American Bar Association
 
Section of International Law: Middle East Committee

Section of International Law:
Middle East Committee

About the Committee

Members of this committee have a professional or personal interest in law and events concerning the Middle East. The geographic scope of this committee encompasses North Africa, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. The Committee conducts regular substantive conference calls for members, maintains an active email list, and organizes panels for Section events. It has also helped organize and support various Rule of Law/judicial reform initiatives, including for Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco, and Tunisia. Recent teleconferences have addressed the refugee crisis and responsibility to protect in Syria, political and security developments in Egypt and Libya, application of US employment law in the Middle East, and US and international sanctions, among other issues.

Programs, Meetings and Events

Committee Events

Managing Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Risk for Financial Institutions

May 12, 2015

Anti-money laundering (AML) regulation, compliance and enforcement have occupied the agendas of regulators and financial institutions, as well as news headlines. In the United States, federal enforcement of U.S. AML and related laws and regulations has been robust. In New York, the Department of Financial Services has taken a more active role, adding a layer of complexity to a multi-agency enforcement landscape. Overseas, national regulators have raised their AML vigilance, taking independent and, at times, coordinated AML enforcement actions against financial institutions. Heightened enforcement is likely to continue at the national and multi-national levels, as AML standards and regulatory priorities continue to converge across borders.

How are U.S.- and non-U.S.-based financial institutions managing AML regulation and compliance risk in an increasingly complex and globalized business and regulatory environment?

What are the key legal, regulatory and risk factors defining the regulatory and enforcement landscape today, and what can be expected in the future? Join this panel, co-hosted by ABANA and the American Bar Association’s Middle East committee, for a discussion of AML regulation, compliance and enforcement, from the perspectives of key internal and external experts.

SPEAKERS

John (“Jack”) F. Baughman
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Pierre de Saint Phalle
Managing Director, Promontory Financial Group

Philip Varela
Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

MODERATOR

Hdeel Abdelhady
Co-Chair, Middle East Committee; Principal, MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC

IRAN AFTER PARTIAL SANCTIONS RELIEF AND U.S. ELECTIONS: Legal, Risk and Practical Issues for Business

November 16, 2016
Join the ABA, Section of International Law Middle East Committee for a panel discussion of the legal, risk, and practical issues related to doing or planning business in or with Iran.

NOVEMBER 16, 2016
9:15 am – 10:30 am

SPEAKERS

BABAK HOGHOOGHI
Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP, DC

SUSAN KOVAROVICS
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, DC

MICHAEL MORAN
Partner, Control Risks, NY

SORANA PARVULESCU
Partner, Control Risks, Dubai

MODERATOR
HDEEL ABDELHADY
Principal, MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC, DC

 
Section Events

    Antitrust Enforcement in Argentina – A Talk with the Enforcers

    06/07/2017-06/07/2017

    At the end of 2015, Argentina introduced major reforms to its economic policies. Antitrust is at the forefront of the priorities of the new administration, with the introduction of new agencies, draft legislation, more antitrust investigations, faster merger reviews, and the use of new economic methodologies ...

    2017 Europe Forum

    06/11/2017-06/13/2017
    Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos I
    Barcelona

    For a full listing of Forum programming and events, click on Forum Schedule. For a listing of just ticketed events, click on Event Schedule tab. Book your hotel before May 18th to receive reduced conference

    Are You Protected?: Maintaining Confidentiality & Enforcing Trade Secret Rights in China

    06/27/2017-06/27/2017

    The event will be held on 06/27/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Cybersecurity Legal Task Force,Center for Professional Development,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of International Law,Section of Litigation,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Abdelhady, Hdeel
Ridgway, Delissa

Vice-Chairs:

Alhussan, Abdulaziz
Burns, Jonathan
Heyka, Jacob
Higgins, Conan
Ismat, Jennifer
Mroczka, Victor
Oliai, Sarah
Yamak, Koutayba

Committee Roster  

Modified by Victor Mroczka on February 22, 2017

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