The world trading system is constantly evolving and becoming increasingly more integrated. In addition to the growth of the WTO, there is accelerating involvement in regional trade agreements. This seminar is designed as a practical course that will assist trade officials in taking full advantage of the opportunities provided by new trade agreements, focusing on the WTO, Uruguay Round Agreements, and various regional trade agreements.

Key Topics:
  • The Fundamental Trade Rules
  • Customs Issues
  • Import Defense Measures
  • Trade and Agriculture
  • Non-Tariff Barriers
  • Developing Countries
  • Regional Trade Agreements
  • Negotiating Trade Agreements
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.

ILI 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 28,000 participants, from over 185 countries, have been trained by ILI and its global affiliates.

Washington, DC; 10 Business Days
International Law Institute
Fostering Prosperity Through the Rule of Law
1055 Thomas Jefferson St., NW Suite M-100 Washington, DC 20007
Tel: 202.247.6006 Fax: 202.247.6010 Website:



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The International Law Institute is proud to announce our

2017 Legal English and Legal Writing

and Orientation to the U.S. Legal System Program




The International Law Institute "ILI" is a leading provider of training and technical assistance in international law, international economics and other aspects of international relations.  ILI is an independent, non-political, non-profit educational institute serving a global constituency.  We have trained over 30,000 officials from 186 countries and conduct training both in the U.S. and abroad. ILI also provides technical expertise to developing nations in the drafting of laws and the designing of their economic and government policies, in efforts to further support and promote good and efficient governance through the rule of law.

The International Law Institute [ILI] stands as an originator of U.S. legal orientation programs specifically designed for foreign law students and practicing international lawyers.

The Interantional Law Institute was first to create the "Orientation to the U.S. Legal System" now in its 47th year.  This program is designed to introduce foreign young attorneys to the study of common law and to prepare them for their international legal practice and studies at U.S. law schools. 





Our Legal English and Orientation in the U.S. Legal System programs are led by internationally renowned faculty from the ILI, Georgetown University, partners from top Washington D.C. law firms, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Government Federal Attorneys and senior members from the American Bar Association (ABA). 



Network with outstanding professionals, famous legal scholars, and colleagues from all over the world.


Private Coaching 

Each participant will have a U.S. lawyer made available to discuss legal issues, proof read documents or clarify legal terminology or document structure.



Washington, D.C. is the seat of the U.S. Federal government; headquarters to multinational organizations such as the World Bank, IMF and MCC.  Study at ILI provides international legal students a unique opportunity to study in the center of U.S. and international law.



LEGAL ENGLISH AND LEGAL WRITING  [July 17 - 28, 2017]   Program Details

Intensive and specialized training in Legal English terminology in both written and oral formats.  Designed to enhance international participant's proficiency to better understand and compete with U.S. counterparts.


Also develops advanced skills to succeed in legal research and writing assignments. Emphasis on components of legal arguments and reliance on common law reasoning and statutory interpretation.


  • Develop research, legal reasoning and writing skills to meet the standard requirements of U.S. law schools and firms.

  • Introduce students to the judicial precedent and statutory interpretation in Common Law jurisdictions.

  • Familiarize students to effective research strategies, use of primary and secondary research materials, and professional legal writing by completing a writing project as a course requirement. 


Kevin Fandl, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and former Fulbright Fellow (Colombia), specializes in International Trade Law and economic development. Professor Fandl is adjunct faculty at the American University Washington College of Law since 2004, where he has been teaching Legal English and Legal Writing since 2004. Mr. Fandl has significant experience teaching Legal English in other countries, including Chile, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.



ORIENTATION IN THE U.S. LEGAL SYSTEM   [July 31 - August 11, 2017]    Program Details

Comprehensive training of the Common Law and the U.S. Legal System


Focus of this course will include:

  • Understanding the U.S. Legal System and its institutions
  • Analyze the impact of U.S. law on international organizations
  • Develop analytical and research capabilities needed to study in common law systems in U.S. law schools or in prominent U.S. law firms


Study Areas will include:

  • American Court Systems
  • US Civil Procedure Abroad
  • Arbitration: Enforcement
  • Civil Litigation and Jurisdictional Courts  US Product Liability
  • Negotiation of contracts with US Lawyers
  • Extra-territorial Application of US Law    
  • US Insurance System
  • American Torts in International Settings
  • Effects of Sarbanes –Oxley and SEC
  • US Regulatory Systems


Professor Charles Abernathy is course director for this program.  Prof. Abernathy is professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Abernathy has written casebooks on constitutional litigation and the law of equal employment opportunities. His publication "LAW IN THE UNITED STATES: CASES AND MATERIALS" serves as the basic text for the Orientation seminar.



