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WORLD ARBITRATION UPDATE ANNOUNCES ITS 2ND EDITION FROM SEPTEMBER 26 to 30, 2022.


WAU 2022 is connecting 5 continents by holding 21 panels, including 3 in-person panels in Singapore, Washington D.C. and Bogota, and 18 fully virtual panels to further expand international arbitration and public international law. At WAU, practitioners, States, private parties, arbitrators, international organizations, academics and students have the possibility to engage with each other and nourish the conversation on investment and international commercial arbitration, while being members of a forum that integrates the world through connectivity and precise updates.

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The International Law Institute is honored to announce this program and support the World Aritration Update.



THE WORLD ARBITRATION UPDATE [WAU]


The World Arbitration Update (WAU) will update the global community on key and novel topics of investment and internationalcommercial arbitration, and public international law in a decentralized forum.

By the end of the 1990s, and even by the end of the 2000s, it may have been possible to keep up to date individually by directly digesting the few investment arbitration awards and main publicly disclosed international commercial arbitration awards. As 1,138 of the approximately 3,300 investment treaties in force have been invoked in investment arbitrations leading to 96 awards rendered between 2001 and 2010, and 225 awards rendered between 2011 and 2020. As the use of international commercial arbitration has reached new heights during the last two decades, WAU focuses on providing an international arbitration update focused on key investment and international commercial issues with global and regional impact.

The WAU panels will follow a dynamic format where a presenter will first provide an update of the issue that the panel will address, including relevant treaty and international customary norms, as well as case law. An open discussion by the panelists, including practitioners, counsel for investors, counsel for States, arbitrators, officials of international organizations and arbitration centers, and academics, will then follow. After each panel , there will be a networking space in breakout rooms for panelists and WAU attendees to meet and interact .

WAU connects different regions and the global community, and aims to decentralize and further expand international arbitration and public international law. At WAU, practitioners, States, private parties, arbitrators, international organizations, academics and students have the possibility to engage with each other and nourish the conversation on investment and international commercial arbitration, while being members of a forum that integrates the world through connectivity and precise updates.



EVENT SCHEDULE


 DATE   REGION   TIME    AGENDA  REGISTRATION 


MONDAY

SEPTEMBER 26

2022 


   


AMERICAS

  


8:30  AM 
–  
10:00 AM

E.S.T.

  


Community Consultations, Environmental Protection and
Investment Projects in International Arbitration.

Moderator
:  José Antonio Rivas (Xtrategy LLP).


Presenter: Ana Milena Vives (Xtrategy LLP).

Panelists:

Natalia Angel Cabo (Justice of the Constitutional Court of the 
   Republic of Colombia); 

James Anaya (University of Colorado); 
Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University); 

René Urueña (Los Andes University).



Virtual


In Person
in Bogota
   

11:30 AM

1:00 PM

E.S.T.

  Damages, Country Risk, and Interest Rates.

Moderator: Miguel Nakhle (Compass Lexecon).

Panelists:

Olga Ukhaneva (Charles River Associates); 
Carlos Pabón Agudelo (Infrastructure Economic Consulting,
   Managing Director); 
Matilde Flores (Chaffetz Lindsey);
Miguel Lopez Forastier (Covington & Burling); 
Robert Patton (NERA).


Virtual
    1:30 PM

3:00 PM

E.S.T. 
  Damages, Country Risk, and Interest Rates.

Moderator: Miguel Nakhle (Compass Lexecon).

Panelists:

Olga Ukhaneva (Charles River Associates);
Carlos Pabón Agudelo (Infrastructure Economic Consulting,
   Managing Director); 
Matilde Flores (Chaffetz Lindsey);
Miguel Lopez Forastier (Covington & Burling); Robert Patton (NERA).

Virtual
    4:00 PM

5:30 PM

E.S.T. 
  Capacity-Building, Institution-Creation, And Prospects For
Collaboration Regarding International Arbitration In The Caribbean.

Moderator:
Christina Beharry (Foley Hoag LLP).

