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Save The Date! Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The Impact of “Electronic Means” on the Operation of the Hague Conventions

Readers, I hope you will be able to attend an exciting event on the Hague Service and Evidence Conventions this autumn in Washington. Titled “Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The Impact of ‘Electronic Means’ on the Operation of the Hague Conventions,” the event will feature panels of distinguished scholars and practitioners from around the world on topics such as (a) the origins, theory and practice of the Conventions, (b) the role of Central Authorities, (c) how civil lawyers and common lawyers deal with issues under the Conventions, and (d) future challenges facing those who use convention mechanisms. I’ll be speaking on one of the panels, though I disclaim the “distinguished” label. Christophe Bernasconi, the Secretary-General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, will deliver opening remarks, and the keynote speaker will be the Hon. Rimski Yeun, Hong Kong’s Secretary of Justice. A reception will follow.

The event is hosted by the Center on Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center. The co-sponsors are Covington & Burling, Jones Day, Winston & Strawn, the American Branch of the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, the ABA Section of International Law, and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. You will be able to read about the event right here at Letters Blogatory, but it would be even better to be there in person.

What: Service of Process and Taking of Evidence Abroad: The Impact of ‘Electronic Means’ on the Operation of the Hague Conventions.
Where: Gewirz Center 12th floor
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington D.C.
When: November 2, 2015
How: On-line preregistration will be available soon. There is no fee to attend.

Case of the Day: International School of Management v. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

The case of the day is International School of Management, Inc. v. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (D. Kan. 2015). ISM ran executive education programs that awarded the degree of master of business administration. One of the programs was in France. ISM claimed that its accrediting body, ACBS, wrongfully terminated its accreditation on the grounds that the ISM entity that ran the program, ISMA, lacked the power to award higher degrees in France. ISM obtained a temporary restraining order requiring ACBS to accredit the French program and to indicate on its website that the program was accredited.
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In re Request for Judicial Assistance From the Norrköping District Court

The case of the day is In re Request for Judicial Assistance from the Norrköping District Court (D. Colo. 2015). In connection with paternity proceedings in a Swedish court, the Swedish judge issued a letter of request under the Hague Evidence Convention to the US central authority, and the central authority (the Department of Justice) filed an ex parte application under § 1782 for an order appointing a commissioner to take DNA evidence from the putative father, who was found in Colorado.
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