RSVP for “Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad”

Readers, here is the official program for the November 2 event on the Hague Service and Evidence Conventions, with a link to the preregistration page. I hope you can make it!

Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The Impact of Electronic Means” on the Operation of the Hague Conventions
An Event to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Hague Service Convention and the 45th Anniversary of the 1970 Hague Evidence Convention

Monday, November 2, 2015
Gewirz Center, 12th Floor
Center for Transnational Business and the Law
Institute for International Economic Law
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (map)

Program

8:30 Registration/Coffee
9:00 Welcoming Remarks: Dean William Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center
9:15 Opening Presentation: Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General, Hague Conference on Private International Law
9:45 Panel 1: How We Got Where We Are: The Conventions In Theory And Practice Moderated by Peter Trooboff (Covington & Burling, Washington). Panelists: Theodore J. Folkman (Murphy & King, Boston), Louise Ellen Teitz (Roger Williams School of Law, Bristol, R.I.), Mathieu Chardon (Huissier, International Union of Judicial Officers, Paris), Alejandro Manevich (Rickett Harris, Toronto)
11:00 Coffee
11:15 Panel 2: The Central Authorities: What’s Working and What’s Not Moderated by Glenn P. Hendrix (Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta). Panelists: Jeanne Davidson (Director, US Department of Justice Office of International Judicial Assistance), Sandra Elisa Hernández Ortiz (General Director, Legal Affairs Office, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Senior Master Barbara Fontaine (High Court of England and Wales)
12:15 Open Discussion / Q&A
12:30 Lunch—Keynote speaker: Hon. Rimsky Yuen, Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
1:30 Panel 3: Civilians and Common Lawyers Deal With The Conventions Moderated by Mark N. Bravin (Winston & Strawn, Washington). Panelists: Alexander B. Blumrosen (Bernard-Hertz-Béjot, Paris), Roland Portmann (Legal Counsel, Embassy of Switzerland, Washington), David W. Bowker (WilmerHale, Washington), Arnaud Nuyts (Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, Brussels)
2:45 Coffee
3:00 Panel 4: What’s Coming Next? Critical Challenges Facing the Conventions Moderated by Christophe Bernasconi (Secretary General, Hague Conference). Panelists: Charles T. Kotuby, Jr. (Jones Day, Washington), Noelle Lenoir (Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Paris), Hon. Michael M. Baylson (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
4:15 Open Discussion / Q&A
5:15 Closing
5:30 Reception

The conference will be held on the campus of Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington D.C., on the 12th floor of the Gewirz Building.

The Law Center is within easy walking distance of Union Station and the Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line). Commercial parking is available in the area.

No fee for attendance but pre-registration is encouraged. You can preregister here.

Reduced rates for attendees are available at nearby hotels. Information is available here.

The sponsor of this event is the Center on Transnational Business and the Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

The event is co-sponsored by the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the American Branch of the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, the ABA Section of International Law and the International Law Institute.

Contributing co-sponsors include:

  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Winston & Strawn

About Ted Folkman

Ted Folkman is a shareholder with Murphy & King, a Boston law firm, where he has a complex business litigation practice. He is the author of International Judicial Assistance (MCLE 2d ed. 2016), a nuts-and-bolts guide to international judicial assistance issues, and of the chapter on service of process in the ABA's forthcoming treatise on International Aspects of US Litigation, and he is the publisher of Letters Blogatory, the Web's first blog devoted to international judicial assistance, which the ABA recognized as one of the best 100 legal blogs in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

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