Panelists:

Chris Malcolm (Jamaica International Arbitration Centre);
Marie Camille Pitton (OHADAC Regional Arbitration Centre);
Tanya Goddard (Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean-BVI,
   Secretary General);
David S. Berry (University of the West Indies);
François Lassalle (BVI International Arbitration Centre).

Virtual
     
     

TUESDAY

SEPTEMBER 27

2022 
 
AFRICA AND MENA
 
12:00 PM

1:30 PM

A.S.T.
 
Legal Developments in Arbitration in Sub-Saharan Africa
.

Moderator: Ucheora Onwuamaegbu (ArentFox Schiff LLP).

Presenters: Efemena Iluezi-Ogbaudu (CIDS).

Panelists:

Abayomi Okubote (Pensbury Attorney & Solicitors);
Victoria Kigen (Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration); 
Ana Carolina Dall’Agnol (Oxford and Kluwer Arbitration Blog);
Njeri Kariuki (NK Lex, Nairobi Kenya).


Virtual
    2:30 PM

4:00 PM

A.S.T.
  Legal Developments in Arbitration in the MENA Region.

Moderator: Randa Adrea (Crowell & Moring).

Presenters: Khushboo Shahdadpuri(Al Tamimi & Company).

Panelists:

Diana Hamade (Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law);
Dr. Moustafa Alam Eldin (Zulficar & Partners);
Professor Ilias Bantekas (Hamad bin Khalifa University). 

Virtual
    5:00 PM

6:30 PM

A.S.T.
  Sports Arbitration: The Advantages and Challenges of the
Arbitral Process on Efficiency and Transparency in the
Resolution of Sport Disputes.

Moderator: Tarek Saad (Crowell & Moring).

Panelists: Stephen Drymer (Woods).


Virtual
    7:30 PM

9:00 PM

A.S.T.
  Force Majeure, Change of Circumstances and Necessity in
a Fast Pace Evolving World.

Moderator: Alvaro Galindo (Universidad de las Américas and
                    Carmigniani Pérez Abogados).

Presenters: Munia El Harti Alonso (Xtrategy LLP);

Panelists:

Pascale Accaoui Lorfing (University of Burgundy);
Yulia Levashova (Nyenrode Business Universiteit);
Crina Baltag (Professor, Stockholm University).

Virtual
     
     

WEDNESDAY

SEPTEMBER 28

2022 
 
ASIA
 
8:00 AM

9:30 AM

S.G.T.
 
The Nuts and Bolts of Legal Finance for International
Arbitration Disputes:  From the Merits Assessment to
Enforcement of Awards.

Moderator: Bethel Kassa (GST).

Presenter: Ankita Ritwik (Gibson Dunn)

Panelists:

Nilufar Hossain (Omni Bridgeway);
Erika Levin (Fox Rothschild LLP);
Chris Weil (Mintz);
William Mara (Validity).


Virtual
    10:00 AM

11:30 AM

S.G.T.
  Intersection of Special Economic Zones in Asia and
International Arbitration.


Moderator: Julien Chaisse (University of Hong Kong).

Presenters: George Dimitropoulos (Hamad Bin Khalifa Univ.)

Panelists:

Junianto James Losari (City University of Hong Kong);
Dominic Dagbanja (The University of Western Australia);
Kehinde Olaoye (City University of Hong Kong);
Pilar Cerón (Xtrategy);
Humberto Macias (Próspera LLC). 

Virtual
    6:00 PM

7:30 PM

S.G.T.
  The Actions of Russia, Countermeasures and Resulting
International Disputes, Including Investor-State and
Commercial Arbitration.

Moderator: Gene Burd (FisherBroyles).

Presenter: Rob Houston (K&L Gates Straits Law LLC).

Panelists:

Tatyana Slipachuk (Ukrainian Parliament, Sayenko Kharenko
   Law Firm);
Raja Bose (K&L Gates Straits Law LLC);
Romesh Weeramantry (Clifford Chance Asia);
Hamish Egan (HKA).

Virtual


In Person
in Singapore
    4:00 PM

5:30 PM

I.R.S.T.
  Influence of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal on Public
International Law and Investment Law.

