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IBA Trade and Customs Law Committee to present web-based conference on global protectionism

Karan Bhatia1500 GMT on Monday 14 December 2009 will see a new format of conference presented by the IBA Trade and Customs Law Committee. The 90-minute ‘webinar’ will feature the usual high calibre international speakers, including Karan Bhatia (pictured), VP/Senior Counsel of General Electric’s international law and policy division and Former Deputy US Trade Representative. The speakers will examine, among other issues:

  • whether protectionism is a temporary phenomenon or a new reality;
  • is protectionism becoming the driving force in other policy areas such as trade and the environment? and
  • the longer term business and policy implications of programmes such as ‘Buy American’ and government backed bailouts.

Attendees will be able to claim CLE/CPD credits by participating live, and can submit questions in real time to the speakers as the webinar progresses, just as they can at a conventional IBA conference. The key difference, of course, is that to gain the benefits mentioned, and the insight of the speakers, delegates need not leave their office, or even their desk!

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IBA/ICC releases outreach report - The Quest for a Public Face

The Quest for a Public Face (front cover)The IBA ICC Outreach and Monitoring Programme published its fourth outreach report earlier this month. Entitled The Quest for a Public Face, the report examines the challenges of fulfilling the ICC’s external communications mandate and discusses the link between publicity in international criminal proceedings and the work of the ICC.

Recent events, such as the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, the first person to be surrendered to the ICC, and the decision to issue an arrest warrant against Sudanese president Al-Bashir, have raised the ICC’s public profile. In light of this increased public interest, the report considers the difficulties facing the Court in its engagement with the global community and calls for the development of a strategic framework for public information that could catalyse and coordinate the efforts of different organs of the Court. The crucial role that States Parties can play in external communications also comes under discussion. The report urges the Assembly of States Parties collectively to reaffirm the importance of disseminating information and publicising ICC proceedings, as well as publically supporting the institution.

The Quest for a Public Face: the public debate on the International Criminal Court and its efforts to develop a vision and coherent strategy on external communications is available to download on the IBA website.

IBA Regional Forum Conferences 2010: Spotlight on the Americas

In addition to next year's schedule of specialist, practice focused conferences, and the Annual Conference in Vancouver, 2010 will see four multi-focus, regional conferences take place in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Exploring internal and external perspectives across multiple practice areas, IBA Regional Conferences provide the perfect opportunity not only to keep abreast of legal developments in the area, but also to network with key practitioners from the region’s leading firms and institutions.

From 17–19 March, Santiago, Chile will host the 4th Biennial Latin American Regional Forum Conference. Featuring expert speakers from over 20 jurisdictions across Latin America, the USA, Canada and Europe, the event will address pertinent issues across multiple practice areas including: M&A; mining and water law; renewable energy policies and the Kyoto Protocol; employment and discrimination law in Latin America; dispute resolution; banking, finance and tax; competition and antitrust; and law firm management.

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IBA Securities Law Committee submits comments on periodic disclosure to IOSCO

The IBA Securities Law Committee submitted comments to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) relating to IOSCO’s consultation report on Principles for Periodic Disclosure by Listed Entities (the 'Principles') published in July 2007.

The Principles make preliminary recommendations for disclosures to be provided by issuers in periodic reports, particularly annual reports as well as other issues related to periodic disclosure, such as the timeliness of disclosures, disclosure criteria and storage of information.

A copy of the submission is available on the committee’s webpage or by clicking here.

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New exclusive coverage of Liberia prison project on the IBA international pro bono website

The IBA international pro bono website has published a new featured article, the third and latest in its series on best practices in academic law clinics. The article titled Access to Justice: Joint Efforts Between Law Students of the Louis A Grimes School of Law in Liberia and the Washington & Lee School of Law Spark Change describes how combined efforts of law school clinics from Liberia and the US have made remarkable improvements in the access to justice in Liberian prisons and the criminal justice system.

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Nominations open for the IBA Human Rights Award 2010

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has opened nominations for its biennial Human Rights Award. The award recognises personal endeavours in the practice of criminal law which make a substantial contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights. The next winner will be presented with the award at a showcase session during the IBA Annual Conference in Vancouver, Canada in October 2010.

  • Click here for further information about the Human Rights Award.

IBA's Leniency Working Group submission to the New Zealand Commerce Commission on Revised Draft Leniency Policy

The IBA Antitrust Committee's Leniency Working Group submitted its response to the New Zealand Commerce Commission's Revised Draft Leniency Policy on 30 October 2009.

The Commission published its revised policy on 3 September with the goal of improving its existing approach to leniency by introducing initiatives such as the marker system and ‘Amnesty Plus’. This aims both to enhance the effectiveness of detecting and prosecuting cartels and bring New Zealand's approach into line with ‘international best practice’.

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IBAHRI conducts needs assessment mission in Kenya

The IBAHRI undertook a mission to Kenya in early October to participate in a needs assessment of the Kenyan justice system. The mission, which was funded by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, was conducted with the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and with the support of the Law Society of Kenya. The high-level delegation examined the current functioning of the judicial system and identified ways in which support might be provided to the ongoing process of justice sector reform. Meetings were conducted with government officials, members of the judiciary, lawyers and lawyers’ associations, legal academics, human rights organisations, international and regional organisations and representatives of civil society to discuss issues including the independence and needs of the judiciary, case and court management and current progress on implementation of the reform agenda.

The findings of the mission will be published in a report to be released in early December. The report will contain recommendations for support to the justice system, which will be designed to help the government, NGOs, donors and IGOs identify priority areas for future activities and funding.

  • To read more about the work of the IBAHRI in Kenya click here.

IBA publications to go online

The IBA is pleased to announce that all its journals and magazines will be available online from the first issue of 2010. The articles will be free to download for all members of the relevant IBA committee and/or section. This initiative will allow the IBA to disseminate its content in a more timely fashion and readers will be informed via e-mail as soon as an issue is published online. Readers will still receive their hardcopy of the journal or magazine.

Several journals have already been added to the publications section of the IBA website. For a limited time only, we have made the September issue of Business Law International freely available to IBA E-news readers so you can get a sense of how IBA online content will look. All of the articles from the latest issue of the journal can be viewed at: www.ibanet.org/Publications/publications_BLI_September_2009.aspx.

IBA Membership

New Member newsletterAs the year draws to a close we are working hard to clean and clarify the postal and e-mail address information on our database in preparation for 2010 invoicing in January. Please help us with this task by checking on the accuracy of your personal information in the My IBA section of the website. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us at member@int-bar.org.

Help us increase our network. If you know of anyone who would benefit from membership of the IBA please download our updated New Member Newsletter and e-mail them a copy. As a part of the membership benefits it should be noted that the majority of our conferences have both a member and non-member fee. If your colleague wishes to attend a conference they can save money by signing up and then getting the discounted fee.