DATES: AUG 1 - 12, 2016    
TUITION: $2600    





The International Law Institute (ILI) is pleased to announce its 46th Orientation in the U.S. Legal System education series, the first and longest running program of its kind. This program is ideal for foreign lawyers and professionals, arbitrators, law students and practitioners in general, preparing for graduate legal study in the U.S, and anyone whose job requires an understanding of the American legal system, as compared to the civil law tradition, or for anyone who deals with American and International clients and partners.  Our summer program has two components, each one designed to provide you with the best training of its kind: "Introduction to Legal English and Legal Research and Writing" and "Orientation in the U.S. Legal System and Business Law".


Course Outline

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.


Strategic Benefits

  • Basic knowledge of the institutions of the American legal system
  • The use of case law and judicial precedent Exposure to major judicial doctrines central to American law  
  • Enhancement of analytical and research skills needed in the study of law
  • Better understanding of the role of the legal profession in the U.S.
  • Opportunities to meet lawyers from the private and public sectors and the chance to observe the practice of law in court

Class Topics

  • The American Court System
  •  Arbitration and American Courts: Enforcement
  •  The American Court System: Civil Litigation and Jurisdiction of Courts
  •  International Litigation: Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Law
  •  International Litigation: U.S. Civil Procedure Abroad; Other Proceedings
  •  Commercial Contracts: Negotiation of Contracts with American Lawyers
  •  American Torts in the International Setting
  •  Products Liability Law in the U.S. Legal System
  •  The U.S. Insurance System and Its Impact on Business Claims
  •  SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley and Other Recent Legislation with International Effects on Corporations
  •  Corporate Governance
  •  Investor-State Arbitration
  •  Intellectual Property


 Course Advisor

Professor Charles F. Abernathy of the Georgetown University Law Center has directed the Orientation program for the past seventeen years. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Abernathy was a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center in 1971. He has written casebooks on civil rights, constitutional litigation and on the law of equal employment opportunity. One of his more recent works is Law in the United States: Cases and Materials, which also serves as the basic text of the Orientation seminar.


 See also:  Combination course: Legal English & Writing and Orientation in the U.S. Legal System, and Business Law


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  The International Law Institute is grateful to the following organizations for their support of the Orientation in the U.S. Legal System: 


A. Menadini Pharmaceutical Company
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Asahi Chemical Co.
Asia Foundation
Baker & McKenzie
Bank of Indonesia
Bryan, Cave, McPheeters & McRoberts
China National Offshore Oil Corp.
C. Itoh & Co.
Council for the International Exchange of Scholars
Environmental Protection Agency, Govt. of Japan
Export-Import Bank of Japan
Ford Foundation
Fuji Electric Co.
Fujitsu, Ltd.
Fulbright Foundation
Fulbright South African Fellowship Program
Government of Korea
Government of Zhejiang Province, China
Government of Thailand
    Harvard Institute for International Development
Institute of International Education
Japanese Legislative Society
Kansai Electric Power Company
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Mitsui Bank, Ltd.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
NGK Insulators, Ltd.
Nippon Lyle Insurance Co.
Nippon Fire & Marine Insurance Co.
Sanwa Bank
Sumitomo Corporation
Swiss Bank Corporation
Swiss National Science Foundation
Takeda Chemical Industries, Ltd.
Union Bank of Switzerland


DATES: JUL 18 - 29, 2016
TUITION: $1900






The International Law Institute (ILI) is pleased to announce its 46th orientation in the summer education series, the first and longest running program of its kind. This program is ideal for foreign lawyers and professionals, arbitrators, law students and practitioners in general, preparing for graduate legal study in the U.S, and anyone whose job requires an understanding of the American legal system, as compared to the civil law tradition, or for anyone who deals with American and International clients and partners. Our summer program has two components, each one designed to provide you with the best training of its kind: "Introduction to Legal English and Legal Research and Writing" and "Orientation in the U.S. Legal System and Business Law".

Course Outline

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.

Participants in this seminar will develop the advanced skills they need to succeed in a multi-jurisdictional legal practice. The language and reasoning skills that they develop are useful not only for working with clients, firms and organizations in the United States, but also for understanding the logic behind U.S. legal practice and applying U.S. legal reasoning in their own practice.


