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2023 ABA International Law Section Annual Conference


2023 ABA International Law Section Annual Conference

Presented by the American Bar Association International Law Section

JAMS is a proud sponsor of the ABA International Law Section Annual Conference. Back together in New York after 6 years with a full week of Section activities beginning Monday, May 1, 2023 where a series of civics and social activities will take place at and around JAMS midtown office to celebrate Law Day. Thereafter, programming will continue at the ILS Annual Conference on May 2-4, which includes substantial CLE programming, exceptional networking, and unique local experiences. The week will end with the Section’s 2023 Leadership Retreat on May 5, 2023.

Featured JAMS Programming

2023 Law Day

Monday, May 1, 2023 

Join the ABA International Law Section for its 2nd Annual Law Day. The theme this year is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.” The program will focus on climate change and sustainability as it relates to alternative dispute resolution and begins with a tour of the United Nations and will continue at JAMS midtown office where climate change authorities, arbitrators, Conference attendees and a group of high school students from local schools will discuss solutions and what's next on Climate Change. Multiple speakers will address a range of topics on climate change including how to achieve consensus through diplomacy, the role of ADR institutions, corporations and professional associations in preparing for climate change, how to balance economic and environmental priorities, and what is happening in the world of global climate change disputes. Law Day will conclude with a tour of the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum in the heart of New York City.

JAMS Speakers:

Ethical and Advocacy Considerations in Cross-Border Dispute Resolution 

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes are increasingly prevalent mechanisms for quick, impartial facilitation of cross-border disputes, including virtual proceedings. With the benefits of ADR—quick, efficient, and less costly—also arise ethical questions of conduct, especially when there is no uniform body of ethics rule to govern international ADR proceedings. Our panel will focus on the ethical challenges of insuring a fair and just process, both in fact and in appearance, in arbitration, mediation or other means of cross-border dispute resolution. This is an especially important issue. A proceeding not only must be fair, it also must appear to be fair, in order for the participants to feel that justice has been done, regardless of the outcome. 

The panel will address:

  • The advocate’s ethical obligations to the client and the role of in-house counsel
  • The advocate’s and expert’s ethical obligations to the process and neutrals
  • Ethical concerns related to resolving disputes via virtual hearings, trials and mediation.
  • Obligations of confidentiality in and out of the ADR process, unauthorized contacts with the press as well as managing expectations and outcomes when privacy expectations are not met.
  • “Coercion” in international ADR and the role of parties, counsel and neutrals to ensure a fair process

Program Chair: Sherman Humphrey, Senior Global Practice Manager, JAMS, Miami, FL 

Moderator: Lorraine M. Brennan, Esq., International Arbitrator & Mediator, JAMS, New York, NY 


  • Alberto Fortun, Partner, Cuatrecasas, Madrid, Spain 
  • Melissa Ginsberg, Partner, Braun Hagey & Borden LLP, New York, NY
  • Omar Guerrero, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Claudia Linares, Director of International Arbitration and Litigation, Parabellum Capital LLC, New York, NY


Cross-Fire:  Responding to Data Breaches and Cyber Attacks Across Borders 

Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Navigating cross-border data breaches can be a chaotic task that can resemble three-dimensional chess in its layered complexity. Where does one start an investigation, and at what time must it be completed? Whose law applies? Is the data protected by those laws at all? Assuming there was a breach as defined by applicable laws, who must be notified, and within what time period? How do contracts and cyber insurance policies bear upon notification? This panel of cybersecurity attorneys. Law enforcement personnel and forensic experts will provide practical advice for investigating cyberattacks to determine whether data breaches requiring notification have occurred, internal investigations and their required documentation, steps toward remediation of attack vectors, and implementation of lessons learned. 

Moderator: Ken Rashbaum, Partner and Head, Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Barton LLP – New York


  • Jason Mark Anderman, Head of Legal and Compliance, Certa - New Jersey
  • Abdul Hafiz, Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Associate, White & Case - New York
  • Emily Jones, Partner, Head of US office, Simmons & Simmons - San Francisco
  • Amit Kachhia-Patel, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI - New York
  • Andrew Nadolna, Mediator, Arbitrator & Special Master, JAMS - New York
  • Sarah E. Statz, Chief Cybersecurity Counsel, American Express - New York


Featured People

Lester J. Levy, Esq.
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate and Real Property
Andrew Nadolna
  • Business Commercial
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance
  • International & Cross-Border
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
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