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Welcome to the July International update from the Law Society of England and Wales.
This month was off to a busy start with very successful Chinese and Indian events and we are now preparing for a hectic autumn at the International Bar Association (IBA) and Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) conferences, among other events.
As ever, we remain active on the human rights front, and if you would like to get more involved with this work, please do look at the information about the International Action Team.
Finally, if you know of any trainee solicitors who would be interested in spending six months in our Brussels Office, please encourage them to apply - the deadline is approaching.
International practice update
QLTS: Idaho (USA) now recognised
Idaho has been added to the recognised jurisdictions list for the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS).
News and events
Law Society's UK-China law programme 2015 - a resounding success
The Law Society organised a four-day programme for commercial lawyers to meet and share information about legal and business developments in the UK and China.
Report on Nigerian capital markets
The Law Society has launched a joint report on ways to boost capital markets and attract domestic and international investment in Nigeria.
UK-India legal practice conference 2015: a unique platform to meet Indian lawyers
Thanks to our members, the Ministry of Justice, Legal League Consulting and all the participants from India for making the UK-India legal practice conference 2015: Business opportunities on the horizon event a great success.
Join the IBA's global survey on access to justice
The IBA has issued a global survey on access to legal aid in criminal cases and redress for victims of violence in different countries.
Turkey as a gateway to Central Asia for legal services - Istanbul, 15 September
Join the Law Society in Turkey for this seminar at the British Consulate General in Istanbul.
Attend the IBA annual conference - Vienna, 4-9 October
The IBA annual conference is the must-attend event for international lawyers and legal professionals, providing an opportunity to network and build international contacts. UK Trade & Investment is also organising a trade visit to Vienna.
59th UIA Congress - Valencia, 28 October to 1 November
Join the Law Society president at the 59th Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) Congress, which will bring together thousand of its members and bar associations from more than 120 countries.
The real estate lawyer, a new key player in the real estate transaction market in France
Séverine Audoubert, avocate with the Paris Bar, presents the role of the real estate lawyer in the French property market.
Job opportunity: resident commercial law and justice adviser, Freetown, Sierra Leone
The Department for International Development's Legal Assistance for Economic Reform programme is seeking a resident commercial law and justice adviser to be based in Freetown.
Exciting opportunity in Brussels for trainee solicitors
Join the Brussels Office for a six-month secondment from September 2015.
Speaking opportunity: English law day in China - Beijing, 18 September (date tbc)To coincide with the lord mayor's trip to China, we are teaming up with the Great Britain China Centre and Renmin University to deliver a professional seminar to explore the practical application of English law. A speaking opportunity is available to solicitors involved in cross-border China work.
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Law Society urges China to release lawyers arrested in 'crackdown'
The Law Society has written to the Chinese premier Li Keqiang to raise its concerns about the recent arrests of lawyers in China.
Amnesty International UK: sign open letter
Amnesty International UK is calling on the Chinese authorities to immediately end the unprecedented 'crackdown' on Chinese human rights lawyers and activists. Please email Rachel Alcock, Amnesty's urgent action coordinator, to sign an open letter by Amnesty International UK, providing your name and organisation details.
Law Society leads the way with business and human rights engagement programme
The Law Society is launching a programme to address business and human rights in the legal profession. This will include the publication of a Law Society practice note later this year, providing practical guidance on policies and procedures.
What is the International Action Team (IAT) and are you interested in joining it?
The International Action Team is a Law Society driven project that relies on a pro bono network of lawyers and law students who intervene on behalf of lawyers at risk across the globe.
Gain insight on anti-monopoly law in China - London, 6 August
The China-Britain Business Council is holding a seminar to provide information on the Chinese anti-monopoly law.
Attend the IPBA's first East Asia regional forum, Seoul, 16-17 September
Learn about the continued challenges and opportunities of pan Asia at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s first East Asia regional forum.
Attend the European Circuit annual conference - Berlin, 20-21 September
The European Circuit, in collaboration with the Berlin Bar Association and the American Counsel Association, invites you to its annual conference.
English Law Week 2015 - Moscow, 30 November to 2 December
English Law Week will bring together Russian, English and Welsh lawyers to promote legal links and business between the three countries.
Doing legal business in Costa Rica
Our series of 'doing legal business' reports provides an overview and guide to doing legal business in key international markets.
Exclusive: 50 per cent discount at 113 Restaurant and Bar for International Division members
Division members can continue to make use of this fantastic 50 per cent discount for August. The menus take inspiration from British classics, adding contemporary flair and a focus on seasonal produce.
We would like to welcome all our latest International Division members, including our newest corporate members: Soteris Flourentzos & Associates LLC, Scudamore Law, Cripps LLP, Kinley Legal, De Jure Chambers, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Cubism Law, Guden Law Firm, Lee, Kim & Yoon, Birketts LLP and BLM.
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