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Nigeria’s democracy cannot survive without the rule of law – Ekweremadu

 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that no democracy in the world can survive without strict adherence to the rule of law.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, and issued to journalists on Saturday in Abuja.

According to the statement, Mr. Ekweremadu made the remark at a dinner organised by the International Law Institute (ILI), Washington DC, for its alumni in Nigeria.

He noted that no country could experience meaningful development without the rule of law. He said: “Democracy becomes gravely imperilled if the powers of the judiciary to enforce compliance with the rule of law are subjected to legal, extra-legal, and sociological limitations.

“Our task as an emerging democracy is to continue to build a society where government agencies as well as individuals and private entities must be subjected to and accountable under the law.

“We must ensure that the process by which laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair and efficient.

“We must ensure that justice is delivered according to established laws, timeously, competently, ethically and independently.

“I hold the opinion and fervently so that the principle of the rule of law is at the heart of the survival of democracy.

“A democracy without the rule of law is like salt that has lost its saltiness.”

The Senator noted that the World Bank had indicated that economic growth, political modernisation, protection of human rights and other worthy objectives, were hinged on the rule of law.

He expressed concern that developing nations, which were in dire need of development, lacked the rule of law to a large extent. He attributed the situation to lack of strong democratic institutions, lack of independence of the judiciary and political instability.

Mr. Ekweremadu assured that the National Assembly would continue to partner ILI to build the capacity of its members and parliamentary staff.

The statement quoted Kim Phan, the Executive Director of ILI, as expressing happiness with the growth of democracy in Nigeria. She also expressed joy with the opportunity the institute had to be part of the country’s success story.

She said that the institute was committed to the growth of democracy and development of Nigeria.

 

 

 

Article republished with permission from Premium Times of Nigeria - http://www.premiumtimesng.com

 

 

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Everett Eissenstat & Jayme White, Senate Finance; Angela Ellard & Jason Kearns, House Ways & Means

 

On December 8, 2015, the ILI held a one-day conference on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  About one hundred people attended the conference, and the speakers included the Chief Majority and Minority Counsel to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committee, the senior TPP negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs, two leading trade economists, representatives of key industries such as textiles and apparel, agriculture, information technology, and biologics, a representative of the AFL-CIO, and two leading trade lawyers who were closely involved in the negotiations.   The names of the speakers are listed below.  


The importance of TPP was highlighted by the fact that Asia's middle class is the fastest growing market in the world, and that by 2030 two-thirds of the world's middle class will be in Asia.  Also, 44 percent of U.S. goods exports and 29 percent of U.S. service exports go to TPP countries.   The Peterson Institute for International Economics has estimated that by the year 2025 TPP will produce real U.S. income benefits of $77 billion a year, and that U.S. exports will increase by $123.5 billion a year.   The benefits will be worth $2000 a year per U.S. household.   Ninety-eight percent of tariffs on U.S. industrial and consumer exports to TPP countries will be eliminated immediately.

 

 
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The general view was that from the U.S. point of view the TPP was a good agreement that will open up significant markets for U.S. industries.   It was not as strong as it might have been, but this was at least in part due to the United States not being willing to make more concessions.  In the words of one speaker (Claude Barfield, of AEI), the agreement deserved a silver but not a gold medal. 

Highlights from the Conference included:

  • Agriculture:  the agreement will open up significant export opportunities in poultry, through tariff reductions by Japan and Vietnam; beef, pork, and soybeans through tariff reductions by Japan; and dairy through tariff reductions by Japan and greater market access to Canada.
  • Autos:  Elimination of tariffs on U.S. autos and trucks, and a bilateral agreement with Japan designed to deal with Japanese non-tariff measures.
  • Biologics: The TPP provides for a minimum of 8 years of data protection or a comparable outcome through 5 years of data protection and other measures.   This was disappointing to the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, which had pressed for the current U.S. standard of twelve years.  Senator Hatch, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has expressed serious concern about this issue.
  • State-Owned Enterprises:  The agreement includes the first-ever comprehensive and enforceable rules on SOEs.
  • Investor-State Dispute Settlement:  In response to concerns expressed by NGOs, the agreement contains provisions designed to prevent frivolous complaints that might limit policy space for governments in areas such as health and the environment.  The question was raised whether the carve-out of the tobacco industry from ISDS might be extended to other industries, such as sugar, in future agreements.
  • China:  The view was expressed that China would not be able to join TPP, at least in the short term, because it could not comply with the "gold standard" provisions, such as those on SOE, and that in any event Congress would block it.
     

