Professor Ronald Brand participates in meetings on federalism and the implementation of the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements

On October 16-17, Professor Ronald Brand participated as an invited Observer in the Chicago meeting of the Drafting Committee appointed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws to prepare a Uniform International Choice of Court Agreements Act. The purpose of the Act would be to use state law to implement the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, for which Brand served as a member of the U.S. delegation in the negotiations at the Hague Conference on Private International Law. On October 18, Brand was a member of a panel discussing federalism issues in the implementation of the Hague Choice of Court Convention at the meeting in Washington, D.C. of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. The panel considered the question of how federal and state law should be used in a manner most appropriate to the implementation of the treaty given the needs of those likely to benefit from the treaty and the political divide on questions of federalism.

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