Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on International Law

United States treaty and nationality-based work options By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, September 2006 Each year the United States is a desirable or necessary destination for millions of international business persons and travelers.
Algeria—Retention of intermediaries for sales to the public sector By Michael L. Coleman and Celine van Zeebroeck International and Immigration Law, August 2006 This article discusses the removal of what is thought to be the last statutory hurdle pertaining to the retention of intermediaries for sales to the Algerian public sector following the adoption of Law 06-01 of February 20, 2006 regarding the prevention and fight against corruption (the “Anti-corruption Law”).
Foreign law resources: Government Gazettes Online By Caitlyn McEvoy International and Immigration Law, August 2006 Government Gazettes Online (found at http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/gazettes/) stemmed from a project at the Dag Hammersköld Library at the United Nations in which two University of Michigan students searched for foreign gazettes published online.
Investor-State disputes By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, August 2006 Investors have choices. They can put their money into businesses in their home countries, or they can invest abroad.
Protecting ‘Works of the Human Spirit’ worldwide By Caitlyn McEvoy International and Immigration Law, August 2006 The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the many agencies of the United Nations headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Its main objective is to protect and promote the use of intellectual property, deemed as “works of the human spirit.”
Selling food in the European Union By Lynne R. Ostfeld Agricultural Law, August 2006 The following article is a summary of a project to provide advice to Illinois farmers wishing to engage in value added work by selling a ready to eat meal in the European Union.
A world of international law coming to Chicago and beyond By Violeta I. Balan International and Immigration Law, August 2006 The ISBA’s International & Immigration Law Section Council would like to let you know about several upcoming international law events that might be of interest to you.
Selling food in the European Union By Lynne R. Ostfeld International and Immigration Law, July 2006 A summary of a project to provide advice to Illinois farmers wishing to engage in value added work by selling a ready-to-eat meal in the European Union.
Summary of commercial agency/distributorship law in Turkey By Howard L. Stovall International and Immigration Law, July 2006 In Turkey, the relationship between a principal and a commercial agent or distributor is primarily governed by the Turkish Commercial Code and the Code of Obligations.
China placed on the Priority Watch List By Jeffrey V. Sok International and Immigration Law, May 2006 On January 13, 2005, Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the State Council (PRC), addressed the attendees of the China-US Intellectual Property Rights Roundtable.
The need for international law and a global perspective By Joshua Fellenbaum International and Immigration Law, May 2006 The author was awarded a scholarship from the International Law Students Association and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University School of Law to study this summer at Queen Mary School of Arbitration in London, England.
Seventh Circuit upholds citizenship revocation of former Nazi By Jacob A. Ramer International and Immigration Law, May 2006 In United States v. Kumpf, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment in favor of the government, where the government had sought to revoke citizenship conferred in 1964 to a former member of the German SS Waffen. 
INA provision trumps customary international law By Jason Green International and Immigration Law, March 2006 Customary international law is the practice of states accepted as law. U.S. courts have long held that customary international law is part of U.S. law.
International delegation of judges, lawyers, professors and government officials visited Chicago By Violeta I. Balan International and Immigration Law, March 2006 An international delegation of judges and many distinguished lawyers, professors and government officials from around the world visited Chicago on January 18-20, 2006.
Building a legal system in 21st century Russia By J. Dennis Marek Civil Practice and Procedure, February 2006 While scholars can debate the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is clear that as Russia enters the 21st century, the legal system will require a modification unknown in previous centuries.
International commercial arbitration: An introduction By Jason B. McGary International and Immigration Law, January 2006 The landscape in which international disputes are resolved is changing rapidly. The once generally held belief that the adversarial judicial process was vastly superior to the superficial and unpragmatic “inquisitorial” process that is alternative dispute resolution is being abandoned on a large scale
Noble Ventures Inc. v. Romania—Bilateral investment treaty claim against Romania dismissed By Violeta I. Balan International and Immigration Law, January 2006 Romania won an important arbitration in front of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on October 12, 2005. See ICSID Case No. ARB/01/11.1
The pledge in French secured transaction law: Creditors’ most favored security By Sac’i Nakano International and Immigration Law, January 2006 The history of secured transactions in France goes back to Roman law. The Romans had developed various ways to guarantee against insolvent debtors.
Where’s the beef? Mad Cow Disease and international trade in U.S., Canadian and Japanese beef By Donald L. Uchtmann International and Immigration Law, January 2006 Where’s the imported beef? It’s back—at least in U.S. and Japanese grocery stores. U.S. imports of Canadian beef resumed in July 2005, and in December 2005, selected Japanese imports of U.S. beef restarted after a two-year ban.
An excellent program on international commercial arbitration By Shannon M. Shepherd International and Immigration Law, December 2005 The International & Immigration Law Section co-sponsored a complimentary program titled “Current Issues in International Commercial Arbitration” on Friday, November 11, 2005 at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office.
Immigration Consultation Corner: #2- International students—Changing non-immigrant visa status in the U.S. By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, December 2005 A foreign national comes to see you about attending school in the U.S. She last arrived two weeks ago on a B-2 visitors visa.
Proposed regulation would help generalize the use of asset-backed securitizations in Spain By Alex Carbonell and Richard Silberstein International and Immigration Law, December 2005 The Spanish Ministry of Economy is on the verge of approving an Order that will enable many companies in Spain to make a wider use of asset-backed securitizations as a way to finance their activities.
The new currency control regulations in Russia By Yevgeniy Tregubenko and Maxim Savostianov International and Immigration Law, November 2005 The new Law on Currency Control (hereinafter - “the Law”) was adopted by the State Duma (the lower house of the Parliament) on 21 November 2003.
Reform of the United Nations—September 23, 2005 By Cindy G. Buys International and Immigration Law, November 2005 This year, the United Nations celebrates its 60th anniversary. As with any anniversary, the United Nations’s 60th anniversary has been a time for reflection: a time to assess what the United Nations has done well and what it has not done so well.
Luncheon at Polish Consulate By Juliet Boyd International and Immigration Law, May 2005 On February 11, 2005 the section council was honored to have its February meeting hosted at the Polish Consulate.
Asylumlaw.org: A must-see for any asylum attorney By Shannon M. Shepherd International and Immigration Law, March 2005 From the novice to the seasoned veteran, the Web site asylumlaw.org is a resource no asylum practitioner should be without.
Summary of commercial agency/distributorship law in Pakistan By Howard L. Stovall International and Immigration Law, January 2005 The Pakistani Contract Act 1872 (the "Contract Act") contains a special chapter on the relationship between agent and principal, broadly defining the terms as follows:
My visit to China By Ann B. Conroy Women and the Law, October 2004 This past June, ISBA Women in the Law Committee member Ann Conroy visited China with other ISBA members. In the narrative below, entitled Backward Up: The Great Wall, she shares her trip and overall China experience with us.
The (Il)legality of the Israeli Wall in the Occupied West Bank By Violeta I. Balan International and Immigration Law, August 2004 Imagine a 430-mile fence built of electronic devices, barbed wire and occasional 20-foot high concrete structures.
PAIR with a great Web site equals less time at the computer By Shannon M. Shepherd International and Immigration Law, March 2004 As an attorney with a small firm who represents many clients from Asia for both immigration and international business issues, I am always looking for ways to cut down on research time and expense by utilizing the Internet.