The key question at this point is of course whether the U.S. Congress will approve the agreement.  Most of the speakers were reasonably optimistic, though recognizing that some issues -- such as the term of protection for biologics - may have to be renegotiated, as happened with the Korea, Peru and Colombian FTAs, and that the implementing legislation is likely to contain some "sweeteners" designed to persuade particular senators and congressmen to vote in favor of the agreement.  It was pointed out that if TPP does not go through, there is no chance of approval for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (U.S. and EU).

 

 

 

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CONFERENCE AGENDA
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  • FEATURED SPEAKERS:


PROGRAM
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  08.30-09.00: Registration

  09.00-09.15: Opening Remarks and Salutations

  9.15-10.00:   Keynote Address by ITLOS President Judge Golitsyn

  10.00-10.20: Break

 

10.20-12.00: Panel 1 (Principles of Allocation of Resources in Areas under National Jurisdiction)

Moderator: Lawrence Martin (Foley Hoag)

   
  • Paul Reichler: Maritime Delimitation 101
  • Prof. Bernard Oxman: The Continuing Vitality of the North Sea Continental Shelf Judgment
  • Prof. Sean Murphy: The Rights & Duties of Coastal States Pending Maritime Delimitation
   
  12.00-13.30: Luncheon Speech by Prof. Treves : UNCLOS: An Oil and Gas Treaty

 

13.30-15.00: Panel 2 (The Exploration & Exploitation of Resources in Areas under National Jurisdiction)

Moderator: Dr. Constantinos Salonidis (Foley Hoag)

   
  • Prof. Danae Azaria: Regulating Energy Activities at Sea within National Jurisdiction under Public International Law
  • Douglas Burnett: Impacts on International Submarine Cables by Coastal State Encroachment Based in Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Edwin Turner: Impacts on Oil and Gas Activities within A Coastal State EEZ/ Continental Shelf
   
  15.00-15.20: Break

 

15.20-16.50: Panel 3 (Natural Resources and Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction)

Moderator: Judge Tomas Heidar (ITLOS)

   
  • Prof. John Norton Moore: Deep Seabed Mining
  • Natalie Morris Sharma: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)
  • David Balton: Recent U.S. Actions
   
  16.50-17.00: Concluding Remarks


Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the Panels, and it is anticipated that discussions of the topics under consideration will be most enlightening for practitioners as well as any other persons interested in this burgeoning field of international law.

Organized by: Lawrence Martin and Dr. Constantinos Salonidis of Foley Hoag together with a team from the ILI and Georgetown University Law Center (Prof. Don Wallace Jr., Mr. Charles Verrill Jr., Prof. Anne-Marie Whitesell, Prof. Ian Laird, Dr. Borzu Sabahi, and Robert Sargin).

Conference papers along with transcript and panel discussions shall be published as part of the International Law Institute's Series on International Law, Practice, and Arbitration (Juris Publishing).

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ATTENDANCE:
DATE:
DEC. 7, 2015
 
TIME:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
LOCATION:
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor, 120 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
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WITA TPP SERIES 2015-2016
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Eight Events over Four Months Covering: The Digital Economy, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
The Impact on Consumers, Rules and Disciplines, Services, Intellectual Property, and 
What TPP Will Mean for the States

The TPP is the largest trade agreement in a generation.  
Please Join WITA as we break down this ambitious agreement in a series of eight panel discussions that highlight critical aspects of the pact.
 
Who wins? Who loses? What do critical stakeholders have to say?


NOTE: We expect large crowds for these events, so RSVP today to reserve your spot! 

Series Launch
DATE: November 19, 2015

TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


What is the TPP?

Featuring
Panel I
The View from Washington
What Does it Mean for the United States and the World?

  • Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research-NEW! 
  • Kimberly Elliott, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Scott Miller, Senior Advisor & Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic & International Studies-NEW!
  • Jeffrey J. Schott, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Panel II
Views of Our Partners
TPP Partners Speak -- the View from the Transpacific 

  • Alberto Hart, First Secretary, Embassy of Peru
  • Philip Houlding, Counsellor (Trade and Economic), Embassy of New Zealand (Invited)
  • Kenneth Smith Ramos, Head of the Trade & NAFTA Office, Embassy of Mexico
  • Kanji Yamanouchi, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan

On-the-Record
This event will be the first of eight panels. Because the event is part of a panel series, no free passes will be allowed. 
To register, please click here or follow the link: http://witatppseries.eventbrite.com 

Reach Every Trade Policy Maker that Matters by Sponsoring WITA's TPP Series or Individual Events

TPP is the most ambitious trade agreement in a generation.  Every part of the US and global economy will be touched by the TPP.  

