Welcome to the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.

The International Law Section consists of more than 150 attorneys, all of whom are members of the Oregon State Bar. Most of the ILS members also are members of various other international law organizations. Consistent with its Mission Statement, the ILS was formed with the intent of fostering the study of international law among the members of the Oregon State Bar, and with educating and assisting the public at large with international legal matters. The ILS members engage in private international law, international alternative dispute resolution, international commercial transactions, immigration law, and a wide variety of associated fields. We trust and hope this web site will assist you with your endeavors.

The activities of the Section are governed by an annually-elected Executive Committee of members, who are dedicated to organizing and providing educational programs for members of the Section and the public on relevant topics of international law, business, and world affairs. This website is maintained by the Executive Committee of the International Law Section as a service to members of the Section as well as the public. It is one means by which they can contact the Executive Committee and members of the Section as well as a vehicle for accessing information useful to attorneys’ legal practices.

We encourage input and comment about the International Law Section, its activities, as well as the content and functionality of this website.


The U.S. Government is seeking public comments related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). On May 18th, the Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA. As stipulated by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA), this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin. As part of this process, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published a Federal Register Notice soliciting public comments on the Agreement – which will assist the Administration in identifying its negotiating priorities.

The Notice comment period is open through June 12th, 2017. To submit comments, or to request to participate in a public hearing on June 27 at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number USTR-2017-0006. (Direct Link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USTR_FRDOC_0001-0413) . Click the “Comment Now!” button to make your voice heard regarding this important trade policy update!

Back by popular demand,

Justice Marin Mrcela on U.S. vs. Continental Law: A Criminal Law Perspective on Fair Trial Procedures

sponsored by Classroom Law Project, and co-sponsored by
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP and the International Law Section of the Oregon State Bar

Friday, July 21, 2017
7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am-10:00 am Presentation

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, 111 SW 5th Ave, 34th Floor, Portland

The Honorable Marin Mrcela
Justice of the Supreme Court of Croatia, and President of the Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO)

The seminar will focus on the similarities and differences between Anglo-Saxon and continental criminal law and fair trial procedure. Judge Mrcela will discuss the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and changes in the court practice in Croatia.

Justice Mrcela has his Ph.D. from the Zagreb Law Faculty, University of Zagreb, and was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the American University, Washington, D.C. from 2000 -2001. He is Vice-President of the Association of Croatian Judges and is a Council of Europe Expert in the field of Criminal Law (corruption, organized crime, criminal procedure).

2.0 hours CLE credit for Oregon attorneys (pending)
2.0 hours PDU credit for Oregon teachers
Continental breakfast provided courtesy of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
This CLE is free but space is limited!  Reserve your seat today!

~ registration required at www.classroomlaw.org ~