Moderator:
Heather Clark (IUSCT, Legal Adviser).


Panelists:


Reza Eftekhar (IUSCT, Legal Adviser);
Aniruddha Rajput (Member, ILC; Consultant, WithersWideWorld);
Damien Charlotin, (IAR – International Arbitration Reporter);
Kabir Duggal (Senior International Arbitration Advisor,
   Arnold & Porter).

Virtual
     
     

THURSDAY

SEPTEMBER 29

2022 
 
EUROPE
 
12:00 PM

1:30 PM

C.E.S.T.
 
Taking Stock of the ECT Modernization Process:
Fit for the 21st Century?


Moderator: José Antonio Rivas (Xtrategy LLP);

Presenters: Daniela Ghicajanu (Georgetown University).

Panelists:

Guy Lentz (ECT Secretary-General);
Nikos Lavranos (Intl. Dispute Resolution Arbitrator & Mediator);
Marinn Carlson (Sidley Austin);
Lukas Stifter (Chair, Modernisation Group - Energy
   Charter Treaty). 


Virtual

    2:00 PM

3:30 PM

C.E.S.T.
  Space Law and Arbitration.

Moderator and Presenter: Viva Dadwal (King & Spalding).

Panelists:

Irmgard Marboe (University of Vienna, Professor of
   International Law, Head of the National Contact Point
   for Space Law);
Werner Eyskens (Crowell Moring LLP);
Maximilian Trautinger (Schonherr);
Nick Storrs (Taylor Wessing);
Laura Yvonne Zielinski (Holland & Knight).

 Virtual
    4:00 PM

5:30 PM

C.E.S.T.
  Investment Arbitration Concerning Tax Measures.

Moderator: Sebastian Wuschka (Luther).

Panelists:

Trisha Mitra (Lalive);
Robert Danon (DANON);
Robyn Rylander (Mannheimer Swartling).

Virtual
    6:30 PM

8:00 PM

C.E.S.T.
  Investment Arbitration and Journalism.

Moderator: Mallory Silberman (Arnold & Porter).

Presenter: Clovis Trevino (Convington & Burling,
                   Former IAR Reporter).

Panelists:

Caroline Simson (Law360);
Jean Remi de Maistre  (CEO & Co-Founder of Jus Mundi); 
José Antonio Rivas (Xtrategy Partner, and Co-founder of
   World Arbitration Update (WAU) and Washington Arbitration
   Week (WAW)).

Virtual
     
     

FRIDAY

SEPTEMBER 30

2022 
 
DIVERSE TOPICS
 
7:00 AM

8:30 AM

E.S.T.
 
Diversity and International Arbitration: What Dispute
Settlement System Fosters Greater Diversity and Inclusion
in International Investment and Commercial Arbitration?


Moderator: Kabir Duggal (Arnold & Porter).

Panelists:

Amanda Lee (Careers in Arbitration);
May Tai (Herbert smith Freehills);
Gaela Gehring Flores (Allen & Overy).


Virtual
    9:00 AM

10:30 AM

E.S.T.
  UNCITRAL Working Group III and Fragmentation of ISDS.

Moderator: Margie-Lys Jaime (Republic of Panama).

Presenters: Maria Lucia Casas (Xtrategy LLP).

Panelists:

Anna Joubin-Bret (UNCITRAL);
Mairée Uran Bidegain (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile);
Katerina Florou (University of Liverpool).

Virtual
    12:00 PM

1:30 PM

E.S.T.
  Amendment to ICSID Rules.

Moderator: Gonzalo Flores (ICSID).

Panelists:

Martina Polasek (ICSID);
Mallory Silberman (Arnold & Porter);
Bart Legum (Honlet Legum Arbitration);
Antonio Parra (World Bank Consultant, and
   Former Deputy Secretary of ICSID);
Ian Laird (Crowell & Moring).

Virtual

In Person in
Washington, DC

    2:00 PM

3:30 PM

E.S.T.
  The Arbitral Process and New Technologies:
Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Hearings, Block Chain,
and their Influence.


