International Law Section
Note from the Editor
The Executive Committee of the International Law Section sends you warm November greetings and wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend wherever your busy practice finds you! No matter where you are, we invite you to check out our vast on-demand CLE library for past webinars on virtually any subject area of international law.
Many exciting programs and networking events are also planned over the next couple of months. Please be sure to take a look at our upcoming webinar about Doing Business in Japan, as well as the co-sponsored events in December. We are also already planning our first 2014 Networking Mixer in Newport Beach to ring in the New Year, where you can mix and mingle, and hear the latest jingle about legal developments from around the world.
In this edition, as well as in the next couple of editions, we would also like to introduce you to some of the movers and shakers in the International Law Section who serve as Chairs and Co-Chairs on our many committees. Please do not hesitate to contact them with ideas and suggestions about programming and future events. We appreciate your active involvement in our section!
As a special treat, this edition also features a Note From Abroad: Berlin, Germany submitted by our new advisor, William T. Gay, who shares his rich cultural and pictorial impressions of one of the most exciting and fast-paced metropolises in the heart of Europe. As someone who spent a couple of years in Berlin, I can vouch that his thoughtful portrayal of Berlin, “the city that never is”, will make you want to follow in the footsteps of him and his family as they tour the multifaceted city.
As always, we encourage you to become more involved in any of our events and activities that interest you. If you travel abroad, we invite you to send us your written and photographic impressions of foreign jurisdictions – we may publish them in future editions of this Newsletter for all our members to enjoy.
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may be!
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Spotlight on Members
Movers and Shakers – International Law Section Executive Committee
The International Law Section Executive Committee is working non-stop to bring its members a wide array of products and services, ranging from top-notch educational programs to valuable networking opportunities on a truly global scale. Over the next editions, we are pleased to introduce several of your fellow International Law Section Members and Advisors who serve as Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs on our many committees. We cordially invite you to connect with them and share your ideas and suggestions.
Brian Arbetter, Chair of the Programs Committee
Brian Arbetter is a Partner with Sheppard Mullin LLP. Sheppard Mullin is an Am Law 100 full service law firm, established in 1927. It has offices throughout the United States, as well as globally. Mr. Arbetter currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California International Law Section, and is Chair of its Programs Committee. In his legal practice, Mr. Arbetter leads his firm’s international employment and mobility law practice, which advises multinational employers on all aspects of international employment, benefits, ex-pat, and immigration issues.
Greg Berk, Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee
Greg Berk is Chair of the Immigration Practice Group at Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP. The Firm provides employment law litigation defense for California employers and has five offices throughout California. He serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California International Law Section, and is Chair of the Immigration Subcommittee. He handles all aspects of immigration law including: work visas, permanent residency, investors, and I-9 compliance.
Zahirah Mann, Chair of the Law Student Outreach Committee
Zahirah Mann is a program officer in housing stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which works on creating pathways out of poverty. At United Way, Zahirah staffs Home For Good – an initiative of United Way and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce to end chronic and veteran homelessness in LA County by 2016 – where she leads their policy efforts. Zahirah is also the principal of Sustainable Vision Consulting, a consulting firm focused on bridging the gap between government, business, and local communities. Earlier in her career, Zahirah worked as a public interest attorney, most recently with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. At Legal Aid, Zahirah represented non-profits and coalitions directly impacted by the globalization of poverty on matters involving quality affordable housing, economic stability, and non-profit formation and governance. In her practice preceding Legal Aid, Zahirah was an associate at the public interest law firm Strumwasser & Woocher LLP and an attorney at the Natural Resource Defense Council. Her community work has included work as a legislative coordinator for Amnesty International and an advocate for CARE. Zahirah received her J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School and received her undergraduate degree in political science from Vassar College.
