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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.

Program Page Under Development




DATES: JAN 17 - 21, 2011    
TUITION: $1995    





This course will focus on the WTO dispute settlement system, which is legally much stronger and more rigorous than its GATT predecessor, and on dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements. Particular attention will be directed at increasing the effectiveness of developing country participation in WTO and regional dispute settlement proceedings. The course will be intensely practical, and the speakers will include at least one former member of the WTO Appellate Body, individuals who have served as WTO panel members, and attorneys who have litigated cases before the WTO. 

Course Outline


Four Stages of WTO Dispute Settlement

  •  Consultations
  •  Panel Process
  •  Appellate Body Review
  •  Implementation


Crucial Procedural and Substantive Issues That Have Arisen Since the System Entered Into Effect in 1995


Member Proposals to Improve the System


Ways that Developing Countries Can Make Effective Use of the System

  • Opportunities to obtain legal representation at reduced cost
  • Difficulties they have experienced


WTO Decisions That Have Touched Upon the Relationship Between the WTO Agreement and Other International Treaties, Including Environmental Agreements


Strengths and Weaknesses of Retaliation and Cross-Retaliation in Goods, Services and Intellectual Property


Dispute Settlement in Regional Trade Agreements


Course Advisor

Patrick F.J. Macrory is the Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center. He has been a senior partner in two of Washington's largest law firms, and has practiced trade law for more than thirty years. He taught international trade law at universities in Tokyo, London, and Washington and has written extensively on the subject. He is editor-in-chief of a major new multi-volume work on the World Trade Organization, published by Springer in 2005.