Moderator: Sophie Nappert (Arbitrator and
                    co-founder of ArbTech).

Presenters: Sarah Chojecki(International Arbitration Specialist,
                     Tribunal Assistant).

Panelists:

Isabel Yishu Yang (ArbiLex);
Elizabeth Chan (Allen & Overy and 
   Metaverse Legal Administrator);
Colin Rule (Mediate.com and Arbitrate.com);
Pratyush Panjwani (Hanotiau & van den Berg).
Virtual


 
     
     



 

 

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Members of the Verkhovna Rada meet with the International Law Institute 


 
On September 2, 2022, the International Law Institute welcomed a delegation from the Verkhovna Rada for a discussion on the topic of Effective Governance through a sound legal infrastructure.


The esteemed delegation, led by Artem  Yanchuk, Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine consisted also of Svitlana Mishura, Deputy Head of the Main Legal Department; Tetiana Stefiuk, Head of the Secretariat of the First Deputy Speaker; and Lesia Savchenko, Acting Head of the Legislation Institute.


ILI Chairman Prof. Don Wallace Jr. led the discussion, joined by Arthur Rynearson, former Deputy Legislative Counsel, U.S. Senate and Roy Brownell Jr., former Deputy Chief of State to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The discussion centered on the U.S. Constitution, the legal profession, and the U.S. Congress.  


The members of the delegation are all part of a recently established Research and Drafting Center and were in Washington to support and develop the new Center. The visit to Washington DC was arranged by the American Councils for International Education.
 





 

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 CLSR ILI MOU 2022 COUNTER SIGNED


 

The International Law Institute is pleased to announce that it has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Center of Legal Studies and Research in the Bureau of Exports at the Council of Ministers, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The aim of this MOU is for the Center and ILI to collaborate on areas of legal and policy research, conferences and exchanges, and developing and delivering high quality legal training programs to the Center and its stakeholders.

The Center of Legal Studies and Research is committed to achieving its strategic goal of developing and enriching the legal environment in the Kingdom.

Since its establishment in 2018, the Center of Legal Studies and Research is charged with contributing to the development and enrichment of the legal environment in Saudi Arabia.

The Center is a trusted source of legal reference. It provides well-reasoned, practical legal solutions; carries out specialized training courses for leaders of legal departments within the government sector so that they may best serve the people of Saudi Arabia; contributes to the development of legislation and regulations, based on established values and legal heritage; prepares reports and summaries about modern legislation and regulations; and provides specialized legal expertise to legal and government stakeholders throughout the Kingdom.

The Center's primary tasks include:

  • Developing and enriching the legal environment in the Kingdom by providing integrated legal solutions of high quality
  • Preparing legal studies and research and developing legal research methods in a way that contributes to developing the research capabilities of specialists
  • Qualifying and training legal cadres in government agencies
  • Cooperation with fatwa and legislative bodies and legal studies and research centers in other countries
  • Supporting government agencies with legal outputs that take into account governance and performance indicators, and contribute to rationalizing public spending
  • Providing a legal reference for the laws and regulations of government agencies that fit future aspirationsAssisting in creating an attractive legal environment through knowledge sharing and cooperation with the leading authorities in this field
  • Contribute to holding seminars and work meetings for specialists and those interested in legal affairs
  • Establishing a database and central information for legal studies and research and making it available to the authorities


Today the Center represents a government agency with high aspirations, characterized by qualitative partnerships and integrated legal solutions based on qualified experts. The Center also holds a "Future Advisor Program" to build competencies of new graduates in the field of law in order to prepare them to support the work of the Center and act as successful future leaders.

The 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. The ILI and its global affiliates have trained over 40,000 officials from 186 countries 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.

Per the memorandum of cooperation, the International Law Institute will conduct benchmark studies programs with by the Center of Legal Studies and Research. The ILI will also engage in exchanges, expertise, conferences, and seminars of common interest.

Our first share research and paper will be on the subject of Food Security.

The International Law Institute looks forward to this academic and professional relationship with the Center.