William K. Pao, Chair of the International Law Journal Committee
William K. Pao is a counsel in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Securities Litigation Practice. Will has litigated and managed a wide range of securities and other complex commercial matters at both the trial and appellate levels. A former Fulbright Scholar at Fudan University, Will devotes a substantial part of his practice to matters involving Chinese companies and is a member of the Firm’s China-based US-listed Company Litigation Task Force. Will is active in the community. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of The California International Law Journal and the Chair of the Distance CLE Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s International Litigation Committee. In addition, Will maintains an active pro bono practice, specializing in federal civil-rights cases.
Save the Date: Networking Mixer – January 8, 2014
Please join the State Bar of California International Law Section for a Networking Mixer and salute the New Year on Wednesday, January 8, at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Bambu Lounge in Newport Beach. All are welcome! Please keep your eyes peeled for further information in the December Newsletter and our social media!
International Law Webinars:
Webinar: Doing business in Japan, particularly, in Osaka and other parts of the Kansai area
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This program offers 1 participatory MCLE Credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.
In October 2012, the International Law Section entered into a Friendship Agreement with the Osaka Bar Association, which is located in Osaka, Japan. The Osaka Bar Association is one of the mandatory bar associations in Japan. As a part of the collaboration between the International Law Section and the Osaka Bar Association, we will present a 60-minute webinar entitled “Doing business in Japan, particularly, in Osaka and other parts of the Kansai area” on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 5:00 pm (Pacific). We are honored to have two lawyers from the Osaka Bar Association, Ms. Hiroe Toyoshima (Toyoshima-sensei) and and Mr. Kazuto Yamamoto (Yamamoto-sensei), as the speakers. The webinar will be presented in English.
Careers in International Law Programs
Over the years, the International Law Section has been presenting the Careers in International Law programs at various law schools throughout California. Each program, geared towards both law students and practitioners, features a panel of seasoned attorneys in the international law arena, and the panelists speak about their career paths to pursuing an international law practice, provide advice about starting or growing an international law practice, and answer questions from the program attendees. In collaborating closely with the law schools which host the programs, the International Law Section continues to expand and deepen the relationships with various law schools and law students in California. The American Bar Association’s Section of International Law has continued to serve as a co-sponsor of the programs.
This fall, the International Law Section presented the Careers in International Law programs at the following law schools in California this year: Whittier Law School; UC Hastings College of the Law; and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Earlier this year, in Spring, the International Law Section presented the programs at the following law schools: the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall); Golden Gate University School of Law; University of San Diego School of Law; Southwestern Law School; California Western School of Law; and Loyola Law School. All of these programs were well attended and well received. We thank each of these law schools for holding the program at their school.
We are already making plans for the Careers in International Law programs to be held in the Spring 2014, including at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall); Golden Gate University School of Law; McGeorge School of Law; the University of San Francisco School of Law; Trinity Law School; and USC Gould School of Law. We are delighted that we are able to hold the programs at these law schools next year.
Please check the International Law Section’s website for the information regarding the programs to be held next year.
We would like to hold the Careers in International Law programs at other law schools as well. If you know of any law school in California which may be interested in holding the program, please contact Harumi Hata, and please include the contact information for the faculty/administrator at the law school who will serve as the lead contact for us.
Also, if you are interested in serving as a panel speaker, including at the programs next year, please contact Harumi Hata. We ask that each speaker be a lawyer in good standing with the State Bar of California and an active member of the International Law Section.
We thank many of you for your interest and participation in the Careers in International Law programs. We look forward to your continued interest, support and participation.
Save the Date: California-Japan Practice Issues, March 3, 2014 In Tokyo, Japan
The International Law Section and the Tokyo Dai-Ichi Bar Association will jointly present this seminar on March 3, 2014 from 1:00-6:00pm at the offices of the Dai-Ichi Tokyo Bar Association, located at 1-3, Kasumigaseki 1-Chome, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo. Topics are expected to include “Update on attorney client privilege including how to utilize in cross-border aspects”, “Role of In-House lawyers, recent trends and issues”. The seminar will be presented in both English and Japanese. All ILS members with an interest in Japan are invited to attend this exciting seminar in Tokyo, a dynamic and fascinating city that combines the best of modern and ancient Japan.
