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Special edition of the Inter-University Center for Terroism Studies' Ambassadors’ Forum webinar:  "Global COVID-19 and the Economy: Costs, Lessons, and Future Outlook".


The International Law Institute and the Indian National Association of Legal Professionals co-hosted a webinar on "Force Majeure and Contract Disputes in Response to COVID 19" on May 5, 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 on the world's economies and geopolitical alignments has been severe and immediate.  From government mandated shut downs; to supply chain stoppages, to key industries being shuttered, all have led to substantial failures and delays in commercial contracts; performance of both goods and services; monetary transfers; insurance claims, etc.  For legal and government sectors, understanding Contract Disputes and Force Majeure provisions as a function of COVID is Imperative.  Understanding how they are constructed, interpreted, and enforced cross-border, is Critical

Experts examine Force Majeure and Contract Disputes from the jurisdictional perspectives of: INDIA, E.U., SINGAPORE, CHINA, U.S., among others.

Speakers including R.V. Anuradha and Piyush Joshi from Clarus Law Associates [New Delhi Office]; Felicia Tan from TSMP Law Corporation [Singapore]; John Murino and Yao Mou from Crowell Morning, LLP [Washington, DC and Los Angeles Offices respectively]; and Charles Nairac and Zehaan Trivedi, White and Case, LLP [Paris Office].

Webinar hosted by Robert Sargin from the ILI and Manuj Bhardwaj representing the INALP.






The International Law Institute presents a webinar on "COVID-19 and Energy Sector". ILI Course Advisor Robert Lesnick held a presentation on the impact of COVID-19 to the energy sector, offered live to ILI alumni and the recorded webinar is released for all to view. The International Law Institute would like to thank Robert Lesnick for the outstanding presentation and ILI alumni who attended.

Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas. Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations. Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects. He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.



The Indian National Association of Legal Professionals in cooperation with the International Law Institute co-hosted a webinar on the "Future of the World Trade Organization" on April 24, 2020.  

Speakers including Dr. Aniruddha
 Rajput, Dr. Arthur Appleton, Patrick Macrory, and Marc Linscott examine implications for international trade; regional trade agreements; the WTO; the WTO appellate system; and Indian-US trade relations.

The program was conducted for over hundreds attendees from the legal community of India as well as government officials from across the globe participating in this event. 

The Panellists answered many question submitted by the conference attendees, please click on the following link to download the Questions and Answers transcript.






The International Law Institute will presented a webinar on "The Current State of the World Trading System" on May 1, 2020.

The panel of speakers include: Wendy Cutler, Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute; Gary Horlick, former high ranking official in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. Department of Commerce; Spencer Griffith, ILI Vice Chairman and Partner of Akin Gump; and Patrick Macrory, Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center. The panel will discuss the current state of international trade; trade negotiations; dispute settlements crisis; and the short and long term implications of the COVID-19 on trade.



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Date: Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Host: International Law Institute
Opening Remarks: Prof. Don Wallace, Chairman at the International Law Institute
Moderator: Prof. Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Keynote Speaker Prof. Rita Colwell, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies
Ambassador Pjer Simunovic, The Embassy of Croatia – currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union
Meghan Delaney, DO, MPH, Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Medical Director for Transfusion Medicine at Children’s National Medical Center, Associate Professor of Pathology & Pediatrics at George Washington University
Richard B. Reff, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist, such as: Former Member of the Sports Medicine Committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Former International Chairman for Safety, Security, and Medical for the World Maccabiah Games
Ambassador (Ret.) Jimmy Kolker, Former Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, Former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Former U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Uganda
Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ray, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs, Former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe
Ambassador Zango A. Abdu, Former Senior Nigerian Diplomat, including serving at the Embassy in Washington D.C., Currently Country Manager of the United States Institute of Peace in Abuja
Commentator: Dr. Peter Roudik, Assistant Law Librarian of Congress for Legal Research




On March 26, 2020, the International Law Institute was proud to support and co-host with the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies [IUCTS] its conference on “Combating Global Coronavirus: From Isolation to International Cooperation” held as part of Special Ambassador’s Forum series.

The conference focused on the growing concern of the world community with consequences of the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Panelists for this program were drawn from health care, law, security, and diplomatic corps. Issues addressed included threats and responses at both national and international levels.

Opening Remarks:          Professor Don Wallace, Chairman at the International Law Institute;

  Professor Yonah Alexander, Director of the Inter-University Center for Terrorism Studies, Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; 


Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children’s National Hospital/Children’s National Research Institute, Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences;

James Giordano, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, Co-director of O’Neill-Pellegrino Program in Global Health Law and Policy, Senior Science Advisory Fellow at Joint Staff, Pentagon;

Ambassador (Ret.) Charles Ray, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs, Former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia and Zimbabwe;

Ford Rowan, Board Member of International Dialogue


This program was further supported by the Inter-University Center for Legal Studies at the International Law Institute and the Center for National Security Law, University of Virginal Law School.