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In Case You Missed It: A Recap of International Law September Programs

Monday, October 22, 2012
This September, the International Law Section here at the BBA held some great programs with intriguing and knowledgable speakers. Here is a recap of a few of these programs:

“A Discussion of the Import of Self-Executing Treaties with the Honorable Judge Torruella”

On September 10 the Honorable Judge Torruella presented remarks at the BBA to a group of practitioners, academics and students on the question of self-execution of treaties.  He explained the context within which the question of whether a treaty is self-executing arises.  He went on to discuss the procedural and substantive questions raised by the issue, situating them within the larger debate.   The presentation was a timely and insightful presentation of the current status of the question of self-execution. 

“Legality vs. Legitimacy: Governing from the National Interest Perspective” by Ambassador José Maria Argueta

On September 12 Ambassador José Maria Argueta, Secretary of Strategic Intelligence for Guatemala, presented at the BBA on the current rule of law challenges facing Guatemala.  He provided a detailed, expert view on the current conditions in Guatemala and the role vested interest groups play in their creation and maintenance.  He provided insight on potential legal and policy avenues to move away from the status quo towards a more equitable and just system.

International Law Committees

  • Foreign Lawyers Committee
    This committee was developed through the BBA International Law Section to provide professional development opportunities to foreign lawyers in the Boston area. Its goal is to facilitate interaction, professional development and mentoring among its members. Membership in the FLC is open to attorneys who are trained and/or licensed to practice in other countries, living and practicing in Greater Boston and/or attending a graduate law program in the area. The FLC is also open to lawyers who have an interest in topics of international law discussed at its meetings. The FLC holds regular meetings to discuss current topics in international law and foreign law, with presentations by attorneys who are licensed to practice in other countries or have first-hand knowledge of the laws of other countries because of work experience.
  • International Environmental Law Committee
    This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

    Contact Information

    Stuart L. Canton

    (781) 652-0135

    Cicely Ott Parseghian

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-3038

  • International Intellectual Property Law Committee
    This committee brings together practitioners and others concerned with the state of IP in multiple countries and pursuant to multinational accords. Areas covered include perfection and protection of IP rights, defenses against IP abuses, technology transfer and other licensing and venture transactions, as well as collateral affecting IP development and exploitation.

    Contact Information

    Asya Calixto

    Prince Lobel Tye LLP

    (617) 456-8110

    Hsuanyeh Chang

    (617) 535-7543

  • International Public Law, Policy and Human Rights
    This committee addresses public international law and human rights, with a particular focus on parts of the world that have witnessed long-standing conflict.
  • International Tax Committee
    This committee covers international taxation issues. Treasury and IRS officials periodically are invited to address the committee.

    Contact Information

    Michael Charles Fondo

    Audax Management Company, LLC

    (617) 859-1519

    Laura M. Thompson


    (617) 988-1000

  • International Transactions Committee
    This committee deals with issues related to both international commercial business transactions and international financial transactions.
  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.