Monday, September 26, 2016

Optional Dinner

8:00 pm Casa Bleve
Via del Teatro Valle, 48, 00186 Roma, Italy

Special thank you to H. Raymond Fasano and the Law Offices of Youman, Madeo & Fasano, LLP for their sponsorship.

Optional dinner at Casa Bleve

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Centro di Studi Americani

8:30 am Welcome and Introduction

Margaret H. McCormick, Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

9:00 am Impact on Citizenship of the Refugee Crisis in Europe

The world is facing the largest global refugee crisis since World War II. The panel will focus on Migration and mobility issues facing refugees and the challenge of integration and citizenship. It will examine the impact of the intersection of the EU’s religious history, rooted in Christianity, and the largely Muslim migration within its borders. Panelists will explore these issues from the perspective of three states: Germany, Italy and Turkey.

Moderator: Mary Meg McCarthy, National Immigrant Justice Center
Maurizio Albahari, University of Notre Dame
Davor Džalto, The American University of Rome
Simon Morris-Lange, Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR)
Maria Lianides Celebi, Bener Law Office

Centro di Studi Americani

Centro di Studi Americani

Peggy McCormick, Dan Siciliano

11:15 am Keynote: The Future of the European Union

For more than 25 years European citizenship, backed by strong cross-border rights and the understanding of the European Union as a ‘single working and living space’ has been high on the agenda of the Union. Brexit negotiations will lead to a likely introduction of discrimination on the basis of nationality, striking at the heart of what citizenship stands for. Do European states continue to share the value that underpinned its original foundations?

Dr. Dimitry Kochenov, Chair of EU Constitutional Law
University of Groningen, the Netherlands

12:00 pm Report from the United Kingdom: BREXIT

Laura Devine will provide a follow up discussion of the implications of the Brexit referendum in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Laura Divine, Laura Divine Solicitors and Attorneys

1:30 pm FinTech and TaxTech: How Money Technology, the Blockchain, and Tax Innovations are Fundamentally Changing the World

Technology is changing the way we document business transactions, move money, optimize taxes, reroute wealth, and manage  critical records, contracts, and resources. The new concept of the “blockchain”  is revolutionizing the way records are kept by generating a shared public ledger of real-time transactions – recorded and authenticated in a way that reduces costs and fraud while improving transparency. This  approach has already revolutionized the financial industry and will have far reaching impacts on any  activity that relies on the accurate and verifiable recording of transactions. Moreover, the emergence of crypto-currency (whether Bitcoin or other less well known currencies),  promises to   weaken the ability of sovereigns to exert financial control over their citizens and resident corporations. Simultaneously, tax innovations, including “inversions” have changed the dynamic between powerful corporations and their “nation of origin” — particularly as nations jockey for preferred positions. The convergence of these trends will mean that money becomes more mobile, transactions become less costly, and the exchange of both between people and nations becomes more an independent function of unregulated exchange that is only modestly connected to the governments of the world. The panel will sort fact from (science) fiction, and map this to the current debates about taxes, good corporate governance and citizenship, and the escalating concerns about cyber-security, global banking, and government’s role in all these trends.

Moderator: F. Daniel Siciliano, Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University
Cathy Hwang, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Jacob Hale Russell, Rutgers Law School

3:00 pm Diasporas, Dual Citizenship, Remittances, and Allegiance

The migration of a population from a homeland to a new home has a new dynamic, with affordable air travel, social media and ethnic markets. Groups of migrants who maintain distinctive identities and connections with their homeland while residing in a host country are called diasporas. The U.S. has the largest number of global diaspora members of any country in the world. Many of these people hold dual citizenship and support family members in their country of origin. This panel will discuss the implications of extra-territorial citizenship, including the impact of large remittances on both the sending and receiving countries, as well as the concept of allegiance, when a citizen has a foot in two countries. The focus will be on Mexican and Italian diasporas in the United States.

Moderator: Eileen Scofield, Alston & Bird
Gustavo Mohar Betancourt, Grupo Atalaya
Stefano Luconi, University of Florence
Kevin Stevens, Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business

Schengen keynote

Previous Programs

A Conference in the Eternal City
The Federal Lawyer, March 2014

Download the 2013 conference program

Special Presentation

4:45 pm Citizenship in Ancient Rome

After spending the day looking at the current global evolution of the concept of citizenship, we are pleased to present the Associate Dean of the John Felice Rome Center of Loyola University who will take us back to ancient Rome and the genius of Roman citizenship policies.

Dr. Alexander Evers, Associate Dean, John Felice Rome Center, Loyola University

Dr. Alexander Evers

Dr. Alexander Evers, Associate Dean of the John Felice Rome Center

Reception: Antipasto on the Terraza

Immediately following the conference, join us for a reception at the Penthouse Apartment Terrace, a short walk from the Centro, between Largo Argentina and Campo di Fiori at Via dei Giubbonari, 97a-98, Roma


Early Registration $275 by August 25
Standard Registration $350 starting August 26

Optional Monday Dinner at Casa Bleve $100 per person, participants and guests

Continuing Legal Education Credit. The Federal Bar Association will be applying for CLE accreditation. If you would like your attendance at the conference’s CLE program to be reported to a state agency with mandatory CLE requirements, please bring your state bar identification number with you to the conference.

Cancellation Policy. All cancellation and refund requests must be sent in writing to Peggy McCormick,, by August 31, 2016. Cancellations will not be accepted over the phone and no refunds will be provided after August 31, 2016.