Course Advisor

Dr. Kevin Fandl has been Course Advisor to the International Law Institute’s Legal English program since 2009. He is the author of the course text, Narrowing the Gap: Legal English for the New Global Legal Practitioner and the director of the Global Legal Education Institute. He has taught law and policy courses around the world since 2004 and specializes in the areas of international trade, migration, and economic development. Dr. Fandl is a graduate of American University (J.D., M.A.) and George Mason University (Ph.D.) and currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


See also: Combination course: Legal English & Writing and Orientation in the U.S. Legal System, and Business Law


DATES: JUL 11 - 15, 2016
TUITION: $1995






This seminar focuses on building conflict and dispute resolution skills in the employment/ labour arena, by utilizing various mechanisms including negotiation, mediation/conciliation and arbitration. The development of these skills will take place in the context of analyzing the necessary systems, processes and policies which may assist in the effective resolution of labour and employment conflicts. Negotiation and mediation exercises, role- plays, case studies, and a simulated labour arbitration will be utilized to build skills and facilitate a deeper understanding of these fundamentally important mechanisms. A round table discussion focusing on issues identified by participants will conclude the seminar. As workplaces are diverse, emphasis will be placed on the cross-cutting and essential employment conflict- and dispute resolution skills which will apply in different environments. Managers, supervisors, trade union officials and legal practitioners will benefit from this seminar.


Course Outline


Setting the Context for Labor Conflict - and Dispute Resolution

  • Key aspects of Labor and Employment Law (also referencing some important International Labor Conventions and Recommendations)
  • Individual employment, versus the collective (trade union) labor relationship
  • Workplace conflict: understanding its causes, dynamics and implications
  • Setting up policies and systems to facilitate workplace conflict prevention and resolution
  • Key policies and their implementation – grievances, discipline, performance, changing operational needs
  • Employment termination – misconduct; incompetence/incapacity; operational reasons


Labor Conflict and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

  • Negotiation (Styles; Approaches; Negotiation Process; Skills; Techniques)
  • Mediation (Principles; Mediation Process; Role of Mediator; Skills; Techniques)
  • Hybrid processes
  • Arbitration (Labor Arbitration Mechanisms; Agreement; Arbitration Process; Stages; Role of Arbitrator; Skills; Techniques)

Course Advisor

Gerhard Botha Gerhard Botha is Director of Programs at ILI. Previously, he worked for the World Bank as a senior sector specialist in legal and judicial reform and private and financial sector development. Mr. Botha specialized in labour/employment law and relations, conflict resolution and negotiations, both in private practice and within a large corporate environment in Southern Africa. He has over 25 years experience in legal and labour relations practice, and in international development. Mr. Botha holds B.A. and LL.B degrees from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, an LL.M in Labour Law, from the University of South Africa and an LL.M focusing on labour/ employment law and Alternate Dispute Resolution, from The George Washington University Law School in Washington DC.


DATES: JUL 18 - 29, 2016
TUITION: $3950





This seminar will equip participants with the tools necessary to introduce and enhance food security in their respective countries, on both policy and implementation levels. The discussion will focus on a short "Introduction and Overview" section, and then "Implementing and Sustaining Food Security" will be investigated in the context of current trends and issues. During this process, consideration will be given to how the private sector can be mobilized in the effort to secure long term food security and to increase agricultural productivity. Case studies will be introduced throughout the seminar.


Course Outline




Legal Framework

  • Towards an international legal framework for adequate food security
  • National food security legal frameworks.


National Economic and political environment

  • National fiscal situation and macroeconomic environment- price supports, subsidies and other governmental interventions
  • Involvement of international and regional organizations
  • Markets and products, existing and potential
  • State of literacy and education.




Methodology for developing an effective national sector plan

  • Responsibilities and supervision
  • Participation and consultation with national and local stakeholders (smallholders and farmer organizations, civil society, private sector, other groups)
  • Considerations of institution building and reform.


Role of the public sector and governmental policies

  • Enabling a favorable economic and investment climate
  • Public sector budgets and fiscal capacity
  • Coordinated policies in land use, energy, water and other natural resources, irrigation, food safety and consumer protection, education, employment, trade, investment and competition, subsidies, price supports and other market interventions, infrastructure development, taxation and others
  • Food supply, emergency preparedness and disaster relief.


Role of the private sector

  • Access to technology and to research and development
  • Access to funds and financial technology
  • Enhanced employment
  • Education and training
  • Management expertise.


