Saturday, January 2, 2010
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts filed a year-end report on the U.S. judiciary. Among the developments noted for 2009 is that immigration filings climbed to record levels, as the number of defendants increased by 19% (to 26,961) and the number of cases increased by 21% (to 25,804).
The increase in cases was "mostly from filing addressing either improper reentry by aliens or fraud or misuse of a visa or entry permit. The charge of improper reentry by an alien accounted for 80% of all immigration cases and 77% of all immigration defendants. The vast majority of immigration cases--88%--were filed in the five southwestern border districts."
The statistics were compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Click here to read more.
Friday, January 1, 2010
The U.S. International Trade Commission voted this week to impose countervailing duties of 10.36% to 15.78% on Chinese-made steel pipes, which are used mostly in the oil and gas industries. The decision will affect $2.8 billion of Chinese exports and is reported to be the largest steel-trade dispute in U.S. history.
China criticized the vote and called on the United States to "correct its mistake." The AD duty calculation (by the U.S. Department of Commerce) and material injury determination (by the U.S. International Trade Commission) can be appealed to the U.S. Court of International Trade.
Click here to read more about the U.S. International Trade Commisssion's vote on Oil Country Tubular Goods from the People's Republic of China. That link includes a short description of factual highlights from the investigation. The International Trade Commission's public report Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from China Investigation No. 701-TA-463 (Final), USITC Publication 4124, January 2010) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.
The United Natiions Association for the United States of America (UNA-USA) has created a website (for those living in the United States) that allows you to compose a message of thanks to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for re-engaging the United States in the United Nations (by payment of our U.N. dues, for example) and other international institutions. Click here for more information. The UNA-USA hopes that messages thanking the President and Secretary of State will keep the U.S. involved in these international institutions.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
As reported previously on this blog, there are many international law events at the annual American Association of Law Schools meeting in New Orleans next week. However, I am writing to remind you that you are specially invited to two events in which I am personally involved.
The first is a breakfast program on "How to Publish International Law Books and Other Materials" that will be held on Saturday morning, January 9 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel from 7-8:30 am. Authors and publishers will be part of the program, which is sponsored by the Teaching International Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. There is no cost for the breakfast, but we do appreciate advance reservations.
The second is a program on "Cross Currents in International Law, Human Rights Law, and National Security Law" which is being jointly sponsored by those three respective AALS Sections. Speakers include Cindy Buys, Eugene Kontorovich, Michael Malloy, and Milena Sterio. That program is being held from 9-10:45 am on Sunday, Jan. 10. So if you are still in New Orleans Sunday morning, please come join us.