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.


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


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


Partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP, DC

Partner, Bryan Cave LLP, DC

Partner, Control Risks, NY

Partner, Control Risks, Dubai

Principal, MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC, DC

Section Events



Ismat, Jennifer
Ridgway, Delissa


Brelsford, Gregg
Cooper, Daniel
Hashish, Mohamed
Heyka, Jacob
Higgins, Conan
Oliai, Sarah
Provvidera, Marco

Committee Roster  

Modified by Adam Vogel on May 17, 2018

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