DATES:    JUNE 13 - 24, 2016



This class is designed to demystify the complexities of justice and legal system in China and to help participants thoroughly understand the law-making, implication, and enforcement process. It also includes the new legislation development (e.g., new anti-monopoly law, new foreign investment law, new national security law, environmental protection law, etc.), hot topics (e.g., equity ownership, IP protection, taxation, etc.), and ongoing legal reforms.


  • Introduction to China's legal system
  • Law Development Bodies
  • Dispute resolution in China: Litigation, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Investor State Dispute Settlement, International Litigation, and International Arbitration
  • Judicial and Court Systems
  • Civil Litigation and Jurisdiction of Courts
  • Administrative Law
  • International Litigation: U.S. Civil Procedure Abroad; Other Proceedings
  • Commercial Contracts and Torts in the International Setting
  • Legal Enforcement: Domestic Rulings and Foreign Awards
  • Securities and Exchange Laws in China
  • Corporate Law: Ownership Structure, Governance, and Compliance
  • Intellectual Property


DATES: JULY 18 - AUGUST 12, 2016    
TUITION: $3995




2016 marks the 46th year for the International Law Institutes’ presentation of Orientation in the U.S. Legal System and Legal English and Legal Writing and Research. The ILI program was the first of its kind and served as a model for most law schools programs that followed.

This program is ideal for foreign lawyers, professionals, law students and practitioners in general whose job requires an understanding of the American legal system or for anyone who deals with American and International clients and partners. This program is ideal for international students preparing for graduate legal study in the U.S.

Orientation in the U.S. Legal System; and Business Law

Dates:   August 1 - August 12, 2016

Tuition:  $2,600.00

This program is designed to introduce attorneys to the American common law. Whether
you deal with American corporate clients or American law in general, this program will benefit you significantly. Furthermore, the program will cover the role of common law in international and supranational organizations such as the WTO, the EU, and other similar institutions.

  • U.S. codes and the common law – Introduction to U.S. codified and precedent based laws structures and functions. Understanding how to read and interpret U.S. jurisprudence
  • Hierarchy of laws in the U.S. Legal System – Federalism and the interaction of federal common and statutory law, and state law. The U.S. Constitution and the application of statutory law by U.S. courts
  • Introduction to the traditional common law system – Law creation process in the U.S. common law judicial precedent system. Understanding the evolution of common law over time
  • The American court system – Structure and jurisdiction of the federal and state courts
  • The U.S. court system: Civil litigation – pleadings and discovery. Understanding some special considerations of the U.S. civil procedure, such as submissions by the parties and special rules on the disclosure of evidence
  • The court system: Civil litigation – Trials and the jury system – Understanding the right to a jury trial
  • Regulation of business: corporations and American business practices – Understanding the modalities and process for the people to assemble together for a business or charitable purpose and limit their liability from actions by the corporation
  • The modern private law system: Contracts – agreements and promises – The doctrine of contract formation. Understanding the concept of an “unconscionable” contract: a contract that the government will not enforce.  Torts: obligations between parties that are imposed by the government. The concepts of damages and strict liability
  • Antitrust & competition law – Understanding why and how the government prevents the creation of monopolist practices
  • International business transactions - Buying and selling goods across international borders: the role of INCOTERMs in international trade
  • Visit to the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia – observing the court proceedings through actual cases in public hearings
  • Visit to the U.S. Supreme Court – Understanding the role and history of the Supreme Court
  • Tour of the U.S. Capitol – the U.S. Congress as the constitutional representative of the people´s will, its roles and law making process
  • Tour of the U.S. Library of Congress
  • Visit to a U.S. law school. Discussion points: The application process; J.D. degree vs. LL.M. degree advantages; costs of attendance; law school rankings; how to succeed in law school
  • Intellectual property – the importance of the United States IP laws and procedures for international businesses: protecting utility patents, trademark/service marks, design patents, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Regulation of business: administrative law and the modern regulatory State – The role of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government in creating law, its impact on business and the judicial control of the Executive´s lawmaking power 
  • Visit to a prestigious international law firm. Discussion points: Structure of a major international firm; lawyer training; qualifications; expectations; payment; areas of specialization
  • Commercial bankruptcy laws – The purpose of bankruptcy in insolvency situations and its legal and procedural considerations
  • Arbitration in the United States – The importance of alternative dispute resolution in the United States, and the role of arbitration in private commercial transactions: the legal framework, procedures and considerations in drafting international arbitration agreements
  • International litigation in the U.S. – understanding the role, jurisdiction and limits of U.S. courts in international litigation


Legal English and Legal Writing & Research

Dates:  July 18 - 29, 2016
Tuition: $1,900.00


The Introduction to Legal English seminar exposes foreign legal practitioners and law students to English legal terminology and usage through an overview of the U.S. legal system, contract law, and legal drafting. In addition to learning a broad range of legal terminology, participants benefit from an introduction to the legal reasoning process in the U.S. legal system, helping them apply the terms and concepts as they learn them.

