November 19, 2015
From Garry E. Hunter, Executive Vice-President/Executive Director
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Issued: 12 November 2015
Letter from the President
Dr. Franklin Hoet Linares
These are not times for extended speeches. Inter-pares as we are, nobody can pretend to impress his own colleagues and companions during decades. On the contrary, it’s time indeed for action, recovery and reconstruction. We don’t have another alternative than to succeed or to permit that the WJA continues to languish. Continue reading “Letter From the President” →
The 2015-2017 Board of Governors has been announced following uncontested elections held on June 27, 2015. Members take office immediately and serve for a 2-year term. Continue reading “2015-2017 Board of Governors Announced” →
Panel 1. Justice, Civil Service and the Internet
Conference – The vulnerabilities of local Governments to cyber-attacks.
Conference – Government Control of Electronic Information: The Finer Line between Serving and Suppressing the Public Interest.
Conference – Digitalization: a Challenge for Justice.
Conference – Open Data Regulation: An Opportunity to Increase Transparency.
Conference – Law firms and cyber-ethical obligations.
Panel 2. The Internet and the Corporate World.
Conference – Internet: the Age of Ignorance or Knowledge.
Conference – A Networked World.
Panel 3. Digital Taxation and Money Laundering.
Conference – Taxing Digital. Cryptocurrency and the Bit Coin.
Panel 4. Cybercrime, the Penal Code, and the Internet
Conference – Cybercrime: new risks, new challenges.
Conference – Criminalization of Online Contents in Venezuela.
Panel 5. Data Protection, Social Media, and Freedom.
Conference – New technologies and its impact on individual’s rights and freedoms.
Conference – Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era.
Conference – Cybercrime and Cybersecurity in the Aviation Industry.
Panel 6. The Internet: Challenges for China.
(International Speakers Only)
ALEXANDER J. BĚLOHLÁVEK (CZECH REPUBLIC), Univ. Prof., Prof. zw., dr. iur. et mgr., DI/MB (oec), dr.h.c.
Professor on the Dept. of Law, Faculty of Economics, Technical University Ostrava (Czech Republic); Prof. zw. –Department of International Law and International Relations, Faculty of Law and Administration, WSM Warsaw (Poland). Visiting Univ. Professor, Dept. of International Law, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University Brno (Czech Republic); Attorney-at-Law in Prague (Czech Republic) – branch office New Jersey (USA). Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (France). Head of the Commission on Arbitration, ICC National Committee, Czech Republic. President of the World Jurist Association (WJA) in Washington D.C. ( USA). Arbitrator in Prague (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria), Kyiv (Ukraine), Moscow (Russia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Vilnius (Lithuania), Chissinau (Moldova), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Warsaw (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Arbitrator pursuant to UNCITRAL Rules. Member of ABA (American Bar Association), ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association), ASIL (American Society of International Law), CAK (Czech Bar Association) DIS (Deutsches Institut für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit), ArbAut (Austrian Arbitration Association), IBA (International Bar Association), ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), ILA (International Law Association – headquarters branch London), Associated Member of the Law Society of England and Wales etc. Areas of interest and expertise: Private and procedural international law; international law; international trade and foreign trade; international financial and banking law; EU Law; commercial law and companies law (incl. international investment, M&A); international transport (especially air transport); international insolvency law; and arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
PROFESSOR DR. KAREL KLÍMA
Prof. Klima is a University Professor specializing in constitutional law. He is also the Head of Department of the Legal Specialisations and Public Administration at the Metropolitan University in Prague (Czech Republic); a Professor at Law Faculty at the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia); Professor at the University of the Natural and Social Sciencies at Siedlce (Poland); and a Member of World Jurist Association Board of Governors where he holds the office of President for the World Association of Law Professors (WALP) of the WJA.
Prof. Dr. hab. JOANNA SIENCZYLO-CHLABICZ (POLAND)
Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court in Warsaw (Poland); fullProfessor at the Law Faculty, University in Bialystok and at Leon Kozminski Academy in Warsaw (Poland); Head of the Intellectual Property Institute at the Law Faculty, University in Bialystok; Judge at the Supreme Administrative Court in Warsaw (Poland). Areas of interest include Intellectual property law; Civil law; Protection of personal rights; Media law; Public and private economic and commercial law. Author of 120 publications in Polish and English. Academic -Doctorate degree in law (1996) in the field of copyright law and civil law. Professor of intellectual property law, media law, public economic law (since January 2008.
DR. VÍT HORÁČEK (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Vít Horáček has been with Glatzova & Co. since its foundation in 1994. Besides litigation and arbitration, his practice concentrates on telecommunications and IT, legal advice on real estates, utilities transactions and intellectual property. Education: Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague (graduated 1991, doctorate 1993), University of Birmingham, post-graduate studies (1993); Associate since: 1995; Partner since: 1996; Career history: Bubník & Myslil, Prague (1992 – 1994), part-time attorney in trading companies (1990 – 1992); Membership: Member of the Czech Bar Association, Arbitrator at the permanent Czech Arbitration Court at the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic and Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, Assistant Professor at the Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Law, Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Arbitrator at Football Association of the Czech Republic, Arbitrator at the Arbitration at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arbitrator at the Arbitration Court attached to the Czech-Moravian Commodity Exchange, Kladno (Czech Republic), Member of the International Bar Association, Member of the Academic Senate of the University of Economics and Management (2001-2004), Member of the Association Internationale de Jeunes Avocats, Member of the Czech Society for International Law, Member of the Board of Editors – internet magazine www.stavebni-forum.cz; Awards: leading lawyer at Chambers Global 2014 – Litigation category; leading lawyer in Arbitration & Litigation category and highly recommended lawyer in TMT category at Chambers Europe 2014, recommended lawyer at The Legal 500 – Dispute resolution and TMT categories, leading lawyer 2013 at Best Lawyers – Technology category; Languages: Czech, English, German, French, Russian
JUSTICE SARDAR ABDUL HAMEED KHAN (PAKISTAN)
Judge, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Pakistan – Appointed as permanent Judge of Azad Jammu & Kashmir High Court by the President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on the advice of Chairman Azad Jammu & Kashmir Council (Prime Minister of Pakistan) under the interim constitution Act 1974, and took oath before the Chief Justice of Azad Jammu & Kashmir High Court on March 13, 2013. Justice Khan also serves as Chairman Drug Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir vide Government under Notification Dated June 4, 2013. Justice Khan was elected unopposed as first President of District Bar Association of Sudhnooti (Pallandri) for 1995/1996. In 1999 firstly was elected as member of newly established Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bar Council and thereafter was also elected for 2nd and 3rd term and was Senior Most member of Bar Council at the time of elevation to High Court Azad Jammu Kashmir. In 2002, was elected un-opposed Vice Chairman of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bar Council for 2002/2003; member of High Court Lawyers enrollment Committee of AJ&K Bar Council for 8/10 years; member of Supreme Court Lawyers Enrollment Committee of AJ&K Bar Council for about 4/6 years; member of many other Committees of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bar Council including Rules Framing Committee, Legal Education Committee, Kashmir Committee, etc. Justice Khan has performed the duties of Head of Department (Honorary) of Law Faculty in Mohi-ud-Din Islamic University Nerian Sharif (AJ&K) for about 10 years, and has been an External Examiner of law department of Azad Jammu & Kashmir University Muzaffrabad (for some LLB Papers) for about 5/6 years.
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