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Calling all non-member interested in the International Law and Immigration Section

The International Law Section was founded in 1987 to serve California lawyers handling international legal matters in a wide variety of areas, including corporate and business transactions, immigration, litigation and arbitration, tax, regulatory and trade matters, bankruptcy, intellectual property and family law.  In 2020 the Section name was changed to The International Law and Immigration Section in recognition of the Section’s past activity in this area, as well as the importance of the movement of people in all aspects of international law.

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International Pro Bono Legal Assistance

Given the range of legal expertise in the membership of the ILS Section, we are enlarging the potential partnership involvement to include ILS members as potential pro bono legal assistance contributors to CLDP projects. With this announcement, we are sending out notice to ILS members of the exciting current projects for which the CLDP needs pro bono volunteers.  Learn more here.

Message from the Chair

Statement Regarding the Situation in Ukraine

March 1, 2022

The International Law and Immigration Section of the California Lawyers Association strongly condemns the Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine, an independent, sovereign State and member of the United Nations. The rule of law–not the use of force–must guide the relations between and among States in today’s world and commits them to peacefully resolve their disputes. Russia’s unprovoked invasion violates this global order established under the U.N. Charter prohibiting the use of force by one State against the political independence of another. Its brazen, threatened use of nuclear forces is dangerous and unwarranted under a variety of arms control treaties, and the resulting humanitarian crisis raises prospects, being investigated by the International Criminal Court, that crimes against humanity are being committed. The Section urges all member States of the United Nations to support a free and independent Ukraine.

Upcoming Events

International Law and Immigration

The Impact of ESG Forces on the Industrial Supply Chains in the US and EU

This program will explore the legal and policy changes in the U.S. and the E.U. related to ESG compliance and how those changes will impact global supply chains. The program will be useful for practitioners who represent clients that import or export products to and from the U.S. and E.U.

International Law and Immigration

Webinar: U.S. Economic Sanctions 101

Learn to “think” like a sanctions lawyer. This webinar provides a comprehensive introduction to the U.S. economic sanctions laws and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), for practicing attorneys. It outlines the legal framework for OFAC administered sanctions programs, including: (1) the comprehensive embargoes on Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, and the occupied regions of Ukraine; (2) OFAC administered sanctions lists, including the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN”) List; (3) the unique sanctions programs targeting Russia and Venezuela; and (4) the agency’s own reporting, procedures, and penalties regulations, and compliance framework. 

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