WITA will generate over 75,000 emails for each TPP event, and over 600,000 emails for the entire series. By sponsoring this signature WITA series or individual events, you will reach over 15,000 international trade policy professionals, including, but not limited to, business people, diplomats and trade officials from all TPP and FTA partner countries, academics, U.S. government officials (in the Administration and Congress), attorneys, consultants, and others. By sponsoring this series, you will ensure brand or your firm is recognized as a leader in this debate (whether you support TPP or oppose it). 

Widely considered Washington DC's "premier" trade forum, WITA is the only non-profit, non-partisan, neutral forum focused on the open and robust discussion of international trade and economic issues.  TPP Series programs will be recorded and available for viewing around the world.

 

Full Series Sponsorship Benefits Include
(Modified benefits for sponsorship of individual events)

  • Special Recognition at all TPP Series events and communications, including but not limited to special signage, handouts, pop ups, etc.
  • Opportunity for logo'ed contributions to our sponsor table at the events
  • Unlimited free passes to all WITA TPP series events 
  • Special recognition at WITA's Annual Awards Dinner - Washington's biggest and most widely attended trade event of the year.
  • Recognition in all official WITA publications
  • Participation opportunities at WITA TPP programs 
  • Cross promotion on both of WITA's web platforms-wita.org and americastradpolicy.com
  • Rotational ad on AmericasTradePolicy.com and WITA.org for duration of the TPP Series
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  • Option for a one-time dedicated email using WITA's database of over 15,000 trade professionals.
  • Logo-Link on WITA's website, event pages, invitations, and promotions.

Contact Diego Anez at 202-312-1600 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
to discuss the benefits of sponsoring the whole series or individual events.

 

 

Conference on Trans-Pacific Partnership

 

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The conference will discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) from a variety of perspectives - the Executive and Congressional branches, economic, geopolitical, industry and labor. Topics to be covered will include:

   
  • Prospects for Congressional approval of TPP
  • Impact of TPP on economic relations in the Pacific
  • TPP membership expansion
  • Investment issues
  • Investor-state dispute settlement
  • Environment
  • Labor
  • Intellectual property issues
  • State-Owned Enterprises
  • Key market access issues, including
    • Autos
    • Agricultural products
    • Textiles and apparel
    • Services
   
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:  
   
     
ATTENDANCE: DATE: DEC. 8, 2015  - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. RSVPs NO LONGER ACCEPTED
  TIME: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  LOCATION: INTERNATIONAL LAW INSTITUTE
1055 Thomas Jefferson St., Suite M-100, NW, Washington, DC 20007
   
CONTACT:
  • NOTE: WE HAVE REACHED FULL CAPACITY OF THE SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT. RSVPs NO LONGER ACCEPTED. YOU CAN BE PLACED IN WAITING LIST IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND. Please contact Mr. Jason Everett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad:

The Impact of “Electronic Means” on the
Operation of the Hague Conventions

An Event to Celebrate
the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Hague Service Convention and
the 45th Anniversary of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention

Monday, November 2, 2015
Gewirz Center 12th floor
Center for Transnational Business and the Law
Institute for International Economic Law
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C.




Program

 

8:30
  
Registration/Coffee

9:00
  
Welcoming Remarks: Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

9:15
  
Opening Presentation: HCCH Secretary General Christophe Bernasconi

9:45
  
Panel 1:  “How We Got Where We Are:  The Conventions in Theory and Practice”

Moderator:  Peter Trooboff ( Covington and Burling LLP)

      • Theodore J. Folkman (Murphy & King, Boston)
      • Louise Ellen Teitz ( Roger Williams School of Law, Rhode Island)         
      • Mathieu Chardon (Huissier, International Union of Judicial Officers UIHJ)
      • Alejandro Manevich (Ricketts, Harris LLP, Toronto)

11:00
 

Coffee

11:15  
 
Panel 2:  “The Central Authorities: What’s Working and What’s Not”

Moderator: Glenn P. Hendrix (Arnall Golden Gregory LLP)

      • Jeanne E. Davidson, Director, U.S. DOJ/Office of International Judicial Assistance
      • Sandra Elisa Hernández Ortiz, General Director, Legal Affairs Office, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      • Kathryn J. Sabo, Canada DFAIT
      • Senior Master Barbara Fontaine, UK Ministry of Justice

            Open Discussion/Questions and Answers


12:30
 

Lunch
- Keynote Speaker: Hon. Rimsky Yeun, Hong Kong Secretary of Justice

1:30   
 
Panel 3:  “Civilians and Common Lawyers Deal With The Conventions”

Moderator: Mark N. Bravin ( Winston & Strawn, D.C.)

