Center for International Legal Studies


The Center for International Legal Studies

- "CILS" or "the Center" - is a non-profit research, training, and teaching institute for international and comparative law and practice, registered and operating as a public interest society under Austrian law. Its international headquarters have been in Salzburg, Austria since 1976. Its essential purpose is to promote and disseminate knowledge and know-how among members of the international legal community.

Practice Management and Ethics in the World of Global Migration

Friday, 9 February - Thursday, 15 February 2018

Salzburg, Austria

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Friday, 9 February

Welcome Reception, Tour of the Palace and Opening Dinner

5:30-9:30 PM

Saturday, 10 February

Ethics and Practice Management Issues in Representing Individuals from Challenging Countries Subject to Additional Scrutiny

* Setting client expectations while navigating uncertain government environments
* Best practices in setting fees
* Conflicts of interest between employers and employees
* Cultural challenges

8:00-9:00 AM

Ethical Issues in Identifying and Working With Lawyers Across Jurisdictions

* Best practices in locating and vetting local counsel
* Liability for referrals
* Most common ethical issues across jurisdictions: confidentiality, privilege, unauthorized practice of law and competence

9:00-10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:00-10:15 AM

Ethical Issues in Corporate Immigration Compliance

* Rise of compliance and recordkeeping requirements worldwide
* Trends in immigration related audits and penalties
* Ethical obligation to proactively advise clients regarding compliance and recordkeeping requirements
* Tension between the obligation to report violations versus the duty of confidentiality

10:15-11:15 AM

Networking Buffet Lunch

11:15 AM-12:15 PM


Afternoons free for cultural excursions, skiing in near ski areas, or sightseeing

Sunday, 11 February

Navigating Financial Issues in Global Immigration Practice

* Setting reasonable and profitable global immigration fees
* Best practices in communicating fees
* The art of getting paid
* Billing technology challenges and options
* Issues with international payments
* Ethical issues in making and taking advance payments

8:00-9:00 AM

Practice Transitions – Making a Change and/or Surviving Staff Transitions

* Non-competes and other policies on transitions
* Ethical issues in transitions
* Best practices when changing firms
* Best practices before and after staff transitions

9:00-10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:00-10:15 AM

Staying Alive – Practical Tips for Avoiding Common Ethical Problems, Conflicts of Interest and Other Deadly Sins in Global Practice

* Dual representation of employers and employees
* Privacy issues
* Conflicts of interest

10:15-11:15 AM

Networking Buffet Lunch

11:15 AM-12:15 PM


Afternoons free for cultural excursions, skiing in near ski areas, or sightseeing

Piano Concert and Concluding Dinner

6:00-9:30 PM

Monday, 12 February

Is Bigger Always Better? Fine Tuning Your Global Practice, Minimizing Overhead and Maximizing Resources.

* How to determine the right size for your firm
* Streamlining your practice – increasing efficiency
* Minimizing overhead
* Technology solutions
* Flexible staffing solutions

8:00-9:00 AM

International Marketing in the Age of Social Media

* Global rules on attorney advertising
* Best practices in online marketing
* Creative strategies for business development

9:00-10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:00-10:15 AM

Global Immigration Futures – Understanding and Using Global Immigration Analytics to Position Your Firm for Success

* Global immigration trends – restrictionism, extreme vetting, audits and penalties
* Bright spots – streamlined electronic processes and improvements in some jurisdictions
* New practice opportunities
* Expanded services in existing practice areas
* Opportunities for cross-jurisdiction collaboration

10:15-11:15 AM

Networking Buffet Lunch

11:15 AM-12:15 PM


Afternoons free for cultural excursions, skiing in near ski areas, or sightseeing

Tuesday, 13 February - Wednesday, 14 February

Consulate Tours in Munich

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday, 15 February

Checkout and General Departure Day

11 AM

This event is co-organised with the Global Migration Section (GMS) of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Registration fees and registration information available under the above link. Faculty members receive 40 per cent discount; all fees include accommodation and breakfast (and relevant taxes and service charges)


CILS will be able to organise a local ski shop to bring skis, boots and snowboards for rental to Schloss Leopoldskron. The reservations will have to be made online before the event. If enough delegates are interested in sharing a shuttle to a specific ski resort in the area, CILS will organise a shuttle bus.


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