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Werner Kronstein

 

The International Law Institute wishes to celebrate the life of one of its long-time leaders and honor his contribution to the Institute, the rule of law and the legacy of his father, who founded the Institute.

It is with great sadness that the International Law Institute reports the passing of Werner J. Kronstein.  Werner was a long-time member of the ILI’s Board of Directors, in recent years having served as its vice chairman. He was the son of Professor Heinrich Kronstein, the founder of the International Law Institute.  Werner spent the bulk of his legal career as a partner in the international law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he focused his practice on the representation of international corporations in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission. Notwithstanding his busy practice, Werner always found time for the ILI.   In recent years especially he devoted much time and effort to honoring and promoting the legacy of his father, Heinrich Kronstein.

Werner received his A.B. from Georgetown University in 1953 and his LL.B. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1956.

After World War II Werner’s father, Professor Heinrich Kronstein, devoted himself to developing closer ties between the European and American legal systems and was highly instrumental in bringing concepts of American antitrust law and other principles of American law to post-war Germany.  In recent years Werner spent extensive amounts of time in researching, collecting and cataloguing the important writings of his father on antitrust law and other topics and in honoring his father’s significant historical legacy.  This included Werner’s helping to organize a 2010 reunion in Frankfurt of the so-called Kronstein Kreis of lawyers who had worked and/or studied under Heinrich Kronstein; a 2014 symposium at Heidelberg University largely devoted to Heinrich’s legacy in bringing concepts of antitrust law to Germany after World War II; and a symposium at Heidelberg in June 2016 which addressed the topic of Antitrust Law in Information Technology Markets.  Werner also helped to honor his father’s legacy at ILI’s 60th Anniversary dinner held in December 2015 at the German Embassy in Washington, DC.

Werner Kronstein is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years Ilse Marie, and his son Phillip.  

  

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Front Row: Dr. Allan Burman, Kim Phan, ZHANG Mingqi, YIN Baohu
Second Row:  SUN Zitian, GU Ran, Jason Matechak, Robert Sargin, ZHANG Wei, YANG Shangrun, YANG Xiaoping, SHEN Shuyu

 
The International Law Institute was proud to welcome Mr. Zhang Mingqi, Vice-President of China Law Society, and Vice-Chairman of Law Committee of National People’s Congress, accompanied by an esteemed delegation of senior Chinese legal experts of the China Law Society. 
 
Mr. Zhang was accompanied by Mr. Yin Baohu, Secretary-General of the delegation, also the Director-General of China Legal Exchange Center of China Law Society; Mr. Yang Shangrun, Vice-President of Chinese Financial Workers’ Union; Mr. Yang Xiaoping, Deputy Director-General of Overseas Liaison Department of China Law Society; Ms. Zhang Wei, Vice-President of Beijing Lawyers Association; and President of Beijing Win Law Firm; and Ms. Gu Ran, Program Officer of China Legal Exchange Centre of China Law Society. 
 
The purpose of our conference focused on the established educational partnership between the China Law Society and the International Law Institute.  Included in discussion were our upcoming training program for senior Chinese legal experts on the topic of the Reasonable Distribution of Judicial Powers.  Also discussed were possible future cooperation in the areas of government procurement and issues related to international trade. 
 
Representing ILI were Kim Phan, ILI Executive Director; Spencer S. Griffith, ILI Vice-Board Chairman and Partner at the firm of Akin Gump, LLP; Dr. Allan V. Burman, ILI expert faculty and President of Jefferson Solution of Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC; Jason Matechak, ILI Director of Center for Public Procurement; and Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director.  The conference was supported by the assistance of ILI Associates Ms. Shuyu Shen and Mr. Zitian Sun.
 
The International Law Institute is very proud of our relationship with China Law Society.  We hope that the ILI can continue to provide substantive benefit to the capacity needs for the China Law Society and legal community throughout China.  
 