      • Alexander B. Blumrosen (Bernard-Hertz-Béjot, Paris)
      • Roland Portmann (Legal Counsel, Embassy of Switzerland Washington)
      • David W. Bowker ( WilmerHale, D.C.)
      • Arnaud Nuyts (Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, Brussels)
2:45

Coffee

3:00 
  
Panel 4:  “What’s Coming Next? Critical Challenges Facing The Conventions”

Moderator:  Christophe Bernasconi (Secretary General, Hague Conference)

      • Charles T. Kotuby, Jr. (Jones Day D.C.)
      • Ms. Noelle Lenoir, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Paris
      • Judge Michael M. Baylson,U.S. District Court (E.D. Pa.)

4:15
   

Open Discussion/Questions and Answers

5:15
    
Closing

5:30     Reception at Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W. (a short walk from the Law Center)

 



The conference will be held on the campus of Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C., on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Building. 

The Law Center is within easy walking distance of Union Station and the Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line).  Commercial parking is available in the area.

No fee for attendance but pre-registration is encouraged.  To register on-line, please go to:

         http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/business/rsvp-hague-conf.cfm

Reduced rates for attendees are available at nearby hotels.  Information is available here:

http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-services/financial-services/Purchasing/hotel-rates.cfm

This event is co-sponsored by the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, the ABA Section of International Law and the International Law Institute.

 

 

Sponsor:

Center on Transnational Business and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center
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 China Law Society at US Supreme Court  Meeting with Scott Harris, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States

 

The International Law Institute was honored to have received an esteemed delegation of senior judges, prosecutors, legal scholars and practitioners and government representatives from China Law Society.

China Law Society (CLS) is a nationwide professional and academic organization, serving as a bond between Chinese legal professionals and legal practitioners. It plays an important role in developing the legal system, fostering legal research and promoting the rule of law in China. China Law Society, its affiliated associations and local branches have actively organized legal professionals and practitioners in China to participate in the nation's legislation, judiciary, law enforcement and law popularization activities, have conducted legal researches and exchanges of multi-subjects, multi-levels and broad-fields, thus have made certain contributions to promoting rule of law in China, and to advance the development of the rule of law in China and to advance social prosperity.

Established in 1949, China Law Society now has 32 provincial branches, 56 affiliated associations and nearly 240,000 members. It serves at a very high level of prestige and input to the Chinese government and legal community and provides substantive legal impact both domestically and internationally. China Law Society is governed by the National Congress, which is convened every five years. Headquartered in Beijing, it has 5 departments, namely, General Office, Research Department, Overseas Liaison Department and Membership Department. Publications sponsored by China Law Society including Chinese Legal Science, Democracy and Legal System and Law Yearbook of China and China Law Society have gained a great number of readers and broad social impact, which has made them the base of legal academic research. [www.chinalawsociety.com]

As a major channel of foreign legal exchanges in China, China Law Society maintains relations with more than 800 legal institutions from over 100 countries and regions globally. China Law Society maintains Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation with over 135 institutions from 88 countries. In cooperation with their international partners, China Law Society has conducted broad cooperation in mutual visits, academic studies as well as legal professional training. *

 

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 With Frederick S. Ansell, US Senate – Senate Judiciary Committee    Presentation by Judge Carolyn Kuhl, Superior Court of Los Angeles
County on the Efficiencies and Limitations of Specialty Courts

 

Training focused on the selection process of judges, prosecutors from lawyers and legal scholars; judicial selection process; judicial and prosecutorial oversight and management mechanisms. 

From this training program, the delegation is responsible to provide the government of China formal recommendations of judicial and prosecutorial changes in China's new legal reform legislation.

Discussion points included U.S Legal and Court specific systems; Judicial Independence; Professional Ethics and Oversight; Judge Selection; Judicial Conduct and Discipline in US; Prosecutor Selection and Management; U.S Criminal Justice System and the Independent Role of Prosecutor; Professional advancement and cross-over among lawyers, legal scholars, prosecutors, judges and in-house counsel in the US; comparative analysis of legal community between U.S and Europe; The Role of Federal v. State Governments in the selection of Judge and Prosecutors; Court Assignment Systems; Mechanisms of Administrative Investigation, Review Corrective Action and Professional Dismissals of Judges and Prosecutors; International Legal Research; Establishment of Independent Judicial Selection Committees; Establishment of Specialty Courts, Specialty Prosecution Systems and Circuit Court Systems and Administration; among others pertinent issues.