Role of Civil Society

  • Social, civic and educational non-governmental organizations
  • Labor organizations.
  • Universities, non profits, NGOs
  • Religious, fraternal, civic and charitable organizations
  • Women's, ethnic and minority group organizations.


Role of International Institutions and Regional Organizations

  • World Bank, United Nations, UN Food and Agriculture among others
  • Types of funds and programs
  • Access to funds and programs; management and accountability, coordination with other programs.




Markets and products- implications for market intervention, trade, investment and competition

  • High value crops and agricultural products
  • Innovation and the role of science and technology in agricultural production
  • Analysis of markets and products- value chains; trade; and globalization of markets
  • Role of research and development.


Public Private Partnerships and Agricultural Infrastructure

  • Public private partnerships in agriculture
  • Types of critical agricultural infrastructure-public private partnerships and other models
  • Role of the government in bidding and procurement, governance, forms of government support, regulation and standards of service.


Investment, Finance and Insurance

  • Access to finance in the agricultural economy
  • Transaction types and structures- land, facilities, crop production, export and import, operations
  • Participants in agricultural and rural finance- investment funds, banks, international and regional organizations, insurance companies, leasing companies, credit companies, production equipment vendors, microfinance organizations
  • Rural finance in the private sector- role of producer organizations, community organizations, collateral and land titles, negotiable instruments (warehouse receipts) and other financial instruments
  • Investment funds in the agricultural sector- financing of high value and export products, biofuels and other hybrid products, agricultural lands
  • Insurance and risk management in the business of agricultural - government and private insurers, role of international and regional institutions, types of products, other forms of risk mitigation.


Education and Training

  • Access to basic education
  • Agricultural education- vocational and technological training
  • Financial education
  • Education in rural areas
  • Gender and ethnic and minority group considerations.


Food Safety, Consumer Protection and Quality Assurance

  • National regulation and standards
  • Role of international and regional organizations
  • Best practices and standards
  • Risk assessment and enforcement mechanisms.


Energy, Water and Environmental Protection

  • Impact on agricultural economies of soaring prices for mineral fuels and the search for renewable energy resources
  • Considerations of environmental policies and standards
  • Issues surrounding water resources, irrigation and water supply.


Social Safety Nets and Emergency Preparedness

  • Alleviating malnutrition and assuring adequate food supplies to the nation
  • Emergency preparedness, planning and disaster relief.


Course Advisor

Mr. Martin D. Jacobson is a retired partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, based in New York City. Mr. Jacobson has over 30 years of experience in financial and corporate transactions with a focus on project, infrastructure and aviation finance. He is currently a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and is formerly a Franklin Fellow in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State. He holds a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School), an M.B. A. from New York University (Stern School of Business), and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.


DATES: JUN 20 - JUL 1, 2016
TUITION: $3950






This seminar stresses learning by doing. Participants will convert specific legislative proposals into the drafting of a bill. Instruction will include the basics in drafting common statutory provisions. The United States legislative process will be introduced as a case study.


Course Outline

Legislative Drafting Principles and Analysis

  • Applying legislative drafting principles and analysis to proposals for new legislation

Elements of Legislative Drafting: Rules and Exercises

  • Achieving the intended legal effect
  • Drafting clear legislative sentences
  • Structuring and organizing bills and other legislation
  • Drafting amendments, repeals, and superseding language to existing law

Hands-On Drafting of Legislation

  • Drafting a bill from a specific legislative proposal

Drafting Common Legislative Provisions

  • Enforcement provisions
  • "Power of the purse" funding provisions
  • Grant programs
  • Governmental commissions

Legislative Process

  • Development of legislative policy
  • Comparison of U.S. and foreign legislative processes
  • Implementation of trade agreements through domestic legislation
  • Role of legislative committees in developing legislation
  • Role of professional legislative services and other legislative support services
  • Statutory Interpretation

Course Advisor

Arthur J. Rynearson served as the Deputy Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate from 1999 to 2003. For more than 26 years, he was an attorney-drafter in the Office of the Legislative Counsel, United States Senate, where he drafted thousands of bills, resolutions, and amendments. He has 20 years experience teaching legislative drafting and legislation to foreign parliamentarians, attorneys, and law students. He also served as a legislative researcher for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. He is a graduate of the Cornell University Law School, where he specialized in international legal affairs, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College, where he majored in Government. Mr. Rynearson is also the author of Legislative Drafting Step-by-Step (Carolina Academic Press-ILI, 2013), a user-friendly guide to drafting legislation.