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The International Law Institute is pleased to support the International Judicial Academy's 2014 Embassy Fourm Series, for foreign embassy personnel assigned throughout Washington, DC.

               The International Judicial Academy provides instruction on how judges and court personnel should function in a modern, fair,
               efficient, accessible and transparent court system.  The Academy is a service organization that does not seek profits and strives
               to provide the most informative and instructional programs for participants at the lowest possible cost. Since its beginning, IJA
               has hosted program participants from Central and Eastern Europe, South America, Southeast Asia and China and conducts
               training globally.  [www.ijaworld.org]

 

2014 EMBASSY FORUM SERIES

 

This educational forum series is specially designed to foreign ambassadors, officials and embassy personnel, assigned to the United States, with clear and workable understanding of various areas of the U.S. legal system, including both federal and state protocols, through clear, non-technical presentations.

Trainings are condcuted in series 1 day sessions, each focusing on a specific aspect of US law.

 

DATE TOPIC
Thursday, March 27, 2014 -   The Legal Systems of the United States – A Clear Explanation
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 -   Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations – How It Functions in the United States
Thursday, May 22, 2014 -   U.S. Immigration Laws and Policy
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 -   Extradition and U.S. Laws, Policies and Practices Relating to It
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -   The Geneva Conventions and U.S. National Security
Thursday, August 21, 2014 -   Death Penalty Laws and Approaches in the U.S.
Thursday, September 18, 2014   -   The Application of Foreign Law in the U.S.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 -   Gun Control and Its Place in U.S. Life
Wednesday, November 19 -   The Status of International Law in the United States

                             

Topic:       The Structure and Functioning of the U.S. Court Systems: Federal and State

                       A. U.S. separation of powers: legislative, executive and judicial branches
                       B. Federalism – the system of national and state governments, including courts
                       C. English common law system and differences with the civil law system
                       D. Criminal justice system                                                             
                       E. Appointment or election of judges                                                             
                       F. Role of prosecutors and attorneys ​
                       G. As part of the concluding session, there will be a general introductory discussion of the more 
                           controversial topics relating to the U.S legal system, including U.S. immigration laws and policy, 
                           gun control, the death penalty, and other big issues.

Date:             Thursday, March 27, 2014

Location:       International Judicial Academy - 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Suite M-100, Washington, D.C [Georgetown]

Fee:              $245 per person - includes seminar materials, buffet lunch, coffee breaks, and after-seminar reception.

Deposit:        An advance deposit of $100 is required to be paid on or before March 20, 2014 to reserve a place for the seminar.    
                     Full payment is required by March 24, 2014.

Payment:      Domestic Checks, Cash or Credit Card [MC, Visa, Debit Card - sorry American Express is not accepted]

Checks:         Checks should be made payable to:

                              International Judicial Academy 
                              1055 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W., 
                              Suite M-100, 
                              Washington, D.C. 20007

Credit Card:    For Credit Card Payment please download and submit:  PAYMENT FORM

Cash:               Please pay in  person - Please do not mail cash

 

RSVP Required:  Include names of each attendee and name of the Embassy.
                           For questions or inquiries call 202 247 6006, Ext. 134, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Discounts:     A discount of $ 45 per seminar will be given for registering and attending three or more seminars.

 

Note:             Interested embassy officials may enroll for each or all of these one-day seminars at any time up to one week before
                      the seminar. A deposit of $100 is necessary to reserve a place. Full payment for attendance at each seminar must
                      be made three days before the beginning of each seminar.

 

 

Chengdu Lawyers
Charles Verrill discusses special provisions of international commerical arbitration with
Mr. Xiao Dengguo and his colleagues.

 

 

International Law Institute was honored to host a meeting with lawyers from the Chengdu legal community.

