International Law Section logs some serious miles

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first_imgInternational Law Section logs some serious miles International Law Section logs some serious miles August 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img There’s a reason it’s called the International Law Section.Lately, those reasons have been Russia, Monte Carlo, Brazil, Europe, Latin and South America, and, perhaps, Hungary.Those are all places the section has recently held or is planning to hold meetings and/or hold or participate in seminars. The section Executive Council met June 27 during the Bar’s Annual Meeting to review its plans.“You’ve got to get out there,” said outgoing section Chair Laurence Gore of the section’s globe-hopping activities.He said section members had just returned from a conference in Monte Carlo for the International Forum of Tourism and Travel Advocates. That meeting focused on alternative dispute resolution for the travel industry and training mediators to handle smaller cases. It also worked on coming up with standard language for travel contracts that will utilize mediation and arbitration.Just after the meeting, section members traveled to Russia for the July 6-12 seminar on doing business in Russia. Courses focused on comparing French, American, and Russian legal practices, handling banking and investments in Russia, and related topics. It included a presentation by the professor who instructed Russian President Vladimir Putin on international law during Putin’s college days, Gore said.Also, participants visited some of the leading landmarks and cultural centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg.In September, the section is co-sponsoring a program in Brazil, and in November, it plans to participate in trips to Belgium and England for seminars studying the European and British parliaments.The section is also exploring a program in Hungary, and it is actively involved in the efforts to bring the secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas to Florida. That organization seeks to offer mediation and arbitration services to promote business deals between different countries.“This is the area where it should be,” Gore said. “South Florida is the gateway to Latin America.”The council passed a resolution asking that proposed amendments to Bar rules dealing with multijurisdictional practices be reexamined to ensure they don’t conflict with those efforts. (See story in the July 15 News. )last_img

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