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Section Newsletter Articles on International Law

The transatlantic partnership and its implications to the economies of the United States and the European Union By Oana Pantilimon International and Immigration Law, April 2007 The United States and the European Union are the two greatest powers in the world today.
Addendum to the article by Michael Coleman and Celine Van Zeebroeck published in the fourth issue of The Globe, “Oil and gas investments in Algeria—A legal and tax primer from an Algerian perspective” By Michael L. Coleman and Celine van Zeebroeck International and Immigration Law, March 2007 Algeria’s ordinary corporate income tax (impôt sur les bénéfices de sociétés, IBS) rate has been lowered from 30 percent to 25 percent.
Attorneys from Vietnam International and Immigration Law, March 2007 A delegation from Vietnam met with the International and Immigration Law Section Council and ISBA Officers as part of a three city tour of the United States.
FSIA applied retroactively and subsequent commercial use of expropriated property does not qualify for the “commercial exception” By Paul J. Carrier International and Immigration Law, March 2007 The Second Circuit ruled that the U.S. courts did not have subject matter jurisdiction over claims of Jewish persons and entities for the return of real property taken by Polish authorities shortly after the Second World War.
Is it the dawning of the age of enforced compliance? U.S. Customs and Border Protection Quick Response Audits (QRAs) By Jessica T. DePinto Corporate Law Departments, March 2007 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) administers the Tariff Act of 1930, the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, and the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and Customs Modernization Act (1993).
State of the World – Center of Opportunity By Richard Paullin International and Immigration Law, March 2007 In August 2005, the Illinois legislature created the Illinois Global Partnership (IGP) to promote and enhance international trade and economic development in the State.
Bulgaria’s accession to the EU—What does this mean for you and your clients? By Peter Petrov International and Immigration Law, January 2007 Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic located in south Eastern Europe with a population of 7.3 million and a territory slightly larger than Tennessee.
Real estate investment in Romania By Sorina Tira International and Immigration Law, January 2007 It is a fact! Romania will become a member of the European Union on January 1, 2007.
Illinois International Business Calendar International and Immigration Law, November 2006 The Illinois International Business Calendar is a collaborative effort among the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago, the Office of Trade and Investment of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Illinois District Export Council, on behalf of the U.S. Export Assistance Center Chicago.
Building bridges: An Egypt-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, Ahmed Galal and Robert Z. Lawrence, Editors (Brookings Institution Press: 1998) By Christopher Scott Maravilla International and Immigration Law, September 2006 Building Bridges: An Egypt-U.S. Free Trade Agreement is a polemic analysis of Egyptian-United States trade relations.
China watch By John T. Baun International and Immigration Law, September 2006 Three recent articles in the English language edition of the Xinhua News Agency are notable to changes in the legal structure in China and could be important to lawyers whose clients have, or may have in the future, business dealings in China.
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.