Training was conducted in Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

The delegation was by Mr. YIN Baohu, Director General-China Legal Exchange Center of China Law Society. The delegation further comprised of: Mr. HE Peng, Program Officer-China Legal Exchange Center of China Law Society; Mr. LIU Guiming, Chief Editor – Democracy and Legal System; Mr. LU Leyun, Executive Deputy Procurator-General – People's Procuratorate of Hunan Province; Mr. WANG Weiguo, Deputy Director General – Legal Information Department of China Law Society; Ms. REN Yishan, Deputy Director-General – Chinese Law Counseling Center; Mr. MA Guohua, Deputy Secretary-General – All China Lawyers Association; Ms. XU Wenshan, Vice-President & Secretary-General – Law Society of Guizhou Province; Mr. ZHANG Hua, Executive Council Member, Law Society of Shanghai; Mr. Yl Zhenli, Deputy Director-General –Bureau of Justice of Henan Province; Mr. SONG Zehua, Deputy Director General - Research Department Standing Committee People's Congress of Liaoning; Mr. YAO Huaixiang, President – Law Society of Jinan of Shandong Province; Mr. ZHAO Mingchao, Council Member, Prevention of Transnational Crime Academy; Mr. SHI Guoxin, Member ,Office of Reform of the Judicial System of Qinghai Province; Mr. LU Xiaochuan, Deputy Secretary-General – Law Society of Gansu Province; Mr. WANG Yunge, Judge Higher People's Court of Shandong Province; Mr. CUI Wensheng, Director – Anti-Corruption Bureau of People's Procuratorate of Dalian of Liaoning; Mr. CHEN Shiguo, Council Member of Law Society of Wuhan; Ms. LI Chen, Deputy Director– Membership Department of China Law Society; Mr. WANG Yan, Deputy Director – Higher People's Court of Tianjin; Mr. ZHU Xueyuan, Deputy Director, People's Procuratorate of Chongqing; Mr. LI Jianqi, Deputy Director- People's Procuratorate of Jiangsu Province; Mr. SU Bin - Vice President Intermediate People's Court of Xi'an.

 

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 Mr. Yin Baohu and LA County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey 

Judge Craiq I. Iscoe, Superior Court of the District of Columbia 
presents to China Law Society 

 

This program was supported by ILI staff and an unparalleled assembly of training partners from the U.S. government, law firms and private sector organizations.  ILI respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from Professor James Feinerman, Georgetown University Law Center; Honorable Marian Horn, United States Court of Federal Claims; Mary-Ann Burkhart, National District Attorney Association; Jim Chance, Federal Judicial Center; Monty Wilkinson and Norman Wong, US Department of Justice – Executive Office for US Attorneys; John V. Geise and Sarah Cable from the US Department of Justice - Office of Professional Responsibility; Dr. James Apple, International Judicial Academy; Frederick S. Ansell, US Senate – Senate Judiciary Committee; Scott Harris, Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States; Robert Horowitz, Brianne Stuart, Nicole Pytlik, Arthur H. Garwin, Ellyn S. Rosen, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and Office of Professional Responsibility; Peter Roudik and Laney Zhang, US Law Library of Congress; Andrew Parker, Commonwealth of Virginia, District Attorney Office; Judge Craiq I. Iscoe, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Judge William Highberger, Judge Carolyn Kuhl, Justice Lee Edmon, Judge Michael Levanas, Judge Maria Stratton, Ivette Pena, Esq., Judge James Brandlin, Judge Kathleen Kennedy of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County; Jackie Lacey, District Attorney of Los Angeles County; Terrie Cody, Marc Burnley, Sergio Gonzalez, James Garrison, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office; Ismael Bautista, Bo Tang, Jerrod Abeles, Arent Fox LLP; Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, David Madden, US Ninth Circuit Court.

 

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The Honorable James Brandlin, Superior Court of Los Angeles 
County Discusses Criminal Judicial Procedures [in the
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Ninth Circuit Court, Senior Justice, Honorable J. Clifford Wallace
presents on the US Federal Circuit Court System, Court Administration
and Appellate Procedures

 

The success of this program was dependent of the additional commitment and support of the following: the Office of the Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressperson of the District of Columbia; ILI Associates Purui Zhao, Shuyu Shen, An Zhang, Jane Rudy, Yan Ding, and Yingjun Zou.

