Haynes and Boone Attorney Leads Delegation To Meet With Asian Legal Leaders

June 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Haynes and Boone, LLP partner Ken Reisenfeld will lead a delegation of legal professionals across the Pacific on a ten-day trip beginning today in Tokyo to discuss global law issues with leaders in Asian legal communities.

Among the topics planned for discussion are a suggested reformation of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, as well as identifying new areas of mutual cooperation between U.S. lawyers and their Asian colleagues.

A delegation of the top current and future leaders of the American Bar Association Section of International Law will meet with leaders of bar organizations in Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing to develop long-term relationships and collaboration.

“The growing importance of Asia in the world economy truly necessitates improved understanding and collaboration with our neighbors to the East,” said Reisenfeld, Chair of the ABA Section of International Law.  “This is an unprecedented trip for the SIL and we expect it will have a long-term impact in Asia and in the United States.”

The ABA’s Section of International Law – or SIL – serves as the international law gateway to the 410,000 members of the American Bar Association.  As such, SIL acts as one of the ABA’s principal vehicles for outreach to foreign bars and non-United States lawyers.

Reisenfeld recently led a delegation from SIL which traveled to London and Paris with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to reach out to that continent’s bar associations, jurists, arbitrators and lawyers.  SIL also held a conference in Houston last fall attended by legal professionals from throughout the Americas.

During the current junket, the SIL delegation plans to meet with national bar leaders in Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in order to identify areas of potential collaboration – such as co-sponsorship of continuing legal education in the respective countries to increase mutual awareness.  The leaders will also explore legal policy issues of mutual concern such as:

  • A suggestion to reform of the United Nations Human Rights Commission into a streamlined Human Rights Council with members drawn from U.N. members states with good human rights records Development of consistent competition policies
  • Standardization of international dispute resolution and arbitration procedures
  • Regulation of securities and capital markets, and
  • Refinement of national codes of legal ethics, among other issues.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international law firm with 10 offices throughout Texas, Washington, D.C., Mexico City, Moscow and New York, and provides a full spectrum of legal services to clients around the world. With more than 450 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by National Law Journal.  The firm has been recognized as one of the "20 Best Law Firms to Work For" (Vault.com, 2004), one of the “Best Corporate Law Firms in America” (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2004) and has received the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2002 Thomas L. Sager Award for commitment to diversity.


About the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law (SIL)

SIL is the Gateway for International Practice for the 410,000 members of the American Bar Association.  As such, SIL serves as one of the ABA’s principal vehicles for engaging in outreach to foreign bars and non-United States lawyers.  SIL, itself, has over 13,000 members, twenty percent of whom are located outside the United States, and fifty percent of whom are private practitioners.  The balance of the membership are in-house counsel, deans, law professors, students and government attorneys.  Over ten percent of SIL members are non-U.S. lawyers from over 90 countries.

SIL is the component of the ABA encompassing expertise for both public and private international issues, including the rule of law issues, transnational practice issues, comparative law approaches, international arbitration, trade, and other cutting-edge international legal issues.  SIL regularly puts on world-class CLE conferences to satisfy the information needs of its members.  SIL also is the leader in advocacy for international legal policy and the rule of law.

About Haynes and Boone’s International Trade and Dispute Resolution Practice Group

Haynes and Boone’s International Trade and Dispute Resolution Practice consists of over 30 lawyers practicing in 8 of the Firm’s 10 offices, including Texas, Washington, D.C., New York, Mexico City and Moscow.  We represent parties in investor-state, state-to-state, and commercial disputes in U.S. courts, ad hoc tribunals and before international arbitral bodies, including the ICC Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the World Bank-affiliated International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the American Arbitration Association, the Comisión para la Protección del Comercio Exterior de Mexico, the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal.

The Practice Group covers the full spectrum of trade-related matters.  With attorneys in the U.S. capital (Washington, DC) and the Mexican capital (Mexico City), the Practice Group is strategically located to obtain pertinent information, develop and maintain valuable contacts, and effectuate rapid solutions to legal issues.  Moreover, several attorneys are fluent in a variety of languages, thereby allowing the Practice Group to provide effective legal representation to clients from many countries.  The Practice Group also maintains relationships with local counsel in foreign countries that have proven effective in assisting with international legal matters.  The Practice Group is strengthened, moreover, by its members who are former government officials and leaders in Bar and other professional associations.

About Kenneth B. Reisenfeld

Kenneth B. Reisenfeld heads the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he founded the Firm’s Washington, D.C. office over a decade ago.  Mr. Reisenfeld has over twenty-five years’ experience representing U.S. and foreign corporations and governmental entities in litigation and arbitration of international commercial, investment and technology disputes in U.S. courts and before international arbitral tribunals, including the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the World Bank–affiliated ICSID, the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, the Dutch Arbitration Institute, and in state-to-state ad hoc proceedings.  Mr. Reisenfeld currently serves as outside counsel to the U.S. Government in prosecuting its investment arbitration claims against the Government of India.

Mr. Reisenfeld is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s 13,000 member Section of International Law.  He is an appointed member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.  Mr. Reisenfeld also currently serves as the ABA Section of International Law Liaison to the International Bar Association.  He previously served as Chair of the ABA International Commercial Arbitration Committee and of the IBA Committee C1 (Trade and Customs).  He also was a leader of the ABA’s Task Force on Revising the ABA/AAA Code of Ethics for Arbitrators.  Prior to joining private practice in 1981, Mr. Reisenfeld was a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Chief Judge Frank J. Battisti (1978-1979), and an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (1979-1981).

Mr. Reisenfeld regularly serves as counsel or as an arbitrator in complex commercial, investment, technology and international law cases.  Mr. Reisenfeld has been appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on Binational Panels under NAFTA and the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement.  He also is on the panel list for several arbitral institutions.  Mr. Reisenfeld is a frequent speaker and author on international arbitration and litigation topics, including, most recently, “‘The Usual Suspects’ - Six Common Defense Strategies in International Litigation,” in International Litigation Manual (ABA Publishing 2005); International Perspectives on Arbitration in Iraq and the Middle East (2004); New Developments in Impartiality and Independence of Arbitrators:  The Recently Adopted ABA/AAA Code of Ethics for Arbitrators (2004); Recent Developments and Ethical Issues in International Arbitration (2004); and Strategic Choices in International Litigation and Arbitration (2002).

Mr. Reisenfeld received his law degree from Harvard Law School (J.D. 1978) and his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College (B.A. 1975, with Honors).

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