The meeting was established to explore the opportunity of establishing training programs between ILI and the Chengdu Lawyers Association, Chengdu Arbitration Committee and the Yingke Law Firm. Yingke Law Firm is one of the largest law firms throughout Asia, with offices worldwide.  The delegation was led by Mr. Xiao Dengguo, Deputy Director of Foreign Legal Affairs Commission of Chengdu Bar, Arbitrator of Chengdu Arbitration Commission; Partner of Yingke Law Firm and head of the International Law section. Accompanied by Ms. Xiao Yue, attorney at Yingke Law Firm; Ms. Hu Xingyu, General Manager of Guangzhou Optima Biology Ltd; Ms. Wang Chunyan, Partner of Sichuan Guyu Law Firm; and His Honorable Judge Li Wentao.

The esteemed delegation and ILI will focus on means by which we can prioritize mutual needs and competencies; professional and training exchanges; and customizing programs specific to the needs of Chengdu legal community.

On behalf of ILI were Mr. Charles Verrill, Jr., Esq., ILI President; Mr. Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director; Ms. Zhang Xi and Mr. Gou Rongfei, ILI Associates.

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Shandong Lawyers at US Department of State

 

 

The International Law Institute is once again proud to have hosted our third delegation of senior lawyers, law firm partners and legal experts from from Shandong Province, China as participants in ILI's International Trade and Economic Integration program.  This 3.5-month program was specially designed by the ILI and the Department of Human Resources and Social Security of Shandong Province.  Training included studies on the US legal system;  International Trade Law and the application of WTO procedures; International Investment Agreements and State Dispute Arbitration, Commercial Arbitration and Mediation; Investment Procedures in the US; as well as internships in Washington, DC law firms.


 

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International Arbitration training with Anne
Marie White 
Whitesell, ILI Director of ILI's
Center for Alternative
Dispute Resolution
(former Sec. General of the ICC

International Court of Arbitration)

  Delegation is guest lectured by Mr. Li Guogang
- Director of Anti-Dumping Investigation from
the
Ministry of Commerce, China
 
  Attending lectures on Defending Anti-Dumping
Cases 
- Market and Non Market Economies
at Akin Gump, LLC

 

Participating in this program were  Mr. Li Chuanfeng (Lawyer, Shandong Qilu Law Firm) head of the delegation along with Ms. Du Huaying (Lawyer, Shandong Bohanyuan Law Firm), Mr. Zhang Yi (Director, Shandong You Hua Law Firm), Mr. Cui Chuanzong (Lawyer, Dacheng Law Offices, LLP - Qingdao), Mr. Wang Yan (Partner, Shandong Zhongcheng Renhe Lawyer Firm), Ms. Zhang Wang (Partner, Director of IP, Shandong Chenggong Law Firm), Mr. Wang Yehua (Lawyer, Shandong Zhongchengrenhe Law Firm), Mr. Wang Hao (Lawyer, Shan Dong Hua Lin Law Firm), Ms. Ding Tingting (Lawyer, Shandong Kangqiao (Linyi) Law Firm), Mr. Cui Yutong (Shandong Kangqiao Law Firm - Qingdao), Mr. Zhao Cunshou (Deputy Director, Shandong Kaien Law Firm), Ms. Wang Jinlei (Partner, Deheng Law Firm - Qingdao High-Tech Zone Office), Ms. Sun Pingping (Lawyer, Shandong Dadiren Law Firm), Mr. Wang Xingfu (Lawyer, Shandong Luquan Law Firm), Mr. Yang Kai (Partner, Shan Dong Hero Law Firm), Mr. Li Yuan(Partner, Shandong Deyijunda Law Firm), Ms. Cui Baoling (Lawyer, Shandong Jinhairui Lawyer Firm), Ms. Zhang Yan (Lawyer, Shandong Yuanding Law Firm), Ms. Wang Yajuan (Lawyer, Shandong Huiyan Law Firm), and Mr. Shang Jie (Lawyer, Shandong Yajuan Law Firm).

 

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Shandong Lawyers meeting with US Dept of
Commerce,
International Trade Administration
   Attending meetings at the World Bank   Conference on US/China Trade Relations with
Stephen 
Kho, former Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative in 
the Executive Office of the
President. Mr. Kho was
Associate General
Counsel and principal attorney on all 
China
matters.

