International Law


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.

The Section organizes programs and events  around the state, as well as publishes and distributes two key publications — The California International Law Journal, a collection of practical articles on various aspects of international practice, and an online law newsletter, The California International Law Newsletter.

Membership is open to California lawyers as well as to attorneys and other interested professionals and students worldwide.

The International Law Section is a diverse membership dedicated to facilitating global and domestic outreach by California lawyers to attorneys, students and the public on international laws, cross-border issues, and legal systems; and contributing to a dialogue between California members of the Bar and those of attorneys from other nations.

ILS Mission goals include:

  • Educating practitioners from all fields of law, and at all levels of experience, on international principles, laws, treaties and conventions, including trends and new developments on cross border issues
  • Implementing expansion of the rule of law and human rights and respect for differing cultural and social values
  • Coordinating international relations among foreign and domestic bar associations to share developments in law and diplomacy, and to expand a network of resources for particular fields of law for use and access by California members of the Bar and the public through its Friendship Agreement program
  • Mentoring young lawyers and law students in California and abroad to practice international law and contribute to the field
  • Fostering awareness of diversity in legal systems and justice in other countries
  • Promoting the California legal community as a resource to legal communities in other countries


Free to Members: The CLA-INT’L News is sent quarterly to International Law Section members via e-mail. It is designed to keep members up to date about international legal developments in transnational commercial and public law, as well as Section activities.

Free to Members: The California International Law Journal, published biannually, features in-depth treatment of important practice topics, forms of agreements used in international practice, and other information of interest to cross-border practitioners.


The International Law Section presents MCLE accredited programs throughout the year, regularly attracting attorneys and academicians for a weekday or weekend of discussion of current public and private international law topics. For news about upcoming programs, see Education.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

International Law Section members can satisfy their MCLE obligation by attending or speaking at Section programs. The Section also offers ongoing opportunities for participatory MCLE credit through online audio and video programs, and self-study MCLE credit through audiocassettes of programs. For more information, see Education.

Other Benefits

Discount: Materials from International Law Section programs.

Discount: On all International Law Section programs, including at least two CEB/International Law Section programs — a value in excess of your annual Section dues alone!

Opportunities to:

  • Participate in the active work of the International Law Section through its various committees
  • Speak at or help organize International Law Section programs
  • Contribute articles to International Law Section publications
  • Review resolutions introduced at the Annual Conference of Delegates and pending state and federal legislation.

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CLA Membership is $95 and includes one section. Additional sections are $95 each.