 
 
 
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 Mr. Zhang Mingqi discusses China Law Society and ILI initiatives  Spencer Griffith addresses TPP and regional trade issues
 
 

 

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The International Law Institute was pleased to welcome a leadership delegation from the People’s Procuratorate of Shandong Province, China.  The esteemed delegation was headed by Mr. Lyu Shengchang, Vice Procurator-General of People’s Procuratorate of Shandong Province and accompanied by Mr. Wei Yun, Procurator-General of People’s Procuratorate of Zibo City; Mr. Liu Jiaxiang, Procurator-General of People’s Procuratorate of Zaozhuang, City; Ms. Yu Ping, Vice Procurator-General of People’s Procuratorate of Qingdao City; Miao Chengying, Director of Large Case Command Center of Anti-Corruption Bureau of People’s Procuratorate of Shandong Province; Mr. Li Yuxiang, Standing Committee Member of Police Force Division of People’s Procuratorate of Shandong Province; and Ms. Wang Yang, General Manager of Shandong Regov Foreign Affairs Service Co., Ltd.

Meetings focused on prosecutorial investigation of misappropriation of public money and the recovery of assets and specialized programs for prosecutorial and enforcement agencies.

The meeting was hosted by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director along with Kim Phan, ILI Executive Director; Ralph Caccia, Expert Faculty and Partner of Wiley & Rein LLP., and Stefan Cassella, Expert Faculty and Owner of Asset Forfeiture Law, LLC. The conference was supported by the assistance of ILI Associates Ms. Shuyu Shen and Mr. Zitian Sun.

The International Law Institute has for many years worked closely and constructively with officials and the legal community in Shandong Provice, and hopes to be of continued assistance as a specialied techncial resource.  

Below please find an invitation to the 2016 Heidelberg Antitrust Symposium, jointly sponsored by the Heidelberg University Law Faculty, the International Law Institute, and the Georgetown Law Graduate and Transnational Programs Office, to be held Friday, June 17, 2016, at Heidelberg University.  The Symposium will address the topic of Antitrust Law in Information Technology Markets, in the United States, Europe and the developing world, particularly in light of the legacy of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kronstein.

We very much hope you will attend.

Sincerely,

Don Wallace Jr., Chairman
International Law Institute
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HEIDELBERG ANTITRUST SYMPOSIUM 2016

DATE: Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00 - 16:00h

LOCATION:
Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Curt und Heidemarie Engelhorn Palais, Hauptstrasse 120, Heidelberg, Germany

The International Law Institute ("ILI"), Washington, DC, the Heidelberg University Law Faculty, Heidelberg, Germany, and the Georgetown Law Graduate and Transnational Programs Office, Washington, DC, are pleased to announce a Conference on:

ANTITRUST LAW IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MARKETS

The Conference will take place from 9:00 until 16:00h on Friday, June 17, 2016.  Prof. Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman of ILI, and Prof. Dr. Peter-Christian Mueller-Graff, Heidelberg Law Faculty, will preside at the event.

The symposium is a sequel to the symposium held at Heidelberg in May 2014 which honored the legacy of Prof. Dr. Heinrich Kronstein, addressed his past and future impact on antitrust law, and served to organize the continuation of the work and spirit of the Kronstein Kreis.

An AGENDA for the Symposium appears immediately below. 

Attendees will have the chance to put questions to the panels.  It is anticipated that the Symposium will be most enlightening for practitioners interested in antitrust law, particularly as it relates to technology markets, as well as individuals who were part of the Heinrich Kronstein Kreis.

Please advise Christina von Busch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than June 9, whether you plan to attend, with a copy to Jason Everett at ILI, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For anyone needing hotel accommodations in Heidelberg, please click on the following link to access the Convention & Visitors Bureau Hotel Reservation Form.

 


About ILI

The International Law Institute was founded in 1955 as part of Georgetown University. Since 1983, ILI has been an independent, non-profit training institution.

ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by developing nations and emerging economies. More than 30,000 participants, from over 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates.

About Heidelberg University Law Faculty

Heidelberg Law Faculty was founded in 1386 by Elector Ruprecht I and is the oldest and leading Law Faculty in the Federal Republic of Germany with 2,500 students, who originate mainly from Germany, but also from all over the world.

About Georgetown Law Graduate and Transnational Programs Office

Georgetown University Law Center is one of the world´s premier law schools, pre-eminent in multiple areas, including constitutional, international, and tax law.  The Graduate Programs Office offers numerous LL.M programs, several dual degree programs with major international universities, and an S.J.D. program, enrolling 400 or more students from 60 countries annually. The Office of Transnational Programs sponsors numerous transnational programs on-campus, as well as international study abroad opportunities.


AGENDA

Heidelberg Symposium 2016

ANTITRUST LAW IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MARKETS

Heidelberg University

Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00-16:00h

 

I.  Introductory Remarks

- Prof. Dr. Peter-Christian Mueller-Graff, Heidelberg University Law Faculty.

