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Section Newsletter Articles From Mark E. Wojcik

Developments in development aid By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, April 2019 Foreign development aid ­­helps individuals in some of the world’s poorest countries and promotes economic prosperity and progress toward global development goals.
Diversity Leadership Award By William Borah & Mark E. Wojcik Diversity Leadership Council, June 2018 The Diversity Leadership Award recognizes long-standing, continuing, and exceptional commitment by an individual or an organization to the critical importance of diversity within the Illinois legal community, its judiciary and within the Illinois State Bar Association. Congratulations to the 2017 winner, Chief Judge Michael Evans, and the 2018 winner, Troy Riddle.
Liability for exporting to Iran does not require proof that the exports actually arrived in Iran By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, January 2018 If a company does not investigate where its products end up, even a company that sells a product as simple as a car stereo system might unexpectedly face a civil penalty of more than $4 million
Revisiting the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons By Mark E. Wojcik Local Government Law, November 2017 The Chicago Declaration was intended to protect the rights of older persons in various areas, including autonomy and independence, participation in decision-making processes, and freedom of choice.
Revisiting the Chicago Declaration on the Rights of Older Persons By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, October 2017 The Chicago Declaration was intended to protect the rights of older persons in various areas, including autonomy and independence, participation in decision-making processes, and freedom of choice.
Illinois Commission on Human Rights to be consolidated into the Illinois Department of Human Rights By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, April 2017 Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued three Executive Orders on March 31, 2017 to consolidate various state government agencies.
South Korea violated the Convention to Eliminate Race Discrimination by requiring HIV and drug testing of only non-Korean teachers By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, February 2017 The case of L.G. v. Republic of Korea involved a national of New Zealand who, at the time she filed her petition, had been forced to leave South Korea and was residing in the United States.
Understanding the new Illinois law requiring judges to advise foreign nationals of their right to consular notification By Mark E. Wojcik Bench and Bar, April 2016 A new Illinois statute that entered into force on January 1, 2016 now expressly requires Illinois judges to advise foreign nationals of their right to have their consulate informed of their arrest or detention
Removing nationality as a punishment By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, February 2015 In January 2015, the Constitutional Council of France issued a ruling that authorized French authorities to remove the French nationality of a Moroccan man who became a French national in 2003.
How not to criticize a judge By Mark E. Wojcik Bench and Bar, August 2014 A recent lawyer's example may inspire you to think twice before attacking the integrity of the judge in your next case.
The Elmer Gertz Award By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, December 2013 Learn more about this award, which is designed to honor heroes of the legal community who have shown a continued commitment to preserve and advance human rights.
LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, September 2011 The National Immigrant Justice Center announced that it has changed the name of its LGBT-focused project from the “National Asylum Partnership on Sexual Minorities” to the “LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative.”
Crimes involving moral turpitude: Do attempts count? By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, 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.
What intent must the government prove to convict someone of marriage fraud? By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, May 2011 The federal circuit courts are split on what the government must prove in order to convict someone of marriage fraud.
The CEDAW debate By Mark E. Wojcik Alternative Dispute Resolution, December 2010 The question of whether the ISBA should support ratification of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) is slated to come before the ISBA Assembly on Saturday morning, December 11, 2010. The proceedings are open to all ISBA members and other members of the public.
The CEDAW debate By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, October 2010 The question of whether the ISBA should support ratification of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) is slated to come before the ISBA Assembly on Saturday morning, December 11, 2010. The proceedings are open to all ISBA members and other members of the public.
Mexico replaces all 700 of its customs inspectors and replaces them with 1,400 newly trained agents By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, October 2009 In August, Mexico announced that it had replaced all 700 of its customs inspectors with 1,400 new agents who were specially trained to detect weapons, narcotic drugs, and other contraband as well as “big-ticket appliances” such as televisions that may be smuggled into Mexico without paying the applicable import duties.
“Explicit” waivers of foreign sovereign immunity need not explicitly refer to courts of the United States By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, April 2009 In Capital Ventures International v. Republic of Argentina, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit had to decide “whether the Republic of Argentina explicitly waived its sovereign immunity from suit in the United States as to claims relating to bonds issued by Argentina under German law.”
International child visitation By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, June 2008 It comes as no surprise that the population of the United States is increasingly mobile.
If the U.S. detains foreign visitors arriving at the airport, is consular notice required? By Cindy G. Buys & Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, May 2008 The issue of consular notice is presently before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Texas, No. 06-984. 
Starting the debate: Should Illinois have same-sex marriage or civil unions? By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, January 2007 One of the most contentious national political issues is whether to recognize same-sex marriages, deny same-sex marriages, or create some sort of “compromise” that falls short of using the word “marriage,” but yet purports to grant a large number of tangible legal benefits to same-sex couples and their children.
Sexual orientation charges under the Illinois Human Rights Act—A preliminary analysis of the “sexual orientation” discrimination charges filed in the first eight months of the amended Illinois statute By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, November 2006 Discrimination based on sexual orientation became illegal statewide in Illinois on January 1, 2006, when the long-sought “sexual orientation” amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act entered into effect.
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.
Leaving kids alone in cars: An amendment to the Illinois Child Endangerment statute is declared unconstitutional, but the underlying act can still be prosecuted without a statutory presumption By Mark E. Wojcik Child Law, June 2006 When Christopher Jordan parked his car in the parking lot at Truman College in Chicago, he did not know that his actions that day would lead to declaration that a state statute was unconstitutional.
Leaving kids alone in cars: An amendment to the Illinois Child Endangerment statute is declared unconstitutional, but the underlying act can still be prosecuted without a statutory presumption By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, June 2006 When Christopher Jordan parked his car in the parking lot at Truman College in Chicago, he did not know that his actions that day would lead to declaration that a state statute was unconstitutional.
Thoughts on the creation of the United Nations Human Rights Council By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, May 2006 The U.N. Human Rights Commission had been created with good intentions for protecting and promoting international human rights law, but along the way the countries who were elected to membership on the Commission had terrible human rights records.
Thoughts on the creation of the United Nations Human Rights Council By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, April 2006 The U.N. Human Rights Commission had been created with good intentions for protecting and promoting international human rights law, but along the way the countries who were elected to membership on the Commission had terrible human rights records.
Free Embassy Newsletter Provides Information on Jordan By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, September 2005 The Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan publishes a quarterly newsletter that is available to interested persons upon request.
New Illinois laws affecting human rights: A selected survey of recent legislation approved in Illinois By Mark E. Wojcik Human Rights, September 2005 One of the more important functions of each section council involves the review of legislative proposals submitted to the state (and sometimes federal) legislature. Section council members review and comment on proposed legislation, drawing upon the council's collective wisdom and experience in the field of human rights.
From the former Chair By Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, July 2005 The ISBA Section of International and Immigration Law had an especially interesting and productive year, and it has been an honor for me to serve as Section chair.

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