By Michael R. Jackson, Shareholder
Once again, I had the privilege of attending the Annual Meeting of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation 2014 (“EAK”) 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 Annual Meeting of the Europӓische Anwaltskooperation 2014 was held in Amsterdam, the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. While the Dutch Parliament and monarchy are located 60 kilometers away in The Hague, since the Dutch constitutional revision in 1983, Amsterdam has been the Capital of the Netherlands. Many Dutch companies have their headquarters in Amsterdam. The port of Amsterdam is the second largest port in the Netherlands and the fifth largest in Europe.
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.
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.
Jackson Law International 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.
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© Jackson Law International 2014