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International Litigation Committee


The International Litigation Committee is one of the 42 practice groups open to all members of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Joining the committee entitles a member to a number of benefits (see list below). The committee offers members a structured opportunity to interact through programs, publications, meetings, and social media on matters of common professional interest regarding international litigation and arbitration. Our goal is to provide the highest quality experience for all involved and to ensure our members are kept current on every significant development affecting international legal practice.

To accomplish these goals, the committee provides its members with these benefits:

  • International Litigation, a quarterly publication;
  • networking opportunities with leading practitioners;
  • discounted CLE programs;
  • invitations to substantive meetings and social events;
  • online access to case notes, past issues of International Litigation, and other helpful information; and
  • opportunities to write for committee publications, speak on committee panels, and participate in the activities of our subcommittees.


Whether you want to receive the newsletter, learn from and network with top litigators, contribute to our programs and publications, or all of the above, join us. Section of Litigation members may join up to three committees at no charge.

To join, you must first be a member of the ABA and also a member of the ABA Section of Litigation.



New Subcommittees

The International Litigation Committee is pleased to announce the formation of two new subcommittees.

The International Evidence, Discovery, and Privacy Subcommittee will focus on emerging issues including cloud computing, social media, jurisdictional issues, and practical considerations for the collection and management of evidence in foreign states. Erik Laykin of Duff & Phelps will serve as the subcommittee’s first chair.

The Social Media Subcommittee will continue to develop the International Litigation Committee’s Facebook and LinkedIn social media capabilities. Seepan V. Parseghian of Snell & Wilmer will serve as the subcommittee’s first chair.


Seeking Contributions

The International Litigation Committee is looking for authors for articles about international litigation and related cases. Contact an editor (below) for more information.

Message from the Chairs

The International Litigation Committee is committed to making 2014–15 a highly valuable and productive experience for all our members.

To take full advantage of what this committee offers, we strongly encourage you to join one or more of our working subcommittees. On a geographical level, we have organized our subcommittees into quadrants as follows: Europe, Middle East and Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. By joining one or more of these geographical subcommittees, you will have immediate opportunities to publish your own original work, receive top-quality publications from others, submit program proposals for Section of Litigation and ABA annual meetings, meet and network with other members, and utilize our own dedicated social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) regarding matters of common professional interest. Contact one of us if you are interested in joining or leading a subcommittee.

Because a strong membership benefits all of us, especially with respect to publications, we will be working hard to expand our membership base in the coming year. If you are interested in assuming a leadership role in our coming membership drive, please contact one of us right away.

Our committee has had great success over the past several years with our programs at the Section of Litigation Annual Meeting and the ABA Annual Meeting. We are committed to continuing this success at forthcoming meetings.

This year, we will be making a push to develop and present distance CLE and webcast programs, and we intend to give some long-overdue attention to China, India, and other Pacific Rim nations. If you are interested in presenting a program, please contact Harout Samra.

We are very excited about exploring the platform possibilities provided by LinkedIn and Facebook. If you have not already signed up, you should give it a try. You will almost certainly be surprised at the current level of activity, especially at LinkedIn. Go on, sign up!

Our committee is responsible for nominating the recipient of the 2014 Section of Litigation International Human Rights Award. To learn more about this award and the criteria for the evaluation of nominees, visit the International Human Rights Award page.

We will soon be soliciting our full membership for expressions of interest and qualifications to assume leadership positions in all our subcommittees. Our current chairs are doing outstanding work, but we need to assure succession, transition, and upward mobility to promote the common good. If you are interested, please answer the call when it comes!

As your committee chairs, we welcome you to contact us directly with any ideas or interests you might have.

John Mathias
Bernard Amyot
Chairs, International Litigation Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Europe
  • Central and South America
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Asia
  • Arbitration
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Human Rights/International Human Rights Award


  • International Evidence, Discovery, and Privacy
  • Membership
  • Programs/Meetings
  • Publications
  • Social Media
  • Distance CLE and Webcasts
  • Website
  • Coordination with ABA International Law Section

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:


International Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editors

John H. Mathias Jr.

Chicago, IL

Bernard Amyot

Montreal, Quebec

Hayden O'Byrne

Miami, FL

Rafael Langer-Osuna

Miami, FL

Juan C. Garcia

Miami, FL

Daniel A. Johnson

Chicago, IL

Roger A. Slade

Miami, FL

James E. Berger

New York, NY