125 Years of International Law: Looking Back and Moving Forward

  • Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
  • Workshop Time (Faculty Commons): 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Reception Time (Boardroom): 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Location: New York Law School, Second floor, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
  • CLE: 2.0 credits in Areas of Professional Practice (at no cost) for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers.
  • Partner organization: NYLS International Law Society

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To celebrate the 125th anniversary of New York Law School, select participants in a workshop sponsored by the Center for International Law will reflect on the evolution of certain aspects of international law since the Law School’s founding in 1891, and also discuss the future implications of these developments.

Pisillo photo 1Riccardo Pisillo Mazzeschi is full professor of International Law and European Union Law at the Department of International and Political Sciences of the University of Siena. He studied at Harvard Law School, practiced as a lawyer, taught in the Universities of Siena, Cagliari and LUISS of Rome, gave courses and lectures in foreign universities and at The Hague Academy of International Law. He was assistant of the Italian legal adviser at the United Nations; member of some working groups of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; member of the Italian delegation at the General Assembly of the United Nations and at the UN Human Rights Council. He is in the Directory Committee of “Diritti umani e diritto internazionale”. He has written 4 books and about 80 articles and book chapters on International Law, European Union Law, Conflicts of Law. He has edited 4 books. The main monographic works are: Risoluzione e sospensione dei trattati per inadempimento, Giuffré, Milan, 1984″; “Due Diligence” e responsabilità internazionale degli Stati, Giuffré, Milan, 1989; Esaurimento dei ricorsi interni e diritti umani, Giappichelli, Turin, 2004; La responsabilité de l’Etat pour les violations des obligations positives relatives aux droits de l’homme, in Recueil des Cours, vol. 333, 2008

Chen photo 1Lung-Chu Chen is Professor of Law at New York Law School and has served on its faculty for 36 years, teaching in the areas of international law, U.S. constitutional law, conflict of laws, human rights, and the United Nations. An internationally recognized scholar of international law, human rights law, and U.S. constitutional law, Professor Lung-chu Chen has worked with a variety of government agencies, non-profit groups, and private firms throughout his distinguished career. Professor Chen is passionately committed to fostering a global understanding of Taiwan. He formerly acted as an advisor to the President of Taiwan and is the founder of a dual-nation think tank based in Taiwan and the United States and travels frequently between the two countries. The Taiwan New Century Foundation and the U.S.-based New Century Institute are dedicated to the advancement of human dignity values for Taiwan and the world community. He previously served as Senior Research Associate and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. He served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and as Vice President and member of the Governing Council of the International League for Human Rights. He has served as Chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Law and President of the North America Taiwanese Professors’ Association (NATPA). He served for many years as a Director and a member of the Editorial Board of the American Society of Comparative Law and is currently a Director of the Policy Sciences Center. He was President of the Taiwanese Society of International Law, and Charter President of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA), for which he now serves as Honorary President. Professor Chen is a member of the American Law Institute and previously served as chief editor of Human Rights, the official journal of the American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Professor Chen ranked first of 4,000 participants in Taiwan’s national examination for judgeship and other high governmental posts in 1957 and graduated first in his class from Department of Law of the National Taiwan University in 1958. He earned an LL.M. from Northwestern and from Yale, and a J.S.D. from Yale. Among his many honors are a Ford Foundation fellowship, a Yale fellowship, distinguished faculty writing awards, and best book awards in Taiwan. He has been a biographee of Who’s Who in the World.

Pustorino photo 1Pietro Pustorino is Professor of International Organization Law at the University of Siena and of International Protection of Human Rights at Luiss Guido Carli University. He is also Director of the Interuniversity Centre on the research on Human Rights, Immigration and Foreigners Law at University of Siena. He participated in many international meetings, seminars, conferences and was visiting scholar at the Law Faculty of the Charles University in Prague (2006), the School of Law of the Fordham University (2012), the School of Law of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2014) and the University of Toronto (2015). He is member of the Editorial Board of some national and international law reviews and worked as advisor for the Italian Government for the submission of the “Observations of Italian Government” regarding the Draft of the International Law Commission on Diplomatic Protection, approved in 2006. His various research interests and publications cover very different subjects of public international law and EU law, for instance human rights, the law of treaties, the immunity of States, the responsibility of States and international organizations.