To Learn more about the Center of Legal Studies and Research please CLICK HERE


The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies hosted a conference on April 28, 2022 entitled "NATO: Strategic Lessons From the Russian Invasion of Ukraine". 

The conference and conference report provides commentatry from experts on the Russian/Ukrainine conflict; the resulting humanitarian crisis; and destabilization of the geopolitical order this confilict has created.


Contributors to this program included:


  EDITORS:  Professor Yonah Alexander and Professor Don Wallace Jr. 


    CONTRIBUTING SPEAKERS:      U.S. General [Ret.] Wesley Clark:                   Former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Ambassador [Ret.] Robert Hunter:                  Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
Major General [Ret.] Dr. Mihail E. Ionescu:     Professor, National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA)
                                                                         Bucharest, Romania

Professor Herman Matthijs:                             University Ghent & Free University Brussels 


  COMMENTATORS:   Professor Natividad Carpintero-Santamaria:   Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and
                                                                         General Secretary of the Instituto de Fusión Nuclear “Guillermo Velarde”
Professor Shimon Shetreet:                             Greenblatt Chair of Public and International Law, Hebrew University of
                                                                         Jerusalem; and Former Cabinet Minister and MK, Israel
Bruce Weinrod:                                                Former Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe and
                                                                         former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and NATO Policy 



  CLOSING REMARKS:   General [Ret.] Alfred Gray, USMC:                  29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps (1987-1991);
                                                                         Chairman of the Board of Directors and Regents, Potomac Institute
                                                                         for Policy Studies 



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Please access the report HERE 



The Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, the International Center for Terrorism Studies and the International Law Institute present a forum and accompanying report on "Combating the Religionization of Terrorism: Governmental, Inter-Governmental, and Non-Governmental Perspectives".

This forum focuses specifically on “Combating the Religionization of Terrorism” in view of the current Russian-Ukraine war as well as the escalating theological-inspired state and non-state terror activities globally. This timely Forum sought to determine whether inter-faith efforts can dampen the passions of conflict and violence, thereby advancing the cause of peace with justice. An inter-disciplinary panel of practitioners and scholars focused on past lessons and future prospects on governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental levels.

Contributions and insights were provided by an invited interdisciplinary panel of academics and practitioners who participated at a special virtual Forum held on May 25, 2022 administered remotely by the International Law Institute. The program of this event began with opening remarks by Professor Don Wallace, Jr. (Chairman, International Law Institute). The virtual Forum was moderated by Professor Yonah Alexander (Director of the International Center for Terrorism Studies and Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies). Presentations and discussion were offered by Ambassador (Ret.) Stuart Eizenstat (Chairman of United States Holocaust Memorial Council); Dr. Andrew Sorokowski (Attorney and Historian; Former Managing Editor of the scholarly journal "Harvard Ukrainian Studies"); Professor Mohammad Faghfoory (Director, Graduate Program in Islamic Studies, The George Washington University); and Ambassador Javid Ahmad (Nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center; Formerly Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab.)

This forum was conducted on May 25, 2022 via Zoom conferencing.


REPORT:

To access and download the Full Report from this program please click on the the link below:


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International Dispute Resolution and the Ukraine-Russia Crisis 



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The International Law Institute is pleased to be able to support the World Arbitration Update (“WAU”) in thier upcoming webinar "International Dispute Resolution and the Ukraine-Russia Crisis", we encourage your participation in this important program. 

The World Arbitration Update invites you to attend a 75-minute webinar discussion by leading practitioners in the international dispute resolution field on the recent developments concerning the intersection of dispute resolution and the Ukraine-Russia crisis. According to the Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine has so far experienced economic damage amounting up to $600 billion. Over $10 billion in airplane assets have been reportedly stranded in Russia setting off potentially large insurance claims and related disputes. Yale School of Management has collected data showing that almost 1,000 companies have publicly announced they are voluntarily curtailing operations in Russia to some degree beyond the bare minimum legally required by international sanctions. The Russian parliament continues to consider the expropriation of foreign assets. International disputes involving Russia and Ukraine are arising from the crisis and more likely to follow. Our speakers will discuss related topics, including: the impact of sanctions, the proposed formation of an international claims commission for Ukraine, the impact of the crisis on the legal profession, the potential and current international forums in which Ukrainian businesses and investors could submit legal recourse to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine, as well as an update on the ICJ case, Ukraine v. Russian Federation. 