ILI would like to extend special recognition and humble gratitude to Mr. David Mao, Robert Newlen, Peter Roudik, Ms. Laney Zhang, Kimberly Zellars, Jeanine Cali and the entire the staff and security of the US Law Library of Congress and US Capitol Police for their extraordinary and most kind considerations.

Program oversight and development by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director and Ms. Wang Kun and Ms. Ren Jie from Beijing Future Land Information and Consulting Co. Ltd.

 

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 Mr. MENG Yaojun, Deputy Chief Prosecutor–People's Procuratorate Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
and the 
Guangxi Prosecutor delegation at office of INTERPOL - Washington, U.S. Department of Justice.

 

The International Law Institute is honored to have received an esteemed delegation of prosecutors from Guangxi Province, China under the direction of the Chinese Ministry of Justice on Judicial Cooperation in the Pursuit and Recovery of Stolen Assets and Suspects.

The delegation trained on the important and noble objective of the pursuit and recovery of stolen Chinese assets and criminal suspects trans-nationally. Special focus was concentrated on assets and individuals who may have entered, or passed through, the United States and the judicial cooperation available between our two nations, to assist in these efforts.

Discussion points included Sovereign Asset Forfeiture and Repatriation; Treaties, Bilateral Agreements and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties; Investigations and Seizure; Criminal and Civil Forfeiture Processes; Tracking of Financial Assets; Rules of Evidence; US-Sino Framework Agreements; INTERPOL Global Pursuit; WB StAR Protocols; Securities Controls and Investigations; FCPA; Extradition; US Federal v. State laws; Cyber-Crime.

Under President Xi's directives, extraordinary dedication is being made at all levels of Chinese society to implement anti-corruption measures and to recover stolen public monies and illegally obtained proceeds channeled through the private sector. Washington-based Global Financial Integrity Group has estimated outflows of illicit cash from China, between 2003 and 2012 approximates $1.25 trillion USD. Prosecutors report processing in excess of 3,700 corruption cases since the directives.

Training was conducted in Washington, DC and New York City.

 

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 World Bank StAR conference with Elsa Krishan

  

The delegation was comprised of senior level prosecutors and led by Mr. MENG Yaojun, Deputy Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The delegation further consisted of: Mr. WANG Jian, Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Laibin City; Mr. LIANG Yi, Deputy Director General – Anti-Corruption Bureau, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Mr. LIU Xiang, Deputy Director – Department of Anti-Dereliction of Duty, People's Procuratorate Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Mr. FANG Liang, Director - People's Procuratorate Nanning City; Mr. GUO Wei, Chief Prosecutor - People's Procuratorate Qingxiu District of Nanning City; Mr. WU Yonghui, Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Luzhai County, Liuzhou City; Ms. QIN Yan, Deputy Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Guilin City; Mr. CHEN Shizi, Chief Prosecutor, People's Procuratorate Lipu County, Guilian City; Mr. YU Xuelong, Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Ziyaun County, Guilin City; Mr. SHI Shian, Deputy Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Wuzhou City; Mr. QIN Zuyu, Chief Prosecutor - People's Procuratorate of Teng County, Wuzhou City; Mr. NING Zichuan, Deputy Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Beihai City; Ms. CEN Jianjun, Director – Department of Anti-Dereliction of Duty, People's Procuratorate of Qinzhuo City; Mr. YANG Yong, Director – Anti-Corruption Bureau, People's Procuratorate Guigang City; Mr. YANG Xuebin, Director, People's Procuratorate Yulin City; Mr. HE Zhongwang, Deputy Chief prosecutor, People's Procuratorate Baise City; Mr. HE Yaolin, Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Youjaing District, Baise City; Mr. XIE Tingfu, Deputy Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Hezhou City; Mr. LIANG Yongliang, Director – Anti-Corruption Bureau, People's Procuratorate Hechi City; Mr. MO Dongfang, Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Taine County, Hechi City; Mr. LING Shaofeng, Chief Prosecutor – People's Procuratorate Pingxiang City; Mr. WEI Jiubao, Chief Prosecutor, Liuzhou Railway Transportation Procuratorate.

This program was supported by an extraordinary team of training partners from the U.S. government, law firms and private sector organizations.