ENROLL IN BOTH PROGRAMS AND SAVE!   Combination Program Details






In addition to our normally scheduled training programs  held in Washington D.C., ILI designs specialized programs at the request of international organizations, national governments, and other institutions, for practical professional training.  Such training is customized to meet the specific needs of our client.  ILI trains both in the U.S. and on-site in our host country.

To discuss opportunities for specialized training please contact, Ms. Kim Phan, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The following is a small selection from the several dozen programs organized by the Institute in recent years:

  • People's Republic of China:  The International Law Institute trained four delegations of senior lawyers and advisors on legal and trade matters in Washington, DC. The topics of their training were the WTO and the international trade regulation; commercial law; the U.S. legal system; project finance and international investment. The programs varied in duration from 2 to 6 months. Each training program consisted of in-classroom lectures and practical learning, which included internships with D.C. law firms. Participants in these training programs included two delegations from the Zhejiang Province and two from the Jiangsu Province, involving in total over 90 participants.   Training was held in D.C. 
  • Vietnam: Ministry of Justice: The International Law Institute was specifically approached by the Ministry of Justice to train a senior economic and legal delegation on International Economic Integration. Training was conducted in Washington D.C. for 6-months and included in-depth studies in international trade; commercial law; the U.S. Legal System, and dispute resolution. Training consisted of both lectures and practical learning, including internships with D.C. law firms. Training was held in D.C. 
  • Nigeria: National Assembly: Procurement Training for the Nigerian Public Procurement Committee. Training held in D.C.
  • Government of Ghana: Advanced Arbitration and Mediation.  Training held in Ghana
  • Kazakhstan: Sponsored through the European Development Bank, ILI trained professionals on International Project Finance.  Training held in Kazakhstan.
  • Delegation from the Ministry of Finance, Nigeria: Project Management. Training held in D.C.
  • Tajikistan: Ministry of Justice: Administrative Law. Held in Tajikistan
  • Montenegro: ILI trained newly appointed judges of the Administrative Court on Judicial Administration. Training held in Montenegro.
  • Theory and Practice of Enforcing Competition Policy. In cooperation with the World Bank. Training in Russia [Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Pskov, Rostov-on-Don, Orenburg, Cheliabinsk, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk] for the Russian Anti-monopoly Committee.
  • Judicial Training, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Republika Srpska), in Washington, DC, for six sitting judges from the Republika Srpska to observe the internal operations of state and federal courts in the United States.
  • Development Program for Senior Civil Servants from Taiwan. A study of reinventing the government and administrative reform in Taiwan. The training was organized in Washington, DC in cooperation with the government of Taiwan and Duke University. Included site visits and a field trip to New York.
  • Slovakia: Procurement Reform. Customized training in Bratislava and other cities for Slovakian officials drafting a revised public procurement law and implementing regulations with support from the World Bank.
  • Bankruptcy Law Training for more than sixty legal professionals, including judges, attorneys, trustees, legal advisers and businessmen from Mongolia, followed by lectures and site visits in Washington, DC for representatives of the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice of Mongolia. Funded by the World Bank.
  • Legal Issues in Private Financing of Infrastructure. A regional conference in Santo Domingo. In cooperation with the United Nations Commission on International Trade and the Office for the Promotion of Foreign Investment in the Dominican Republic.
  • International Procurement and Private Finance of Infrastructure, a workshop for senior staff of the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

ILI serves as an advisor for specific negotiations, problems and special assignments such as drafting of agreements, focused studies, regulation, revision, contract standardization, legislative drafting, project management and execution, procurement system and assessments, and the drafting of country laws.


“ILI is an educational institution that seeks to inform and educate ILI participants regarding international best practice in law and policy, so as to enable them to draw comparisons to laws and practices in their own countries. ILI does not engage in legal practice, nor in political activities, provide political consulting services, or otherwise represent the interests of participants before the US government. Any interactions with US Government officials may not be used to seek in any way to influence or persuade officials to alter US laws or policy. That is not part of ILI’s educational mandate.”    

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