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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear 2010 Fall Meeting Attendee:

Bienvenue à Paris!

On behalf of the ABA Section of International Law, we are delighted to have you join us in Paris for the 2010 Fall Meeting! With more than 850 attorneys and industry professionals from nearly 60 countries in attendance, this year’s Fall Meeting has become the largest and most successful of the Section’s fall conferences.

You are sure to find plenty of relevant programming to attend over the next three days as we are offering more than 60 CLE programs on the most cutting-edge issues in international law spanning eight tracks and three mini-tracks. Of these, the following have been designated as showcase and will be held in the Baroque Napoléon Room:

  • Anatomy of International Arbitration
  • Europe North American Invasion - EU's Bilateral Trade Agreements with Mexico and Canada vs. NAFTA
  • A Postmortem of a Meltdown: Lessons, Failures...and the Future
  • Stranger In A Strange Land: Cross-Cultural Issues in The Courts
  • Global Privacy, Data Protection and Security Across Borders
  • Apples and Oranges: The Hazards of a Hasty Choice of Law in M&A Contracts
  • International Forum-Shopping, Regulatory Competition, and Business as Legal Combat
  • National Security, Immigration and the Rule of Law
  • EU Privacy Regulations: Conducting Due Diligence, Internal Inquiries and Discovery from the U.S.
  • How to Protect the Deal - What Corporate Lawyers Need to Know About Arbitration and How They Can Avoid Pitfalls When Preparing Arbitration Clauses
  • A Mock Arbitration Involving International Investment Claims Arising from the U.S. Financial Crisis: Will the U.S. be Liable for the Financial Crisis?
  • Briber Beware: International Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Related Anti-Corruption Efforts

If getting a year’s worth of cutting edge CLE credit is not enough, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to world-class speakers on various panels throughout the week as well as hear special keynote addresses at any of the three luncheons where you’ll find, Madame Christine Lagarde, Christopher Dickey and Hugues Le Bret.

You will also find plenty of opportunities to get to know your fellow meeting attendees. They come from law firms, corporations, agencies, and other organizations in nearly 60 countries and represent a wealth of contacts, knowledge and experience in cross-border legal matters. Social events are scheduled each day and every evening – including luncheons, ample networking breaks, and receptions at some of the most spectacular venues (Hôtel de Ville, the Tribunal de Commerce de Paris , and the Musée d’Orsay) that Paris has to offer.

During the course of the week, we also encourage you to attend the committee business meetings. They are open to all attendees and serve as the gateway to getting involved in the Section's educational, publications, and public policy-making activities.

In addition, all meeting registrants are also invited to attend the Outsourcing Roundtable as well as the meeting of the Section’s Council. Both take place on Saturday, November 6 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

We hope you enjoy the meeting and take full advantage of your time in Paris to experience the Parisian charm that the city has to offer!

Salli A. Swartz
American Bar Association
Section of International Law


Alex Blumrosen, 2010 Fall Meeting Co-Chair
Bob Brodegaard, 2010 Fall Meeting Co-Chair
Ron Cass, 2010 Fall Meeting Co-Chair
Jean-Claude Rivalland, 2010 Fall Meeting Co-Chair
Bernard Vatier, 2010 Fall Meeting Co-Chair

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