TIME:     4:15 PM – 5:30 PM GMT

DATE:     July 12, 2022




VENUE:

     Lecture Theatre
     School of International Arbitration
     Centre for Commercial Law Studies
     Queen Mary University of London,
     67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
     London WC2A 3JB 


MODERATORS:

     Ian A. Laird – Crowell & Moring LLP
     Dr. Jose Antonio Rivas – Xtrategy LLP.


INTRODUCTORY REMARKS


     Prof. Loukas Mistelis


SPEAKERS:

     Gene Burd, Partner – FisherBroyles, LLP
     Prof. Chiara Giorgetti – University of Richmond, School of Law 
     Mark Meyer, Partner – Crowell & Moring LLP
     Olena Perepelynska, Partner, Head of International Arbitration, INTEGRITES
     Simon Fawell – Signature Litigation LLP 


REGISTRATION:

     IN-PERSON Attendance:
     https://lnkd.in/gYfZbztb

     VIRTUAL Attendance:        https://lnkd.in/gE3AdRKK



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Available at  www.worldarbitrationupdate.com 

 

 Marek Dubovec
Marek Dubovec 




The International Law Institute proudly welcomes Marek Dubovec as ILI’s Director of Law Reform Programs.  We are excited to include Marek’s leadership capabilities, internationally recognized expertise in secured transactions, and his trusted relationships with governments and international organizations to ILI's global capabilities.

For over 15 years, Marek has been working with international standard-setters, including UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT to draft conventions, model laws, principles and guides that assist States in modernizing their commercial law frameworks. He has worked on the implementation of these standards under the projects funded by the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, FSD-Kenya, and others. He has assisted countries in Africa (e.g., Kenya), Asia (e.g., the Philippines), Eastern Europe (e.g., the Ukraine), the Middle East (e.g., the UAE) and Latin America (e.g. Colombia) with reforms of their secured transactions, factoring, warehouse receipts and related legislation. In these projects, Marek drafted laws and regulations, assisted with the building of registration systems, and provided capacity building to various stakeholders, including financial institutions, government officials, and judges.

Additionally, Marek is Professor of Practice at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law and has served as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies of the Bank of Japan, and a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

Marek has served as delegate to the UNCITRAL Working  Groups I [MSMEs]; Working Group VI [Security Interests]; and Working Group V [Insolvency].  At UNIDROIT, Marek serves as Advisor to the Secretariat on Model Law on Warehouse Receipt and is a member of Working Groups and Drafting Committees for the projects on Model Law on Factoring and Digital Assets and Private Law. Marek has served as a delegate to the Organization of American States.

Marek has received the "The Commercial Finance Association Special Recognition Award of Leadership in the Development and Adoption of Modern and Effective Secured Transactions Laws" (2016); and the The Munger Prize for Scholars in International and Business Law, James E. Rogers College of Law (2004).  Marek is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and ALI Member of the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies Committee.  Marek has also served as conference co-chair on: "Third Conference on International Coordination of Secured Transactions Law Reforms: Advancing Reforms Globally and in Latin America Through Enhanced Coordination", Los Andes University (Cartagena, Colombia), 2020; "Second Conference on Coordinating Secured Transactions Law Reforms: Advancing Global Reforms and Building a Uniform System", Universidad Carlos III de Madrid  (Spain) 2018; and "Secured Transactions Coordination Conference: Advancing Global Reforms", University of Pennsylvania Law School 2017.