 

This extensive and specialized program incorporated over 60 specialist faculty members from academia, government offices, multi lateral organizations and from private legal practice.  ILI and the Shandong Lawyer delegation are humbled and thankful for the outpouring of support and expertise by our speakers, throughout this program.  ILI wishes to extend special appreciation to the law firms of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Winston Strawn LLP, Axinn, Veltrop, Harkrider LLP, Chadbourne and Parke LLP, Steptoe and Johnson LLP, Holland and Knight LLP, Alston Bird LLP, Nelson Mullins LLP, Mayer Brown, Duane Morris LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Kristein & Young PLLC, Grunfeld Desiderio Lebowitz Silverman & Klestadt LLP, and Adduci Mastriani & Schuamberg LLP for their internships and mentorships. ILI also wishes to thank the World Bank, Office of the US Trade Representative, US Senate, the US International Trade Commission, US Department of Commerce, US House of Representatives, and Mr. Li Guogang - Ministry of Commerce, China for their expert contributions.

 

This program is led by Patrick Macrory, Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center and was expertly supported by Ms. Emily Rae and ILI associates Ms. Zhang Xi, Mr. Gou Rongfei and Ms. Yang Rui.

 

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Delegation attending a State Repection at the US Dept of State    Delegation celebrate their graduation with friends,
faculty and ILI staff

 

ILI would like to note the professionalism, expertise and dedication of this delegation.  We are assured of the value, drawn from their experiences in this program, that the delegation will bring back to their law firms, clients and province. ILI extends to our friends from Shandong, our very best wishes.

  

The Shandong Lawyer Delegations are administered by Ms. Guo Hui, Assistant Secretary General of the Shandong Bar Association, China and Mr. Robert Sargin, Deputy Director of the International Law Institute.

 

 

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Prof. Bui Nguyen Khanh, Robert Sargin, Prof. Vo Khanh Vihn,   Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Conference on
Prof. Don Wallace, Jr.,Prof. Ho Sy Don,Ms. Vo Thi Vuong Ngoc   Human Rights

 

 

ILI was honored to have recently hosted a delegation from the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences.

Meetings were held between senior members of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and the leading American experts on human rights to provide VASS inputs and academic alliances in establishing and enhancing capacity training programs on the study and implementation of human rights in academic and legal venues. Vietnam has prioritized the enhancement of the countries human rights policies from its constitution and throughout its legal and academic infrastructure.

The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, established in 1953 is a research institution which provides trainings to all legal practitioners in Vietnam. The delegation was led by the distinguished Professor Vo Khanh Vinh, Vice President of VASS and Director of Graduate Academy of Social Sciences (GASS). Professor Vo was accompanied by Professor Bui Nguyen Khanh, Vice Director of Institute of State and Law; Professor Ho Sy Son, Vice Director of GASS; Ms. Luu Anh Tuyet, Vice Director of International Cooperation Department; and Ms. Vo Thi Vuong Ngoc, Head of General Division of Office of VASS.

On behalf of ILI were Professor Don Wallace, Jr - ILI Chairman; Robert Sargin - ILI Deputy Director; Kim Phan - ILI Executive Driector; Professor Arturo Carrillo - Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the George Washington Univerisity Law School; Ms. Brittany Benowitz, - Chief Counsel, Center for Human Rights, American Bar Association; Ms. Monika Mehta - Law Fellow, American Bar Association; Mr. O.  Hilaire Sobers - Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,  Organization of American States; and Mr. Benjamin Weiner - Joffe Fellow/Advocacy Counsel on Human Rights Defenders Program, Human Rights First. ILI would like to thank all of the speakers who provided counsel and institutional support on these most important issues.

ILI would like to extend special appreciation to Ms. Dinh Thi Mai, Deputy Head of Science Management Department. Lecturer of Law Faculty, Graduate Academy of Social Sciences (GASS) for establishing this meeting and these important relationships.

