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.

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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.

International Vis Moot Teams 2024 Practice Round Update

The Charleston School of Law International Vis Moot Team and the University of South Carolina International Vis Moot Team went head to head on Friday, March15, 2024. Arbitrators included former Chief Justice Jean Toal, retired Federal District Judge Margaret Seymour and State Court Trial Judge Jocelyn Newman. The students' arguments were excellent and the questions from the Arbitral Tribunal were exceptional. It was awesome to have an all women panel during International Women’s Month!

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a competition for law students to foster the study and practice of international commercial sales law and arbitration. Students from all countries are eligible (students from 88 countries participated in the 30th Vis Moot). The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries that are party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The contract provides that any dispute that might arise is to be settled by arbitration in Danubia, a country that has enacted the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and is a party to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. The arbitral rules to be applied rotate yearly among the arbitration rules of co-sponsoring institutions of the Moot.

Chris Campbell, in-house counsel for Baker Hughes and Brent O.E. Clinkscale with Clinkscale Global ADR are the head coaches for both teams. Mr. Campbell lives in Lisbon, Portugal part-time and participated virtually. 

The teams are now headed to the International Vis Moot Competition in Vienna, Austria. 

University of South Carolina School of Law Moot Team
Coaches: Christopher M. Campbell, Brent O.E. Clinkscale, Micah Chetta, Caroline Gimenez & McKenna Thomas.
Joshua Ayers, Class of 2025
William Brown, Class of 2025
*Jack Chambers, Class of 2024
*Kjursten Collier, Class of 2024
Hunter Cook, Class of 2024
Antonio Jones, Class of 2025
Kiara Rollerson, Class of 2025

Charleston School of Law Moot Team
Coaches: Christopher M. Campbell, Brent O.E. Clinkscale, Jonathan Gamble & Danielle Kimble.
*Allison Carswell, Class of 2024
Donovan Coker, Class of 2025
Jessica Hernandez, Class of 2025
*Belle Scott, Class of 2024
*Alyssa Spadel, Class of 2024

*Returning Moot Team Member

For additional information, please visit: Willem C. Vis International.

International Law Committee seminar at the 2024 Bar Convention, Charleston

FY2023-2024 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. 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. 
  3. Continue to track movement on proposed rules governing admission and practice of foreign lawyers.
  4. Continue to monitor and identify needs for legislative activity related to International Law issues. 
  5. Continue to incorporate diversity within the Committee.
  6. Continue to participate and support students at the Charleston School of Law and the USC School of Law during the Williem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. 
  7. Continue to coordinate educational seminars on a variety of issues relevant to International Law (SC Bar Convention & Fall Conference).
  8. Explore options to attract and retain Committee membership.

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

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