Financial Crisis and Government Regulation of Contracts Focus of Upcoming ABA Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2009 – Legal and financial experts will gather at the _ Section of International Law Spring Meeting April 14-18 to discuss the financial crisis and its present and future effect on international relations. Other topics on the agenda include regulating contracts in Iraq, opportunities to reshape human rights in the new administration and problems relating to the international food crisis.

Keynote speakers include former Rep. Michael Oxley, vice chairman, NASDAQ, who will speak on April 15 about the globalization of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and Abbe David Lowell, former counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, who will speak during a luncheon on April 16.

The meeting will take place at the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Below are some of the conference’s highlighted programs. To view a full agenda of the meeting go to: http://www.abanet.org/intlaw/spring09/ .

April 15

Compensating Victims of Terrorism with Monetary Payments – An International Issue Searching for a Uniform Solution
10:30 a.m. – noon
Janet Cooper Alexander, professor of law, Stanford University School of Law
Anne Dammarell, retired U.S. diplomat, Washington, D.C.
Royce C. Lamberth, chief judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Maria Voskobitova, directing attorney for the Criminal Law Reform Program, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, Moscow, Russia
Michael Martinez, lawyer, Washington, D.C.

2008 Financial Crisis: What Do We Need After the Financial Meltdown: The Invisible Hand of the Market or the Visible Hand of Regulation?
10:30 a.m. – noon
Peter R. Gleason, managing director and chief financial officer, National Association of Corporate Directors
Robert Glauber, adjunct lecturer, Harvard Law School
Harvey J. Goldschmid, professor of law, Columbia Law School
Ira M. Millstein, lawyer, New York
Robert E. Litan, senior fellow, The Kauffman Foundation

Re-Shaping the Human Rights Agenda: Opportunities in the New Administration
10:30 a.m. – noon
Santiago Canton, executive secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
William Davis, director, UN Information Centre
Chip Pitts, president, Amnesty International (USA Board)
Karen Stewart, ambassador, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U. S. Department of State
Jeffrey L. Bleich, lawyer, San Francisco

Through the Eye of the Credit Storm: A Comparative Look at Islamic Finance Products, Risks and Rewards
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Maryam Alexander, chief counsel, International Finance Corporation
James Bergin, senior attorney, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo, chief officer, Shariah Capital, Inc.
Zamir Iqbal, principal finance officer, The World Bank
Isam Salah, senior finance partner, Middle East and Islamic Finance Practice Group
Hdeel Abdelhady, senior associate, DLA Piper LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Russia and Georgia: The Use of Force and International Law
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Ivan Kiselev, vice consul, Russian Embassy
Paul Reichler, lawyer, Washington, D.C.
Ruth Wedgwood, professor of law, Johns Hopkins University
John H. Harrington, lawyer, New York

Contracts in Iraq: What Went Wrong and How Can We Fix It?
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Stuart Bowen, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
Michael J. Thibault, majority co-chair, Commission on War-Time Contracting
Steve Schooner, former deputy chief of procurement policy in the Clinton administration
Angela Styles, former chief of procurement policy in the (George W.) Bush administration
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman, general counsel, Creative Associates International

April 16

Product Safety in North America: Significant Implications for Trade in Pharmaceutical, Food and Consumer Products
8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Daniel Kracov, lawyer, Washington, D.C.
Luis F. Martinez, lawyer, Monterrey, Mexico
Brenda C. Swick, lawyer, Ontario, Canada
John W. Boscariol, partner, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower

April 17

The International Food Crisis and Trade Policy: Identifying Problems and Solutions
8:45– 10:15 a.m.
Laurent Javaudin, first-secretary agriculture, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States
Josette Lewis, senior bio-tech advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development
Sandra Polaski, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Karen Sendelback, president and CEO, Friends of the World Food Program
Elizabeth J. Drake, lawyer, Washington, D.C.

Global Financial Crisis – Ethical and Legal Considerations
2 – 3:30 p.m.
John Arterberry, executive deputy chief, Fraud Section of Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
David Boyd Booker, director and senior counsel, Calyon
Ralph Gonzalez, senior vice president and general counsel, American Life Insurance Company:
Mary Mack, corporate technology counsel, Fios, Inc.
Bernard Nash, lawyer, Washington, D.C.
Carole Basri, adjunct professor of law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Oil and Gas in Africa: Strategic Importance and Legal Challenges
2 – 3:30 p.m.
William S. Hayes, senior vice president and general counsel, Kosmos Energy, LLC
Ibibia Lucky Worika, senior counsel, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Vienna, Austria
Gbenga Oyebode, managing partner, Aluko & Oyebode, Nigeria
Lauren Mayne, lawyer, U.S. Department of Energy
Ricardo Silva, lawyer, Lisbon, Portugal
Jacob Saah, founder, Saah & Company, Accra, Ghana

With more than 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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