ILI most respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from William Cowden, William Cowden, LLC; Stefan Cassella, Asset Forfeiture, LLC; Ralph Caccia, Wiley Rein, LLP; Debra LaPrevotte and Kevin Wolf, Federal Bureau of Investigations; Jennifer Wallis, US Department of Justice; Emmet Sigmon, INTERPOL – Washington; Elsa Krishan and Lisa Bostwick, World Bank / World Bank StAR; Katrina Carroll – Wilmer Hale, LLP; Laurel Litchy, Integreon; Duncan Levin, T&M Protection Services; Lorena Sander and Lori Lee, United Nations; Michael Kim, Carrie Tendler, Jalili Asif, Randal Arthur, Shaun Wu, Kobre & Kim, LLP; Henry Klehm, Jones Day, LLP; Kenn Kern, Lynn Goodman, Sophi Jacobs, Rosaly German, New York County District Attorney's Office; and Lisa Prager, Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP.

 

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New York County District Attorney's Office with Kenn Kern - Chief of Staff, Investigations Division;
Lynn Goodman - Assistant District Attorney, Chief, Asset Forfeiture Unit; Sophi Jacobs - Assist District
Attorney, Cyber-crime and Identity Theft Bureau; Rosaly German - Planning & Coordination

 

Special appreciation to ILI Associates: Ms. An Zhang, Ms. Yan Ding, Ms. Shuyu Shen, Ms. Purui Zhou, Mr. Jiayuan Tian, Ms. Yingjun Zou for their skillful administration. Program oversight and development by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director and Ms. Wang Kun and Ms. Ren Jie from Beijing Future Land Information and Consulting Co. Ltd.

 

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The International Law Institute wishes to celebrate the lives of two very special and significant leaders in the rule of law and commemorate their significant contributions not only to ILI but more importantly to the foundations and expansion of legal, economic, social and political reforms in the United States and Russia.

 

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 Robert Herzstein

 

 Viktor Pavlovich Mozolin
It is with the deepest respect and condolences that the International Law Institute advises on the passing of Robert E. Herzstein.  Bob served as Chairman of the International Law Institute in the 1970's.  Bob's leadership and vision was critical in focusing ILI's mission and directing our organization as an independent provider of sophisticated and highly customized capacity building programs and technical assistance projects for developing countries and emerging economies.

Mr. Herzstein led an extraordinarily distinguished and influential career:

Robert earned his B.A., M.A. as well as his law degree from Harvard.

Bob served as Under Secretary – U.S. Department of Commerce.  In the practice of law Robert served as Chair and Senior Partner Miller & Chevalier, LLP, Partner of Arnold and Porter, LLP and Partner at Sherman & Sterling, LLP.  Bob was very conscious to assist and lead non governmental organizations and organizations focused on advancing social and economic advancements.  Robert served as Chairman of Partners for Democratic Change; Chairman of Gulf of Mexico States Partnership, Inc.; Chairman of the International Law Institute; Founding Director of the Appleseed Network; Board Member of the Council of the Americas, Inc. and served with the International Human Rights Law Group and was a founder and Board Member of the Senior Lawyer Project.

Robert Herzstein was noted as one of the best international lawyers and best lawyers in America for over 20 years.

 

TRADE

As U.S. Under Secretary for International Trade, US Department of Commerce  Robert was the first head of the International Trade Administration, which enforces the anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws. He negotiated access for U.S. businesses to the Chinese market, following the first trade agreement between the United States and the Peoples Republic of China, and negotiated market access and anti-dumping issues with Japan, Europe, and other countries.

In private practice Mr. Herzstein was lead counsel to Mexico in the NAFTA negotiations. Robert advised companies, trade associations, and governments on international trade, foreign investment, antitrust, and other aspects of government regulation of international markets.  He is consistently recognized for his work in the field of International Trade.  Robert litigated on behalf of U.S. and foreign clients in the U.S. courts and international tribunals on trade agreements and on questions of sovereign immunity, citizenship, extradition, and access to discovery abroad. He has represented parties in some of the largest U.S. countervailing duty and anti-dumping cases."1

 

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

Robert may be most noted however for his efforts in political transparency and accountability.

 

NIXON  

Robert E. Herzstein sued to keep the Nixon papers public.

Robert E. Herzstein, who successfully sued on behalf of historians and journalists to prevent former President Richard M. Nixon from removing and even destroying his White House papers and tapes after his resignation, died on Thursday at his home in Washington. He was 83.

His daughter, Emily Herzstein, said the cause was heart disease resulting from scarlet fever, which he had contracted as a teenager.