Bonfield photo 1Lloyd Bonfield is the Director of the Center for International Law, and Professor of Law at New York Law School. He is a legal historian and internationally minded law professor who teaches in the areas of trusts and estates, property, European Union law, and legal history. While still a law student, Professor Bonfield was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. After two years of study, he was elected to a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he undertook research and taught English Legal History and Criminal Law. During his time at Cambridge, he was also associated with the international-renowned Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. His Ph. D. thesis was immediately published by the Cambridge University Press, as Marriage Settlements, 1600-1740, and paperbound and hardcover versions remain in print thirty years later. Prior to joining the New York Law School faculty in 2008, Professor Bonfield taught at Cornell Law School and thereafter Tulane Law School for twenty-five years, where he was the Thomas Andre Junior Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Graduate Studies and International Relations. He has taught American law on regular basis for the University of Zurich, and at universities in Tokyo (Chou), Jerusalem (Hebrew University), Siena, and Strasbourg. This aspect of his teaching interest led to the publication in 2006 of American Law and the American Legal System (West’s Nutshell). Most of Professor Bonfield’s scholarship is in the area of legal history. He has edited Continuity and Change, a journal of social history, demography and the law published by Cambridge University Press for a quarter century, and prior thereto founded Law and History Review (the journal of the American Society for Legal History) in 1980. His most recent book is Devising, Dying and Dispute: Probate Litigation in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2012). He is currently working on Peter King’s Common Pleas Reports for the Selden Society, London. In 2000, Professor Bonfield was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sumter Marks Award. He was awarded a Fulbright teaching and research award for the academic year 2005–06.

3:15 pm: Doors open for registration in the Faculty Commons (W-203)

3:55 pm–4:00 pm: Welcome and Introduction with Professor Lloyd Bonfield

4:00 pm–4:40 pm: The New Role of the Individual in International Law: From a Law for States Towards a Law for Individuals with Riccardo Pisillo Mazzeschi, Professor of International Law, University of Siena

4:40 pm–5:20 pm: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Relationship in International Law and Policy with Lung-Chu Chen, Professor of Law, New York Law School; and President, New Century Institute

5:20 pm–6:00 pmImmunity of Foreign States from National Civil Jurisdiction with Pietro Pustorino, Professor of International Organization Law, University of Siena

6:00 pm–7:00 pm: Reception in the Law School’s Boardroom (W-204)

No charge for general admission and no cost for 2.0 CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice for newly-admitted and experienced attorneys. But registration is required at

International Litigation: Some Practice Essentials

– Date: February 5, 2015 // February 12, 2015 // February 19, 2015
– Time: 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
– Location: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, (Faculty & Staff Commons, second floor), New York, NY 10013. Click here for directions.
– CLE: 1.0 credit for each lecture (in Areas of Professional Practice) for newly-admitted and experienced attorneys at no cost.
– Registration: Sign up for one, two, or all three lectures here.
– Contact: Please direct all questions to or call (212) 431-2865.
– Partner organization: The French-American Bar Assocation

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Professor ConeThis lecture series on international litigation is dedicated to C.V. Starr Professor of Law, Emeritus, Sydney M. Cone III, who was the founding director of the Center for International Law at New York Law School from 1996 to 2011.

Professor Cone is also a senior counsel based in the New York office of Cleary Gottleb Steen & Hamilton LLP. He has been with the firm since 1959, including 28 years as a partner. His practice covers corporate and financial matters. Professor Cone began work at the firm in its Washington office and for most of his career has been resident in New York. He was resident in the firm’s Paris and Brussels offices for a total of 10 years, and he assisted in the establishment of its Tokyo and Frankfurt offices and its representation of post-Soviet Russia. In the United States, Europe, Hong Kong and Japan, he has been instrumental in the development of rules regulating the practice of lawyers established outside their home jurisdictions. While in Brussels, he was a member of the Institute d’Etudes Européennes of Brussels University. While on a leave of absence in 1961, he served as special assistant to Undersecretary of State George W. Ball.

Within and outside the United States, Professor Cone has published articles and participated in symposia on a variety of legal subjects, including the regulation of international investment, European antitrust developments, bankruptcy issues, financing techniques, and trade in services. His book, International Trade in Legal Services, was published by Little, Brown in 1996.

Professor Cone is a member of the Bar in New York, as well as the District of Columbia and North Carolina, and, while in Paris, was a member of the Paris Bar. In 1959, he received an LL.B. degree from Yale University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Journal. He received an undergraduate degree from Haverford College; between college and law school he was a line officer in the United States Navy.

Latest Developments in the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in the United States
Pierre Ciric ’09, The Ciric Law Firm PLLC

A client asks you to enforce a foreign judgment in the United States, or asks you to defend him against a foreign judgment from being enforced in the United States. Pierre Ciric will present the critical issues a practitioner should consider, including the legal principles under which foreign judgments are recognized and enforced in American jurisdictions, as well as the procedural mechanisms available to seek recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment.

