Legal Officer of GIABA, the Study Tour provided the judges with a wealth of knowledge - derived from both content and the quality of facilitation - that will assist in their effective adjudication of cases on economic and financial crime. “The judges are extremely grateful to GIABA and the ILI for making this possible,” she says.

The ILI looks forward to future cooperation with GIABA and values the opportunity to assist GIABA in its important work.

By: Surovi Bain