March 2022
Human Rights Essay Contest
The State Bar of Texas International Law Section is holding an essay contest on the topic of international human rights. The contest is open to individuals attending law school (including LL.M. programs) within the State of Texas and Texas residents in law school outside the state. 
Deadline Coming up for Human Rights Essay Contest

First Place Cash Prize: $1,500

Submit Essay by: April 1, 2022
The essay may address any aspect of international human rights law that the student chooses and there are no minimum or maximum word limits. In addition to the $1,500 prize, the winner will be recognized at the ILS Annual Institute and the winning essay will be published in a future issue of the ILS International Newsletter and on the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Law Committee’s website.
On Demand Webinars
Human Rights Day 2021

COURSE NO: 174141536
Watch Human Rights Day Webinars Thru Nov. 30
Never got around to attending the Human Rights Day webinars this past December? You still have time to earn 2 hours of ethics credit and 1 hour of MCLE credit through November 30, 2022.

The webinars are still online, so watch at your convenience before the November 30 deadline.
These webinars were co-presented by the State Bar of Texas International Law Section and the International Bar Association Human Rights Law Committee in recognition of international Human Rights Day on December 10. Click on title links below to be directed to online webinars.

This course has been approved for 1 hour MCLE credit. Please submit your credit online via your

This course has been approved for 1 hour Ethics credit. Please submit your credit online via your

This course has been approved for 1 hour Ethics credit. Please submit your credit online via your
Human Rights Day 2021

COURSE NO: 174141536
ILS Launches New Podcast
International Law Section Launches New Podcast
The ILS has launched the International Law Section Podcast. Our mission is to provide you a short and topical podcast that makes international law relevant - no matter what your area of practice or business.

Listen to the Pilot and Episode 1 below.

If you have suggestions for future podcasts, reach out to Richard Muñoz at

In this episode of the ILS Podcast we talk with Gabriela Smith, an international attorney that specializes in master service agreements (MSAs). Gabrieal gives us some tips when negotiating MSAs.

Today we are speaking with Dubraska Jaramillo, Counsel in Houston, Texas. She gives us tips for outside counsel that have multinational clients.
Featured Law Article
More Efficient International Service of Process:
To Hague, or not to Hague, that is the question.
By Shain Khoshbin, Carolyn Raines, and Aaron Dilbeck
Many nations, including China and the United States, are signatories to the Hague Service Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters, 20 U.S.T. 361 (Nov. 15, 1965) (“the Convention”). Pursuant to the Convention, each member state provides a “central authority” that is responsible for receiving and effecting service from abroad consistent with the member state’s domestic policies.

On September 10, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied mandamus in In re OnePlus Tech. (Shenzhen) Co. (“OnePlus Decision”),1 thereby refusing to dismiss five underlying patent infringement actions against a Chinese company for insufficient service of process and lack of personal jurisdiction—despite the fact that service of process was not even attempted through the Convention.

The OnePlus Decision, and the underlying filings in the district court, provide guidance regarding the factual and legal bases for arguably more efficient and expedited service of process on overseas defendants. Nonetheless, sidestepping the Convention may give rise to some hurdles later in the case. This article discusses the OnePlus case and identifies some remaining issues that attorneys should consider before deciding to dispense with the Convention procedures in lieu of alternative methods of service—namely the impact on the enforceability of a U.S. judgment abroad.

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