- Prof. Don Wallace, Jr., Chairman, International Law Institute; Faculty,
  Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.

II.  Panel 1:  Antitrust, Technology Companies, and Shifting Norms:  How Far Apart are the US and EU? (9-11h)

    • Divergence of norms between the United States and the European Union; how does this affect the antitrust analysis?
    • How should we view the antitrust actions against large high tech firms in light of Heinrich Kronstein's legacy?

- Prof. William Evan Kovacic, Faculty, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC;
  Former Chairman, U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

- Dr. Markus Roehrig, Partner, HengelerMueller, Brussels. 

- Ms. Sarah Zinndorf, Dr. Jr. Candidate, Heidelberg University.

III.   Panel 2:  Developing a Modern Approach to Antitrust Legislation: How emerging economies are (and should be)
        managing dominant tech firms and the market
(11-13h)

    • In light of the high-tech climate, what could China, India, and other emerging economies take from the application of antitrust law of the EU and the US to tech giants?
    • Structuring antitrust measures in light of the dynamic tech marketplace.

- Prof. Christopher S. Yoo, Faculty, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.                  

- Prof. Dr. Frank P. Maier-Rigaud, Head of Competition Economics Europe, NERA Economic Consulting,
  Berlin and Brussels; IESEG (LEM-CNRS), Paris.                 

- Dr. Jingwen Zhu, Partner, Winston & Strawn, Hong Kong.

IV.  Panel 3:  The Horizon: Trends in Tech and the Future of Antitrust (14-16h)

    • The marketplace of large technology firms is constantly shifting, dominance is fleeting, and new innovations and firms are always challenging the status quo.  In light of this and recent antitrust proceedings, what does the future hold for both the marketplace and the industry?

- Prof. William Evan Kovacic.

- Mr. Boris Wenger, Partner, Froriep, Zuerich.

- Dr. Rainer Becker, DG Competition,  European Commission.

V.  Closing Remarks

- Prof. Dr. Peter-Christian Mueller-Graff.

 

 


SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

DR. RAINER BECKER is acting head of unit in the policy and strategy directorate of the European Commission's DG Competition. His unit is in charge of coordinating the Commission's antitrust and cartel cases and of developing competition policy in this area. In this function, he is involved in all major EU antitrust cases.

Dr. Becker previously served in several positions within DG Competition, working in particular on the EU's legislative initiative on private damages actions, and in operational units of the authority handling antitrust and merger matters in different industries. Before joining the Commission in 2004, he was a lawyer of the Brussels and Cologne bars and a senior associate in a major international law firm. He advised clients across a range of industries on European and German merger control, antitrust and cross-border litigation matters.

Dr. Becker has published and spoken widely on various issues of antitrust law, general EU law and comparative law, and occasionally lectures at Heidelberg University. Born in 1969, he studied Law, and Spanish & French literature at universities in Germany, Spain and Canada and holds Ph.D. (Trier), LL.M. (McGill) and Ass./Ref. iur. (Rh. Pfalz) degrees in law. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

PROF. WILLIAM E. KOVACIC is Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, Professor of Law, and Director, Competition Law Center at the George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC.  Before joining GW Law School in 1999, Prof. Kovacic was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law.  From January 2006 to October 2011, he was a member of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 to March 2009. He was the FTC's General Counsel from June 2001 to December 2004. In 2011 he received the FTC's Miles W. Kirkpatrick Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Since August 2013, Prof. Kovacic has served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions, and is the author of numerous articles on the subject of competition.  He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School.

PROF. Dr. FRANK P. MAIER-RIGAUD is Director and the Head of NERA's European Competition Economics Group. He has over 15 years of competition experience across all sectors encompassing all areas of competition economics, notably competitive effects of mergers, cartels, quantification of damages, abuse of dominance, state aid, and vertical and horizontal restraints. His research also addresses issues concerning the quantification of damage, the competitive effects of loyalty schemes/rebates and cartels, as well as behavioral and structural remedies.

He is a Full Professor in the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods at the IÉSEG School of Management Paris and the Université Catholique de Lille, and a member of LEM-CNRS, the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Leading a team of over 25 professional competition economists mainly in the Brussels, London, Berlin and Paris offices of NERA, he works on a wide range of EU and EU Member State competition cases including for example the largest damages case brought so far in the EU, the appeal of the EU merger decision in the Telefónica Deutschland/ E-Plus case in front of the European Courts and large EU merger projects such as the GE/Alstom transaction.