Marek has produced several policy papers, reports and other publications for international organizations, including Secured Transactions, Collateral Registries, and Movable Asset-Based Financing Knowledge Guide and Guidance Notes on Distributed Ledger Technology and Secured Transactions for the World Bank Group. These publications have guided local policymakers and legislators in understanding the benefits of modern secured transactions frameworks as well as the challenges posed by modern technologies. He also developed the substantive content, in collaboration with a group of experts, for the Guide on Best Practice for Electronic Collateral Registries setting out the standards for the establishment and operation of electronic collateral registries. Some of his law reform work has been published, including in a co-authored book "Secured Transactions Law Reform in Africa".


On April 12 the International Law Institute hosted a conference and discussion on the release of Ambassador John Maresca's [Ret.] new book "The Unknown Peace Agreement: How the Helsinki–Geneva–Vienna–Paris Negotiations of the CSCE Produced the Final Peace Agreement to formally concluded World War Two in Europe".

The agreements setting the foundations of relations between Post Soviet Russia and the Western nations, is as critical and sensitive today, as it was 30 years ago.

The agreement, formally known as the Joint Declaration of Twenty Two States, signed by their heads of state or government, including George H W Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev on November 19, 1990 in Paris, this "peace treaty" ended World War II. The chief US negotiator of this agreement and many others, Ambassador Maresca has had a most distinguished career, twice Chef du Cabinet to NATO Secretaries General, and rector of the UN University for Peace, possibly most noteworthy was his appointment in early 1991 by Secretary James Baker as special envoy to open US relations with the newly independent states of the former USSR. He was the first American official to visit these countries, including Ukraine. His assistant throughout this mission was Marie Yovanovich, later US ambassador to Ukraine.

Ambassador presented his book and the "Baker mission". He was introduced by his former colleague Avis Bohlen, former assistant secretary of state and American ambassador to Bulgaria, and daughter of Charles Bohlen, who was once Jack Maresca's boss in the Department.



 

 

 




THE PUBLICATION:


TITLE:                THE UNKNOWN PEACE AGREEMENT

                          How the Helsinki–Geneva–Vienna–Paris Negotiations of the CSCE Produced the Final Peace Agreement
                          and Concluded World War Two in Europe


AUTHOR:            John J. Maresca


PURCHASE:      https://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-unknown-peace-agreement/9783838216324


John Maresca The Unknown Peace 

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The “Joint Declaration of Twenty-two States,” signed in Paris on November 19, 1990 by the Chiefs of State or Government of all the countries which participated in World War Two in Europe, is the closest document we will ever have to a true “peace treaty” concluding World War II in Europe. In his new book, retired United States Ambassador John Maresca, who led the American participation in the negotiations, explains how this document was quietly negotiated following the reunification of Germany and in view of Soviet interest at that time in normalizing their relations with Europe. With the reunification of Germany which had just taken place it was, for the first time since the end of the war, possible to have a formal agreement that the war was over, and the countries concerned were already negotiating in Vienna in preparation for a summit-level signing ceremony in Paris. With Gorbachev interested in more positive relations with Europe, and with the formal reunification of Germany which had just taken place, such an agreement was — for the first time — possible. All the leaders coming to the Paris summit had an interest in producing a document which would formally conclude the War — a “peace agreement” -- and which would be signed at the summit level by the Chiefs of State or Government of the states which were participants in the war. This gave impetus for the negotiators in Vienna to draft such a document, intended to normalize relations among them. The "Joint Declaration" was negotiated carefully, and privately, among the Ambassadors representing the countries which had participated, in one way or another, in World War Two in Europe. And the resulting document—the “Joint Declaration” — was signed at the summit level, at the Elysée Palace in Paris, on November 19, 1990. But this “Joint Declaration" was overshadowed at the time by the "Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe" — signed at the same signing ceremony — and has remained un-noticed since then.


