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October 2017


Alex Haines from BWL to talk on the Immunities of International Organisations at the Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice

By | Administrative Law, Conferences, IAL, International Organisations, Multilateral Development Banks | No Comments

On 14th November 2017, Alex Haines, barrister at Bretton Woods Law, will be giving a presentation on the Immunities of International Organisations at the Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice (‘SCILJ’). The presentation will cover functional immunity (e.g., the 1945 United Nations (‘UN’) Charter), immunity from jurisdiction (e.g., the 1946 Convention on the privileges and immunity of the UN, and the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’), the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’), and a International Administrative Tribunals (‘IATs’)), and examples of how immunity is challenged and defended in practice (e.g., the UN Haiti Cholera Case, and the recent Canadian Supreme Court case of Wallace involving the World Bank).

The seminar will also address the various internal justice systems of international organisations such as the Sanctions Regime of the Multilateral Development Banks (‘MDBs’) and the administrative and judicial processes set up as alternatives to domestic systems.

The event will start at 16:00 (until 18:00), at Fakultetsrummet, floor 8, C-building, Frescati, Stockholm. Please register by emailing, preferably by 10th November 2017. Further details can be accessed here.


Bretton Woods Law attends the 35th International Symposium on Economic Crime at Jesus College, University of Cambridge

By | Economic Crime, Multilateral Development Banks | No Comments

On 6th September 2017, Alex Haines, barrister at BWL, participated on a panel at the 35th International Symposium on Economic Crime: Preventing and Controlling Economic Crime in the Modern World – whose responsibility and are they really up to it?”

The annual symposium has, over the decades, brought together in one of the oldest medieval Colleges of the University of Cambridge, ministers, legislators senior officials, diplomats, judges, regulators, law enforcement, intelligence officers, professional advisers and researches from around the world.  The symposium was sponsored by, inter alia, the National Crime Agency (‘NCA’), the Serious Fraud Officer (‘SFO’) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (‘IALS’).

The Plenary Workshop, entitled “The way forward: next steps in combatting fraud and corruption in development projects” was part of a three-part series on the roles of Multilateral Development Banks (‘MDBs’) in fighting corruption worldwide.  The panel consisted of MDB Sanction Board judges, General Counsels of international organisations, Chief Compliance Officers and partners in private practice.  Alex addressed the role and importance that negotiated settlements have within the Sanctions Regime framework of MDBs, as well as the pros and cons of national referrals from the MDB investigative offices to domestic law enforcement agencies.  Alex also discussed the pitfalls for unrepresented Respondent companies and individuals who attempt to navigate the Sanctions Procedures of MDBs like the World Bank without expert assistance.

BWL is very grateful to both the Centre for International Documentation on Organised and Economic Crime (‘CIDOEC’) and Jesus College, Cambridge for having organised such a stimulating and successful event.