DATES: NOV 2 - 6, 2015
TUITION: $1995





The creation of the WTO twenty years ago, with its effective enforcement system, vastly expanded the scope and effectiveness of the international trade rules. At least as importantly, while the Doha Round -- designed to improve and enlarge upon the existing rules -- has languished, Regional Trade Agreements have become an increasingly important part of the international trading system. RTAs already cover more than half of world trade, and massive new agreements are under negotiation. These include the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) (12 countries including the United States and Japan, covering around 40 percent of world trade), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the EU, also accounting for about 40 percent of world trade, and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) (16 countries, including India, China, Japan and Korea, accounting for nearly 30 percent of world trade). There is also a great deal of RTA activity in Africa, as the many existing RTAs are consolidated with a view to eventually creating a single African Economic Union.

The course will examine the implications of these important developments. It is designed as a practical course that will assist trade officials in their work and help enterprises to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by multilateral and regional trade agreements, as well as to deal with their challenges. It will be taught by present and former senior government officials, leading academics and practitioners, and officials from multinational organizations.


Course Outline


  •  History of GATT and WTO
  •  Organization and functions of the WTO


Trade in Goods

  • The fundamental rules
  • Non-tariff barriers
  • Trade remedies
  • Custom issues
  • Agriculture


Trade in Services

  • General Obligations
  • Negotiated Commitments

Intellectual Property

  • Substantive Requirements
  • Enforcement Obligations


Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)

  • GATT/WTO rules
  • The economics and politics of RTAs
  • Scope of RTAs
  • New Model Agreements: TPP; TTIP; RCEP
  • EU Economic Partnership Agreements
  • RTAs in Africa

Dispute Settlements

  • WTO
  • RTAs


Course Advisor

Patrick Macrory is Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center/ He was a senior partner in two of Washington's largest law firms, and has practiced trade law for more than forty years. He has taught international trade law at universities in Washington, London, and Tokyo. He has written extensively on the subject, and was Editor-in-Chief of a major multi-volume work on the WTO published in 2005.


DATES: AUG  31 - SEP 4, 2015    
TUITION: $1995    






This course highlights the foundational issues relating to the development and regulation of private equity in developing economies. Participants will discuss the major building blocks supporting an effective private equity sector and the policy environment needed to assist its development. The seminar will cover issues related to the growing interaction of private equity in emerging markets with institutional investors in developed capital markets and its nexus with economic development.


Course Outline


Overview of Private Equity

  • Data on Private Equity Market in emerging markets
  • Private Equity as asset class


Structures and Roles of Participants in Private Equity

  • Investment funds
  • Managers
  • Investors
  • Governments and regulators
  • Multilateral and bilateral development institutions
  • Professionals:  auditors, lawyers
  • Financial participants
  • Portfolio companies


Administration of Private Equity Vehicles

  • Governance
  • Reporting
  • Disclosure


Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Framework

  • Securities and tax laws
  • Competition laws
  • Offshore financial centers
  • EMPEA Guidelines *Transparency and anti-corruption
  • Examination and enforcement
  • Comparison of regulatory regimes


Course Advisors

Don Scott De Amicis is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international business transactions. He was previously Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution, which provides financial support to private equity funds investing in developing countries. Don had also been a partner at the international law firm Ropes & Gray, where he represented numerous private equity clients. The ILI works closely with EMPEA (the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets) on this seminar: please refer to for more information.



DATES: NOV 9 - 13, 2015    
TUITION: $1995    





The seminar comprises the first week of the Advanced Arbitration and Mediation seminar and examines the foundations of arbitration and mediation, including advanced legal issues in international commercial arbitration. Participants will learn the principles of negotiation and mediation through case studies and practical exercises. The course is intended for judges, lawyers, non-lawyer professionals who want to learn more about arbitration and mediation, government officials, judicial officers, officials of judicial and legal training units, and court administrators.


Course Outline


Negotiation and Mediation

  • Process, Skills and Techniques: Defining Negotiation and Mediation
  • Mediation Emphasis: mediator role and styles; determining the mediation process, including opening statements by the mediator and parties
  • Finding resolution in mediation (uncovering interests and breaking deadlock): closure and follow-up
  • The Role of Advocate and Litigant: how to prepare for mediation; how to devise a settlement strategy; how to advocate for yourself and your client; how to deal with your client during mediation


International Arbitration (Advanced)

  • The Arbitration Agreement: characteristics, validity, scope, applicable law, transfer, termination
  • The Arbitrators: appointment, qualification, arbitrator ethics and challenges
  • The Arbitration Proceedings: seat of the arbitration, commencing and managing proceedings, terms of reference, evidence, interim relief, hearings and awards; choosing arbitration rules
  • Law Governing the Merits of the Dispute: choice of law, international public policy and mandatory rules of law
  • Court Measures: interim measures, appointment of arbitrators, judicial assistance, judicial review • Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
  • Issues of Particular Interest: damages and remedies; arbitration involving states or government agencies; investment disputes




Anne Marie Whitesell is a Professor and Faculty Director of the Program on International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Georgetown University Law Center and Director of the ILI Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Whitesell was Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration from 2001 to 2007, where she supervised approximately 1,100 international arbitration cases each year involving parties from over 120 countries. She has practiced with law firms in both the United States and in France and was a lecturer at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Institut de Droit Comparé (Université de Paris II). She is admitted to the New York State Bar, the Bar of the District of Columbia, and to the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.