For more information, please contact Brent Caslin.
Upcoming Co-Sponsored Events
‘The Americas – a Plethora of Business Opportunity for U.S. Companies’ – Redwood City, December 5th, 2013
The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) and TradePort.org are organizing the 10th annual Global California conference entitled ‘The Americas – a Plethora of Business Opportunity for U.S. Companies’, to be held at NestGSV Inc. in Redwood City on Dec 5th.
Representatives from both the public and private sector will discuss, debate and interact on why the markets in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico are primed and ready for California bilateral trade and investment because of their regional proximity, growing economies and need for American products, technology and expertise.
Additionally, a special 'take-action' roundtable will be conducted in the afternoon session of the conference where attendees will be able to interact and meet leading trade promotion service providers in the trade finance, legal, marketing, education, advocacy, and logistics business sectors.
- Fernando Franco, Trade & Investment Deputy Commissioner, ProMexico
- Aileen Crowe Nandi, Commercial Officer, Commercial Service - Silicon Valley, U.S. DOC
- Santiago Ospina, Trade & Investment Rep San Francisco Bay Area, ProExport Colombia
- Juliano Alves Pinto, Deputy Consul and Head of the Trade Section (SECOM), Consulate-General of Brazil, San Francisco
- Maria Bonilla-Giuriato, Central Coast Regional Director
- Ruben Guerra, Chairman of the Board and CEO President Latin Business Association (LBA)
- Alex Nascimento, Chief Strategy Officer, 7BrazilConsulting, UCLA Marketing Strategy Professor
- Francisco Rojas, President, Bees2Biz
- Viviana Araneda, Economic Consultant, ARS Trade Consulting
- Victor Florian, President, Rocca International U.S.A.
- Robina Peanh, Regional Manager, Intl Insurance Services, Meridian Finance Group
- Alexandra Navarro, Corporate/Private Trainer Coach, The Blue Leaf
- Joe Davis, West Coast Sales Executive, PIERS
- Martin Lawler, Attorney, Lawler & Lawler
- Harry-Todd Astrov, Principal, ASTROV P.C.
- Soody Tronson, Counselor at Law, STLGip.com
- David Josephson, Western Managing Director, Ex-Im Bank
- Robert Saikali, VP and Manager, Intl Sales & Advisory Group, City National Bank
- Stephen Scheibe, President, Allabroad.org
- Chris Kahan, Business Devel. Manager, Western Region, Datamyne
- Pedro Castaneda, President, Provia International
- Carla Itzkowich, President, International Contact.
- Keith Ensminger, Principal, Kramer Translations
Please visit http://www.mbita.org/gc2013/conference.html for more information, registration, exhibit, and sponsorship opportunities.
The U.S.-China Legal Exchange – Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, December 9th, 2013 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m) presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce
This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities in three U.S. cities to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape.
High-level government officials from China, led by Assistant Minister of Commerce Zhang Xiangchen, will present to public audiences in Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and Irvine, CA for a full day on two areas of China’s commercial law regime:
- Chinese Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Law; and
- Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship in China, including Private Equity and Venture Capital.
U.S. company representatives, lawyers, academics, local and state government officials, students, and other interested persons are invited to attend the Legal Exchange and participate in discussions on these topics with Chinese government officials and experts from the United States.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Should you or your organization be interested in sponsoring the 2013 U.S.-China Legal Exchange, please contact Brett Gerson, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce, at email@example.com
or (202) 482-5595.
