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ABA International Law Conference New York, April 13 - 16, 2010

Global Workers’ Griselda Vega participated in the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law’s Spring Conference that took place in New York. This biennial Spring Meeting has emerged as one of the world’s most important gatherings of international lawyers. Global Workers decided to attend this meeting as the kick-off to our USA outreach effort. This year Global Workers will focus on reaching out to US organizations and advocates so they become familiar with our services and expertise. By attending this ABA meeting, Global Workers hoped to assess the section’s membership involvement in representing low wage transnational workers and to identify experts in transnational litigation to strengthen our own knowledge. The meeting also provided an opportunity to meet lawyers/advocates from around the world and participate in cutting-edge legal discussions. The programming topics ranged from, public international law/rule of law, business/transactional, corporate counsel, regulatory, and dispute resolution. There was also a variety of networking events, such as the ever-popular “speed networking” event to the opening and closing receptions, allowing participants to mix and mingle, make new friends, and explore potential collaboration efforts.

A couple of the more intriguing panels were: Legal Empowerment of the Poor: The UN’s Newest Call to Action and Responsibility to Protect—Strategies for Implementation. The session on Legal Empowerment of the Poor covered how the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor assessed and debated a new development concept: making the law more accessible to help those most in need to escape from poverty. With portable justice as Global Worker’s mission this session was a welcome discussion on how as a collective community we need to re-think traditional access to justice, especially when it comes to property rights; labor rights; and business rights. The other session to mention was the Responsibility to Protect—Strategies for Implementation, which dealt with how in 2005, at the World Summit, Heads of State and governments recognized that individual states had the primary “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) their populations from atrocities such as genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, which continue despite international condemnations and efforts. This session allowed the panelist to discuss the controversial and debated aspect of R2P, which is the use of military force by other nations, which is allowed by Security Council resolution, only as a last resort. Global Workers will continue to attend a variety of conferences and networking possibilities so advocates become familiar with the unique services and expertise we provide.

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