Thursday, January 22, 2015
1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
International Law Committee
Issues in International Litigation
“Litigation takes on new challenges when a party or witness is located outside of the USA. Even “basic”
elements like service of process, discovery requests and finding the proper forum can become traps for the
unwary. Recent developments in the interpretation and enforcement of Forum Selection clauses will be
covered, and when the parties’ contract terms can be trumped by international convention. You will also learn
how to properly serve foreign parties and avoid common pitfalls.
Foreign laws can complicate routine discovery requests, and in some cases, can subject the parties and their
counsel to civil and criminal penalties. International Law practitioners will offer insights about how to overcome
obstacles to obtaining discovery from parties and witnesses located abroad. You will also learn how foreign
litigants can compel persons located in the United States to provide evidence for use in a foreign proceeding
via 28 U.S.C. § 1782.
In Part Two of the program, other international litigation topics involving specific areas of practice will be
discussed, as well as an Ethics presentation on choice of Law issues regarding attorney-client privilege and
arbitration in international matters.”
Full description and agenda at http://www.scbar.org/public/convention15/agendasPDF/2015InternationalLawAgenda.pdf