March 2014           News | Upcoming Programs & CLE | Reports | Get Involved


TTIP Negotiations, NAFTA and China: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. Trade Agreements and Relationships in Light of TTIP
March 4
6:30 - 8:30 PM

The U.S.-E.U. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has the potential to unify the world's most powerful traders. This panel will be an engaging, comparative analysis of of the TTIP agreement and potential changes to it.


Doing Business in India
March 28
9:00 AM -
5:00 PM

This panel of distinguished lawyers from India and the US will provide valuable study materials on a range of important areas: entry, governance and exit of business entities, buying and selling a business in domestic and cross-border transactions, and many other complex issues.

Recent Trends in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Litigation, Enforcement & Compliance
April 2

9:00 AM -
5:00 PM

The experienced faculty of private practitioners, regulators, and prosecutors will provide an in-depth analysis of the FCPA’s current trends and implications.

Hidden Treasures: Enforcement of International Judgments
June 17
6:00 - 9:00 PM

With the growing number of large value judgements, enforcing those judgments becomes more complex. At this program, an experienced group of panelists will share their first-hand insights into the international judgment enforcement and asset recovery process.

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Mandela Tribute

On January 29th, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, the Committee on African Affairs and the Committee on International Human Rights sponsored a tribute to Nelson Mandela that lauded his accomplishments and reflected on his legacy. The program opened with remarks by Advocate Thembile Joyini, the legal advisor to the Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and included Ngisana Mngomezulu, a participant in the Vance Center’s South African Legal Fellows program.

Publication of International Arbitration Awards
Publication of arbitral awards and other decisions has become more common but is not without controversy. The trend toward more publication has the potential to change, for good or ill, many things traditionally associated with international arbitration, including confidentiality, concentration of knowledge and expertise in a more or less defined group, and the extent to which arbitral decisions and awards should have persuasive or precedential effect. To better inform the arbitration community, the Committee on International Commercial Disputes surveyed ten major international arbitration institutions to gather information on their differing publication policies and practices. The report presents and summarizes the survey results.

Anti-Homosexuality Legislation in Uganda
In a letter to the President of Uganda, the Committee on African Affairs urged him not to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (the “Bill”) that was passed by Parliament in December, and to return it to Parliament for reconsideration. The Committee stressed that the criminalization of homosexuality and organizations that support LGBT rights, the exclusion of LGBT people from full and equal participation in Uganda’s democracy, and the draconian penalties in the Bill (including life imprisonment) run counter to fundamental human rights principles. The Bill also violates Uganda’s Constitution and the country's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Hague Child Support Convention
The United Nations Committee sent a letter to U.S. Senate leadership urging that the Senate adopt and enact implementing legislation (S.1870), which would allow The Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance to take effect in the United States. The purpose of the Hague Child Support Convention is to ensure the effective international recovery of child support and other forms of family maintenance. The Convention would achieve this objective by establishing an agreed-upon set of international standards, including: 1) an efficient and responsive system of cooperation between Contracting States in the processing of international applications; 2) a requirement that Contracting States make available applications for establishment and modification, as well as for recognition and enforcement, of maintenance decisions; 3) provisions which ensure effective access to cross-border maintenance procedures; 4) a broadly based system for the recognition and enforcement of maintenance decisions made in Contracting States; and 5) expedited and simplified procedures for recognition and enforcement.

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