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The “Joint Declaration of Twenty-two States,” signed in Paris on November 19, 1990 by the Chiefs of State or Government of all the countries which participated in World War Two in Europe, is the closest document we will ever have to a true “peace treaty” concluding World War II in Europe. In his new book, retired United States Ambassador John Maresca, who led the American participation in the negotiations, explains how this document was quietly negotiated following the reunification of Germany and in view of Soviet interest in normalizing their relations with Europe. With the reunification of Germany which had just taken place it was, for the first time since the end of the war, possible to have a formal agreement that the war was over, and the countries concerned were all gathering for a summit-level signing ceremony in Paris. With Gorbachev interested in more positive relations with Europe, and with the formal reunification of Germany, such an agreement was — for the first time — possible, because for the first time since the War it was possible to negotiate and agree with Germany as the single, sovereign state which had conducted the war. All the leaders coming to the Paris summit had an interest in a formal conclusion to the War, and this gave impetus for the negotiators in Vienna to draft a document intended to normalize relations among them. The Joint Declaration was negotiated carefully, and privately, among the Ambassadors representing the countries which had participated, in one way or another, in World War Two in Europe. The resulting document — the “Joint Declaration” — was signed, at the summit level, at the Elysée Palace in Paris. But there was no public announcement of the Joint Declaration and its significance, and it was overshadowed by the "Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe" — signed at the same signature event — and has remained un-noticed since then.

No one could possibly have foreseen that the USSR would be dissolved about one year later, making it impossible to negotiate a more formal treaty to close World War II in Europe. The “Joint Declaration” thus remains the closest document the world will ever see to a formal “Peace Treaty” concluding World War Two in Europe. It was signed by all the Chiefs of State or Government of all the countries which participated in World War II in Europe.

Ambassador John J. (“Jack”) Maresca spent a career as an American diplomat and negotiator, after six years as a US Naval Officer. He was the “Chef de Cabinet” for two NATO Secretaries General, and was involved in the CSCE negotiations from the time when NATO was preparing for them in Brussels. He went to Helsinki for the opening round of the CSCE, pursued the negotiations through the first CSCE conference, which was concluded at the summit level in Helsinki, and became the Deputy Head of the United States Delegation. He was then in charge of the State Department office which tracked the follow-up to the Conference and was later named as the Ambassador and Chief of the American delegation when the Conference was reconvened in Vienna to prepare for the second CSCE summit in Paris. He was then designated as a special Ambassadorial envoy to open US relations with the newly independent states, after the dissolution of the former USSR, and was the first official American visitor to these countries after their independence.

 

The International Law Institute presented on Navigating Modern Disputes and Examining Ukraine at the University of California Davis School of Law Journal of International Law and Policy Symposium on Friday March 11 from 11:00am - 12:00pm (California Pacific Standard Time). The ILI panel featured Judge Monica Mugenyi, Judge of the Uganda Court of Appeals and former Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice discussing resolving regional disputes, and Helene Gogadze from Sheppard Mullin discussed settlement of investment disputes.

Ambassador Andriy Pravednyk, Ukraine Ambassador to Kenya discussed the Ukraine crisis. Volodymyr Shkilevych, Special Legal Consultant at Covington and Burling and former Deputy Head of the Office of International Law for the Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed the ICJ and Ukraine. Volodymyr is on the Covington team presenting Ukraine at the ICJ.

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Foster De Reitzes 




The International Law Institute is sad to announce the recent passing of Foster De Reitzes. Foster served as Secretary of the Board for the International Law Institute; Senior Advisor; and legal advisor for ILI publications. Mr. De Reitzes supported the operational goals of ILI, our international development mission, and our collective goals of building the technical capacity of global leaders and their governments, strengthening international bonds, and expanding the rule of law.

Foster served the ILI for over 20 years. His calm nature, thoughtful advice, and quick smile will be long remembered, greatly appreciated, and very much missed.

Prior to ILI, Foster was a partner with the law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. There Foster had over 30 years of private practice experience in corporate, administrative law, and energy. Foster received his BA in Government from Cornell University and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was been admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC; before the U S Supreme Court; and federal circuit courts of appeal.

In New York, Foster practiced corporate and securities law. In Washington, DC, Foster spent more than 12 years representing Native American tribes and Alaska Native corporations on a wide variety of energy and other matters. Foster then concentrated his practice on commercial transactions and major court and administrative litigation with emphasis on the utility and steel industries. In his support and promotion of new enterprises and technology, Foster also managed angel investment for start-up tech companies for many years.

We will miss Foster.