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APRIL 2013

A Walk Across the Sun--An Examination of Human Trafficking
On May 7, the Public Affairs Luncheon will feature attorney and A Walk Across the Sun author Corban Addison addressing the pervasive scope of human trafficking and the methods the US Department of Homeland Security has used to combat this global crisis. Following the presentation, will be a Q & A session with the speaker. To register, click here; for more information, contact Jerry Rosenberg here.

Programs

Developments in International Environmental Compliance & Enforcement
Monday, April 22, 2013 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Paraguay’s First Sovereign Bond Offering: History, Present and the Road Ahead
Third Annual Daniel Ferrere Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Sunset for Elephants and Rhinos in the Wild?: Illegal Trafficking, Inadequate Enforcement, and Lack of Political Will
Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Whither India?
Monday, April 29, 2013 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

A Walk Across the Sun – An Examination of Human Trafficking
Public Affairs Luncheon
Tuesday, May 7th, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Lifting the Veil - Women's Rights in the Islamic World After the Arab Spring
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Developing International Commercial Law: The Next Challenges and Opportunities
Friday, May 17, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm

CLE

Intellectual Property Considerations in China: Doing Deals & Enforcing Your Rights
Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

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Child Soldiers
In a joint letter to the President of the Republic of Rwanda, the Committees on African Affairs, Children and the Law, and International Human Rights expressed concern over reports the Rwandan Government is recruiting children under the age of 18 to support troops of the M23 rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The letter notes that such conscription of child soldiers would contravene international and regional human rights laws, humanitarian law, and the national laws of Rwanda, and urges the Government of Rwanda to immediately cease any recruitment of children for military purposes whether as part of its armed forces or to serve in non-state forces.

Rule of Law in Kenya
Noting threats to jurists in Kenya, the Committee on African Affairs wrote to the Kenyan President urging the Government of Kenya to take all necessary steps to ensure that judges are able to discharge their constitutional duties with the independence and integrity that is guaranteed under domestic and international laws. At a time when several prominent Kenyan national political figures stand accused of grave violations of human rights in connection with the violence following the 2007-2008 general elections, an independent judiciary is essential to ensuring that any potential electoral disputes are resolved peacefully, and that Kenya complies with its domestic and international obligations to uphold the rule of law.

Sovereign Debt
With the continuing sovereign debt crisis centered in southern Europe, the current market practice regarding governing-law provisions (“choice of law” provisions) in sovereign debt litigation has become a growing issue. In an effort to address this, the Committee on Foreign and Comparative Law issued a report entitled, Governing Law in Sovereign Debt: Lessons from the Greek Crisis and Argentina Dispute of 2012. The report makes observations about the legal consequences, to issuers and debt holders, of selecting the issuer’s law as the contractually stipulated governing law, and undertakes a very preliminary survey of market practice in this area, with the possible result that the views that led to the debt terms facilitating the Greek workout could be reexamined and the underlying theories held up for critical review.

Committee Involvement--It's Never too Late
Committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done. Working on a committee can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, some you may not even anticipate.

A full list of the City Bar committees along with a brief description of each and an application form can be found on the City Bar’s website. As a number of City Bar committees have more applicants than available slots, please consider applying to more than one committee.