Wednesday, December 4
-- Washington, DC
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
Friday, December 6
-- Boston, Massachusetts
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Monday, December 9
-- Orange County, California
Chapman University, Fowler School of Law
1 University Drive
For additional information and to register for the U.S.-China Legal Exchange, please visit: http://export.gov/china/uschinalegalexchange/
Note from Abroad: Berlin, Germany
In September I had the pleasure of visiting Berlin with my wife and son. We flew out of LAX on AirBerlin’s weekly direct flight, leaving in the afternoon on a Wednesday, and arriving in the late morning the next day. The first stop, at the airport, was at the BVG (Berlin Transportation Services) office to purchase a one-week pass, good for the city’s buses, trains and trams. This is really all you need to get around the city.
Photo 1, Brandenburg Gate
Not wanting to waste a half day, we walked to one of Germany’s most prominent landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate. The Gate is best remembered as the scene of a continuous party when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. It links the broad boulevard Unter den Linden with Berlin’s huge park, the Tiergarten, which was originally Frederick the Great’s personal hunting grounds.
The Gate, like many other things in the city, reflects its recent history. Immediately to the south is the U.S. Embassy (and, as we recently learned, NSA listening post), and the Holocaust Memorial, stark concrete blocks of varying height assembled over an undulating landscape. Further south, across the Hannah-Arendt Strasse, and intentionally not
a memorial, is the location of Adolf Hitler’s bunker. In order to prevent it from becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the government has completely filled in the bunker, and an apartment complex and parking lot stand on the spot. Only a sign marks the location: “Mythos und Geschichtszeugnis ‘Fuhrerbunker,’” “myth and history of the Fuhrer’s bunker.”
And a little further south, on the site of the former headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, is the Topography of Terror, an indoor and outdoor museum documenting the political repression during the Third Reich. One comes away feeling that this is a country that has confronted the darkest periods of its recent history.
Photo 2, Konzerthaus and Deutscher Dom
We ended the day at Gendarmenmarkt, a broad plaza anchored by the Konzerthaus Berlin, and flanked by two large churches, the Deutscher Dom on the left, and the French Cathedral on the right. The latter was built by French Huguenhots who were fleeing religious persecution in their home country. The entire plaza is the site of a large Christmas market in December.
Photo 3, Reichstag Speech Column
The following day we took a tour of the Reichstag. On June 20, 1991, shortly following reunification, the German Bundestag voted by a remarkably close 337 to 320 to move the nation’s capital from Bonn back to Berlin. The Reichstag became the nation’s once and future parliament building eight years later. The original building’s facade remains, fully restored following the damage of World War II, but the interior, and the assembly room itself, are modern, in fact, “the most modern national legislative building in the world,” our guide told us. Artists were commissioned from around the world to create works for the building. One such work consists of a vertical column with a continuous scroll on each of the four sides. The content is every speech ever given in the Reichstag, divided into the four periods of modern Germany: Imperial, Weimar, Dictatorship and Postwar. At any given time, the theme will be the same on all four sides, providing a fascinating perspective on changing views regarding, for example, the role of women. Directly over the Assembly is a large glass dome, and tourists are free to explore the rooftop, which provides an unobstructed view of the entire city. The dome, we were told, is to remind Germans that the people are looking down on, and over the shoulders of, their elected representatives.
The tour included a short walk to the office building at the rear of the assembly building, and here we first noticed it: a tan colored stone pathway, running all across the city, marking the location of the Berlin Wall. From August 1961 to November 1989, this city was divided by a wall, at first consisting of coils of barbed wire, later twelve-foot high cement segments, for the purpose of stopping the brain drain from East to West. In its final phase, the Wall was topped by round cement pipe, which was found to be the most difficult shape for a person to crawl over. The Wall was located slightly inside the Eastern demarcation line, and was reinforced on the inside by a “death strip” consisting of an open field of gravel, with watchtowers, guard dogs, barbed wire, lights and sensors.
|Photo 4, Berlin Wall Memorial
Today the Wall is gone; several of the four foot wide segments have been preserved at various points in the city, or shipped abroad as memorials, but the vast bulk of it was ground up and recycled immediately after its dismantling. A notable exception is the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, with its Visitor Center and Observation Deck. When the Wall fell, most Berliners wanted to eliminate every trace of it; a few voices, however, spoke up in favor of retaining a small portion as a reminder of the years of oppression. Another expression that Germany will never forget its darkest hours.
