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Newsletter articles from 2011

Anticipating 7,000,000,000: How do we feed them all? A brief glimpse at Food Aid By Ross R. Alexander September 2011 This year, on October 31, the world is anticipating seven billion people on the planet.
Beware and aware of those international treaties! By Lynne R. Ostfeld May 2011 Any attorney involved with an international transaction needs to be aware of treaties such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts and make a determination if he or she will accept or exclude their provisions.
Can corporations be held liable for international torts under the Alien Tort Statute? By Cindy G. Buys 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.
Canada Consumer Product Safety Act went into effect June 20, 2011—What retailers need to know By Douglas F. Harrison 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.
The Child Status Protection Act is to protect children By Patrick M. Kinnally October 2011 In the recently decided case of Arobelidze v. Holder, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals opined that non-precedential Board of Immigration decisions, ones that do not equate with the force of law do not deserve Chevron deference, because they do not have the “power to persuade.”
Crimes involving moral turpitude: Do attempts count? By Mark E. Wojcik June 2011 Section 237(a)(2)(A)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act covers convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude but it does not expressly include attempt offenses.
Discovery in international arbitration September 2011 Learn about discovery in international arbitration at this seminar on October 4th.
Dr. Liu Xiaobo: I have no enemies By Peter Y. Qiu January 2011 Last month Dr. Liu Xiaobo, currently incarcerated as a political prisoner, became the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich December 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich November 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lew Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich October 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich September 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lew Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich August 2011 An introduction to the issue from editor Lewis Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich July 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich June 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis F. Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich May 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis F. Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich April 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis F. Matuszewich.
Editor’s comments By Lewis F. Matuszewich January 2011 An introduction to the issue from Editor Lewis Matuszewich.
An Egyptian’s right to know: The need for freedom of information laws in Egypt By Engy Abdelkader 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.
Energy from renewable sources in Bulgaria: Embracing the feed-in-tariff By Elena Sabkova 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.
The European Union Center: A nationally recognized resource center serving the State of Illinois on European Union matters By Reneé Gordon Holley 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.  
Federal law vs. the University of Illinois Act and other similar state statutes that provide in-state tuition benefits to qualifying immigrants By Elizabeth Adams October 2011 Both lawful and unlawful immigrants who received a high school education in the United States face out-of-state tuition rates even if they wish to attend a college in the same state they attended high school. To lessen this burden, several states across the country have passed laws which grant in-state tuition to unlawful immigrants based on a variety of factors.
Fei Mei Cheng v. Attorney General of the United States, 2010 WL 3896198 (C.A.3) By Lisa A. Foran April 2011 This case will help other circuits refine their definition of “other resistance” in the INA as human rights issues come to the forefront of American/Chinese relations.
France—Year in review By Dany Khayat and Jose Caicedo July 2011 A review of how the legal landscape in France has changed in the past year.
Further information on Section Council Chairs July 2011 A nearly complete list of Section Chairs of The Globe since 1966.
Germany—Year in review By Dr. Mark C. Hilgard, Dr. Jan Kraayvanger, and Till Feldmann June 2011 A review of how the legal landscape in Germany has changed over the past year.
H-1B cap alert, a call for more H-1B visas, and H-1B cap gap planning for fiscal year 2012 By Scott D. Pollock May 2011 The author argues that Congress should eliminate the H-1B cap.
History of International Law—International and Immigration Law Section Council August 2011 The list of Section Chairs is finally complete!
Illinois civil unions—will they provide immigration benefits to noncitizens? By Rebecca L. Warren August 2011 A look at civil unions in the context of immigration—Can they be recognized for immigration purposes?
Immigration obstacles for same-sex couples civilly united in Illinois By Angela Rollins August 2011 Even though same-sex couples can now enter into civil unions in Illinois, same-sex binational couples are unable to recognize the same benefits as married opposite-sex couples under the Immigration and Nationality Act.