The ILS Monthly Connection | December 2020
History of Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day December 10, 2020
Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

The State Bar of Texas created the International Human Rights Committee (IHRC) in August 2015, the first of its kind among state bars, with the goals to study legal issues related to international human rights, inform Texas lawyers of these issues, and provide guidance to these Texas lawyers.

This year the IHRC has partnered with the IBA Business and Human Rights Committee and the IBA Human Rights Law Committee to recognize Human Rights Day with a day of virtual events including several panel sessions that address different issues involving international human rights. We invite you to join us for these virtual events with CLE credit for Texas licensed lawyers. Event details are included below.
Human Rights Day Virtual Events
December 9-10, 2020

MCLE Credit:
3 Hours to include 1.75 Ethics Approval Pending

Places are strictly limited, register now to secure your place.
Panel Descriptions
Session 1 - Lawyers at Risk: The Impact of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery on Lawyers and Their Clients (1 Hour Ethics)

December 9, 2020 | 8:00 PM Central Time | 1 Hour Ethics

This session will explore the risk to legal counsel when clients are involved in human trafficking and modern slavery. We will address issues faced by multinational corporations which find their operations impacted by, or actually encouraging, such human rights violations.
Session 2 - Resolutions and Remedies, from Litigation to Ombudsman, and International Human Rights

December 10, 2020 | 11:00 AM Central Time | .25 Hour Ethics

This session will explore litigation and dispute resolution. We will look at cases filed against corporations for human rights violations in their international operations, such as the Canadian Nevsun case and the Apple case in the United States, and how other forms of dispute resolution may or may not be better for addressing such issues.
  • Tom Wilson (Moderator), Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Terrence Collingsworth, IR Advocates, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Krishnendu Mukherjee, Doughty Street Chambers, London, U.K.
  • Matthew Certosimo, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, Canada
  • Anita Ramsastry, Henry M. Jackson Endowed Professor of Law; Director, Sustainable International Development Graduate Program; Faculty Director, International, Comparative and Transnational Programs, School of Law, University of Washington
Session 3 - An Overlapping Maze: A Comparative Law View on How Multinationals Cope with Laws, Hard and Soft, Impacting Human Rights

December 10, 2020 | 12:15 PM Central Time | .5 Hour Ethics

This session with explore how multinationals cope with the widely varied laws and offer a comparative view of the differences in laws that may apply, with a consideration of how international projects can be designed and managed in this environment.
  • Austin Pierce (Moderator), Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston, TX, USA
  • Jose Zapata, Holland & Knight, Bogata, Columbia
  • Edie Hofmeister, Prior General Counsel of Tahoe Resources, Vice Chair, IBA Business and Human Rights Committee, Berkeley, California U.S.A.
  • Vivek Krishnamurthy, Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), University of Ottawa, Boston, Massachusetts
Human Rights in The Supply Chain
Human Rights Day and The International Supply Chain Webinar
This free webcast will be prerecorded on December 15, 2020 for release shortly thereafter in a separate email announcement. It will cover human rights in the supply chain, with a focus on U.S. litigation and business practices implicated by Doe v. Apple.
1 Hour of MCLE Credit - Approval Pending
  • Joe Fiorante, Partner, Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman
  • Siddharth Kara, Author, Researcher and Activist on Modern Slavery, Child Labor and Related Human Rights Issues
  • Dean Slocum, President, Acorn International, LLC
International Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Essay Contest
The State Bar of Texas International Law Section is sponsoring an Essay Contest which is open to students enrolled in any Texas law school or Texas residents attending other law schools. Topic is any aspect of international human rights law. No minimum word count required. The winner will be recognized at a future ILS-sponsored event and the winning essay will be published in a future issue of our International Newsletter. First prize is $1,500.

Deadline to submit essay is April 1, 2021.
International Newsletter
Call for Articles!
Due: Dec. 11, 2020
The ILS is now accepting articles for publication in the Section’s seventh issue of its International Newsletter, which is scheduled to be published in January 2021.

The deadline to submit articles is Friday, December 11, 2020.

For complete submission guidelines, click here.
Council Officers 2020-2021 Bar Year
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