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Newsletter articles from 2004

The (Il)legality of the Israeli Wall in the Occupied West Bank By Violeta I. Balan August 2004 Imagine a 430-mile fence built of electronic devices, barbed wire and occasional 20-foot high concrete structures.
Illinois law provides new protections to non-citizen defendants By Attila Bogdan December 2004 As many immigration practitioners know all too well, the consequences of a non-citizen's criminal conviction are very different from those of a United States citizen.
Immigration issues for health care facilities seeking to hire foreign workers By Scott D. Pollock March 2004 Hypothetical Case #1: Dr. Sam Mazdejadeh, a citizen of Iran, is completing his cardiology residency at a well-known teaching hospital. He has published several highly regarded papers on new techniques he developed in angioplasty; his research has been used and cited by other leading researchers.
Immigration law alert By Gabrielle M. Buckley January 2004 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") is setting up a new electronic entry-exit system, called US-VISIT, that will collect and share information, including biometric identifiers, on visitors to the United States.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia: Where is it now? By Martin McGrory April 2004 There are four international criminal courts practicing substantive law today.
Is Customs the Grinch that stole Christmas? By Adrian Zeno December 2004 Importers may have lost the benefit of importing a wide range of holiday-themed goods at duty free tariff rate. According to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (hereinafter referred to as HTSUS), heading 9505 applies to "festive, carnival, or other entertainment articles," which include "articles for holiday festivities and parts and accessories thereof."
ISBA International & Immigration Law Section Council strategic planning outline 2004 May 2004 Increase participation in the Section Council
Memorandum April 2004 On behalf of the members of the Section Council for the ISBA Section on International and Immigration Law, we are happy to provide you and the Board of Governors with a status on our section council's progress for the 2003-2004 term.
Memorandum of French Labour Law By Sandra Vreedenburgh June 2004 In the United States, a merger, acquisition or transfer of a business can present complicated employee-related issues.
Message from the Chair: Raising the immigration bar By Mark E. Wojcik December 2004 The topic of how to assist and improve the immigration bar in Illinois was the subject of a recent meeting of our section council.
Message from the Chair: Reaching out to law students and young lawyers By Mark E. Wojcik November 2004 For several years now, our section has kept a secret.
Mexico v. United States of America: Case concerning Avena and other Mexican nationals (International Court of Justice, March 31, 2004) By Bradshaw Smith November 2004 The case of Avena and other Mexican nationals is an attempt to define the duties and responsibilities of countries adopting the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963.
Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center September 2004 Attorneys interested in pro bono cases: Following is our current list of cases in urgent need of pro bono representation.
New homeland security cargo regulation: An update on the 24-hour manifest rule By Mel Chavez May 2004 As most of those who work closely in the field of international logistics are aware, the regulations concerning cargo security are continually being developed.
NSEERS and US-VISIT requirements for nonimmigrant visa holders By Scott D. Pollock and Maria Baldini-Potermin November 2004 The terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001 ushered in the development of several new immigration security initiatives.
Obtaining international trademark protection via the Madrid Protocol By Sirat K. Attapit January 2004 The international registration of trademarks is governed by the "Madrid System." The Madrid System is made up of two relatively similar treaties, the Madrid Agreement ("Agreement") and the Madrid Protocol ("Protocol").
Overview of the Algerian Code of Public Tenders of July 24, 2002 By Michael L. Coleman and Celine van Zeebroeck April 2004 The new Algerian Code of Public Tenders (the "Code"), which applies exclusively to the procurement contracts concluded between the Algerian national and local governments as well as public entities (the "Algerian Customer") and any Algerian or foreign entity, was promulgated by Presidential Decree dated July 24, 2002.
PAIR with a great Web site equals less time at the computer By Shannon M. Shepherd 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.
Recent developments in Arab commercial agency/ distributorship law By Howard L. Stovall May 2004 In the face of new uncertainties in the Arab Middle East, many multinational companies are relying more heavily on local sales agents and distributors.
Retention of sales agents or representatives in Algeria By Michael L. Coleman and Celine van Zeebroeck March 2004 For many years, Algeria had a statutory ban in regard to the retention of intermediaries in connection with the importation of products or equipment into Algeria and the preparation, negotiation and conclusion of any contracts relating to said importation.
Summary of new implementation of SEVIS fee for certain foreign students and exchange visitors By Scott D. Pollock and Marta Delgado August 2004 Effective September 1, 2004, unless exempted, foreign students and exchange visitors receiving SEVIS Form I-20 or DS-2019 with an issuance date of September 1, 2004 or later will be required to pay a SEVIS fee.
Supreme Court denies foreign nationals their individual rights conferred to them by the Vienna Convention By Adrian Zeno May 2004 Recently, the Illinois State Bar Association held a meeting discussing the possible status of foreign nationals after they are taken into custody by U.S. officials.
Twinning Project By Lewis F. Matuszewich April 2004 In 1990 the Illinois State Bar Association entered into a "Twinning Agreement" with the National Bar Association of Poland and the Advocates Society of Chicago.
United States Supreme Court addresses scope of Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act By Heather R. Wlodek January 2004 The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1330, 1602-1611, provides the sole basis for obtaining jurisdiction over a foreign state in United States courts.
Update on international law in the U.S. Supreme Court By Bradshaw Smith December 2004 Who is to be blamed for the death of a passenger on an international flight?