Dr. Maier-Rigaud was a Senior Economist of the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission, where he was responsible for the review and scrutiny of hundreds of antitrust and merger decisions, the peer review panels and the sector inquiry framework. He led among the largest European Commission inspection teams comprised also of members of the French, German, and UK authorities on dawn raids and was involved in cases such as ENI, Intel, Prokent/Tomra, Réel/Alcan Pechiney, MasterCard, Oracle/PeopleSoft, and Sony/BMG. He appeared on behalf of the European Commission at numerous conferences, in case hearings, and before the European courts. As a Senior Economist in the Policy and Decision Scrutiny Directorate, he was involved in the Article 82 (now 102) review, the project group on services of general economic interest that laid the foundations for a more economic approach in state aid control and was the responsible economist in the early phases of the private enforcement/ damages claims initiative.

Dr. Maier-Rigaud was also Senior Economist at the Competition Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he oversaw the Working Party on Competition and Regulation, the tri-annual meetings of OECD member and observer country competition authorities on technical economic and regulatory competition issues.

Dr. Maier-Rigaud is member of the advisory board of Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb the oldest competition law journal in Europe. He teaches courses in Industrial Organisation, Competition Policy, Public and Regulatory Economics and Experimental Economics and publishes prolifically in these areas. Among other journals, OECD publications, and books, his work has appeared in the Antitrust Law Journal, the European Competition Journal, the European Competition Law Review, the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the Journal of Institutional Economics and Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb. He also won the 2014 Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award in the Category Business Economics for his work on retail price maintenance.


PROF. DR. PETER-CHRISTIAN MUELLER-GRAFF is full professor for Private, Business, European and Comparative Law and Director of the Institute for Corporate and Business Law at Heidelberg University (IGW). He is chairman of the German Association of Law Faculties since 2013, chairman of the German European Studies Association since 2002 and counsel of several ministries. He is author of many books and articles on Business Law (including Antitrust) and European Union, Private and Comparative Law. He is or has been also a visiting professor at several foreign universities, among them Georgetown University Law Center and Cornell University Law School, Nancy and Bordeaux, Zürich and Vienna, Cracow and Budapest, the College of Europe Bruges/Natolin and Nihon (Tokyo).


After graduating from Tübingen University Law Faculty (First State Exam) he studied at Cornell Law School, clerked at different courts and at the European Commission, acquired the qualification to sit as judge (Second State Exam), concluded his doctorate and his habilitation at Tübingen University, was appointed as professor of law at Cologne University in 1982 and as Judge at the Court of Appeals (Private Law and Competition Law) in 1985. In 1986 he joined the Trier University Law Faculty and in 1994 the Heidelberg University Law Faculty where he served as Dean from 1999 to 2004. He also served as Counsel to the European Constitutional Convention and represented the Federal Republic before the European Court of Justice.

DR. MARKUS ROEHRIG is an antitrust partner at Hengeler Mueller in Brussels. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Cologne and a master's degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He has authored several articles and spoken at various conferences on antitrust law. Dr. Röhrig is admitted to practice in Germany and in New York. He frequently advises clients on the European and German antitrust and merger control laws. He represents companies before the European Commission, the Federal Cartel Office, as well as the European and German courts. Over the past years, he has been heavily involved in international cartel cases, internal antitrust compliance investigations, and in strengthening companies' compliance policy and culture.

PROF. DON WALLACE, JR. is Chairman of the International Law Institute, Washington, DC, and Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  Prof. Wallace was the Regional Legal Advisor for the Middle East and Deputy Assistant General Counsel to AID in the Department of State from 1962-66, a founding board member of the International Development Law Organization in Rome, and has been the head of the International Law Institute since 1970.  He chaired the Advisory Committee on World Trade and Technology to the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress from 1976-79, and is currently a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law, a U.S. Delegate to UNCITRAL, and a correspondent of UNIDROIT and the vice president of the UNIDROIT Foundation in Rome. He has also been chair of the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association and a member of the ABA House of Delegates.