ILI would also like to thank ILI Associates Ms. Zhang Xi, Mr. Gou Rongfei and Ms. Yang Rui and Mr. Thang Nguyen, American Univeristy for their significant contributions to the formation and success of this program.

 

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Ministry of Finance - Department of Tariff Policy   Patrick Macrory Leads Lecture on
    Trade Remedies

 

The International Law Institute was pleased to host a recent conference on U.S. Policies on tariff and Trade Conflicts for the Ministry of Finance - Department of Tariff Policy for the Peoples Republic of China.

The delegation was led by Mr. Wang Xiaolong, Deputy Director General, Tariff Policy Department, Ministry of Finance.  Accompanying Mr. Wang were, Mr. Wang Honglin, Director – Tarriff Policy Dept, MOF; Ms, Pang Bo,  Principal Staff – Trariff Policy Dept, MOF; Ms. Jiang Hao, Principal Staff Member – Legal Dept, MOF; Mr. Hu Shaokui, Deputy Director – Financial Dept., Jilin Province; Mr. Shao Desheng, Principal Staff – Financial  Dept., Jinagsu Province; Mr. Chan Xiao, Director – Financial Dept. Zhejiang Province; Mr. Lin Weicheng, Principal Staff – Financial Dept, Fujian Province; Mr. Luo Shiyun, Principal Staff, Financial Dept, Jinagxi Province; Ms. Wang Haiyan, Assistant Consultant – Financial Dept, Shandong Province; Ms. Jin Junrui, Principal Staff – Financial Dept of Henan Province; Ms. Long Yi, Principal Staff – Financial Dept., Hubei Province; Mr. Guo Jianhua, Sr. Staff – Financial Dept., Hunan Province; Mr. Lu Changzhen, Asst. Consultant – Financial Dept., Guangxi Autonomous Region; Mr. He Dakun, Director – Financial Dept., Yunnan Province; Mr. Li Yu, Director – Financial Dept., Shaanxi Province; Mr. Ma Dongsheng, Principal Staff – Financial Dept., Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The conference focused on Tariff and Trade Remedies; Roles of U.S. Federal Agencies on Trade and Remedies and New Government Policies; WTO and Remedies; Provisions for Protected Industries; Cost-Benefit Analyses; WTO Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Measures;  Current Studies on Protectionism; Case Studies; Role of US Customs on Tariff and AD/CVD Enforcement; and US Foreign Trade Policy, Trends and Related Laws and Regulations.

This conference was hosted jointly by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director and head of ILI's Asia initiatives, and Patrick Macrory, ILI's Center Director – International Trade Law.  ILI wishes to extend special appreciation to Mr. Craig Lewis, (Partner - Hogan Lovells) and Erin Ennis (Vice President of the US China Business Council) for their important contributions to this program.

ILI would also like to thank ILI Associates Ms. Zhang Xi, Mr. Gou Rongfei and Ms. Yang Rui for their significant contributions to the formation and success of this program.

 

Arthur J. Rynearson, Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step International Law Institute and Carolina Academic Press (2013)

Don Wallace, Jr.*

Arthur Rynearson’s book is principally intended for, and indeed dedicated to, the professional legislative draftsmen of the United States Congress.  But wittingly, or otherwise, this is a book for almost any lawyer, or non-lawyer, here in the United States or anywhere, interested in constitutions, government, the rule of law, or indeed mental and intellectual clarity.  It is a superb book, whose quality may be obscured by its accurate but modest title.  In this respect, the title reflects the character of the author: a superb craftsman, of deceptively modest demeanor.

I have been an occasional drafter of laws, and observer of the same, in Egypt, Indonesia, Rwanda, Georgia, Qatar, the Caribbean and elsewhere, as well as a longtime delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and active in the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), bodies often engaged in the drafting of model laws.  In my work, I have also encountered the storied institution of the Parliamentary draftsmen of the British tradition.  In spite of all this and a love of drafting and its central place in the calling that is law, I never truly, or even slightly, appreciated the heights of creative skill, art and learning entailed in the work of the first class legislative drafter.

