Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on International Law

ISBA Section on International and Immigration Law sponsors “Careers in International and Immigration Law” panels at Chicago-area law schools By Tejas Shah International and Immigration Law, January 2012 A summary of the recent panels, "Careers in International and Immigration Law," held at three law schools in Chicago and sponsored by the ISBA's International & Immigration Law Section.
Canadian Federal Court of Appeal provides direction for patentability of business methods in Canada By Kent Daniels, Brett Slaney, and Anil Bhole Intellectual Property, December 2011 While Canada's Federal Court of Appeals declined to determine the patentability of the “one-click” technique used by Amazon.com, Inc., it held that “there is no basis to determine conclusively that a business method should not be patentable subject matter.”
Energy from renewable sources in Bulgaria: Embracing the feed-in-tariff By Elena Sabkova International and Immigration Law, December 2011 The new Bulgarian Law on Energy from Renewable Sources was expected to set a new stage for the players in this sector: its target was to increase the consumption of energy from renewables by creating predictable scenarios for the operators and the investors and guaranteeing government funding and support for the generators.
New INCOTERMS 2010 By Lynne R. Ostfeld International and Immigration Law, December 2011 The word INCOTERMS is an abbreviation for International Commercial Terms. These are commercial terms drafted and published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in Paris. First published in 1936, the terms were just updated in 2010 and are often referred to as INCOTERMS 2010.
Registration of commercial agency and distributor agreements in the Arab Middle East By Howard L. Stovall International and Immigration Law, December 2011 Your company has just entered into a commercial agency or distributorship agreement with a local party in the Arab Middle East. The local party is now claiming that the agreement must be registered with local government authorities. Is this true? If so, what are the implications of such registration?
Setting up in Flanders—Part 2 By Ian Robberechts International and Immigration Law, December 2011 Some points for a foreign investor to consider when starting commercial operations in Belgium.  
Maximize your profits and minimize your risks by understanding your sourcing agreements By Caroline Berube and Michelle J. Rozovics International and Immigration Law, November 2011 A look at the different issues surrounding sourcing in China.
Recent developments in Swiss business law By Florian S. Jörg International and Immigration Law, November 2011 A list of changes to note when doing business in Switzerland.
Can corporations be held liable for international torts under the Alien Tort Statute? By Cindy G. Buys International and Immigration Law, October 2011 The Seventh Circuit recently answered this question in the affirmative in Flomo v. Firestone Natural Rubber Co. But because the Second Circuit reached the opposite conclusion, it'll be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to ultimately resolve the issue.
International issues are everywhere International and Immigration Law, October 2011 Recent international law-related questions posted to the ISBA's General Transactional listserv. 
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, October 2011 Recent cases of interest to international & immigration law practitioners.
Setting up in Flanders By Ian Robberechts International and Immigration Law, October 2011 Some points for a foreign investor to consider when starting commercial operations in Belgium.
Anticipating 7,000,000,000: How do we feed them all? A brief glimpse at Food Aid By Ross R. Alexander International and Immigration Law, September 2011 This year, on October 31, the world is anticipating seven billion people on the planet.
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act went into effect June 20, 2011—What retailers need to know By Douglas F. Harrison International and Immigration Law, September 2011 Retailers operating in Canada began facing significant new obligations under the new Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which went into effect on June 20, 2011.
Discovery in international arbitration International and Immigration Law, September 2011 Learn about discovery in international arbitration at this seminar on October 4th.
An Egyptian’s right to know: The need for freedom of information laws in Egypt By Engy Abdelkader International and Immigration Law, September 2011 Enabling Egyptians to obtain accurate data about their government facilitates their active and informed participation in the political process and equips them to set the public agenda.
Two new procedural options for trade mark infringement claims in the Federal Court of Canada By Joshua W. Spicer Intellectual Property, September 2011 Two recent decisions of the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal offer new procedural options to pursue trade mark infringers in Canada. Typically an action, protreacted discovery and interlocutory motions and a trial were required to seek an injunction, damages, lost profits, or other substantive relief. However, in Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. Singga Enterprises (Canada June 2011) the Federal Court for the first time granted judgment under new summary trial provisions of the Federal Court Rules, setting a meaningful precedent for the expedited procedure. In BBM Canada v. Research in Motion Limited the Federal Court of Appeal held that an application—a summary procedure akin to a motion with no discovery—may be used to pursue an injunction and damages for trade mark infringement and that such claims are not confined to proceeding as an action.
The European Union Center: A nationally recognized resource center serving the State of Illinois on European Union matters By Reneé Gordon Holley International and Immigration Law, August 2011 Over the years, the European Union Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a strong reputation as a leading provider of technical expertise and programming that highlighting topics relevant to the European Union and the EU’s role in the global marketplace.  
My U.S. Export Story – Finding customers around the world International and Immigration Law, August 2011 In order to recognize successful small exporters and increase awareness toward federal assistance for exporters, the U.S. Small Business Administration is sponsoring the SBA Export Video Contest.
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act went into effect June 20, 2011—What retailers need to know By Douglas F. Harrison Corporate Law Departments, July 2011 Retailers operating in Canada began facing significant new obligations under the new Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which went into effect on June 20, 2011.
France—Year in review By Dany Khayat and Jose Caicedo International and Immigration Law, July 2011 A review of how the legal landscape in France has changed in the past year.
Further information on Section Council Chairs International and Immigration Law, July 2011 A nearly complete list of Section Chairs of The Globe since 1966.
Meet the Section Council International and Immigration Law, July 2011 Get to know Council members Tejas Shah and Maura McKeever.
Recent cases International and Immigration Law, July 2011 Recent cases affecting international & immigration law practitioners.
Thank you to our authors International and Immigration Law, July 2011 A list of the authors who contributed to The Globe last year.
Germany—Year in review By Dr. Mark C. Hilgard, Dr. Jan Kraayvanger, and Till Feldmann International and Immigration Law, June 2011 A review of how the legal landscape in Germany has changed over the past year.
Hazards of failure to register as a foreign corporation By Stephen M. Proctor Corporate Law Departments, June 2011 Although registering as a foreign corporation will subject the corporation to the state’s jurisdiction and taxation, some consequences, as shown in Centralia Mining Co., v. Deneen Crawford, could be even more severe.
Spain—Year in review By Richard Silberstein International and Immigration Law, June 2011 Changes in Spanish law.
Switzerland—Year in review By Florian S. Jörg International and Immigration Law, June 2011 Updates in Swiss law.
Obtaining documents abroad: A primer for Illinois attorneys By Timothy J. Chorvat and Matthew A. Wlodarczyk Civil Practice and Procedure, May 2011 A look at the law relating to obtaining documents from sources abroad, and some suggestions on how to maximize the likelihood of obtaining useful information.