The seminar consists of two segments—a lecture and a workshop. In the lecture portion, participants examine cases and concepts that help them understand key terminology necessary for U.S. legal practice. In the workshop portion, participants engage with their colleagues and the professor to practice pronunciation, conversation about legal concepts, legal reasoning, and legal writing.

  • Overview of the U.S. Legal System – Discussion on legal institutions, common law, role of precedent in common law systems
  • Legal Research in the U.S. – understanding and using prior cases in researching and arguing law in the U.S.
  • Forming a Business in the U.S. – Partnership Agreements, Corporations, LLCs – Understanding the basics behind different legal business models (also including limited liability partnerships, S-Corporations, and many newer business models)
  • Drafting a Partnership Exercise – understanding the legal and practical requirements of business partners and then using that knowledge to actually draft an agreement for the partners
  • Contract Drafting in the U.S. – Structure of a Contract and Key Provisions – Understanding key language in typical contracts
  • Contract Drafting – Provision Drafting Exercise – utilizing knowledge learned in previous session to draft actual language for contract provisions
  • Contract Drafting in the U.S. – Utilizing Templates in Contract Drafting – understanding that often times previous contract language can be updated and adapted to suit current needs. Also learning to use model agreements and adjust to suit demands
  • Legal Writing Exercise – multiple exercises to practice and strengthen use of word choice and use of definitive statements
  • Contract Drafting Exercise – A full day exercise where teams will represent clients, learn their needs and then negotiate a contract with another team, while trying to get the best advantage for their clients. The exercise will end with drafting actual language of the negotiated agreement
  • Overview of International Commercial/Business Arbitration – learning the key points of business arbitration: arbitration clauses, rules, and procedures
  • Arbitration Exercise – teams will go through a model arbitration, arguing a case to real arbitrators
  • U.S. Court System & the Process of a Business/Commercial Trial – will provide a detailed explanation of how courts work in the United States with respect to business litigation
  • U.S. Civil Procedure – the key points and rules of U.S. Civil Procedure will be covered
  • Drafting Exercise – Drafting and Filing a Complaint in U.S. Litigation – understanding the processing of filing a complaint (and starting a legal case) as well as understanding the legal text that goes into a complaint
  • Pre-Trial Motions and Discovery in U.S. Litigation – understanding the process of pleadings that occur prior to a trial starting as well as a discussion of the role of discovery in trials
  • U.S. Courts in Focus – Differences Between Civil and Criminal Trials – this session will highlight the key differences between a civil and criminal proceedings in the United States; Appeals and Appellate Courts – understanding what happens to a case after a trial in the U.S. legal system, which can often involve appeals to a higher courts
  • Drafting Exercise – Drafting and Appeal – using knowledge from the previous session to draft language for an appeal to a higher court




DATES: AUG 29 - SEP 2, 2016      
TUITION: $1995      






All over the world, talented, ambitious women are being held back from achieving their potential at the top of organizations by a range of cultural, social, educational, and emotional barriers. The ILI Women’s Leadership Program has been designed to equip women with the career strategies and self-awareness that allow them to reach the highest levels within their organization. After attendance at the seminar, participants should leave with greater self-knowledge and greater confidence in their own abilities and leadership style. The seminar will equip participants to diagnose workplace situations, also to master powerful communication tactics, and to set a path for professional success.

The course will address the following questions: How can organizations innovate or solve complex problems if their leaders are all pressed from the same mould? How can they respond to the needs of their customers if they have no insight into half of the people who make up that customer base? How can we possibly hope to build a better world for everyone without drawing on everyone’s skills and experiences? Progressive governments and organizations have introduced well-meaning policies, but change is occurring at a slow speed. As with all complex problems, it’s going to take a range of approaches to address it.

As someone considering this program, you will have experience and will be responsible for leading others and making important decisions. As a middle-senior manager or executive, you may be moving through the organization or welcome an opportunity to re-examine your leadership reach. On this program you will be part of an international peer-group of participants working in a wide range of sectors from many regions across the world.