Arthur Rynearson’s quarter century career as legislative draftsman, ultimately as Deputy Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate, enables him to draw on the experience of drafting literally thousands of legislative instruments for the US Senate.  But the depth and breadth of the work makes it, in my view, of equal value for draftsmen in state and municipal chambers, and for non-Americans, a point that Arthur makes in the book.  He has taught draftsmen from all over the world, notably at the International Law Institute, of which I am Chairman.  In my view the book has a double value for draftsmen from countries with developing legislatures: (i) it instructs in the science and art of drafting; but (ii) and possibly more profoundly, a close study of the book shows the way to the essential elements of a legislature necessary for good laws: professional drafters, respect between drafters and their bosses and partners the legislators and other policy makers, the need for staff and sufficient preparation time, etc.

If you are a contract drafter, or a will drafter as I once was in private practice, you may think you know what drafting is: you draft, you hope the instrument, the deal, the estate plan, holds up, or if not, that a court or arbitrator, applying known canons of construction, will uphold what you have done. Legislative drawing is much more.  It can provide a level of excitement, maybe not known to the rest of us. As Arthur notes, “Time often flies while drafting [legislation]”.

Properly done, well made legislation, quite literally promotes the rule of law and democracy, through transparency if the legislation is clear, accountability through enabling legislative oversight of the executive, due process and legality, if the law is unambiguous and not vague, and constitutionalism by respecting the separation of legislative and executive functions.

Rynearson breaks down the legislative drafting process into five steps: (i) legalize; (ii) formalize; (iii) integrate; (iv) organize; (v) clarify. As you read into each of these, the rich and challenging world of legislative drafting reveals itself.

“Legalize” involves all the expected strictures of good drafting, from proper subject (eg the President), through verb forms and compliance with a sophisticated Constitution.
“Formalize” makes one think about bills, resolutions, and about amendments and the vexations of amending an intricate existing statutory system.
“Integrate” raises questions of just what existing law is being changed, whether  the new and changing language is to be “freestanding” or knitted into the existing language and many such conundrums.  And the reader is reminded of the differences between an Act of Congress, Public Law, the Statutes at Large, the United States Code and suchlike.
“Organize” When one thinks of some of the complex legislation of our time, whether for example the Affordable Care Act or Dodd-Frank, it is clear that organizing and drafting the same can be a formidable task indeed. And we learn about the “Tax Style” of drafting.“Clarify” takes us into the world of ‘intentionalist” and “new textualist” judges, and incidentally assesses the relative merit of “definitions” and “cross-references”.
I cannot begin to do justice, in a short review, of the literally hundreds of fascinating nuggets in this book.  It must be read to learn of them.

There is very a detailed table of contents, a useful index and more than 50 pages of exercises (and answers!).

To conclude: it has been an almost unadulterated pleasure to read this book. I heartily recommend it.

 

* Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Chairman, International law Institute Properly done, well made legislation, quite literally promotes the rule of law and democracy, through transparency if the legislation is clear, accountability through enabling legislative oversight of the executive, due process and legality, if the law is unambiguous and not vague, and constitutionalism by respecting the separation of legislative and executive functions.

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Legislative Drafting Participants   Advanced Level Legislative Drafting Program Participants

 

 

The International Law Institute was recently requested to conduct multi-level training courses in Legislative Drafting for the Lagos State House of Assembly, Nigeria.  The goal of the training was to increase technical capacity for Assembly Members, support staff and State House administrators.

The two training programs were conducted in June, in Accra, Ghana.  The event was opened and closed by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji.

A Basic Legislative Drafting seminar was held from June 3 – 6. Art Rynearson, ILI's Course Advisor for ILI's Workshop on Legislative Drafting and ILI's Advanced Workshop on Legislative Drafting seminar, was facilitator and faculty for the event. Sixty-seven participants attended the event, which included several Honorable Members of the Assembly.  The Basic seminar covered an introduction to legislative drafting and involved over a dozen drafting projects. 

