By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder
Once again, I had the privilege of attending the General Annual Meeting of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation or, translated, the European Attorneys’ Cooperative. This year the annual meeting took place in the Netherlands. The Europӓische Anwaltskooperation is a “europӓische wirtschaftliche Interessenvereinigung” (EWIV) or European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), which is a legal entity created under European Community Council Regulations designed to facilitate the otherwise independent activities of its members in different countries. In the case of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation, the cooperation is among independent attorneys in different countries – primarily those within Europe – and this cooperative represents an international network of attorneys able to provide legal advice to clients in their respective jurisdictions. For the client in one country seeking to locate an experienced attorney in another country for a particular area of the law, the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation’s network facilitates such a search. Member attorneys of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation, also known as the EAK, are located in the following countries:
- United States
The 2014 EAK General Annual Meeting was held in Amsterdam, the capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, bringing together the member attorneys from throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. I am honored to be one of only two attorneys in the entire United States who is a member of this organization. Membership in the EAK requires a unanimous vote, i.e., no veto. At this year’s annual meeting, the member from Lithuania was approved. The primary presentation, presented by a Dutch attorney, set forth the legal basis, under international law principles and conventions, for the 2003 Iraq invasion by the United States – a point that continues to be argued by many to this date.
Last year’s EAK General Annual Meeting was in Barcelona, Spain. In 2015, the meeting will be in Milan, Italy.
The Jackson Law Firm, P.A. is proud of its international connections, whether from the standpoint of its attorneys’ respective international heritages, the firm’s professional connections to the international legal community through membership in such organizations as the EAK, direct work with attorneys from across the globe, and representation on behalf of clients from around the world.
We encourage you to explore our website – www.thejacksonlawinternational.com – to learn more about The Jackson Law Firm, P.A., the attorneys, and the firm’s practice areas. International Litigation typically presents the courts, attorneys, and parties with unique challenges that fall outside of the general experience of law firms that have not routinely handled such matters. Our international experience allows us to assist clients and other law firms in international matters, and the firm looks forward to the opportunity to put that experience to work for its clients.
© The Jackson Law Firm 2014