Ronald Brand Co-chairs Panel on Federalism and Treaty Implementation
On October 23, 2009, Professor Ronald Brand co-chaired a panel on “Federalism Issues in the Implementation of Private International Law Treaties at the International Law Weekend held in New York City concurrent with the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association. The panel included Rex Blackburn, General Counsel, Idaho Power, and Chair of the NCCUSL Drafting Committee for the Uniform Choice of Court Agreement Act; Avril Haines, Assistant Legal Adviser for Treaty Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Sydney Stein, Federal District Judge, Southern District of New York; Richard Van Duizend, Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts; and Janet Whittaker, an attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York. Professor David Stewart of the Georgetown University Law Center was the other co-chair for the panel. The panel considered the often conflicting desire to retain certain matters as state law when treaties include rules in areas such as domestic relations, commercial law, judicial cooperation, choice of court agreements, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments. Professor Brand also participated in annual meeting of the Executive Committee of the American Branch on October 24.