The International Law Committee of the South Carolina Bar serves as a forum for discussion, development of programs, and creation of materials dealing with both international transactions and litigation.

Members of the committee have experience in numerous aspects of international law, including business formations, mergers and acquisitions, international business and banking transactions, technology law and privacy, representation of foreign nationals in U.S. litigation, representation of U.S. clients in litigation against foreign individuals and companies, immigration, international family law, international trade and customs, anti-terrorism, human rights and human trafficking.

The World Cup of Law:
Law students and volunteer coaches gear up for international competition

International Law Moot Competition

Recently, the Charleston School of Law was the first team from South Carolina to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. This premier event in the world of international and commercial arbitration brings students, practitioners and arbitrators from around the world together. It tasks them to analyze case files and applicable concepts and principles of law for use in two full-length legal memoranda and advocate for their clients during oral submissions. 

Students Jonathan Gamble, Grace Glennan, Sara Posey, Talida Balaj, and Amy Saukas served on the team. A special thanks to the SC Bar International Law Committee Chair Brent Clinkscale and members Christopher Campbell and Judge Kristi Harrington for all their hard work with the team and in preparation for the event.

More than 300 teams worldwide compete, usually in Hong Kong or Vienna, for a chance to claim the annual title. Charleston School of Law plans to participate in the 2021-2022 season, ideally returning to its in-person format in Vienna next April. 

FY2022-2023 Goals

Brent O.E. Clinkscale 

  1. Continue efforts to develop relationships with other Bar entities and with other organizations, such as the USCIB International Arbitration Southeast Subcommittee, the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, the Charlotte International Arbitration Society, and the SC Department of Commerce, by participating in various projects, coordinating educational programs, and networking opportunities. 
  2. Explore options to attract and retain Committee membership.
  3. Continue to coordinate educational seminars on a variety of issues relevant to International Law (SC Bar Convention & Fall Conference).
  4. Continue to participate and support students at the Charleston School of Law and the UofSC School of Law during the Williem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. 
  5. Continue to incorporate diversity within the Committee.
  6. Continue to monitor and identify needs for legislative activity related to International Law issues. 
  7. Continue to track movement on proposed rules governing admission and practice of foreign lawyers.
  8. Continue to inform Committee members of significant developments pertaining to International Law through the Committee community platform, in E-Blast, on the Bar Website, and on various Social Media Outlets. 

Committee Chairs:
Brent O. E. Clinkscale
(864) 907-2436

Staff Contact:
Tara Caine
(803) 799-6653, ext. 146