Section Newsletter Articles on International Law

Advantages and benefits for U.S. investors in Thailand By Piyatida Pavasutti International and Immigration Law, January 2008 The World Bank has also published very positive rankings of Thailand for ease of doing business. Not only is Thailand one of the top five countries in Asia, but it also one of the top 20 countries on the planet in this category.
The irony of blasphemy laws in a democratic nation such as Pakistan and its ramifications for immigration lawyers in the U.S. By Farrah Qazi International and Immigration Law, January 2008 With Pakistan in the news constantly, it’s a fine time to examine its justice system and human rights record.
No need to panic about China’s new anti-monopoly law By Lei Hong International and Immigration Law, January 2008 China passed its first anti-monopoly law on August 30, 2007. The law goes into effect on August 1, 2008.
Section members promote careers in international law By David W. Austin International and Immigration Law, January 2008 Advising our students on how to pursue a career in international law is a hard task, but one that our Section Council members have taken to heart as part of our mission to inform the general public about this area of the law.
Senators introduce bill in Congress to combat violence against girls and women on a global level By Sharon L. Eiseman Women and the Law, January 2008 On November 1, 2007, Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced in the Senate the International Violence Against Women Act, closely modeled on the VAWA enacted by Congress in 1994 and recently re-authorized.
SEVIC Systems AG: Cross-border mergers come under the European Right of Establishment By Jan Lasak International and Immigration Law, January 2008 In 2006 the European Court of Justice delivered a breakthrough judgment in the  SEVIC Systems AG case.
Public-private supply chain initiatives: The relationship between C-TPAT, CSI, and the WCO By Matthew DeFlorio International and Immigration Law, December 2007 The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”) is a voluntary program established in November 2001 with the aim of engaging the global supply chain community and empowering participants to play a critical role in assisting Customs in achieving its dual objective of securing our nation’s borders and improving facilitation of trade.
Summary of commercial agency/distributorship law in the United Arab Emirates By Howard L. Stovall International and Immigration Law, December 2007 Commercial agencies are primarily governed in the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) by Federal Law No. 18 of 1981 as amended, the “Commercial Agency Law.”
Free trade with Korea International and Immigration Law, November 2007 The Office of the United States Trade Representative has provided the following summary of the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Korea on which negotiations were concluded April 1, 2007.
Illinois International Business Calendar By Petra Novotna International and Immigration Law, November 2007 Upcoming events of interest to international law practitioners.
“Made In” legislation: A brief overview of origin-marking regulations in the EU and in the U.S. By Avv. Stefano M. Viola and Jessica T. DePinto International and Immigration Law, November 2007 Generally, origin marking rules require that every imported good having a foreign origin must be marked with the name of the country of origin.
Promoting Illinois Education Exports International and Immigration Law, November 2007 The U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service in Chicago publishes the U.S.A. Trade World Illinois. In their Fall 2007 issue, they included “Promoting Illinois Education Exports.”
Your client wants to vacation outside the U.S. with the kids but the other parent fears abduction… If the destination country is a Hague signatory, here’s a possible solution By Jacalyn Birnbaum International and Immigration Law, November 2007 Not an uncommon problem in a pending pre-decree case: One parent seeks to vacation with the children outside the country and the other parent—concerned about possible abduction—refuses to permit the vacation in the absence of an Order of Court.
Preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2007 The text of the preamble.
South Africa: Transformed by truth and democracy By Gino Betts, Jr. Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, October 2007 The author shares his insights after his trip to Cape Town.
Free Trade Agreements International and Immigration Law, September 2007 Ambassador Karan K. Bhatia, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Office of the United States Trade Representative made a presentation in Chicago in early August providing background information on Free Trade Agreements.
The latest changes in the judiciary system in South Korea By Oana Pantilimon International and Immigration Law, September 2007 During the 2007 Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the Honorable Sang Yoon Lee, a judge from South Korea was very kind to offer some thoughts regarding the latest changes in the judiciary system in Korea and the new Free Trade Agreement between the United States and the Republic of Korea.
A minor child may establish his own best interests for purposes of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction By Juli Campagna International and Immigration Law, September 2007 The 10th Circuit held that a 13-year-old boy’s in camera interview with a magistrate judge—where neither the parents nor their counsel were in attendance—provided sufficient evidence to defeat a repatriation claim brought by his mother, with whom he was living, in Canada.
Center of main interests of a debtor By Petra Novotna International and Immigration Law, August 2007 The European Insolvency Regulation (EIR), the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code3 (Chapter 15) all contain a four-word mystery: “center of main interests.”
DUI becomes an international matter By Maryann Bullion International and Immigration Law, August 2007 Many Illinois citizens are not aware that their criminal records could affect them outside the country.
State money and foreign policy: Illinois Sudan Act ruled unconstitutional By Jacob A. Ramer International and Immigration Law, August 2007 As the world struggles to deal effectively with the genocide in Darfur that has claimed an estimated 200,000 lives and displaced 2.5 million people, and the United States government seeks its own calculated response, several states have begun taking their own measures to protest the conflict and humanitarian disaster.
Abuse of legal process in the Khodorkovsky case By Julia Bikbova International and Immigration Law, May 2007 On April 4th, 2007, The John Marshall Law School (“JMLS”) hosted a Symposium on Abuse of Legal Process for Political and Economic Gain in Russia.
Hague Securities Convention By John T. Baun International and Immigration Law, May 2007 The Hague Securities Convention was adopted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law in December 2002.
The history of United Nations mediation in the Darfur conflict By Whitney Roberts Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2007 Given the importance of international conflict resolution, we have endeavored this year to address some of the high-profile areas in which conflict resolution is being attempted.
Abuse of legal process By Violeta I. Balan International and Immigration Law, April 2007 The John Marshall Law School Chapter of the American Association of Russian-Speaking Attorneys will host a symposium on Abuse of Legal Process for Political Means in Russia on April 4th, 2007 at 5:30 at The John Marshall Law School.
Judges should notify foreign nationals By Cindy G. Buys International and Immigration Law, April 2007 Attached is a proposed Illinois Supreme Court Rule 404 that would require Illinois state court judges to notify foreign nationals at an early stage in any criminal proceedings that they have a right to have their consulate informed that they have been arrested or detained.
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.