American Bar Association
Section of International Law: Transnational Legal Practice Committee

Section of International Law:
Transnational Legal Practice Committee

About the Committee

The committee reviews the various policy and practical issues affecting global cross-border legal practice. With respect to "inbound" services, the committee studies and encourages alternative methods to allow foreign lawyers to offer legal services in the U.S. With respect to "outbound" services, the committee investigates new ways in which foreign countries can deal with U.S. lawyers practicing in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the committee interacts with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives in its negotiations of treaty terms affecting cross-border legal services as well as with U.S. regulators to reduce obstacles to multijurisdictional practice.

Recent Events

Year-in-Review Report for 2015 is available!

Committee publications officer Laurel S. Terry, Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennstate University, has prepared the Year-in-Review Report for 2015 which can be downloaded under Publication section on this page. The Article analyses recent developments in the US, initiatives taken by international organizations and relevant aspects in other countries, thus providing an excellent overview of the current state of the Transnational Legal Practice.

Call for Information

Please inform us about all regulatory changes of which you become aware in your own jurisdiction or in a unified area. This is to the benefit of all our members who look for information regarding the practice of law in other countries. Please address your information or references to Dina Gracheva at

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Hayaux-Du-Tilly, Yves
Knott, Hermann


Hansen, Timothy
Nordstrom, Janis
Staal, Eric

Committee Roster  

Year-in-Review and Publications

Sites of Interest

Upcoming Committee Events

Committee Events

Future Forward: Change, Transformation and the Mid-Career Lawyer

April 14, 2016
At the Spring meeting in New York (The Grand Hyatt, April 12 to 16, 2016) on April 14, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm, the Committee will organize a program entitled Future Forward: Change, Transformation and the Mid-Career Lawyer.

Globalization, technology and disruptive change to the legal services marketplace are all transforming the environment in which lawyers are practicing, domestically and internationally. Should mid-career lawyers be concerned about these changes? Will their daily practices be the same three years from now? How can they prepare for the challenges of change? What other skills might they need to develop and deploy? What early lessons are available from the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services?

These topics will be discussed by a group of experts of which members of the ABA's Commission on the future of legal services will form part.

We are also already in the process of planning for the Fall Meeting in Tokyo (October 19 to 22, 2016) for which we have proposed sessions addressing the issues related to the expansion of Asian law firms and the move of international law firms into the region, both from a strategic and a regulatory point of view. We would also like to discuss the rise of Alternative Business Structures in the region.

Section Events

    Section of International Law 2016 Retreat

    The Ritz-Carlton-Half Moon Bay
    Half Moon Bay

    Programming and Events Include: Welcome Reception & Dinner at the Spectacular Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort Network with Section Leadership & Strategic Planning Committee Awards Presentation &

    Section Dinner at Tank18


    Following the Section's Leadership Retreat, we invite Section leaders and international bar leaders to a dinner at

    Supply Chain Risks & Rewards in Emerging Markets


    The event will be held on 10/13/2016. The format is In-Person. The event sponsor(s) are Section of International Law. The event has 0.00 CLE Credits .

Transnational Legal Practice News

Recent news on trasnational legal practice regulation and business

Modified by Dina Gracheva on February 14, 2016

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