When Americans think of German wine, we think of Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and other sweet, white wines. And it’s true that warm climates favor red wine grapes, and cooler climates favor white wine grapes. However, one badly kept secret is that the Germans tend to export their sweet whites, and keep a number of fine dry Rieslings and other whites for domestic consumption. We were determined to sample the local oenological fare. After all, we had an entire week.
Then we discovered Prater Garten, Berlin’s oldest beer garden, with its adjoining restaurant. Like all traditional beer gardens, the outdoor area is shaded by a canopy of trees -- the beer had to be kept cool, after all -- and serves up various kinds of sausages with potato salad. The restaurant has heartier fare, such as Wiener Schnitzel, all served with the excellent Berliner Pilsner, a dry, slightly bitter brew that is available only in the city, and is locally dubbed “the beer of here.” September is the end of the beer garden season, and there were relatively few other people enjoying the outdoor atmosphere. The beer garden is very much a family experience, with children playing on swings and near the pond, and grownups talking while slowly sipping their beverages. We would return to Prater for two more meals.
Our resolve to sample the dry whites now a rapidly receding memory, we found ourselves pondering both the contents of our steins and the Reinheitsgebot, or traditional German Beer Purity Law. It’s funny what can cause one’s thoughts to return to the law. This particular statute, first published in 1516, or possibly in 1487 -- an inexplicable bleary-eyed fuzziness seems to pervade all accounts -- provided that German beer could only contain three ingredients: water, barley and hops.
All this is the stuff of Braumeister legend. What is less well known is that the original purpose of the Law was to shield German bakers
from competition for wheat and rye, and thus to provide a reliable supply of bread, not beer. So much for priorities. An unintended consequence was to eliminate an entire spectrum of ales flavored with berries, fruits and herbs, predominantly in the north of Germany, and of a type that we now associate with Belgium.
The Law was finally struck down by a European Court of Justice in 1988, for the purpose of allowing into Germany beer imports from other European countries. However, a few German brewers still proudly abide by it.
But enough of beer and the law, for the time being, at least. We next found ourselves at Fassbinder & Rauch, another of Berlin’s “oldest;” in this case, chocolatier. Retail sales and enormous chocolate displays -- of the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Titanic, an Airbus A380, a classic Mercedes Benz coupe -- are on the ground floor. Pastries and chocolate beverages are served in an elegant restaurant on the next floor. Reservations are recommended.
At the eastern end of Unter den Linden is the “Castle Bridge,” Schlossbrücke, which leads to Museum Island, home to five world class museums. While it is well known that many of the foremost archaeologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were German, less obvious is the extent to which these scientists excavated, shipped back to Germany and there reassembled entire buildings of the ancient world. The Pergamon Museum is the home to many of these, including the Pergamon Altar, at the museum’s entrance, the Market Gate of Miletus, and, most astonishing of all, the Ishtar Gate, the eighth gate of Babylon, built by King Nebuchadnezzar II .
|Photo 6, Pergamon Altar
||Photo 7, Market Gate of Miletus
||Photo 8, Ishtar Gate
|Photo 9, Schloss Charlottenburg
Berlin has a small chain of coffee shops called “Café Einstein,” and the flagship is Café Einstein Stammhaus, a villa dating from the 1870s, located in the Charlottenburg district of the Tiergarten. They serve au laits “in the Viennese style,” hot milk provided separately in a small pitcher, so the guest can control the dilution of the brew. From there we made our way to Schloss Charlottenburg itself, built for and named after Charlotte, the first Hohenzollern empress, grandmother of Frederick the Great, and student of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, co-inventor of calculus. It’s an impressive spread, and a reasonable substitute for her grandson’s more majestic Sans Souci in Potsdam, if time is tight.
