Friday, January 4, 2013

Global Legal Skills Conference in Costa Rica

San Jose Opera House PhotoThe 8th Global Legal Skills Conference will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from March 11-13, 2013.  Conference sessions will be held at the Holiday Inn Aurola in Downtown San Jose on the 11th and 12th.  A Legal Field Trip is being planned for Wednesday March 13th.  

The registration website is now open and can be found at www.regonline.com/gls8.  An additional presentation room was added so several speaking slots are still available.  

For more information about the conference (including opportunities to present), contact Mark Wojcik by email at intlawprof [at] gmail.com.

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Misguided Legislation

U.S. Represtative Braun (R-GA) has introduced HR 75, a bill to end membership of the United States in the United Nations.  The bill was assigned to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where it will hopefully die. Cong. Rec. Jan 3, 2013, H30.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Story of the FCPA

For scholars interested in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), my colleague here at Southern Illinois University, Michael Koehler, recently published an extensive history and analysis of the FCPA.  It is called "The Story of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" and is being published by the Ohio State Law Journal.  His article is available on SSRN here.

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New Immigration Rule on "Unlawful Presence Waivers"

On January 3, 2013, the Citizenship and Immigration Services of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a new rule amending regulations to allow certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States to request provisional unlawful presence waivers prior to departing from the United States for consular processing of their immigrant visa applications. The rule is effective March 4, 2013. For more information see Fed. Reg. 535.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office 

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New Immigration Law Counts Period of Serving as a Translator toward Naturalization

On December 28, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama signed HR 6223 (PL 112-227).  The law amends Section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in a security-related position in an executive or managerial capacity is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Websites We Like: The Refugee Law Reader

The Refugee Law Reader is "a comprehensive on-line model curriculum for the study of the complex and rapidly evolving field of international asylum and refugee law."  It's a great resource, with materials to learn about the international framework for refugee protection as well as special regional law resources for Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. 

Click here to visit the Refugee Law Reader.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

To all our many friends and readers, we wish you much happiness, health and prosperity in the new year!

Cindy and Mark

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Argentina adopts new law to prevent torture

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued a press release today welcoming the National Congress of Argentina’s recent approval of legislation that creates the System for Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. The IACHR press release states:

"The IACHR applauds this action as an important step in protecting the fundamental rights of persons deprived of liberty in Argentina and the fulfillment of this its international obligations on human rights. The IACHR urges the Argentine government to take the necessary measures so that the system established by the new law has the adequate resources and institutional support necessary to perform its duties effectively and with the autonomy and independence required by its nature and monitoring functions."

Currently, fourteen Member States of the Organization of American States have ratified the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OP-CAT): Argentina (11/15/04), Bolivia (11/23/06), Brazil (01/12/07), Chile (12/12/08), Costa Rica (12/01/05), Ecuador (07/20/10), Guatemala (06/09/08), Honduras (5/23/06), Mexico (04/11/05), Nicaragua (02/25/09), Panama (06/02/11), Paraguay (12/02/05), Peru (09/14/06) and Uruguay (12/08/05). Nine of these States have adopted laws creating national prevention mechanisms. The Commission urges the rest of the OAS Member States to ratify OP-CAT as well.

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