Course Outline


Key topics will include:

  • Leadership—aligning your leadership strategy and style with your own personal values and self-image
  • Innovation—identifying opportunities for new or enhanced products, services, and business models, while supporting entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Communication—capturing maximum value through skillful and effective communication
  • Service Management—helping your organization enhance service and differentiate on service excellence
  • Change—leading organizational change and creating an environment that inspires and sustains results-focused change
  • Values—implementing ethical communication and decision-making strategies across all levels of the organization

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand how gender shapes the way power and leadership are experienced
  • Be able to diagnose situations to select appropriate individual leadership styles
  • Master successful communication tactics –how to leverage influence and achieve win-win agreements
  • Learn tactics for building effective, supportive professional networks
  • Acquire new tools to achieve balance and cultivate personal fulfillment
  • Analyze a current personal career challenge to develop problem-solving skills for immediate application


Course Advisors

Kim Phan is the Executive Director of the International Law Institute, where she oversees all of ILI’s practice areas. Ms. Phan also serves as the Project Director of all ILI projects with various donors and has worked on projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Mauritius, Angola, Honduras, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Bangladesh and the APEC region. Prior to joining ILI, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Manila/Office of the U.S. Commercial Liaison to the Asian Development Bank where she served as the United States – Asia Environmental Partnership Liaison to the Asian Development Bank. She has a Masters in the Study of Law from Northwestern University Law School and a B.A. from Allegheny College with a focus in Nuclear Warfare Strategy. Ms. Phan is the President of the Board of the Friends of the Law Library of Congress.

Greg Swanson has over 30 years of experience serving as a senior executive and officer in both private industry and international development consulting organizations.  He has extensive business development, human resource, marketing, policy and strategy formulation experience, leading multidisciplinary teams, and promoting innovative approaches in countries with minimal institutional capacity.  He has worked in the US, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean and served as Senior Director with various donor projects, countries and partners.


DATES: JUL 11 - 22, 2016    
TUITION: $3950 






Lawyers play an important role in public-private partnerships and in conflict resolution for PPPs. This course teaches lawyers what they need to know about PPP design, agreements, and pitfalls in PPP. Topics covered include negotiating, drafting and implementing Public-Private Partnership agreements, as well as renegotiating agreements and alternative dispute resolution options, including investor-state arbitration. Selected sessions will be combined with the Public Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Finance seminar and will cover PPP design, finance, and structure. This course will take a thorough examination of the legal issues associated with PPPs. Private sector and government lawyers, Judges, and corporate counsel will benefit from this training.


Course Outline


Legal Topics Related to PPPs

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms for PPPs
  • International Investment Treaties
  • Overview of Investor-State arbitration
  • Drafting key provisions in concession agreements


Planning for Private Participation

  • General nature of private infrastructure finance
  • Lessons learned from the past policies and projects
  • Strategic considerations for the host government and the private sector participant
  • Identification and preparation of individual projects
  • Developing a communication strategy


Design of Concessions and Other PPP Arrangements

  • Legal and regulatory framework
  • Design of individual agreements
  • Special problems with agreements local authorities and other sub-national entities
  • Key financial considerations including the concept of bankability


Design of Concessions and Other PPP Arrangements

  • The negotiation process
  • How to negotiate contentious clauses, including: clauses to make a concession bankable;
    termination provisions and compensation in event of termination;tariff and price adjustment clauses;
    unilateral change and economic hardship clauses; provisions for government support; transfer of assets at
    the end of the concession and dispute settlement clauses


Finance: Structure and Basic Techniques

  • The concept of project finance
  • Risk analysis and mitigation
  • Legal structures
  • Basic techniques
  • Basic project documents


Finance: Arranging the Funding

  • Sources of finance
  • Providing credit support and security for loans
  • Financial documentation


Renegotiation of Agreements

  • Most common reasons for renegotiation
  • Alternatives to renegotiation
  • Types of renegotiation
  • Clauses in the concession agreement to facilitate renegotiation


Course Advisor

John M. Niehuss is Director of ILI's Private Investment in Infrastructure Center. He has been involved in international financial and investment transactions for over 40 years as a practicing lawyer, World Bank staff member, US Treasury Department official, investment banker, and General Counsel of the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.S. Export-Import Bank. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan Law School and at the Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China.

Dear Colleague:

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Seminar Schedule for the International Law Institute (ILI). 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. Participants are exposed to best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth. More than 31,000 participants, from over 186 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates. We invite you to nominate appropriate candidates to participate in the following seminars to be held at our Washington, D.C. headquarters.

ILI organizes special seminars and conferences in the ILI facilities and abroad. ILI also partners with many renowned organizations to co-sponsor other events which contribute to the promotion of the rule of law and international development.

If you are interested in applying for, or nominating a colleague to attend one of our seminars, please contact us at +1-202-247-6006 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to hearing from you.


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Don Wallace, Jr.





The International Law Institute, a non-profit educational and training institute based in Washington DC, is a leading provider of training and technical assistance related to governance, project management, public private partnerships, legislative drafting, and public administration. Established in 1955, originally as part of Georgetown University, ILI has a long-standing track record of assisting emerging economies and developing countries in achieving economic growth through sound governance and legal infrastructure.

ILI Centers of Expertise:

  • Center for Public Procurement Law and Policy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
  • International Investment Law Center
  • International Trade Law Center
  • Private Investment in Infrastructure Center
  • Center for Comparative Legislative Management

Chairman: Professor Don Wallace, Georgetown University Law Center
Executive Director: Kim Phan
Director of Programs: Gerhard Botha

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