flyerNovember 2022 — Professor Emerita Laurel S. Terry recently spoke at a Globalization Seminar that was held in conjunction with the International Bar Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting in Miami. Professor Terry joined speakers from Africa, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom in a session designed to inform lawyers about how they can work with large international law firms from outside their country on big-ticket legal work taking place in their country.

The Miami Globalization Seminar was the most recent in a series of seminars the IBA has sponsored. The 150 individuals who registered for the Miami seminar included individuals from 53 countries. The registrants came from these six continents: Africa (36); Asia (27); Australasia & Oceania (4); Europe (35); Latin/South America (25); and North America (25). The registrants included lawyers in private practice (both barristers and solicitors), as well as corporate counsel, government officials, and academics. Approximately one-third of the registrants were women.

The four topics covered in the half-day seminar were: 1) Introduction to cross-border legal services; 2) Creation of joint ventures: different forms of international alliances and their benefits; 3) Working with large international law firms — trends in law firm management; and 4) Arbitration of international commercial disputes. Professor Terry addressed the first of these four topics. Mickael Laurans, who is the head of International of the Law Society of England and Wales, explained the different ways in which foreign and in-country law firms can work together and “associate.” Stephen Revell, who is from the Singapore office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, discussed the expectations of large global law firms when working with local counsel. The topic of international arbitration was covered by Thierry Gakuba Ngoga, who is a partner in a Rwanda law firm who specializes in arbitration, commercial litigation, and risk and compliance, and previously served as the first Registrar of KIAC and as CEO of the Rwanda Bar Association. The seminar was moderated by Jonathan Goldsmith, who is a Brussels-based consultant, the former Secretary General of the CCBE, and the Chair of the IBA’s International Trade in Legal Services (ITILS) Committee. Professor Terry plans to post on her Presentations webpage the slides from this IBA Globalization Seminar; the slides from this seminar will also be posted in the “Completed Projects” section of the IBA’s BIC Projects page.

Professor Emerita Laurel S. Terry, who held the inaugural H. Laddie Montague, Jr. Chair in Law and was Dickinson Law’s inaugural Associate Dean for Research and New Faculty Development, is a three-time Fulbright recipient who writes and speaks about the impact of globalization on the legal profession, especially with respect to regulatory issues. Her scholarship has identified emerging issues for the legal profession and urged stakeholder engagement, new initiatives, and regulatory reform. In addition to speaking at academic and professional conferences, she has been invited to speak about her scholarship to organizations that include the Conference of Chief Justices, the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the CCBE, which represents EU’s legal profession and legal regulators, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives, the International Bar Association, and the International Conference of Legal Regulators.