Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Go On! State Department advisors on private intlaw

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

By way of an e-mail from our colleague Houston Putnam Lowry, Honorary Secretary of the American Branch of the International Law Association, comes news that the annual meeting of the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Private International Law will be held on October 11 and 12, 2012, at George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Among those set to speak are Mary McLeod (left), Principal Deputy Legal Adviser at the State Department, and Luis Guillermo Vélez, Colombia's Superintendent of Corporations. 
Issues to be discussed include:
► Family law:  recognition and enforcement of civil protection orders; recognition and enforcement of voluntary family law agreements; and status of the wills and trusts conventions.
► Federalism and implementation of the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements.
► International contracting: Should the United States withdraw its declaration under Article 95 of the Convention on the International Sales of Goods? Swiss proposal for a project in UNCITRAL on harmonization of international contract law.
►  Developments in the Hague Conference on Private International Law, in UNIDROIT, the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, in the Organization of American States, and in UNCITRAL, the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law.
► Agricultural finance and food security initiative in UNIDROIT: contract farming, access to credit, farming cooperatives.
► Microfinance: simplified incorporation and other initiatives to promote growth of microenterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises.

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