An Advanced Legislative Drafting seminar was held the following week, form June 10 – 13. Tony Coe, faculty in for ILI's Workshop on Legislative Drafting and ILI's Advanced Workshop on Legislative Drafting seminars, was the facilitator and faculty. Twenty-three participants attended this event, including several Honorable Members who also attended ILI legislative drafting programs held in DC, previously. The Advanced seminar examined drafting highly complex legislation.

In addition, coursework on Leadership, Management, and Decision Making was also conducted by the ILI's Executive Director, Ms. Kim Phan.

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The International Law Institute (ILI) and the Bangladesh International Arbitration Centre (BIAC) successfully concluded the Trainer of Trainers (TOT) seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The TOT seminar took place on June 9 to 12, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This is the third and final training in the first phase of the Training in Commercial Arbitration in Bangladesh Project, which aims at increasing the local capacity in commercial arbitration. The program is sponsored by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and it is part of a series of efforts by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to address the increasing backlog in domestic courts.

During the closing ceremony, the Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Barrister Shafique Ahmed, remarked on the importance of this project, helping to solve the problem of “over 2.4 million cases pending in the courts, as at the end of last year.”

The TOT seminar included presentations by all participants in the seminar, under the guidance of international arbitrator David Branson, and ILI´s ADR expert, Carlos Ivan Davila. The presentations were of the highest quality and BIAC may now count on 25 outstanding lawyers who will be able to continue capacity building efforts in arbitration. The ILI will continue to support BIAC, with a new round of trainings in Commercial Arbitration. The ILI recognizes the high quality of the professionals who participated in these trainings, and expects to collaborate in the future with its alumni in Dhaka.

 

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Madam Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, Executive Director
of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)

      From Left: Charles Ouma, KCCA's Deputy Director for Legal Affairs;
Swithin Munyantwali, Executive
Director, African Centre for Legal
Excellence; Kim Phan, ILI
Executive Director; Madam Jennifer Musisi;
Her Excellecy, Ambassador Oliver 
Wonekha; Prof. Don Wallace,
ILI Chairman; Innocent Silver,
KCCA; and Uganda Embassy Deputy
Chief of Mission,
Alfred Nnam

 

By: Stephanie Yongzhe Wang June 21, 2013

Madam Jennifer Ssemakula Musisi, Executive Director of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), discussed her recent work in reforming Uganda's capital city of Kampala at a symposium co-sponsored by the International Law Institute and its Uganda affiliate, the African Centre for Legal Excellence (ACLE). The symposium was held at ILI's offices in Washington, DC.

The KCCA is the governing body of the Capital City. It has been responsible for initiating and formulating governance policies and service delivery standards, and monitoring the general administration of the City on behalf of the central government since 2010. Comprised of 344 new professional and qualified staff headed by the Executive Director, the KCCA started the reform with streamlining internal management processes for revenue management, recruitment, and public accountability. "A vibrant, attractive, and sustainable city is the vision," declared Madam Musisi, "and our mission is to deliver quality services in the City."

Prior to her role as KCCA Executive Director Madam Musisi began her career as State Attorney with the Uganda Directorate of Public Prosecutions in the late 1980s. In 1999, she began working at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). Madam Musisi is credited with co-authoring the administrative changes which in 2005 culminated in wide reaching URA reforms, in an attempt to rid the agency of corruption. Ms. Musisi rose to the rank of Commissioner of Legal and Board Affairs at URA. Following the expiration of her contract at URA, she retired from the agency in 2010. In April 2011, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni appointed Jennifer to be the first Executive Director of the newly-created KCCA.

Since the appointment in 2011, Madam Musisi has experienced a life full of drama as a resolute reform leader in Uganda. In her speech, Madam Musisi specified the hardships in setting up a brand-new governing institution in Kampala from inception, and the troubles associated with discovering 151 bank accounts left by the former KCC and reduced them to 8. According to Madam Musisi, collecting revenues was not easy especially in countries like Uganda, where financial management systems had broken down and no online financial system had been established yet.