|Photo 10, The Other Berlin Wall
Not far from the castle is Zur Letzten Instanz, a small restaurant established in 1621, whose claim to fame is that Napoleon ate there en route to Moscow… perhaps. Like the buildings adjacent to it, the restaurant’s back wall is a remnant of the Berlin wall -- but not that one, rather, the original city wall, dating from 1650. The house specialty, pig knuckle, is enormous, but remarkably good. Think ham, with an extra layer of fat. All washed down with more Berliner Pilsner. Maybe that’s what made it seem remarkably good.
Following this lunch of Napoleonic proportions, we visited the Hackescher Markt area, a redevelopment of GDR era housing. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the eventual reunification of the country, certain areas of the former East Berlin, including those areas with cement housing for the masses, were considered undesirable, and largely avoided by moneyed invaders from the West. As local real estate prices languished, artists moved in and made the areas … well … rather nice. Hackescher Markt is an example of redevelopment by individuals: former Stalinist era cement buildings, converted to restaurants and shops on the ground floors, housing on the upper floors, and common areas in the center courtyard. Many of the exterior walls now have ivy climbing up them.
Berlin is a city that, through a series of historical accidents, has been forced to find its own way. Unlike Paris or London -- or Cologne or Trier, for that matter -- Berlin was never occupied by ancient Roman troops. To be sure, the Germanic people put up a gallant fight, but that by itself was never enough to deter the Romans; in fact, the Romans tended to prefer the hard fight, on the assumption that it would cause lesser resistance to melt away. The reason the Roman Empire stopped at the Elbe River, rather, was that Julius Caesar and his successors believed that the people to the east were too barbaric ever to be successfully incorporated into the Empire. Goethe and Stendhal hated the city; the latter once asking “What could have possessed people to found a city in the middle of all this sand?”
But select a vantage point today, whether the roof of the Reichstag, your hotel room, or the Berlin TV Tower, and you will see construction cranes in all directions. Capital of the economic powerhouse of the European Community, Berlin is a city made up of people with vision and determination. I will go back, to be sure, and will again be amazed -- by things that I missed on this trip, and by things not yet built. Over a century ago, Karl Scheffler wrote, “Berlin is a city that never is, but is always in the process of becoming.” What a perfect approach to the twenty-first century.
Submitted by William T. Gay; photos by Christopher Gay
Get Involved with the International Law Section
The E-Media Committee
is responsible for the Section’s website, this E-Newsletter, and our Section’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. Contact the Chair: Diana Mack
The External Relationships Committee
is responsible for the Section’s relationships with foreign and domestic bar associations and other international law and business groups, including establishing new relationships. Contact the Co-Chair: Enrique Hernandez
and Michael Newman
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is responsible for The California International Law Journal. The Committee Chair is the Editor-in-Chief, who is assisted by Co-Managing Editors and Associate Editors. Section members may seek appointment as Associate Editors. Contact the Chair and Editor-in-Chief: Will Pao
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Introducing the Public International Law (PIL) Committee:
This new committee will focus on topics in public (vs. private) international law. We will develop Section programs and initiatives related to public international law, including international human rights - within California and worldwide. At this early stage, we are looking for additional members and fresh ideas for PIL projects and activities. The PIL Committee will have monthly telephonic meetings. Contact the Chair: Mary Hansel
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The California International Law Journal
The California International Law Journal is currently soliciting articles for its upcoming issues. Standard articles range from 15-25 pages, double-spaced. Short articles range from 4-8 pages, double-spaced. While most articles are geared toward practitioners and professionals, we also publish academic articles that may be of interest to our readers. Topics may include anything that pertains to public or private international law, including transnational commercial disputes, procedural rules for international litigation, international criminal cases, immigration matters and international human rights issues.
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