Recent and current activities also include assisting Rwanda with the preparation of its constitution and commercial law, teaching in China, directing a research and exchange project with Russia, serving on boards involving academic activities in Egypt, in Indonesia, in Serbia and in Bulgaria, and the advisory board of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI).  He has been on the roster of World Trade Organization (WTO) panelists.  He is the author of books and articles.  He received his B.A. from Yale University and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School.

MR. BORIS WENGER is a partner with Froriep in Zurich and heads the firm's competition group. His practice focuses on all aspects of Swiss and European competition law. He acts as counsel in competition law matters before competition authorities, civil courts and arbitral tribunals. Alongside his competition law practice, he also has considerable experience advising on matters of public commercial law, such as public procurement, customs and export control matters.

He obtained his law degrees from the University of Basel in 1996 (lic. iur.) and from Stanford Law School (JSM) in 2002. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2001. Previously, he served as a teaching assistant at the University of Basel. He is a frequent speaker and he publishes regularly on various topics of competition law.

PROF. CHRISTOPHER S. YOO is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research focuses on the insights that the principles of network engineering and imperfect competition provide into the regulation of the Internet and intellectual property.  He is building an innovative integrated interdisciplinary program designed to produce a new generation of professionals with advanced training in both law and engineering.  He is leading a major study comparing competition policy in China, Europe. and the U.S.  He is also the primary organizer of an empirical analysis of innovative ways on connecting more of the world the Internet. 

Before entering the academy, Professor Yoo clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He also practiced law with Hogan & Hartson (then Hogan Lovells) under the supervision of now-Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.  He also served as a professor at the Vanderbilt Law School, where he led the Technology and Entertainment Law Program.  He is a graduate of Harvard College, the Anderson School at UCLA, and the Northwestern University School of Law.  The author of four books and more than seventy articles and book chapters, Professor Yoo testifies frequently before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign regulatory authorities. 

DR. JINGWEN ZHU is a partner of Winston & Strawn Hong Kong & China. She advises international corporations on merger notifications, antitrust  investigations, private antitrust litigation, antitrust counseling, commercial strategy, and compliance. She also has experience in state-owned monopolies, privatization of infrastructure, and subsequent sector regulation. She advises clients in a wide range of sectors ranging from air and maritime transportation, health care, insurance, telecommunication, luxury goods, leisure and hospitality to diverse manufacturing activities. Dr. Zhu has been ranked as a leading competition lawyer by International Financial Law Review (Hong Kong) 2012-2016. She received her doctorate degree (Dr. jur. summa cum laude) from University of Munich.

MS. SARAH ZINNDORFis a Doctor of Laws candidate at the University of Heidelberg and currently works as Legal Trainee (Referendarin) at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt am Main.

In her doctoral thesis she analyzes the application of E.U. Antitrust Law on search engine markets, focusing on the Google case and the vertical integration of specialized search services. For her research she has been granted a scholarship from the Episcopal Foundation Cusanuswerk

After graduating from Heidelberg Law School (First State Exam) in 2012, she worked as Research Associate at the Institute of German and European Corporate and Business Law for Professor Peter-Christian Müller-Graff. In 2013 she was Visiting Researcher at the University of Chicago Law School (supported by the German Academic Exchange Service) where she worked closely with Professor Randal C. Picker.

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 Senator Ekweremadu speaking at the ILI Alumni Reception held in Abuja

 

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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Richard Cunningham, Steptoe & Johnson; Barbara Weisel, USTR for South Asia & Pacific

Patrick Marory, Director of International Trade Law Center, ILI

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.

 

 
FOR LIST OF SPEAKERS AND SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS PLEASE CLICK HERE
 
 
TPP Ratification 2

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
:

  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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FEES:
$50
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$30
GOVERNMENT/ACADEMICS
 
$15
STUDENTS
 
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Fees include attendance and lunch. Private section, government employees and academics also receive a 50% discount on the published book, through Juris Publishing.
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PAYMENT:
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REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. RSVPs NO LONGER ACCEPTED
 
Credit Card - Phone:
Contact Jason Everett, International Law Institute, 202-247-6006
 
Checks/Cash:
May be accepted at the door. Checks made out to: International Law Institute


CONTACT:
Those wishing to confirm their attendance, please contact Mr. Jason Everett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
                 (Regretfully, invitations for visa purposes cannot be issued to those traveling from abroad.)

 

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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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PROGRAM:  
   

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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Contributing Co-Sponsors

 covington-Burling  jones-day  winston-strawn

 

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