There were, of course, inevitable difficulties in fundamental reform of a city, including rising political tensions due to the change of power structures in the city. This created many political and operational obstacles to the reform process in Kampala. Ignoring countless death threats from time to time, Madam Musisi continues to work long and exhaustive days to keep the new institution and the reform policies functioning well. "There is so much to do," said Jennifer. Nevertheless her adamant determination of restructuring the city has never been influenced. Jennifer's unrelenting focus on installing good and transparent governance, ensuring quality services for citizens of Kampala, and doing so in a non-political manner, while also managing so many obstacles and threats have earned Madam Musisi the moniker as the "Iron Lady of Uganda".

Her efforts have begun to pay off. Madam Musisi happily shared the results that revenue collections increased 100% in the year 2012. Outstanding progress has been also achieved in: road and drainage construction, garbage collection, updating health center and school infrastructures, increasing green spaces, and developing markets and commercial centers.

Ms. Musisi cautioned however that challenges remain in Kampala which include; insufficient funds, misinterpretation of the KCCA Act, politicization of projects, under-staffing within the KCCA, rebuilding the attitudes of the residents in city leadership, and low capacity of private sector to deliver on contracts.

Madam Musisi strongly emphasized the need for international investment and technology to help develop infrastructure and human resource projects in Kampala. Knowledge and technology transfer programs, short-term volunteer placements in engineering, physical planning, education, health, water and sanitation, as well as support to youth and women's programs would be the potential international partnership opportunities highly appreciated by the City.

Present during the symposium were; Ugandan Ambassador to the United States Her Excellency, Ambassador Oliver Wonekha; Deputy Chief of Mission Ugandan Embassy to the US, Alfred Nnam; KCCA's Deputy Director for Legal Affairs, Charles Ouma; senior officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture. Representatives from the American Bar Association, directors at the ILI, and other legal professionals from DC were also present.

Chairman of the ILI Professor Don Wallace Jr., Executive Director of the ILI Kim Phan, and Executive Director and Co-Founder of the ILI Uganda (African Centre for Legal Excellence) Swithin Munyantwali jointly hosted the symposium.

The symposium happened to fall on Madam Musisi's birthday. As such the symposium was capped off by a spontaneous birthday song sung by all the attendees in good wishes for Jennifer's birthday. In replying to a question of what would be her special birthday wish, Madam Musisi re-emphasized the current entrenched political system in Uganda and wished that reform disagreements and political self-interest could be put aside to focus on promoting and delivering greater benefits to the people of Kampala and throughout Uganda.

 

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The International Law Institute was proud to welcome Ms. Li Shaohua, Deputy Chief Procurator of Shandong Province, accompanied by an esteemed delegation of senior procurators of Shandong province, China.

Ms. Li was accompanied by Mr. Yang Kean, Plan Equipment Finance Dept., Shandong Province; Mr. Gong Shengchang, Chief Procurator, Rizo City, Shandong; Mr. Shao Ruqing, Chief Procurator, Binzhou City, Shandong; Mr. Lin Shuguo, Deputy Chief Procurator, Linyi City, Shandong; and Mr. Yu Jiliang, Administrative Researcher, General Office of the People's Procuratorate of Shandong Province.

The purpose of this conference focused on discussing the basis and establishment of US prosecutorial authorities, management and training; review of various aspects of the US judicial system and regulatory procedures; and to provide a comparative overview of the US prosecutorial system. This meeting was jointly hosted by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director and head of ILI's Asia initiatives, and Dr. James Apple, Chairman and Founding Director of the International Judicial Academy [IJA].

ILI is proud of our continued relationship with the Shandong Procuratorate and other legal institutions within Shandong Province.  It is our sincere hope that our meetings, training opportunities and exchanges within the Shandong government and legal community will provide substantive benefit to these organizations.

Also attending this conference was Mr. Li Huabing, Shandong COGO Business Travel Consultancy; Ms. Zhang Xi, ILI Associate; and Mr. Chou Kuang-Hao, providing translation.