DATES: APR 20 - 24, 2015  
TUITION: $1995  






This seminar highlights key applications and recent developments in respect to international borrowing and debt management, and comprises the second week of the International Borrowing and Debt Management seminar. The goal is to assist policy makers and practitioners from emerging economies to understand recent developments and plan for long term challenges, in a fast changing international borrowing and debt management environment, and could include the application and recent developments in respect to.

Course Outline

International Market Access

• World Bank, IMF, and other multilateral development banks – Lending policies, legal constraints, pitfalls & advantages

• Direct sovereign lending

• Public syndicated bank loans

• Term structure of external debt

• Currency denomination issues


Domestic Bond Markets

• Substitution of domestic debt for international borrowing

• Bond auctions and the issuance calendar

• Creation and uses of a sovereign yield curve

• Accounting and transparency

• Developing local currency bond markets


Credit Risk and Analysis

• International country-risk analysis

• Ratings and rating agencies

• Project analysis

• Corporate credit analysis


Negotiations and Debt Restructuring

• Negotiating techniques

• Sovereign-debt renegotiation

• Debt reduction strategies

• Key financial and legal clauses

• Disclosure

• Role of outside advisors


Debt Management Capacity and Risk Management

• Developing the domestic institutions for debt management

• Accountability and transparency

• Interactions with other domestic institutions

• The term structure and roll-over risks

• Currency risk

• Inflation risk and indexation

• Output risk and GDP-linked debt

• Government guarantees and contingent debt


Debt and Development

• Managing a balance between the sovereign borrower and the investing public

• Fiscal planning and management

• Balance-of-payments management

• Sources of payments imbalances: monitoring their indicators

• Comparison of developing country fiscal management and borrowing strategies

• Understanding debt sustainability


Course Advisor

Professor Reid Click is an Associate Professor of International Business and International Affairs and Chair of the International Business Department at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He received his Ph.D. in economics and international business from the University of Chicago. Prof. Click teaches courses in international financial management, international business strategy, and international economics. His academic research has been published in leading journals, and he has also been a consultant for several international organizations.



Date: August 21, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Law Institute, I am writing to invite you to a reception this Thursday, August 21, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, in honor of a visiting delegation of justices from the Republic of Uganda. The delegation includes several justices serving on the Ugandan Supreme Court and Court of Appeal (see bio's below) who are in Washington this week on a study tour coordinated by ILI's affiliate office in Uganda.

The reception will take place at ILI's office in Georgetown (address below). We would be delighted if you are able to join us. Please RSVP to Michael Ding at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to other colleagues that you think may be interested in attending .


Hon. Dr. Lady Justice Esther Kisaakye Kitimbo serves as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uganda. Prior to joining the bench in 2009, she served as a Lecturer at Makerere University School of Law (Uganda).

Hon. Justice Galdino Okello serves as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uganda. He has served as a member of the Judiciary for 49 years.
Hon. Justice J. W. N. Tsekooko is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uganda (on contract). He has served as a member of the Judiciary for 29 years.
Hon. Lady Justice Stella Arach Amoko is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uganda. She previously served as a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Uganda, as well as the Deputy Principal Judge of the Deputy Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice.
Hon. Justice Augustine Nshimye is a Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Republic of Uganda and has served on the bar for 7 years. She was previously a Member of Parliament.
Hon. Justice Rubby Aweri Opio is a Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Republic of Uganda. He previously served as a member of the High Court of Uganda and has been a member of the bench for 31 years.
Hon. Justice Eldad Mwangusya is a Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Republic of the Uganda. He has previously served as a Judge of the High Court and has been a member of the bench for 39 years.
Hon. Lady Justice Faith E. Mwondha is a Justice of the Court of Appeal of the Republic of Uganda. She previously served as the Inspector General of Government.
Hon. Justice Kenneth Kakuru is a Justice of the Court of Appeal. Prior to joining the bench two years ago, he was a private legal practitioner.
Hon. Lady Justice Prof. Lilian Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza is a Justice of Court of Appeal of the Republic of Uganda. She previously served as the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University (Uganda).
Mrs. Dorcas Wagima Okalany is the Secretary to the Judiciary of the Republic of Uganda. She previously served as the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration.
His Worship Deo Nizeyimana is the Deputy Registrar of the Judiciary of the Republic of Uganda. She previously served as an Assistant Registrar and has served as a judicial officer for 24 years.
Mrs. Ruth Sebatindira is the President of the Uganda Law Society. She is a founding Partner of the law firm Ligomarc Advocates (Uganda), and practices in the areas of tax and corporate advisory, trademarks, drug regulation and commercial loan transactions. She previously worked with Deloitte Uganda as a Tax Advisor.


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