Mr. Herzstein served as an under secretary of commerce during the Carter administration; became a consummate international trade lawyer for private corporations and governments; and promoted public justice, human rights and conflict resolution through several civic groups.

But his role in the Nixon case may be his greatest historical legacy. As a lawyer at Arnold & Porter, he was lead counsel in 1974 for a number of historians, political scientists and reporters who maintained that despite an agreement he had struck with the government, Nixon could not take possession of records created while he was in the White House.

Their legal challenge set in motion a chain of events that led to the National Archives' taking stewardship of the presidential papers and tapes, and to further revelations about the Watergate scandal and other backstage views of the Nixon administration.

Mr. Herzstein was credited with taking the initiative in challenging the deal that Nixon had made with the General Services Administration. It empowered Nixon, who had been pardoned by President Gerald R. Ford, to take his White House papers with him to his home in California.

"It struck me as pretty insulting," Mr. Herzstein said of the arrangement.

He insisted that the records belonged to the government, and that most of them should be publicly available under the Freedom of Information Act. Acting pro bono, he and several associates obtained a restraining order from a federal judge on behalf of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the American Political Science Association, the American Historical Association and other groups that he had enlisted to join the suit.

Their challenge encouraged Congress to pass legislation revoking the agreement with the General Services Administration and requiring government archivists to seize and preserve the White House records, amounting to 42 million pages of documents and 880 recordings. They were to return to Nixon only material deemed private.

Reversing itself, the Justice Department defended the new law and sided with the historians and reporters.

Nixon sued, but in 1977 the Supreme Court upheld the law's constitutionality.

- By SAM ROBERTS FEB. 17, 2015

 

Robert Herzstein is survived by his daughters Emily and Jessica, son Robert and two granddaughters.

Professor Viktor Pavlovich Mozolin died on February 15, 2015. He was a Doctor of Law, the Chief Scientific Researcher of the Department of Civil Law and Procedure at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law.


Viktor Pavlovich was born on October 27, 1924 in the village of Yurino, Mari El Republic (Mari ASSR). At age 18 he joined the Soviet Army. From 1942 to 1944 he fought in the infantry (second lieutenant, commander of the infantry platoon) at the Stepnoi, the 1st and the 2nd Ukrainian Fronts, as part of the 80th Guards Division and the 99th Infantry Division. He was discharged from the Red Army in 1946 due to severe battle wounds. He was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 1st degree, the Order of the Patriotic War 2d degree and other medals.

In 1951 V.P. Mozolin graduated from Moscow State University where in 1954 he defended his thesis on "Civil procedural law under the Soviet Law". In 1967 he defended his doctoral thesis on "The legal status of business corporations and main development trends of legislation on corporations in the United States" at Moscow State University.

From 1954 to 1971 Mozolin was a lecturer, senior lecturer, associate professor and professor at Moscow State University. In 1961-1962 he was an invited scholar at Columbia University. In 1971-1981 he served as the Head of Department, Dean and Deputy Rector of the University of Peoples' Friendship.

From 1981 to 1999 he worked as the Chief Scientific Researcher at the Institute of the State and Law under the Russian Academy of Sciences. From December 1999 to January 2012 he headed the Department of Civil and Family Law at Moscow State Law Academy. At the time of his death, he taught at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law.

Mozolin was a member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation for the codification and improvement of civil legislation (2003-2014) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation. He served as an arbitrator at the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation.

Viktor Pavlovich was an extremely active man fascinated by science, creative arts and sports. He raised two sons. The memory of this brilliant man and scientist, a fearless patriot will remain in our hearts.

Condolences to the relatives and colleagues of Viktor Pavlovich come from all over the world.

 

While with University of Peoples' Friendship, Professor Mozolin met with Prof. Don Wallace Jr., at Georgetown University Law Center where they formed a lifelong relationship. Both Prof. Mozolin and Prof. Wallace worked closely under IREX [International Research & Exchanges Board] on scholarly exchanges of experts between the US and the former USSR. Together,they established multiple exchanges and legal conferences.

 

Through the International Law Institute Prof. Mozolin published one book involving comparative contract law and property law in the US and the USSR.

 

Prof. Mozolin and the ILI maintained close relations and periodic exchanges throughout the years.

 

The International Law Institute recognizes Prof. Mozolin for his intellect, legal and economic reforms and never ending dedication to expanding rule of law.

 

--reprint: Press Release: The Institute of Legislative and Comparative Law Under the Government of the Russian Federation