The Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (SWIICL), an institute of The Center for American and International Law (CAIL), has launched the 58th Academy of American and International Law at CAIL's education center in Plano. The Academy, a high-impact, multi-week program, has drawn a diverse group of 40 attendees from 24 countries, including participants from international law firms like Baker McKenzie and global corporations such as Procter & Gamble and Colgate-Palmolive.
Jay Ray, SWIICL Director of SWIICL, stated, "With attendees hailing from across the globe, the diversity of our participants attests to our program's global relevance and impact. Their varied perspectives will bring a unique richness to our exploration of the American legal system and the rule of law. We look forward to enriching the global legal discourse through our comprehensive curriculum and dynamic interactions. Our focus remains on the pivotal role of the rule of law in supporting global trade, negotiations, and cross-cultural collaboration."
The Academy caters to non-U.S. resident lawyers who learn from some of the best teachers and practitioners of international law from U.S. law schools, law firms, and corporations. The curriculum offers practical skill training and substantive law subjects, ranging from legal writing and negotiations to international arbitration, litigation, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and more. Participants will also be able to partake in various excursions and field trips, providing an immersive and firsthand experience of American culture.
Upon completion, attendees will become part of a prestigious alumni network that, since the program's inception in 1964, has welcomed over 3,300 professionals from 120 countries, facilitating invaluable international relationships and collaborations. Many past participants have achieved remarkable professional success, with roles including the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Prime Minister of Peru, the Chief Justice of the Philippines, and the Chief Justice of Italy's Court of Cassation.
"The transformative effect of the Academy extends beyond our classrooms," added Ray. "Alumni return to their home countries with a new legal perspective, driving changes in their communities and benefiting the people they serve."
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About the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law - The Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law (SWIICL) was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1963 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, an international nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. Since 1963, SWIICL has offered annual programs focusing on international business transactions and private investments worldwide while developing professional relationships among distinguished lawyers, business leaders, and government officials worldwide. SWIICL's premier annual event is the Academy of American and International Law. This multi-week program has provided more than 3,300 participants from 130 countries the opportunity to study American law and processes in the United States.