International Litigation CiricPierre Ciric ’09 is the founder of the Ciric Law Firm, PLLC, and a board member of both the French–American Bar Association and the New York Law School Alumni Association. A native of Paris, France, Mr. Ciric received a M.B.A. in 1986 from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris, the leading French business school. He held senior marketing and financial control positions in the United States at Pfizer, Inc., Sterling Winthrop, and Sanofi–Aventis. Mr. Ciric also gained significant litigation experience at Proskauer Rose and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. He received his J.D. summa cum laude from New York Law School where he was an Executive Board Member and Notes Editor of the New York Law School Review.

Forum Non Conveniens: Dismissal of Actions from New York Courts to Foreign Tribunals
Thomas Vandenabeele, Kellner Herlihy Getty & Friedman LLP

Under the doctrine of forum non conveniens, a state or a federal court may decline jurisdiction to decide a case in favor of a more convenient forum. Moving to dismiss a case on forum non conveniens grounds may be a rewarding strategy to protect your foreign client from forum shopping by plaintiffs, ineffective relief, or conflicting rulings issued by courts in two different countries. Thomas Vandenabeele will address the factors that courts, and in particular New York courts, consider when dismissing an action on such grounds.

International Litigation VandenabeeleThomas Vandenabeele is an associate at Kellner, Herlihy, Getty, & Friedman, LLP in New York. Fluent in French, Mr. Vandenabeele represents several French businesses and individuals in their litigations before the courts of the State of New York. He practices complex commercial litigation with a focus on bank fraud, money laundering, investigations and hidden asset recovery, which cross international jurisdictions to include, France, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands, Panama, the Bahamas, Spain, and Liechtenstein. Mr. Vandenabeele has been part of a team that obtained a $264 million judgment in a high-profile matter, representing French interests that allege loan monies and collateral were fraudulently stolen using a web of offshore entities and accounts. Mr. Vandenabeele is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, School of law, where he teaches the class of “doing business in the E.U.” In 2007, Mr. Vandenabeele co-founded the French American Bar Association that he presides since 2008. Mr. Vandenabeele received a J.D. (“maîtrise”) and a Master of Laws (“D.E.A”) concentrating on the European Construction issues, from the University of Lille 2, France, and an LL.M from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. Finally, Mr. Vandenabeele is a board member of the Committee of French Speaking Societies and of Accents Francophones.

Avoiding Pitfalls: Issues in Cross-Border Discovery, Attorney-Client Privilege, and Confidentiality. Is Arbitration a Solution?
Victor P. Muskin, Muskin Law Offices

European and American courts often collide because the rules in one system do not have a counterpart in the other. In his lecture, Victor Muskin will focus on the incompatibilities between U.S. discovery procedures and the European legal process and the resulting dilemmas faced by counsel, and he will offer some practical suggestions. He also will discuss the differing approaches to attorney-client privilege and confidentiality, and the usefulness of arbitration as a possible solution.

International Litigation MuskinVictor P. Muskin is Of Counsel at Scheichet & Davis, P.C. He began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department. There, he participated in a number of important state and federal court cases on behalf of the City. He later joined Wolf Popper, specializing in securities litigation, and later moved to the litigation department of Reavis & McGrath (later Fulbright & Jaworski), where he handled commercial, securities, banking, intellectual property, real estate, health care and other regulatory matters. Mr. Muskin opened his own firm in 1979 and since then has practiced either independently or in a small firm environment, adding areas of practice in international law, trust and estates law, trademark law, and oil and gas law. His international practice centers around multijurisdictional client representation. He assembled and coordinated the legal team that has been handling the US aspects of a complex French/US estate litigation. He currently represents a French banking institution in US-related cases including a Madoff-related litigation in the New York Bankruptcy Court, and other matters. For the last 10 years, he has worked extensively on estate and other types of cases as US corresponding counsel for one of the oldest Russian law firms in Moscow. He has been counsel to Scheichet & Davis, a small litigation oriented firm, from 2003 to date, and still practices independently. He is admitted to practice and has handled appeals in the Second, Third, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association, the New York Stock Exchange and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and has appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Fluent in French, Victor represents a number of French businesses in their United States activities. He offers bilingual support to French-speaking clients and their attorneys, and has close relationships with lawyers and law firms in France, Switzerland, Russia and elsewhere in Europe. Mr. Muskin is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell as a “pre-eminent a v” lawyer, its highest rating. Victor is a graduate of Oberlin College and New York University Law School. He served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania in 1967-68, teaching history and English at a secondary school.

Sign up for one, two, or all three lectures. No charge for general admission and no cost for 1.0 CLE credit for each lecture in Areas of Professional Practice for newly-admitted and experienced attorneys. But registration is required at